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Pre-1950 Hall of Fame Handwritten Letter Collection - Rixey, Lindstrom, Wheat, and Mack
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,080
Collection of four handwritten letters, each penned by a different prewar Hall of Fame player. 1) Connie Mack. Two-page letter, dated June 23, 1929, on American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia letterhead. Mack writes to a Mrs. Groben, who, judging from the content, was a personal friend, and briefly relates how the team is doing, "the boys played fine at the close of Western Trip. Now in good shape. . . . Am in hopes we will have a good home stay and then it will be hard to catch us." Both the text and signature are scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9/10" overall, with just a few spots of bleeding. Each page (8.5 x 7.25 inches) with one horizontal and two vertical mailing folds. Ex-Mt overall. Together with the original mailing envelope (6 x 3.5 inches; Gd, partially torn). 2) Eppa Rixey. One-page letter, dated November 21, 1947, on Meyers & Rixey Insurance letterhead. Rixey writes to a young ballplayer and offers sound advice: "my best wishes in your efforts to be a big leaguer. And if you have the determination to do your best, you will have a much better chance of success." Both the text and signature are scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9/10." 8.5 x 8.25 inches. Ex, with two horizontal and vertical folds. 3) Freddie Lindstrom. One-page letter, dated July 23, 1955, on Northwestern University letterhead. Lindstrom, who was the baseball coach at Northwestern University at the time, responds to a fan seeking his autograph. Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade "9/10." 7.25 x 10.5 inches. Ex, with two horizontal folds. 4) Zack Wheat. One-page letter, dated February 14, 1959, on Wheat's personal letterhead. Wheat writes to a fan and apologizes for not having any more photos of himself in uniform. Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade "10." 6.25 x 10 inches. Ex, with two horizontal mailing folds. Together with the original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches; Ex-Mt.). Total: 4 letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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