Brooklyn Dodger Gil Hodges considered the premier first baseman of the 1950s is the theme of this collection. Presented is a group (10+) vintage memorabilia items which purportedly were the property of Hodges’ neighbor. Highlighting this lot is an 8x10 photo with a personalized inscription signed by Hodges (d.1972) with graceful (“8”) quality. Other standout items are a bound set of 1966 American League media guides in better condition and (7) very attractive All-Star selection placards issued by Wilson Sporting Goods. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The media guide set contains (9/10) different editions, one for each American League team with the omission of the California Angels. The included teams are: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Washington Senators. The (7) All-Star selection placards present very nicely and feature Hodges name at center. The represented years are: 1951, 1952, 1953, (2) 1954 and (2) 1955. Also included is a record album and picture book set titled “Baseball Taught by the Stars of The Brooklyn Dodgers” which presents in above average condition with moderate wear on the cover, the picture book is very clean and features numerous photos of 1950s Dodgers star players. Rounding out this offering are several items with personal significance including a 4/11/57 letter from Look Magazine which is accompanied by a an action shot photo with publication cropping marks; a 3-3/4” x 4-3/4” photo mounted to a backer with decal type lettering which reads “Technical Assistance, Family of the late Gil Hodges”; and lastly a fascinating fan letter requesting photos and autographs with its original postmarked envelope. This letter is accompanied by 19x23 greeting card which was possibly hand drawn and colored by the sender who congratulates the Hodges’ on the 8/19/56 birth of their daughter Cynthia.