When we authenticated this beauty at the JSA office, James Spence instantly recognized the signature style and pinpointed its origins. Yes, the Bambino definitively signed this 3-1/2" x 2" cut during an NBC promotional event in 1943. (On a related note, we once handled Babe's signed 1943 NBC contract, which sold for over $7,000 back in 2011.) The radiant, blue-ink "9" signature perfectly showcases all the hallmarks of a 1940s-era Ruth autograph, and it is perhaps second only to the adjacently offered Christy Mathewson as the crown jewel of the Charles Evers Collection. EX condition with a reverse-side vintage notation in an unidentified hand, referencing an earlier period. Full LOA from JSA.
The Charles Evers Autograph Collection
It is with pride and pleasure that we present the first installment of the Charles Evers Autograph Collection. Highlighted by Mathewson, Ruth, Gehrig and more, this impressive sampling is only a taste of what the Evers Collection has to offer in our future auctions.
Charles "Chuck" Evers was born in Queens, NY, in 1939. He was introduced to baseball early in life. Although Chuck attended a random Dodgers, Giants, or later Mets game—his allegiance was quickly aligned with the Yankees. But, he had a passion for the game and appreciated a good player from any team.
An only child, Chuck’s parents encouraged his habit and took him on road trips to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend, to Florida to catch an early glimpse of teams at spring training, and of course to Yankee games. He researched addresses and often corresponded with HOFers. It was a different time back then—players were happy to be remembered and on many occasions Chuck was invited to visit with them at their homes. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Chuck was permitted into the Yankee dressing room on Old Timers Day. On those occasions, he collected autographs from both the current and former players.
Chuck worked visits to major and minor league stadiums and games into every business trip and family vacation. His annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown for HOF Weekend with his wife, children and grandchildren in tow continued into Charles’ early 70s. On these visits, he was never without a pen, ball, and paper. His kids fondly remember wandering around the Otesaga Hotel with Chuck during HOF Weekends—spotting Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford having drinks in the bar, or Frank Frisch, Red Ruffing and Zach Wheat reminiscing in the lobby. Chuck was never more alive than when on the hunt for an autograph.
The Evers family hopes this collection will find new homes with collectors who share Chuck’s love of the game and its greatest players!