An Al Capone Autograph or a John Dillinger Autograph is Very Expensive and Rare
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Al Capone Autograph
Early 20th century gangster autographs are worth huge dollars. The most expensive criminal autograph is an Al Capone autograph letter signed which can sell as high as $60,000! An Al Capone autograph on his Police fingerprint booking card can sell for as much as $70,000! Here at NateDSanders.com, we have sold a John Dillinger autograph letter signed and a Clyde Barrow autograph letter signed. Here are their descriptions and their price realized:
Astonishing John Dillinger Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Letter — ”…Sweetheart if I had known two months ago that you would ever care enough about me to marry me I would have gotten a job…” — With JSA COA
Emotional and scarce John Dillinger autograph letter signed, written in October 1933, less than two weeks before he escaped from prison in Lima, Ohio. He writes to Mary Longnaker, his girlfriend and the sister of his recently killed buddy Jim Jenkins. The robbers met while they were both incarcerated at the Michigan City penitentiary in Indiana in 1929, along with future members of their bank-robbing gang Harry Pierpont and Homer Van Meter. Dillinger and Longnaker met and started their courtship while Dillinger was released from prison in May of 1933. Five months later, the FBI’s first official “Public Enemy #1” writes to her from prison following another arrest. He dates the letter 1 October 1933, and the postmarked envelope from Lima is stamped 2 October 1933. The touching text reads in full: “Dearest Mary, I just read in the paper of Jimmys death and I know you must be heartbroken. I feel for you dear for I know how much you cared for each other, and I can understand your grief because Jimmy was the only real friend and pal I had outside of my family and I loved him like a brother. Honey this old world has delt [sic] you some heavy blows. I wish I were free so I could take you away and make you happy but the least I can expect is ten years. Sweetheart if I had known two months ago that you would ever care enough about me to marry me I would have gotten a job somehow for I could enjoy working for a girl like you and having a home. Do you think I have enjoyed myself always on the go, no place I could call home. I expect you were surprised to hear I was sent to Lima weren’t you? I wish you would send me the pictures we had taken at the worlds fair. I will always keep them in remembrance of you. Darling I won’t write you any more, I want you to forget me for ten years or more is to long for any girl to wait, and as sweet as you are you will find the right man someday to make you happy. Dear I am heartbroken too about Jimmy for he was a wonderful fellow. Goodbye and the best of luck to you always. Love from Johnnie.” Less than two weeks later, on 12 October, Dillinger’s buddies broke him out of prison, and though he sought out Mary, she refused him due to his status as a fugitive. In less than a year, he’d be shot dead by federal police in a sting involving his new girlfriend. Letter runs 2pp. and measures 7.5″ x 9.75″. Toning and separation at fold lines. Very good condition. With JSA COA. Exceptionally scarce John Dillinger autograph letter signed; less than ten examples of just his signature are known to exist and this is the only letter we have encountered. Just as rare as an Al Capone autograph but worth only 1/3 to 1/4 of an Al Capone autograph. Sold for $17,365.
Clyde Barrow postcard signed, dated 30 September 1929. Before he became half of the 1930’s crime duo of Bonnie and Clyde, Barrow sends a postcard from Mexico addressed to Mrs. H.B. Barrow in Dallas. He writes in pencil, ”hello mother – just fine. We are in old Mexico. drunk as hell. Will see you in about 3 weeks. Clyde + Grace.” Only 20 years old at this time, Barrow met Bonnie Parker a few months later, and would be dead within five years after a multi-state crime spree that captured the public imagination. A Mexican stamp is affixed to the upper right corner of the 3.25” x 5.5” postcard. Light soiling, else very good. Nicely framed with period photographs of him and Bonnie. Just as scarce as an Al Capone autograph, but only worth 1/7 of an Al Capone autograph. With JSA COA. Sold for $10,780.
To auction, buy, consign or sell a Clyde Barrow autograph, Al Capone autograph, Al Capone autograph letter signed or John Dillinger autograph, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.
Summary for this article re: an Al Capone autograph:
An Al Capone autograph is worth 3 – 4 times more than a John Dillinger autograph.
An Al Capone autograph is worth 7 times more than a Clyde Barrow autograph.
An Al Capone autograph is the most expensive gangster autograph.