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1925 Hughie Jennings and Frankie Frisch Signed (as Witnesses) "Last Will and Testament" of Heinie Groh
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,100
Last will and testament of Heinie Groh, dated February 28, 1925, signed in black fountain pen by Groh, and also by "Hugh Jennings" and "Frank F. Frisch" as witnesses. The Groh signature displays minor bleeding and, as a result grades "8." Both the Jennings and Frisch signatures are flawlessly scripted and grade "10." In this one-page typed document, Groh bequeaths all of his possessions to his wife, Marguerite. Groh and Frisch were members of the New York Giants in 1925 and Jennings was a coach with the club. Jennings was also an attorney, and may have even drafted this will for Groh as a favor, which would explain the presence of his signature as a witness. As most collectors are aware, Jennings' signature is by far the rarest and most significant of the three featured here. Jennings died in 1928 at the age of fifty-eight from tuberculosis and wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1945. As a result, his signature remains among the most elusive of all prewar Hall of Famers. Of the small number of Jennings signatures in the hobby today, most are found on team-signed New York Giants balls from the 1920s. His signature on a document such as this is not only exceedingly rare, but highly prized by collectors. This is only the second Hughie Jennings signature example on a flat that we have offered since 2004, and we have seen fewer than five others at auction during that time. The document (8.25 x 10.75 inches), which is typed on the back of a sheet of Western Union Telegraph Company stationery, displays two horizontal folds, a few minor edge tears, and a two small areas of adhesive residue on the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a Groh-estate retained document (as opposed to being a will that was actually filed in a courthouse). In the 1970s, the Groh family sold the entire Heinie Groh collection, including personal documents and equipment and jewelry, to Reds collector and The Trader Speaks publisher Dan Dischley. It is a virtual certainty that this remarkable document decades ago was part of hobby pioneer Dan Dischley's personal collection! Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,100
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