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1932 Jimmie Foxx Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,080
One-page handwritten letter, undated, signed by Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx. In his letter, penned on "Hotel Kings-Way" (St. Louis, Missouri) letterhead, Foxx notifies a gentleman named Thomas Smith that he will be unable to meet with him. In full: "Dear Tom, I appreciate your invitation to come over Sept. 23rd but I'm only home four days and will have more than I can do. Won't have a spare minute. Have to move the baby down to the country and pack up as I leave right for the west as soon as the season closes. So you will have to excuse me. Best wishes to all, 'Jimmie' Foxx." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9/10." Although the letter is not dated, it is accompanied by its original mailing envelope, postmarked September 14, 1932, from St. Louis, Missouri. Research indicates that Foxx was in St. Louis on that date for the start of a three-game series with the St. Louis Browns. Foxx singled twice in five at bats that day in the Athletics' 13-6 win over the Browns. For the season, Foxx once again dominated American League pitchers, finishing the year with league-leading totals in home runs (58) and RBI (169), and a .364 average. The letter (7 x 10.5 inches) displays one vertical and two horizontal mailing folds, a small edge tear along the base, and a number of light creases throughout. In Very Good condition. The envelope (7.5 x 4 inches) displays a number of major tears along the top border and is in Fair condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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