Baseball Autograph Book 1942 (80+, Ott, Stengel, rookie Musial, Pee Wee Reese, Lombardi, more HOF)
So I found an old autograph book when cleaning through a grandparent's collectibles (coins and stamps too, but that's for another place). When he was a kid, he would get autographs before games, primarily NL teams. Unfortunately I haven't found anyone that has as much interest in it as me anymore. I need a lot of help identifying most of the signatures.
I'm really curious what a book (in relatively below-average condition) could draw interest—or individual autograph pages moved separately. At the moment, I'm keeping it as a memento... but maybe the value makes it tempting.
I'm just very curious about all aspects of it, and my goal is gathering as much info about it as I can—and if there is a market and approx. value on something like this. But in large part, gathering info, and identifying who the signatures are from.
Here is the *Mel Ott, Hank Leiber and Bubber Jonnard
Lou Tost, Manuel Salvo, *Casey Stengel, and Paul Waner
Now the mystery here is that the "S" in Stengel does not appear to be the way he (mostly?) signed his name. Referencing it with other known signatures, it looks the same aside from that S. However I've found other forms of his signature where he does sign his "S" in this way. Does anyone have an opinion on this signature?
My question then is if anyone has intrigue by this book; and maybe would like to go through the dozens of more names. Or what I should do with the book from here.
More pages posted as a collage for now.
Bubber Jonnard (coach)
Anthony "Tony" DiBartolo (minors)
Gus Mancuso (traded to STL in '42)
Al "Skippy" Roberge
*Pee Wee Reese
Frank "Rube" Melton
Merrill "Pinky" May
Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck
Hans Lobert (manager)
Frank "Lefty" Hoerst
+Hiram "Hi" Bithorn (first player from Puerto Rico)
Howard "Howie" Pollet
*Mort Cooper (MVP of '42)
*Stan Musial (rookie)
Leo Ward?? (traveling secretary?)
So now here's something interesting. When I first saw the Musial autograph I was a little confused, since it doesn't look like any of the Musial autographs you'll find out there. But if you find some of his signatures from 41–42 like signed forms that have surfaced, you'll see he had a more classical signature, before he started his "autograph."
Check out these old examples:
1941 sig: http://www.stlouismemorabilia.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=149653571