The 2015 All-Star Game proves it. The “official” auction proclaims baseball letters as true collectibles.
Once, something like a cancelled check was seen only as a substitute way of getting a real signature.
Now, the world sees letters as proof that baseball personalities are people, too. Two people connecting over a team, a moment…a chapter of baseball history.
Johnny Pesky’s military service, and his value to the Red Sox, are documented in a batch of signed correspondence.
The most fascinating lot surrounds minor league umpire and folk artist George Sosnak. Sosnak’s painted baseball’s are legendary. Here, collectors can see him big-name support for his art. A wonderful Facebook group of collectors of Sosnak art offers a great introduction to his creations.
Online pre-bidding ends tonight (Monday, July 13) at 10 p.m. EST. Check the site for prices realized.
And, realize that those baseball letters you’re getting will have lasting value, too!
|Check out Randall’s
stats and philosophy at
|I’m agog over the “Ghosts of D.C.” blog. I
found this classic 1959 image there of owner Griffith
hovering between President Eisenhower and
star Harmon Killebrew. Please, read their
great “what if?” essay speculating
on how the Twins could have
become the L.A. Dodgers! How would
Mr. Mitterwald have felt about that?
The ex-Twins catcher sounded so pleased to recall manager Billy Martin.
Then, I spoiled it all for George Mitterwald.
Did he have a memory of owner Calvin Griffith?
“Calvin was a one-owner owner and he liked to let everyone know it. We used to say he threw nickels around like they were manhole covers.
He tried to cut my salary my third year after raising my average 30 points and breaking the fielding record for catchers with a .997 average.
I ended up getting a $4,000 raise, but had to hold out for eight days to get it. He held it against me all the season and curbed my playing time.
I never had real problems with the Cubs.”
Coming Thursday: George’s best day ever?