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1972 Chick Hafey Handwritten Letter - Accepting an Invitation to Cardinals’ Old Timers’ Day
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
Two-page handwritten letter, dated June 5, 1972, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Chick Hafey. In his letter, Hafey writes to Ken Daust, the St. Louis Cardinals' Director of Promotions regarding travel arrangements to an Old Timers' Day event. In full:
Dear Ken – I received your letters about the Old Timers reunion – on July 9th. I will be glad to be there – I haven’t answered sooner – as I have been under Doctors care & was waiting to see how I got along - & if he thought it would be OK. for me to make the trip – My wife is going with me and we are also taking our Grand daught Mary Hafey who is 19 – Will you Please reserve rooms for Her & Mrs Hafey & my self – I am looking forward to seeing all the fellows, you said you’ll write me about the Hotel & all the details. Thank you / Sincerely - Chick Hafey
Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade "10." Chick Hafey handwritten letters are exceedingly rare. This is the first we have ever offered and we cannot recall the last time another appeared at auction. Hafey, who recorded the first hit in All-Star Game history in 1933, batted over .300 on nine separate occasions, including a league-leading .349 in 1931. He finished his thirteen-year career with a .317 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. Each page of the letter (5 x 8 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds. A light paperclip stain appears in the upper left corner of the first page; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $540
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