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Lot # 1456 (1456 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1930s to 1950s Ed Barrow Document Archive Collection Including Ten Signed Items

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480

Large and fascinating collection of 112 documents, including letters, checks, telegrams, tax returns, and one photo, originating from the estate of Hall of Fame manager/executive Ed Barrow. This substantial archive, which includes ten pieces signed by Barrow, was part of a much larger collection of Ed Barrow documents that formerly resided in the legendary Barry Halper Collection. Barry obtained all of the documents from the Barrow family decades ago. The collection is comprised mainly of correspondence dating from the 1940s and 1950s, although a few pieces from the 1930s are also present. Most of the documents are in the form of letters to Barrow, with his replies, if present, represented mainly by his copy files (not signed). The majority of letters, most of which are from Barrow's lawyer, deal with the reorganization of the New York Yankees following Ruppert's death in 1939 and the sale of the Yankees in 1945. (Barrow was involved in a dispute with the Ruppert family over shares of the club and other financial matters.) There are also many letters of general correspondence from friends and colleagues, a number of Barrow's income-tax forms and related correspondence, and a few signed checks. Of the 112 documents in this grouping, ten have been signed by Barrow: three checks, two handwritten letters (one signed "Edward" and the other signed "EGB"), one typed-signed letter, and four legal documents. There is also a letter to Barrow signed by American League president Will Harridge. All of the signatures are boldly scripted (mainly in black fountain pen) and grade "9" or "10." The vast majority of the documents are the size of a standard letter and are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 112 documents, including letters, checks, legal papers, telegrams, and file-copy letters from Barrow. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480

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