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Circa 1930 Hack Wilson Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $6,462.50

Official National League (Heydler) ball signed in black fountain pen (grading “5/6”) across the sweet spot by Hack Wilson. This striking red-and-blue stitched ball dates from the 1926-1932 manufacturing era, a time that directly coincides with the most prolific period of Hack Wilson’s career. Wilson led the National League in home runs four times during that span. He also drove in 100 or more runs in six of those seven years, including a Major League record 190 in 1930. While thousands of fans clamored for Babe Ruth's signature on the sweet spot of a ball during these years, few were as determined to get a ball signed by Hack Wilson. For this reason, and perhaps also because of Wilson's very well known penchant for alcohol, which may have made him less accessible, Hack Wilson's signature is particularly rare on a single-signed ball. In fact, this is the first example that we can recall ever offering. Hack Wilson single-signed balls may be all the rarer due to the fact that he passed away in 1948 and wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1979. Adding to the appeal of this ball is its remarkable condition. All of the manufacturer’s stampings are bold and bright, and aside from the most minute surface abrasions, the ball is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $6,462.50

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