Status: SOLD!
Date: 9/17/2008
Venue: eBay
Price: ??,???
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1953 Joe Astroth Signed Topps Baseball Card Contract NR
This listing is for a very rare original signed letter written in 1953 by professional baseball player Joseph Henry Astroth. The letter is to the Topps baseball card company, giving them permission to use his picture for the 1953 series of cards. This letter is handwritten and signed, and is in very good overall condition. This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win this rare piece of baseball memorabilia.

Contents of the letter:

American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia
Twenty-First Street and Lehigh Avenue
1-28-53

Dear Sir:

I am sorry to inform you that I have agreed to let Topps Gum use my picture for 1953. According to their agreement this would not prevent me from signing with any other concern.

Not being able to locate my Bowman Gum Contract and due to all the confusion of last year I wasn't aware that I was violating my Bowman contract. Had I been aware of this I would have refused to sign with Topps as I've been more than pleased with your contracts.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph H. Astroth

From Wikipedia:

Joseph Henry Astroth (born September 1, 1922 in East Alton, Illinois) was a Catcher for the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics (1945-46 and 1949-56).

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