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    1931 Ellsworth Vines Handwritten Letter with Beating Fred Perry Content. In a charming letter to his future wife, Vines reports on what may have been his first meeting with a British Champion with whom he would form a great partnership in a joint tour several years hence. "Yesterday was a great day for me sweetheart," he writes, "As you probably know I beat Perry in singles and we won in the doubles after a long five set match." Vines goes on to discuss how his victor's awards had fortunately been delivered unengraved, allowing him to trade them in for other silver he might be able to use. The letter is penned on front and back of two pages of "The Lenox Hotel, Boston" letterhead. All ink is 9+/10 and the letter exhibits original mailing folds but no other condition issues to note. Original mailing envelope present, 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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