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Original contracts from Cards Hall of Famers to be auctioned

A group of 36 contracts to go on the block includes ones signed by seven St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers.

Though I readily admit that I am not a memorabilia collector, I can appreciate the importance others place on the hobby and respect the value of historically-based items that relate to the rich past of the game of baseball.

SportsCollectorsDaily.com is reporting a group of 36 original contracts signed by Hall of Famers will go on the block individually next April in an auction to be conducted by Robert Edwards Auctions. They range in age from 1892 to 1985 and some of the early ones have interesting language regarding prohibited vices.

Contracts signed by former St. Louis Cardinals greats include:

1921 Rogers Hornsby
1927 Rabbit Maranville
1929 Frankie Frisch
1929 Chick Hafey
1930 Dizzy Dean (Houston minor league)
1931 Jim Bottomley
1964 Bob Gibson

Ex-Cardinals then on other clubs:

1950 Johnny Mize (Yankees)
1980-84 Dennis Eckersley (Red Sox)

In a completely unrelated item, the same website ran a story a couple of days ago about a bizarre mixup that put the signature of NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson on baseball cards for recent Cardinals signee Jordan Swagerty. Though the card company will make exchanges, I would imagine collectors would prefer to keep (or sell) the oddities.

Swagerty is also blogging from the Arizona Fall League.

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