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1947 and 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Baseballs + Two Additional (4)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
The Brooklyn Dodgers were one of baseball's perennial powerhouses, capturing three pennants between the years 1941 and 1950. This collection includes two Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed baseballs from 1947 and 1950, respectively, plus two additional lower grade Dodgers team balls dating from the 1941 and 1944 seasons. Adding to the appeal of these balls is their accompanying provenance. This entire lot has been consigned directly from the Lundy family, the original owners of the famous Lundy Brothers Restaurant in Brooklyn, where the Dodgers players frequently dined. 1) 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers: ONL (Frick) baseball with 21 blue ink signatures: Robinson (rookie year, "8/9"), Reese ("8"), Snider (rookie year, "8/9", possible clubhouse), Stanky (sweet spot), Furillo, Edwards, Walker, Reiser, Hermanski, Miksis, Rojek, Lavagetto, Gionfriddo, Bragan, Stevens, Branca, Hatten, Lombardi, Taylor, Gregg, and Barney (possible clubhouse). The balance of the signatures grade an "8/9" overall. The official ball stampings are slightly faded but very legible. The ball has a light coat of protective shellac and has slightly toned from age, with a few minor abrasions. Very Good to Excellent condition. Extremely historic team-signed Brooklyn Dodgers baseball featuring Jackie Robinson's signature from his rookie season in the Major Leagues. 2) 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers: ONL(Frick) baseball with 27 blue ink signatures: Shotton (clubhouse, mgr. - sweet spot), Robinson (clubhouse), Campanella ("9"), Reese ("8"), Snider ("8/9"), Hodges ("9/10"), Furillo ("8/9"), Cox, Hermanski (clubhouse), Newcombe, Roe, Erskine, Branca, Russell (clubhouse), Morgan, Edwards, Brown, Miksis, Belardi, Abrams, Van Cuyk, Palica, Bankhead, Hatten (clubhouse), Barney (clubhouse), Stock (clubhouse, coach), Pitler (clubhouse, coach). The balance of the signatures range in grade from "7" to "10," averaging an "8.5" overall. All the ball stampings are crisp and bold. Some very slight toning, mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy, otherwise in Near Mint condition. 3) 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers: Well-toned ball with 15 ink signatures: Durocher (sweet spot), Medwick, Camilli, Lavagetto, Reiser, Wasdell, Franks, Coscarart, Vosmik, Wyatt, Davis, Hamlin, Fitzsimmons, Albosta, and Mungo. Signatures are faint but legible grading a "3." There are additional signatures on the ball which are illegible. The manufacturer's stampings have worn away and the ball was long ago coated with a moderate layer of protective shellac which is slightly yellowed: it is otherwise in Very Good condition. 4) 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers: "Official Dodger Ball - Branch Rickey" baseball with seven legible ink signatures: Lloyd Waner (who played only one year with the Dodgers), Schultz, Bolling, Hayworth, Andrews, Webber, and Wyatt. Signatures are very light, grading a "2" overall. The ball is well toned and has a light coat of protective shellac, and is otherwise in Very Good condition. Total 4 signed baseballs. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200.
Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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