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Lot # 1448 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Political, Entertainment, Boxers, Etc., Signed Baseball Collection (17)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,175.00

Autographed baseballs, while a staple in the field of baseball collectibles, are considered quite uncommon when they feature the signatures of those not directly associated with our National Pastime. That fact should not be surprising for the simple reason that most people do not normally carry baseballs with them on a daily basis in the hopes of running into someone important. Obtaining a signed baseball from a celebrity or politician is a planned, premeditated action, and one that often requires special access to the person in question that is not normally available to most fans. Featured in this amazing single-signed ball collection are the signature examples of seventeen very well known individuals, from various fields of occupation, that are seldom encountered scripted upon a baseball, including Gerald Ford, Donald Trump and Jesse Jackson. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are Official National, American, or Major League balls, have been signed in blue ink along the sweet spot (grading "9/10"), and are in Near Mint condition. Political Figures: 1-2) Gerald Ford (2 balls). Each is signed in black ink ("9/10") on the side panel of a Wilson "Official League" ball. Both balls display scattered areas of age toning. 3) Madeline Albright. 4) Ralph Nader. Inscribed on the sweet spot "Lou Gehrig - For the New York Yankees - Ralph Nader." ("8"). 5) Newt Gingrich. 6) Jesse Jackson. On the side panel of a Rawlings "Major League Specifications" ball. ("8"). 7) Henry Kissinger (black ink on a side panel). 8) Bob Dole (red ink, "8"). There is evidence of another signature having been removed from a side panel. 9) John Major - former British Prime Minister (black marker). Astronauts: 10) Walt Cunningham (black ink). 11) Wally Schirra ("7"). Boxers: 12) Jake LaMotta ("8," slight smudging). 13) Floyd Patterson (black marker). Celebrities: 14) Walter Cronkite (black ink on a Diamond "Little League" ball, "6/7"). 15) Donald Trump. Scattered heavy age toning. 16) Bob Hope (black marker, "8"). 17) Charlton Heston. Slight soiling. This is a very unusual, interesting, and substantial collection of signed baseballs by particularly well known names. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 17 signed baseballs. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,175.00


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