Skip to main content


    Early 1960's Negro League Correspondence Archive (46 pieces). Early 1960's Negro League Correspondence Archive (46 pieces). While the integration of baseball begun by Jackie Robinson's debut in 1947 was unquestionably a positive development for the heart and soul of our National Pastime, the advancement would slowly choke the life out of the Negro Leagues as top players were snatched up by the Majors, followed by the African-American fan base. This fascinating archive catches the dying breaths of the Negro Leagues with a selection of handwritten letters (6), typed letters (21) and various documents and contracts (19). The collection centers around the Indianapolis Clowns, with multiple documents sent to or signed by their team owner Syd Pollock. The letters largely relate to scheduling of barnstorming events, and give some sense of the fading opportunities available to a team and a baseball tradition hurtling toward obsolescence. All pages exhibit typical handling/storage wear, but there is nothing which could be properly described as damage. A thrilling lot for the baseball historian. Please note: PSA/DNA has ruled "inconclusive" on this lot due to lack of exemplars, so please bid accordingly.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Large (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Jun-Jul, 2013
    9th-7th Sunday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 354

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 0 days left to consign to the 2018 May 10 - 11 Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction Sports - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I am very happy with the outcome and very thankful I went with Heritage!
    Sandy C.,
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 February 24 - 25 Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Sports - Dallas
    2018 February 24 - 25 Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Sports - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,332,067