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Lot 370



Lot Number: 370

Description: Significant 1898 Boston Red Stockings team autographed correspondence. One page typed letter on J.F. Hillerich & Son stationary sent to team captain Hugh Duffy asking for the endorsement and signatures of the Boston players. Duffy replies as follows, "J.F. Hillerich & Son Louisville, KY Gentleman: The members of the Boston Base Ball team thoroughly endorse the bats of your manufacture. Every member of the team using the bat in preference to any others and the result of their use is shown by our standing in the Championship race. Yours very truly, Capt. Hugh Duffy". Underneath Duffy's letter the team members have signed in black ink including C.A. Nichols, Victor Willis, James Collins, W.R. Hamilton, R.L. Lowe, and Fred Tenney. Including Duffy a total of (16) players have signed the letter. Although fragile the letter remains remarkably clean with original fold lines and some light age toning. Signatures range from 7-9 out of 10. Boston won the National League championship in 1898 finishing with 101 wins. Based on rarity, impeccable provenance, and quantity of obscure Hall of Famer signatures the offered piece must be considered one of the finest 19th century baseball related autographed documents to be made avaialable to the collecting public. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA J.Spence-S.Grad and letter of provenance from the Hillerich & Bradsby Co: EX

Estimated Price: ($7,500.00-$10,000.00)

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