Lot # 177: 20TH CENTURY LOT OF (2,000+) AUTOGRAPHED 3x5 INDEX CARDS AND CUT SIGNATURES – LAST NAME G THROUGH L (DAVE HILL COLLECTION)

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Item was in Auction "Fall Premier Auction 2018",
which ran from 11/21/2018 1:00 PM to
12/8/2018 8:00 PM



Addendum: There are no Hall of Famers in this lot. The 186 HOF members in the Dave Hill Collection are split up in lots 164173.

A dozen images with over 100 players are posted for viewing, grouped by letter. On the consignor's archived list, the total count exceeds 2,150 for this GL group.

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Provenance: How does one acquire over 9,000 autographs, covering just about every Major Leaguer from 1900 to 2000? Very diligently with an unbelievable amount of patience and determination. For Dave Hill, the quest lasted practically his entire life. Born in St. Louis in 1929, Hill was a standout pitcher who played in college and then a few years professionally in the White Sox organization before landing a position with the Central Intelligence Agency where he had a long and decorated career. The management and organization skills Hill developed at the CIA certainly came in handy as he meticulously built his massive memorabilia collection.

Hill grew up a die-hard St. Louis Browns fan and always had a passion for collecting. It became as much a hobby as an obsession as he tracked down player after player by attending games or events where one was present, writing them letters with his request, or purchasing from other collectors (some autographs were dated before Hill was even born). The relentless man did not stop until well into his 60’s. Most signatures come on 3x5 index cards or cuts, and many are done on the player’s baseball card, photo, news clipping or mailed postcard/GPC. The list is mind-blowing, some signatures so rare that records of their mere existence are blank. As a hobbyist, Hill was also recognized for his extensive collection of St. Louis Brown photographs used to produce two official “Brownies” albums by team archivists.

The Dave Hill Collection is easily one of the largest autograph collections ever documented. Its size and scope is beyond anything we’ve had the pleasure of representing. Luckily, Hill was meticulous about keeping it organized in alphabetical order and, according to the family, his wife Jewell deserves much of the credit. Even the years of each player’s birth [& death] and MLB debut are noted. A total of 187 Hall of Famers are included (out of a possible 323) and the most significant autographs have been encapsulated by PSA/DNA, branded “Dave Hill Collection.” David W. Hill passed away in 1995 at the age of 66.

 

DISCLAIMER: Due to the time, resources and fees required for a collection of this magnitude, PSA/DNA was unable to perform a thorough "pre-certification" of all 9,000+ signatures in the collection. PSA/DNA did pre-certify, and in many cases encapsulate, all Dave Hill autographs in Lots 164175; anything pre-certified has 60 days from the close of the auction to be submitted for encapsulation. Several dozen notable autographs in this lot of 2,150+ have been reviewed and passed a preliminary inspection by SCP Auctions, but we cannot guarantee that every autograph is authentic. Thus, considering the huge value opportunity in this lot, we will not be issuing refunds on signatures deemed secretarial, clubhouse or done by the player's wife/family. Considering the number of pre-1900 born and pre-WW2 deceased players included, there will inevitably be a few. However, based on the sample size of what PSA/DNA has reviewed, the percentage is extremely low (less than 2%).