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Hall of Fame Negro League Handwritten Letter Collection (4) - Leonard, Bell, Johnson, and Irvin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Collection of four handwritten letters, each signed by a different Negro League Hall of Famer. 1) Buck Leonard. Two-page letter (on both sides of a single sheet), dated August 4, 1970, written to author John Holway. In his letter, Leonard notifies Holway that he received his publication and points out a number of minor corrections that need to be made. While the publication is not specifically mentioned, it might have been an early draft of Holway's most well-known Negro League history, Voices From the Great Black Baseball Leagues (eventually published in 1975), because Leonard mentions many of the players who were interviewed for that book, including Cool Papa Bell and Willie Foster. The entire letter, including Leonard's signature, has been printed in blue ink (grading "10"). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with horizontal and vertical fold lines. 2) Judy Johnson. One-page letter, dated August 4, 1977, on Philadelphia Phillies letterhead. Johnson responds to a fan seeking autographs. Both the text and signature have been scripted in blue ink ("10"). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt with two horizontal folds. Together with the original mailing envelope (9.5 x 4.25 inches; Ex). 3) Cool Papa Bell. One-page letter, dated May 26, 1978, on James Bell Baseball League letterhead. In his letter, Bell writes to a fan and apologizes for being unable to answer all of his questions regarding his baseball career due to his recent illness. Both the text and signature are scripted in black ink ("9"). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex. 4) Monte Irvin. Two-page letter (both sides of a single sheet), undated, on "Celebrating Negro League Baseball" letterhead. In his letter, Irvin provides a fan with information regarding Effa Manley's career as a Negro League executive. He speaks glowingly of Manley and concludes by saying She definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame after giving Leon Day, Larry Doby, Ray Dandridge, Don Newcombe and me a chance to perform. Both the text and signature are scripted in black ink and grade "10." 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with two horizontal folds. Total: 4 letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $360
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