BUSTER CRABBE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1980 - HFSID 176703
Sale Price $396.00
Crabbe handwrote and signed this long note on the back of a 1980 letter from William Nick Howes, a writer at Starlog magazine. In it he says that he had no problem with autograph hunters - "Quite the contrary - I'm flattered" - and that one of his most treasured photo was on that astronaut Dave Scott signed for him.
Autograph note signed "Buster Crabbe". 1 page, 8½x10½. In full: "(1) I have no pet peeve regarding autograph collectors. Quite the contrary - I'm flattered - in that I'ce been around for 40 years and people still remember the old 'Flash' and the 'Old Buck' - One of the treasured photos that I've received and that has a special place in my den - I quote - TO BUSTER CRABBE WITH WARM PERSONAL REGARDS AND MANY THANKS FOR LEADING THE WAY, DEC. 29, 1971 - DAVE SCOTT, APPOLLO [sic] 15, GEMINI VIII APPOLLO [sic] IX Wow! And I had to get to the moon - we called it 'MONGO' in the old days - by rocket ship - and the expertise of 'DOCTOR ZARKOV' the mad scientist -". This long note was written on the back of a typed letter from Feb. 23, 1980. William "Nick" Howes, who sent this letter to Crabbe to gather information on autographs for an article in Starlog magazine. Crabbe (1908-1983, born Clarence Linden Crabbe in Oakland, California), who won the Gold Medal in the 400-meter swim at the 1932 Olympic games, went on to star in over 100 adventure films, many set in outer space (most as Flash Gordon), and the Wild West (as Billy "the Kid" Carson). In 1933, Crabbe also starred as Tarzan in the Principal Pictures 16-part serial film. Ironically, in winning his Olympic medal, Crabbe had broken the record set by MGM's rival Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller. Lightly toned and creased. Typed letter shows through lightly and touches handwriting and signature. Autograph note shows through on typed side. Otherwise in fine condition.
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