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Hall of Fame Handwritten Letter Collection - Crawford, Roush, Schalk, and Bancroft
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
Collection of four handwritten letters, each penned by a different member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1) Sam Crawford. One-page letter, dated January 6, 1962. In his letter, written to a Mr. Cooper, Crawford reminisces about the 1907 to 1909 Tigers and his view of the modern game. In part: "In retrospect I will always think the players of that time and on up to 1930 were the world's greatest. From what I have seen of the modern ball players, mediocrity seems to be the right word." Both the text and signature are scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9." A few of the sentences are lightly underlined in pencil. 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg-Ex, with one horizontal and two vertical folds and staple holes. 2) Edd Roush. One-page letter, dated October 27, 1968, written to author Lawrence Ritter regarding The Glory of Their Times. Roush was one of the players immortalized in Ritter's classic baseball history, and in this letter, he writes Ritter explaining the problems he is having in his attempt to obtain a copy of The Glory of Their Times from the publisher. In part: "Mrs. Barnard wanted the book for a grandson in Hawaii his birth day a month ago, so see that they send the book to her or me as soon as possible. Thanks Larry." Roush has also added the postscript "Received check for book royalties. Ok." Both the text and signature have been scripted in blue ink and grade "9." 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg, with one vertical and five horizontal folds and a few small interior tears. 3) Ray Schalk. One-page letter, undated, on The St. Charles Hotel (New Orleans) letterhead. Schalk writes to "Arch" and offers his regrets that he will be unable to attend an upcoming banquet in Arch's honor. Schalk also mentions that he is in New Orleans with the Purdue baseball team. Schalk was an assistant coach at Purdue from 1950 to 1965. While we cannot state with certainty, "Arch" might be Arch Ward, a prominent Chicago sports editor who, in 1933, first came up with the idea having the annual major league All-Star Game. If so, this letter probably dates from the early 1950s, because Ward died in 1955. Both the text and signature are scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9/10." 8.25 x 10.75 inches. Ex-Mt, with two horizontal and one vertical fold. 4) Dave Bancroft. One-page letter, undated, written as a reply along the base of letter sent to him by a fan requesting autographs. Bancroft's blue-ink response reads "Dear Doug, Many thanks these kind words. My best wishes and I sincerely hope you have a long + happy life." Both the text and signature grade "9." In the fan's letter, he expresses hope that Bancroft will someday make the Hall of Fame, so the letter obviously dates prior to 1971, which is the year Bancroft was finally inducted. 6 x 9 inches. Ex-Mt. Total: 4 letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $540
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