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Outstanding 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates World Champions Team-Signed Ball With Kenesaw Landis

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $11,750.00

This exceptional team-signed ball features the black-ink signatures of twenty-three members of the 1925 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, including Hall of Famers Fred Clarke (coach, grading a strong "9/10"), Max Carey ("6"), Pie Traynor ("7"), Bill McKechnie (Mgr., sweet spot, "7"), and Kiki Cuyler ("8"). The signature of baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ("7") also appears on a side panel. The remaining team signatures adorning the Official American League (Johnson) are those of Clyde Barnhart (sweet spot), Red Oldham (sweet spot), Roy Spencer, Glenn Wright, John Gooch, Emil Yde, Lee Meadows, Ray Kremer, Vic Aldridge, Johnny Rawlings, Babe Adams, George Grantham, Stuffy McInnis, Carson Bigbee, Earl Smith, Eddie Moore, Bill Hinchman (coach), and John Morrison. The black-ink notation "Worlds Champs 1925" appears on a side panel. All of the signatures remain clearly legible and range in grade from "5" to "9/10," averaging "6/7." The presence of Landis' signature, along with the fact that this is an American League ball, strongly suggests that this ball was most likely signed at the 1925 World Series. The Pirates defeated the Washington Senators in seven games, thus capturing their second World Championship in franchise history. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible, and the lightly toned ball has been coated with a very thin layer of protective shellac. In Excellent to Mint condition. The ball's fine state of preservation is directly related to its provenance. Our consignor, a non-collector, received this ball as a gift from his grandfather over forty years ago and prior to that it had remained in his grandfather's possession since 1925. Team-signed balls of championship clubs from the 1920s are extremely rare, especially those in high-grade condition, making this magnificently preserved family heirloom an extremely significant early team-signed ball and a particularly noteworthy hobby "find." LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $11,750.00

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