Baseball Autographs – HoFers Greatest Thrills and Memories
Lot 88. Sparky Anderson Autographed “Greatest Thrill-Memorable Moment” in Baseball. “Winning the ’75 World Series” was Anderson’s 2005 response to a request from a father and son. His response was written with one pen, and his signature, with another, on an 8.5” x 11” page with the request. When the original collector received Anderson’s response unsigned, he mailed it again to Anderson for his signature. Anderson used a different pen in adding his autograph. The signature and note are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Anderson was inducted into the HoF in 2000 as a manager. He died in 2010. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 89. Earl Averill Autographed “Greatest Thrill-Memorable Moment” in Baseball. In a handwritten 1973 response to a New York Yankees batboy, Averill discusses his success in a Cleveland doubleheader with Washington. He signed as “Earl.” His reply and signature are nm-m 8 on an 8.5” x 11” page that includes the request. A star in center field from 1929-39 for the Indians, Averill was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. He died in 1983. His mailing envelope, postmarked 1973, accompanies his response. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 90. Dave Bancroft Signed “Greatest Thrill in Baseball." On a small card, Bancroft wrote: “My biggest thrill was winning the penant (sic) my first year in the majors.” His autograph is mint 9. His inaugural season as an MLB shortstop was with the Phillies in 1915. He was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1971 and passed away the following year. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 91. Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Letter Concerning Baseball’s “Greatest Honor." This handwritten letter on 8” x 10” lined paper provides wonderful content concerning Hunter’s 1987 Hall of Fame induction. It appears, though not conclusively, that the body of the letter is in a hand other than Hunter’s - likely that of Mrs. Hunter. There is no doubt, however, about the gem mint 10 signature. It was boldly provided by Hunter, whose missives in any form are rare! Lou Gehrig’s disease claimed the life of star pitcher for the Athletics and Yankees. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 92. Wm. H (Bill) Terry's Greatest Baseball Thrill and 3 Autographs. On an 8.5” x 11” page requesting his greatest thrill in baseball, Terry responded: “My answer is on this card” – a signed gold plaque Hall of Fame postcard. He was inducted into the HoF in 1954. He played first base for the New York Giants from 1923-36 and managed the team from 1932-41. Terry’s three autographs are mint 9 to gem mint 10. He signed the HoF postcard as Wm. H (Bill) Terry. One autograph on the request page is “Bill Terry,” and the other, “Wm. H Terry.” A mailing envelope postmarked 1973 is also provided. Terry died in 1989. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $75