Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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Author of a .313 lifetime batting average and 331 career home runs, Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg was one of the game's greatest players, a two-time MVP who, in 1938, came closer than anyone to Babe Ruth's record 60 home run season by belting 58.  The first American Leaguer to be drafted into military service during World War II, Greenberg was honorably discharged two days before Pearl Harbor, when he enlisted in the Air Force.  Greenberg wound up serving longer than any other major league player.

Presented here is an outstanding artifact - a 1930's/40's Hutch first base mitt, signed by Greenberg.  Greenberg lived to be 75 years old, well into the 1980s, when the baseball memorabilia craze had already begun.  Hank Greenberg signed many things.  Greenberg-signed baseballs, while frequently selling into the thousands, are relatively plentiful, as are Hall of Fame postcards, index cards, photos, and other types of signed flats.  

Greenberg-signed gloves, however, are virtually nonexistent in the hobby.  Although we're sure they're out there, in our research, we were simply unable to find one.

The mitt, a Hutch 396 base mitt, is actually a well-worn softball first base mitt (according to the leather stamping near the glove heel).  Missing the lacing that forms the web, the leather piping is very worn, and the glove appears to have some stray lacing in the web area, and some of the lacing is missing around two eyelets in the thumb.  The lacing on the wrist strap has been replaced with a white shoelace, and the interior lining is worn and cracked.  The leather stamping is very faint, and the thumb has "M 1" written on it in what appears to be black marker.  The Hutch label on the glove fingers is intact, though dirty.

Greenberg's signature, however, is bold and clean, written with black fiber-tip marker on the outside of the fingers.  Not particularly detailed due to the thickness of the marker, the signature is unmistakably Greenberg's, and the entire leather panel on which the signature appears is in excellent condition.

A 1930s/40s baseball glove signed by a Hall of Famer from the era is a rare and special artifact.  Given that Greenberg was a first baseman, a signed first base mitt is that much more special.  An outstanding piece of prewar memorabilia from one of the game's greatest-ever players.
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Rare Hank Greenberg-signed Store Model First Baseman's Mitt
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $153
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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