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Casey Stengel Handwritten Notes & Hall of Fame Pins Collection (85 items)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200
Offered here is diverse collection of handwritten documents, each penned by Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel, plus ten Hall of Fame induction ceremony guest badges issued to Stengel between the years 1964 and 1973. This group of material originally appeared at auction in 2005 as part of an enormous collection of Stengel memorabilia that was left to his private secretary after his death in 1975. There are seventy-five individual pieces of paper in the collection of writings, but it must be understood that none of these documents represents a letter or form of correspondence. All appear to be notes to himself, for whatever reason, including a number that were probably used for speaking engagements. Many do not follow any linear thought pattern, but are more akin to a stream of consciousness put down on paper. There are number of "Casey" and "Casey Stengel" signatures throughout because he constantly refers to himself in the first person when he jots down anecdotes from his career. It is impossible to accurately reflect the nature of these writings, but they do offer a unique glimpse into the mind of the "Old Professor." The writings appear to date from a period of many decades, starting in the 1920s and continuing through the 1970s. (A few of the writings are on Toledo Mud Hens letterhead from when Stengel managed the club [1926-1931] and a number of writings mention the Yankees and Mets.) A brief sampling from some of these papers include these lines: "Yankee Darlings - Howard: plays all positions. Steadiest player during season. Berra. Amazing catcher, intellectual catcher"; "Astronot Stadium. Air conditioning & great seats. . . .no sun, no mosquitos. Echoes."; "Bird in the Base Ball Cap. . . .Pitts vs Brooklyn in Brooklyn Sparrow caught by Cadore informed players on bench to watch me next time at bat. . . .Finger to eye, time called by umpire turned made big bow lifted hat and sparrow fly across the field."; and "Parents sent a telegram now that you are professional B.B.P hope you won't play on Sunday. Wired back don't worry mother I don't play week days either." The papers vary in size from approximately 2.75 x 3.75 inches and 8.5 x 14 inches, and are in Excellent condition overall. The ten Hall of Fame guest badges are comprised of a pin and colored ribbon. Two of the ribbons are lettered "Member," while the other eight are lettered "Guest" and provided the respective year: 1964, 1968 (two examples), 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1973 (two examples). One of the pins on a "Member" badge is heavily toned, and a few of the ribbons have heavy folds; otherwise they are all in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Total 85 items (75 paper items with writing plus 10 HOF badges). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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