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    1939 Major League Baseball Team Signed Sheets Lot of 16 from The Thomas Jacob Archive.
    The youngster's documentation of the centennial season of baseball reveals the full scope of its efforts in this lot, with individual sheets dedicated to each of the sixteen teams active in the Major Leagues at that time. We advise interested bidders to view them in their entirety in our online listing, which will reveal that the condition throughout is a consistent 9/10 or better. Pages are 8.5x11". Here we will simply list the team, the signature count, the key names, and those signatures deemed secretarial.

    Boston Red Sox: Twenty-four signatures including Eddie Collins, Tom Yawkey. Balance is secretarial.

    Chicago White Sox: Twenty-seven signatures including Dykes, Stratton, McNair, Ruel, Lyons. Clubhouse: Smith, Dietrich, Kuhel, Kreevich, Radcliff.

    Cleveland Indians: Twenty signatures including Boudreau, Feller, Hardin. Clubhouse: Weisman, Hudlin, Chapman, Keltner, Mack, Trosky, Campbell, Allen, McQuinn, Gallagher, Haney, Spindel.

    Detroit Tigers: All clubhouse.

    New York Yankees: Twenty-four signatures including Henrich, DiMaggio (twice, one clubhouse), Ruffing, Gordon. Clubhouse: Gomez, one DiMaggio, Gehrig, Deshong, McCarthy.

    Philadelphia Athletics: Twenty-one signatures including Blackburne, Newsome, Hayes, Moses. Clubhouse: Dean, Nagel, Beckman (2), Ross, Tipton, Nelson, Chapman, Johnson (2), Gantenbein.

    St. Louis Browns: Twenty-four signatures including Hoag, Kennedy, Laabs, McQuinn.

    Washington Senators: Twenty-five signatures including Harris, Vernon, Leonard, Altrock, Ferrell.

    Boston Bees: Twenty-three signatures including Lopez, Simmons, Cuccinello, Hassett, MacFayden.

    Brooklyn Dodgers: Six signatures including Durocher, Dressen.

    Chicago Cubs: All clubhouse.

    Cincinnati Reds: Twenty-five signatures including McKechnie, Hershberger, Vander Meer. Clubhouse: Lombardi, Walters.

    New York Giants: Twenty-two signatures including Ott, Hubbell, Danning. Clubhouse: Terry.

    Philadelphia Phillies: Seventeen signatures including May, Arnovich, Lobert.

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Twenty-three signatures including Wagner, Traynor, Vaughan, Klein, both Waner brothers.

    St. Louis Cardinals: All clubhouse.

    Full LOA from PSA/DNA (Pirates sheet).

    The Thomas Jacob Collection of Baseball Centennial Autographs.
    As the nation celebrated its summer holiday with picnics and parades, 61,000 New Yorkers sat in stunned silence. Their great American hero, the self-proclaimed "luckiest man on Earth," was quietly informing them that he had caught "a bad break" and must retire from baseball. Two hundred miles away, a young Boston-area boy named Tom Jacob turned off his radio and planned his next letter.

    He'd mail it two weeks later, on July 18, 1939 explaining to the dying first baseman that he was building a collection of autographs to mark the Baseball Centennial, and requesting that he sign the carefully designed sheet he had created to document the winners of the American League Most Valuable Player Award. He instructed Gehrig to sign in the blanks for the years 1927 and 1936.

    Gehrig would honor the request with not two autographs on the enclosed sheet but four, and a fifth on the back of Tom's returned letter with a handwritten message insisting that he had won four MVP's, not two, and that he had the trophies to prove it. In point of fact, both the youngster and the legendary Yankee were technically correct-Gehrig had also been honored by The Sporting News for seasons that the Baseball Writers Association had made other choices.

    Very few autographs signed by the Iron Horse after his heartbreaking farewell exist in the collecting community, but those rare and important signatures represent just a small portion of the intrigue that this special archive contains. From MVP's to executives, from team sheets to inaugural class Hall of Fame rosters, this remarkable labor of love brings the Centennial season to life unlike any collection we've encountered. It's unquestionably one of the most important autograph archives to surface in the hobby.

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    February, 2017
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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