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    1970's-90's Negro League Stars Signed Letters Lot of 18. Update: Please note that this lot also includes a typed letter signed "Norman T. Stearnes" with a brief handwritten note from Hall of Famer "Turkey" Stearnes. The letter is pictured in our lot photos, but not mentioned in the catalog text. This brings the actual count of the lot to 19 letters.

    Extraordinary compilation of letters derives from the personal collection of John Holway, the Negro League historian to whom they were mailed. Far too voluminous to recount here in proper detail, we provide the basics and hope that serious bidders will attend lot viewing in Dallas to inspect the collection personally. 1) 1973 Willie Wells ALS, one page. 2) 1970 Larry Brown and Verdell Mathis ALS by Brown also signed by Mathis, his roommate, one page. 3) 1979 Hilton Smith ALS, signed "Hilton," one page. 4) Undated James "Cool Papa" Bell ALS, one page. 5) 1970 Walter "Buck" Leonard ALS, one page. 6) 1970 William "Judy" Johnson ALS, one page. 7) 1972 Ray Dandridge TLS, one page. 8) 1983 Monte Irvin TLS, signed "Monte," one page. 9) 1975 Effa Manley TLS, one page. 10) 1972 Dave Malarcher ALS, unsigned, two pages (front and back of one sheet). 11) 1985 Chester A. Brewer TLS, one page. 12) 1974 Geo. A. Sweatt TLS, one page. 13) Undated Jesse Hubbard ALS, one page. 14) Undated Joe Greene TLS, one page. 15) 1990 Geo. Giles ALS, one page. 16) 1988 Wilmer Fields ALS, signed "Wilmer," one page. 17) Undated W.P. Blake ALS, one page. 18) 1985 William W. Cash, Sr. TLS, one page. All ink is NRMT or better, and paper is free of any troubling condition issues. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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