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20 Baseball Autographs, Including Musial, Murray and Swish Nicholson.

Lot 166. 20 Baseball Autographs, Including Musial, Murray and Swish Nicholson. Unless otherwise noted, the items signed are black & white and ex-m or better. This eclectic collection has two Stan Musial autographs on promotional photos for “Stan Musial & Biggie’s Restaurant” in St. Louis. Both signatures are nm-m 8, one on an 8” x 10” photo, and the other, personalized on a 3.5” x 5.5” photo. Musial died in 2013. Eddie Murray’s autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on a 3.5” x 5.25” Baltimore Orioles color postcard. Bill “Swish” Nicholson placed a large mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph, personalized “To Dale,” on an 8.5” x 11” photo, which is vg+ to ex on relatively thin stock. Nicholson died in 1996. A small pamphlet from his funeral accompanies the photo. These players also signed: Marvis Foley, gem mint 10 on an unlined index card with a Chicago White Sox logo. Ned Garver (died 2017), a 1951 All-Star, on a 7.25” x 9.25” print of a Bob Parker 1979 cartoon illustration, gem mint 10 signature. Dick Groat, an eight-time All-Star and 1960 N.L. MVP who recently ended his 40-year other career as the color commentator for Pitt basketball broadcasts at the age of 88; gem mint 10 signature on a 3.5” x 5.5” Pittsburgh Pirates team issue. Walter Judnich (d. 1971), 1948 Cleveland Indians 6.5” x 9” team-issued photo, extremely strong autograph, nm 7 with a retrace on the bottom part of the “J.” Johnny Oates (d. 2004), index card with a Dodgers logo, mint 9 to gem mint 10. Bob Ojeda, nm 7 autograph, index card with a Red Sox logo. Dave Philley (d. 2012), 1954-55 Indians 6.5” x 9” team issue, vg-ex 4. Al Rosen (d. 2015), four-time All-Star, two autographs, one on a 1951 g-vg real-photo postcard, nice nm 7 to nm-m 8 signature; and a 6” x 8.75” team-issued 1950s photo, signed as “Al ‘Flip’ Rosen,” mint 9. Bill Werle, Pirates team-issued postcard, nm-m 8 to mint 9. And autographs of Steve Demeter (d. 2013), Doug Frobel, Chris Green, Brian Harper, Joe Lonnett (d. 2011), Pete Rice and Ron Wotus on a four-page 4.25” x 9” “Pittsburgh Pirates 1984 Spring Training Roster.” The autographs are generally ex-m 6. Three more autographs are on Baseball club stationery, 1947-72. One letter is to a father concerning a minor league career for one or both of his sons. The Jan. 15, 1947 letter has a secretarial signature for Harry C. Jenkins, Boston Braves farm director. In a Feb. 12, 1954 letter, John Sarlo, business manager, Ogden Reds of the Pioneer League, offers one son a contract with Ogden for a salary of $250 per month. The signature is mint 9. And in a Dec. 20, 1972 letter, Hal Middlesworth, Detroit Tigers public relations director, writes concerning the purchase of World Series souvenir badges. Nm 9 to gem mint 10 signature. Winning Bid $68.    

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