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1943 Monterrey Champions Signed Photo and Ball with Campanella
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $920.00
In 1943, Campanella and teammate Pee Wee Butts left the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro National League due to a contract dispute with Elites owner Tom Wilson, and headed south to Mexico where they helped lead the Monterrey team to the league title. This lot includes a team autographed photo (13 ½" x 10") of the 1943 Monterrey Mexican League Champions, and a signed team ball, both signed by the entire team including Roy Campanella. The team photograph has various imperfections including a heavy horizontal crease and foxing in the upper right. The signatures overall grade "5". The Campanella signature is very worn on the "oy" of Roy, and otherwise grades an "8". Good condition. The photo is beautifully framed to dimensions of 18 x 14 ½ inches. The ball is an "Official League" model, also in Good condition with significant wear, but with signatures stronger, grading overall "7" or slightly better. The Campanella signature on the ball is somewhat small and cramped, as Campy signed in a place with limited room. This team was managed by Cuban Negro Leaguer Lazaro Salazar. From the family of Monterrey third baseman Ramon Heredia. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $920.00
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