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John Heisman letter coming in February

NEW YORK — A 1935 letter written and signed by John Heisman regarding the es­tablishment of the trophy that bears his im­age and name is being offered in February by Heritage Auctions. The letter is part of an auction that will be held Feb. 20 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion at 2 E. 79th St. at Fifth Avenue.

Heisman wrote the letter as director of the New York Athletic Club. The typed let­ter on NYAC stationery states, “The man picked must be the one you consider the most outstanding player of the year.” Heis­man was the Club’s first president in 1930. The sale also includes signed Heisman ceremony programs from such past win­ners as Ernie Davis and Nile Kinnick. Among other items in the sale are:

  • A 1966 Willie Mays game-worn San Francisco Giants jersey;
  • A single-signed baseball from Larry Lajoie;
  • A 1961 game-used and signed Roberto Clemente bat;
  • A game-worn Michael Jordan jersey with the Chicago Bulls from 1989-’90;
  • A game-used Thurman Munson bat from 1975;
  • A Mel Ott single-signed baseball with an inscription to club owner Toots Shor;
  • A dual-signed ball by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris;
  • A single-signed ball by Roberto Clem­ente;
  • A 1969 game-worn coach’s jersey be­longing to Jim Gilliam; and
  • A 1989 game-worn Sparky Anderson jersey as Detroit Tigers manager.
  • A professional baseball contract dating back to 1871.

The sale also contains numerous vintage photographs and championship rings.

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