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Extremely Substantial Hall of Fame Single-Signed Ball Collection (118 single-signed balls, 101 Different HOFers)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $9,400.00
This extremely substantial collection of 118 single-signed Hall of Fame baseballs, representing 101 different players, is noteworthy both for its quantity, quality, and the fact that almost half (47) of the players represented here are deceased. Included here are many highlights, including many single-signed balls which would be very costly if purchased individually (such as T. Williams, J. DiMaggio, Grimes, Stengel, Veeck, Waner, etc). Also included are balls signed by nine members of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club. To put the number of Hall of Famer signed balls offered here into proper perspective, this collection represents exactly thirty-six percent of all Hall of Fame inductees (280 total to date). In addition to the single-signed balls, the collection also includes four multi-signed balls featuring Hall of Fame signatures. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either official National League, American League, or Major League balls (production date of each between 1970 and 2006) and all have been signed across the sweet spot in either blue or black ink (grading "9/10"). The number of balls for each player, if more than one, is noted in parenthesis. Singled-Signed Balls (118): Anderson, Aparicio, Appling, Ashburn, Barlick, Bell (in blue marker), Bench, Berra, Boggs (2), Boudreau, Brett, Brock (2), Bunning, Campanella (2, both are post-accident signatures), Carew, Carlton, Carter, Cepeda, Conlan, Coveleski, Cronin (side panel of an official 1980 All-Star Game ball), Dandridge, Day (2), Dickey, DiMaggio (2, one is on a portrait ball), Doby, Doerr ("7"), Durocher, Eckersley, Feller, Fingers, Fisk, Ford, Gehringer, B. Gibson, Gomez (on a side panel), Gwynn, Grimes (mostly on the side panel of an official 1985 All-Star Game ball), Herman, Hoyt (on a side panel of an official 1983 All-Star Game ball), Hubbell, Hunter, Irvin, T. Jackson (in blue felt-tip pen), R. Jackson, Jenkins, J. Johnson, Kaline, Kell, Kelly (in blue marker), Killebrew, Kiner (2), Koufax, Lemon (2), Leonard, Lopez, Lyons ("7"), Lee MacPhail (on a side panel), Marichal, Marquard (on the side panel of an official 1979 All-Star Game ball), Mathews, Mays, Mazeroski, McCovey, Mize (2, one in black felt tip pen), Molitor (3), Murray, Musial (3, one in black marker, "6," with moderate bleeding, another on a Rawlings "Official League" ball), Newhouser, Niekro, Palmer, Perez, Perry, Puckett, Rizzuto, Ryan (2), B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Roush, Sandberg, Schoendienst, Schmidt ("6"), Sewell, Slaughter, Smith, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, Stengel (in red ink, on an unofficial ball, "6," a few other signatures on the ball have been removed, thus it now presents as a single-signed ball), Sutter, Sutton, Terry, Veeck (in black marker, "8"), L. Waner (black felt tip pen on an unofficial ball), Weaver, B. Williams, T. Williams ("8"), Winfield (2, one grading "7"), Wynn, Yount (3, one grading "6"), and Yastrzemski (2, one grading "8"). Multi-Signed Balls (4): 1) six blue-ink signatures ("6" to "8") on an OAL (Harridge) ball: Cal Hubbard, George Magerkurth, George Barr, Bill Summers, Steve Basil, and Tom Dunn. The vintage black-ink notation "1942 World Series Umpires" appears on a side panel. (Hubbard, Magerkurth, Summers, and Barr did work the 1942 World Series, the other two did not). The Hubbard signature ("8") sits alone on a side panel and the ball can be displayed as a single if so desired. Heavily toned and coated with a light layer of protective shellac. 2) six black fountain-pen signatures on a moderately toned and soiled ball (no manufacturer's labels visible): Cal Hubbard ("5"), Charles Berry ("2"), Lee Ballanfont ("5/6"), Al Barlick ("7"), Beans Reardon ("6"), and one other (illegible). All of the signatures appear on various side panels. Barlik, Hubbard, Berry, and Ballanfont umpired together in the 1946 World Series and this ball may date from that event. 3) Official Pacific Coast League ball signed in blue ink("9/10") across the sweet spot by Walt Alston and one other (illegible). 4) Rawlings "Official League" ball signed in blue ink ("9/10") by Lefty Grove (sweet spot) and Brooks Robinson. The ball is moderately toned and displays as a Grove single if so desired. All of the balls are in Near Mint condition (with the exception of the multi-signed umpires ball), with approximately thirty percent displaying very light scattered age toning, and another ten percent displaying slightly more pronounced moderate-to-heavy age toning. This carefully assembled collection is part of a comprehensive Hall of Fame signed-items collection offered in this auction, put together over a period of many years by a very advanced collector. This impressive collection of signed baseballs offers tremendous break value, and could also serve as the foundation for a world-class collection of Hall of Famer single-signed baseballs. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 123 balls (119 single-signed balls and 4 multi-signed balls). Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000++. SOLD FOR $9,400.00
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