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Lot # 1398 (1398 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1904-1911 Detroit Tigers Financial Ledger Including Cobb's First Payment Entry! - Written Almost Entirely in Frank Navin's Hand with 71 Frank Navin Signatures

Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $21,600

This remarkable ledger details the day-to-day finances of the Detroit Tigers baseball club from 1904 through 1911, including the club's first payment to Ty Cobb in 1905. Even more extraordinary is the fact the ledger, for the first five years (1904-1908), is written entirely in the hand of Frank Navin, who, at the time, was the club's business manager before ultimately becoming owner of the club. As such, there are seventy-four Frank Navin signatures in the ledger, where he is listed as the receiver of payment for the expense listed. This is one of only two such major league financial record books dating from the early 1900s that we have ever seen. The other, a ledger documenting the finances of the Brooklyn Baseball Club between the years 1899 and 1900, appeared as Lot 17 in REA's April 2015 auction, where it realized $48,000. Our consignor obtained this ledger over twenty years ago directly from the family of a gentleman who used to work for the Tigers. It has never before been seen or offered publicly.
SOLD FOR $21,600

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