Delve into the curious case of Moe Berg with this vintage ephemera lot. A career back-up catcher, the brainy Berg proved useful to the U.S. Government during WWII, in particular the OSS branch, where he was employed as a spy. Employ your best bidding strategy to capture this interesting group of (4) items, with:
c.1938 Boston Red Sox team-signed album page with (8) autographs, the Sox' super-talented '38 line-up boasted seven starting position players with lifetime batting averages of .288 to .325, including several who have signed this 4-1/2 x 6" sheet, signature quality averages ("8-9") with from top to bottom: Emerson Dickman (d.1981), Joe Cronin (d.1984, HOF), Moe Berg (d.1972), Joe Vosmik (d.1962), Pinky Higgins (d.1969), Archie McKain (d.1985), Bobby Doerr (HOF), Gene Desautels (d.1994), as you can see, in addition to Berg and HOFers Cronin and Doerr, this list includes a few long deceased players that rate as tough autographs, though the page is affected by several fold lines and wrinkles, the signatures stand out boldly
5/17/45 Army Air Forces Air Transport Command flight ticket made out to Moe Berg for transport from Washington, DC to London, available sources regarding Berg's biography state that he returned to the U.S. from his spying duties in Europe on 4/25/45 and retired from the OSS in August of that year, this un-publicized 5/17/45 flight could have been merely a courtesy extended to Berg for a personal reason or it could have been another secret mission, the 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" official ticket remains appealing despite a a vertical compacting fold at center, a corner crease at bottom left and moderate overall wrinkling, Berg's name is typed as "Morris Berg" and an ATC Captain has signed in pencil above the typed date "17 May 1945"
4/17/32 Washington Senators scorecard (GD-VG) hand dated on the front along with extraneous writing, grids are scored neatly in pencil for a game against the Philadelphia Athletics, printed rosters include Berg, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin and Ossie Bluege
c.late-1940s 8x10 Photo of Joe Cronin and Clark Griffith (GD-VG) with ("9") strength Cronin autograph.
Auction LOA from JSA for signed items.