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Paul Waner and Goose Goslin Handwritten Letters - Both Players Immortalized in The Glory of Their Times

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600

Pair of handwritten letters from two of the players immortalized in Lawrence Ritter's classic baseball book, The Glory of Their Times: Paul Waner and Goose Goslin.

1) Paul Waner. One-page handwritten letter, undated, scripted in black fountain pen upon an unlined index card. In his brief letter, Waner responds to a fan requesting a photo. In full: “Dear Laddie - Sorry I haven’t any pictures, glad to hear from you - Sincerely Paul G Waner.” Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade "9/10." Although the letter is undated, it is accompanied by its original mailing envelope, which is postmarked "Apr 1 1929" from Ada, Oklahoma. Waner, who was in his fourth season with Pittsburgh in 1929, was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma. Nicknamed "Big Poison," Paul was the older and harder-hitting brother of Lloyd Waner ("Little Poison"), both of whom terrorized National League pitchers as members of the Pittsburgh Pirates for nearly two decades beginning in 1926. Paul Waner batted over .300 on fourteen separate occasions and won three batting titles over the course of his twenty-year career. He retired in 1945 with a lifetime average of .333 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. The card, which has been trimmed to its current dimensions of 4.25 x 3 inches, is lightly toned; otherwise in Near Mint condition. The envelope (5.5 x 3 inches) remains in Excellent condition.

2) Goose Goslin. One-page handwritten letter, undated, scripted in blue ink upon an unlined index card. In his letter, Goslin responds to a fan. In full: “Hello Bill - Glad to here you Like Base Ball. it is a Grand Game hope you get to the Big time ‘Goose’ Goslin.” Both the text and signature grade "10." Goose Goslin handwritten letters are exceedingly rare. This is the first we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen any other examples. Goslin was one of the most prolific hitters of his era and even though he wasn't considered a slugger, he drove in over 100 runs on twelve separate occasions. One of the stars of the 1935 World Series, Goslin's game-winning hit in Game 6 gave Detroit its first World Championship in franchise history. He retired in 1938 with 248 home runs, 1,609 RBI (34th on the all-time list), and a .316 lifetime average. Goslin was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968. The card (5 x 3 inches) is lightly toned and aside from two small areas of uneven toning in the upper right and lower left corners, resulting from its once having been mounted with photo corners, it remains in Near Mint condition. Total: 2 handwritten letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $600

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