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Gigantic Single-Signed Ball Collection featuring Major Stars, Executives, Etc. (101)
Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25
Represented within this spectacular collection of 101 single-signed baseballs are many particularly notable players and former stars, all of whom have one thing in common: they have not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite that fact, most of the signatures offered here should be instantly recognizable to even the most casual of fans and the grouping as a whole makes for an exceptional collection of single-signed balls. Included here are many important older names, such as Eddie Rommel, Dusty Rhodes, Johnny Podres, and Dom DiMaggio, potential "sleepers" such as Carl Stotz (founder of Little League), as well as more recent stars: Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Tom Glavine, and Mariano Rivera. Also included are a number of executives, former league officials, and announcers (nearly all are Ford C. Frick Award winners). Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either Official American League, National League, or Major League balls (production date of each between 1970 and 2006) and have been signed in blue or black ink ("9/10") across the sweet spot. Ninety-seven different players are represented within the collection, with the number of signed examples for each player (if more than one) noted in parenthesis. The collection is comprised of the following players: Jim Abbott (one-armed pitcher), Mel Allen (announcer), Roberto Alomar (on an unofficial ball, "6"), Felipe Alou, Jesus Alou, Matty Alou, Harold Baines, Red Barber (announcer, on a side panel), Craig Biggio, Curt Blefray, Vida Blue, Bert Blyleven, Barry Bonds (on an unofficial ball), Bobby Bonds (on a side panel), Jack Brickhouse (announcer), Bobby Brown (former AL President), Jack Buck (announcer), Harry Carey (announcer), Roger Clemens, Jerry Coleman, David Cone, Tony Conigliaro (faint, on an unofficial ball in red ink, "4"), Bob Costas (announcer, "7"), Bobby Cox ("8"), Doc Cramer, Babe Dahlgren (replaced Lou Gehrig), Andre Dawson, Dom DiMaggio, Darrell Evans, Cecil Fielder, Charles Finley (A's owner, on an unofficial orange ball, "6"), George Foster, Joe Garagiola, Nomar Garciaparra ("7"), Steve Garvey (on a side panel), Tom Glavine ("6"), Juan Gonzalez ("8"), Luis Gonzalez, Goose Gossage (2), Curt Gowdy (announcer), Pete Gray (one-armed player), Milo Hamilton (announcer), Ernie Harwell (announcer), Whitey Herzog, Al Hrabosky (on the side panel of an unofficial ball), Bo Jackson, Tommy John, Randy Johnson (2, one a game-used ball from his 254th win, with MLB authentication), Jim Kaat (on a side panel, "7"), Harry Kalas (announcer), Dave Kingman, Tony Kubek (2), Tony LaRussa, Charley Lau, Danny Litwhiler, Sparky Lyle, Fred Lynn, Sam McDowell, Mark McGwire, Marvin Miller (influential head of the Player's Union), Minnie Minoso (2), Bob Murphy (announcer), Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Jesse Orosco ("7"), Dave Parker, Gabe Paul (Yankees General Manager in the 1970s, personalized on an unofficial ball), Mike Piazza ("7"), Lou Piniella, Vada Pinson, Johnny Podres, Jeff Reardon, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Sr., Mariano Rivera (on a 2004 game-used ball, moderately soiled), Ed Rommel (on an ONL [Giles] Blem ball, personalized on a side panel), Ron Santo, Vin Scully (announcer), Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, Chuck Stobbs (gave up Mantle's 565-foot home run), Carl Stotz (founder of Little League, on an official Little League ball) , Clyde Sukeforth, Frank Thomas (current player), Jim Thome, Chuck Thompson (announcer), Luis Tiant, Alan Trammell, Greg Vaughn (on an ONL Blem ball), Fay Vincent (former MLB Commissioner), Larry Walker, Bob Watson, David Wells (faint, "4"), Vick Wertz (on an OAL [Harridge] ball, "7"), Dick Williams (Williams has added a number of notations pertaining to his managerial career), and Bob Wolf (announcer). Approximately 20% of the balls display some minor age toning; otherwise all are in Near Mint or Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 101 balls. Reserve $800. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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