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    1931 Ellsworth Vines Handwritten Letter with The Meadow Club Illness Content. Vines discusses the incident captured in a photograph presented in this collection, writing to his future wife on "The Meadow Club, Southampton N.Y." letterhead, "This morning when I got up I felt fit as a fiddle. Then about a half an hour before I played I began to get sick to my stomach. Well it lasted all thru the four sets we played and Lott & the umpire finally prevailed upon me to default..." The four-page letter, essentially all sides of a single page folded like a greeting card, is signed "Always your man, Ellsworth." There is a small bit of bleeding to the signature, but the ink can still be accurately rated at 9/10 throughout. Original mailing folds but no other faults. Original mailing envelope, unsigned. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

    The Ellsworth Vines Collection


    The greatest figure of Depression-era tennis, the lanky but heavy-hitting Vines was assigned the title of "greatest tennis player ever" by none other than the legendary Bill Tilden, who makes the assertion in a signed photograph offered as part of the remarkable collection to follow. In four separate tennis seasons of the 1930's, Vines was ranked number one, either alone or jointly, and the tangible evidence of that dominance appears in these pages. The collection comes to us from Vines' son, Ellsworth Vines III, and makes its hobby debut in this auction. Each lot will be accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the son of this superior athlete.



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    May, 2013
    2nd-4th Thursday-Saturday
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