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Old 04-12-2018, 08:23 PM
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Hi Gents,
I have a pretty amazing (at least to me) story and autograph find that I wanted to share with the board. This may be more appropriate to post on the autograph side, but I thought Id share it here first since so many of us who enjoy cards also enjoy other aspects of baseball history and collecting and I really think this is something special. Leon, feel free to move this wherever you feel appropriate.

I have a friend who has told me of his Aunt and her autograph collection for a few years. He has tried to set up a meeting for me with her for quite a while and I recently had the pleasure of meeting her and seeing her collection. I was expecting a few autographs, but was shocked by what I saw.

She is in her early 80s and the collection was put together by her late husband (who was 16 years her senior) as a boy in the mid-thirties. Apparently, he lived by the train station that the teams traveled through when playing in New York and would wait with his notebooks to get signatures when the players disembarked the train.
There are close to (maybe more) a thousand autographs 99% baseball players. Id say 30% unfortunately are in pencil, but still very nice, the rest are ink. They are mostly in notebooks, no baseballs or 3x5 cards. She didnt really know what she had as no one has ever told her the history of some of these players and she only knows the ultra-famous Yankee players. She told me someone once offered her $1,200 for the entire collection, thankfully she declined. I think youll all agree she has something special.

The collection is a whos who of mid-thirties baseball, Im still putting it all together but Im sure it contains almost all the players featured in the Goudey sets. Below is a list (not complete) of some of the key autographs she has. She has 2 and 3 of many of these (pictures to follow)

Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Tony Lazzeri, Dizzy Dean, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Pepper Martin, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Bill Dickey, Luke Appling, Rabbit Maranville, Joe DiMaggio, Vince DiMaggio, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons, Heinie Manush, Charlie Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, Schoolboy Rowe, Rip Collins, Carl Hubbell, Gabby Hartnett, Frank Crosetti, Al Lopez, Leo Durocher, Earl Combs, Hank Greenberg, Ted Lyons, Moe Berg, Joe & Luke Sewell Jimmie Dykes, and last but not least Walter Johnson!

Its going to take a while to get through and identify all of the players.

Now for some autographs, hope you enjoy.
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File Type: jpg Jimmie Foxx#1_Joe Cronin_Lefty Grove.jpg (31.0 KB, 475 views)
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File Type: jpg Jimmie Foxx#3_Heinie Manush.jpg (37.6 KB, 473 views)
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File Type: jpg W. Johnson_H. Greenberg_M. Cochrane_C Gehringer_Schoolboy Rowe.jpg (33.6 KB, 476 views)
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File Type: jpg Carl Hubbell#2b.jpg (71.2 KB, 473 views)
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:40 PM
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Ill give her $100 if I can add my autograph somewhere in the middle.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:59 PM
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That is the first time I have ever seen Jimmie Foxx sign as "Jimmy" Foxx. That is a great collection, and it is even greater that they have kept it in the family all these years.
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I've always thought that Charlie Gehringer had a great signature.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:57 PM
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I've always thought that Charlie Gehringer had a great signature.
Yeah it looks like something that should be on the Declaration of Independence .

Amazing autos. Very cool.

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Love all the Groves and, of course, the WaJo. Amazing collection of early sigs!
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:03 AM
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Thank guys, I've learned that Foxx also signed Jim sometimes & agree Gehringer has a beautiful sig. Many of these guys had great signatures -

Rip Collins
Pepper Martin
One of the Dimaggio's
Al Simmons - Moe Berg
Connie Mac

The last one shows Frank Gabler crossed out. She told me that apparently, the kid asked him about something that happened in the prior nights game while he was signing, and Gabler didn't appreciate the question
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:11 AM
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Two DiMaggio's! That's Joe above Bump Hadley and Vince on the sheet below...

Cool stuff!
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The last one shows Frank Gabler crossed out. She told me that apparently, the kid asked him about something that happened in the prior nights game while he was signing, and Gabler didn't appreciate the question
Now that is funny! Love that the kid pasted Gabler's picture there so he'd remember who NOT to ask a signature from again...might get the same response these days if you asked for Gabe Kapler's signature!
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That is the first time I have ever seen Jimmie Foxx sign as "Jimmy" Foxx. That is a great collection, and it is even greater that they have kept it in the family all these years.
I noticed that too...interesting that the other two sheets have him with the "Jimmie" Foxx signature.
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