7 Books with 4 Player Autographs – Bartell, Brock, McCarver and Slaughter.
Lot 45. 7 Books with 4 Player Autographs – Bartell, Brock, McCarver and Slaughter. Two books are also signed by the author, for a total of six signatures in seven books. One book is a softcover, which is noted; the others are hardbacks. Six books and five autographs are connected to the St. Louis Cardinals. 1. One without a St. Louis connection is by Dick Bartell, who played shortstop for six MLB teams – but not the Cardinals - 1927-46. He autographed the flyleaf of his 373-page 1987 apparent first edition, “Rowdy Richard: A Firsthand Account of the National League Baseball Wars of the 1930s and the Men who Fought Them.” North Atlantic Books is the publisher. His autograph, personalized to “Jim,” is gem mint 10 on the front end-page of the book, which is ex-m+ in an ex dust jacket. Two books are each autographed by a Cardinals Hall of Fame outfielder. 2. Lou Brock signed “Stealing Is My Game,” 1976 206-page apparent first edition from Prentice-Hall. Brock’s personalized signature on the flyleaf is mint 9. The book is nm with a vg dust jacket. 3. “Country Hardball: The Autobiography of Enos ‘Country’ Slaughter” has a personalized mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature by the HoF outfielder on the flyleaf. The 208-page 1991 stated first edition from Tudor Publishers is nm-m with a vg+ to ex dust cover. 4. “Tim McCarver’s Diamond Gems: Favorite Baseball Stories from the Legends of the Game” is edited by the catcher and broadcaster with two other writers. George Will provided the foreword for the 270-page 2008 apparent first edition published by McGraw Hill; nm+ book with a strong dust jacket likely to be damaged if an “Autographed Copy” sticker is removed. McCarver’s signature on the title page is gem mint 10. 5. “Redbirds Revisited: Great Memories and Stories from St. Louis Cardinals” signed by David Craft, one of the authors of this 246-page book published by Bonus Books. Craft, a freelance writer whose works have appeared in “Baseball Digest” and “Sports Collectors Digest,” placed a mint 9 autograph on the first title page. The book is nm-m with an ex-m dust jacket. 6. “Saint Louis Cardinals Baseball Trivia for the Greatest Fans” is signed on the title page by author Morris Jenkins. His autograph is mint 9, and the self-published 108-page 1989 softcover, ex. 7. The unsigned book is “Baseball is a Funny Game” by Joe Garagiola, 1960 stated first edition published by J. B. Lippincott Co. Ex-m book in a g-vg dust jacket. Winning Bid $55.