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1959 Dazzy Vance Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $420
One-page handwritten letter, dated July 9, 1959, signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Dazzy Vance. In his letter, written on his personal letterhead, Vance writes to a friend and express his regrets that he cannot attend his dedication at an unspecified event. In full:
Dear Mickey: Rec'd your letter some time ago but haven't answered as have been under the Dr's care and still am so at this date I don't know I will be able to come or not. If in the near future I get the green light I will wire you. See where our old Dodgers are going along pretty good but they are not the same since they left Brooklyn. Wishing you all a big time at your dedication and to you with the boys. Sincerely, "Dazzy."
Both the text and signature are boldly scripted in blue ink and grade "10." If this letter were not addressed to "Mickey" we would have assumed that it was written to his former Dodgers teammate Zack Wheat, who was the lone inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959. Obviously, another of his old Brooklyn teammates was being honored that summer as well. Whatever the affair was, Vance probably didn't make it, as his health continued to deteriorate and he died just two years later at the age of sixty-nine. Vance was one of the game's most dominant pitchers during the 1920s, winning twenty or more games three times, including league-leading totals of 28 and 22, respectively, in 1924 and 1925. He also led the league in strikeouts for seven consecutive seasons (1922-1928). He ended his career in 1935 with 197 wins and a 3.24 ERA, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. The letter (8.25 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and a paperclip impression. In Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $420
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