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Hall of Fame Signature Collection (21) Including Campanella, P. Waner, Wheat, Paige, and Hartnett
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,200
Collection of twenty-one Hall of Fame signatures, representing nineteen different players, penned on an assortment of items. A few of the items feature more than one signature, including those of a few non Hall of Famers. The inventory, by player, is as follows:
1) Roy Campanella. Blue ink ("10") on the back cover of a 1957 Baseball Rules booklet (4 x 5.5 inches; 64 pages). The blue-ink signature of "Happy Felton" ("10") also appears on the back cover. Vg-Ex.
2-3) Kiki Cuyler and Jesse Haines. Both in black fountain pen ("9/10") on the back of a government postcard (postmarked 7/27/38), along with nine other members of the Brooklyn Dodgers: Pete Coscarart, Vito Tamulis, Goodey Rosen, Fred Fitzsimmons, Max Butcher, Fred Frankhouse, Gilly Campbell, Tot Pressnell, and Bill Posedel. The signatures range from "6" to "10," averaging "9." 3.25 x 5.5 inches. Vg, with a heavy horizontal crease.
4) Bobby Doerr. Handwritten note, dated 9/12/94, on the reverse of a large 6 x 4-inch index card. In referencing the then current major league player's strike, Doerr writes "I think the owners + players this time have to get this settled in a way that every four or five years they aren't doing it over again. It's time each have to consider the fans. Best. Bobby Doerr." Text and signature are both in black ink (grading "10"). Ex-Mt.
5) Rollie Fingers. Personal check, dated January 20, 1976, made out to "Lugo Shell" in the amount of $200. Signed "Rollie Fingers" in black ink ("8") along the base. 6 x 3 inches. Ex-Mt, with normal bank cancellation stamps.
6-7) Bob Feller and Satchel Paige. Small cut newspaper or magazine photo (2.5 x 4.5 inches) picturing Paige and Feller posing together. Signed by Paige in black ink ("10") and Feller in black Sharpie ("10"). Ex-Mt, but affixed to a slightly larger cardboard backing.
8) Lefty Grove. In blue fountain pen ("9") on a large picture card (6.25 x 9.5 inches). Ex.
9) Gabby Hartnett. In blue ink ("7") on a laminated cut newspaper photo (2 x 4.5 inches). Ex.
10) Doug Harvey. Signed and dated ("1/6/77") in blue ink ("9") on the front of a small photo. Harvey has also inscribed the reverse in black ink ("9/10") "To Jim Grenbel Best Wishes Doug Harvey 1/6/77." 2 x 3 inches. Trimmed to its current dimensions, otherwise Ex.
11) Travis Jackson. Inscribed in black ink ("10") on the back of a government postcard (postmarked 6/4/83): "The thrill of a lifetime to be a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame - Travis Jackson." 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Ex-Mt.
12) Joe Sewell. In blue ink ("9") on the front of his 1980 American League Season Pass (3.5 x 2.25 inches). Nr-Mt.
13) Billy Southworth. In blue ink ("9") on the front of his 1947 Ohio hunting and trapping license (4.25 x 3.25 inches). Vg-Ex.
14) Warren Spahn. Handwritten note, undated, on the reverse of a large 6 x 4-inch index card. In referencing what appears to be the 1994 major league player's strike, Spahn writes "Whatever happens in the negotiations it has to be a lasting resolution. Both sides are selfish. A band aid won't get it done. Warren Spahn." Text and signature are both in black ink (grading "9"). Ex-Mt.
15) Casey Stengel. In blue ink ("10") on a Chevron National Credit Card application card (8 x 5 inches). Also signed by Stengel's wife. Dated "1957" on the reverse in blue ink. Ex.
16) Casey Stengel. Souvenir photo inscribed in blue ink ("10") "To Al Messner from Casey Stengel." 6.5 x 9 inches. Vg-Ex.
17) Lloyd Waner. In blue ink ("10") on a Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board consent form. Waner has also added the handwritten comment "Yes, I think its a wonderful foundation - Keep it going-Thanks and good luck Brooks." 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with two horizontal folds and three notebook holes along the left border.
18) Paul Waner (twice signed). In red ink ("6/7") on the front cover of the thirty-four page booklet titled Paul Waner's Batting Secrets, and in blue ink ("10") on the back cover. 4 x 6 inches. Ex-Mt.
19) Earl Weaver. Inscribed in blue Sharpie ("10") on the front cover of a thirty-six page Baltimore Orioles program (vs. Washington, not scored): "Earl Weaver HOF 96 Earl of Baltimore." Ex.
20) Zack Wheat. Inscribed "Sincerely Zack Wheat" in black ink ("9/10") on the front of his 1921/1922 Exhibit Card (5.375 x 3.375 inches). Fr. Total: 17 items featuring 21 Hall of Fame signatures. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,200
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