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Thomas Yawkey Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75

Official American League (Cronin) ball signed by Hall of Fame member Tom Yawkey, owner for forty-four years of the Boston Red Sox (1933-1976). Yawkey’s blue-ink signature has been scripted across the sweet spot and grades “7.” Tom Yawkey single-signed balls are exceedingly rare and one of the modern-day “keys” to any comprehensive Hall of Fame single-signed ball collection. The rarity of his signature is twofold. First, he was a team owner, not a ballplayer, thus his signature was not normally sought after by autographed-ball collectors. Second, he passed away in 1976, four years prior to his induction into the Hall of Fame. Yawkey purchased the Red Sox in 1933 and is credited with reversing the team’s misfortunes following Harry Frazee’s infamous regime. Yawkey, unlike previous owners, was willing to aggressively spend money on players and invest in a minor-league system. The Red Sox won three pennants during his tenure (1946, 1967, and 1975), only to lose the World Series each time in seven games. To date, Yawkey is the only the second Major League team owner inducted into the Hall of Fame (Bill Veeck is the other). The ball is moderately soiled and may have been game used. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75

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