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    1930's Bill Tilden Signed Photograph to Ellsworth Vines. Extraordinary signed photo links these two leading lights of Depression-era tennis. A wonderful action shot of Tilden is generously inscribed, "To Elly, The best tennis player I have ever seen and a swell sportsman, in sincere admiration, Bill Wm T. Tilden 2nd." The ink is quite bold overall but the occasional light area settles the rating at perhaps 7/10. Image measures 7x9" with hand-trimmed borders, otherwise EX-MT. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    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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