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Circa 1940 Ernie Lombardi Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
Circa 1940 Cincinnati Athletic Goods “Official League Ball” inscribed on a side panel by Hall of Fame catcher Ernie Lombardi. The vintage black-ink inscription reads “From Ernie Lombardi to Dorthy” and grades “6/7.” The signature panel has been coated with a moderate layer of protective shellac and the ball is otherwise in Excellent condition, with all of the manufacturer’s stampings bold and legible. Lombardi starred with the Reds from 1931 through 1941. He later played with both the Dodgers and Giants before retiring in 1947. Ernie Lombardi single-signed balls dating to his active playing career are rare, perhaps far rarer than most collectors realize. Lombardi passed away in 1977 and was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1986. Not only does the date of his passing predate when the single-signed ball became universally recognized as the ideal among autographed baseball collectors, but he was not elected to the Hall of Fame until nine years after his passing (and therefore collectors of Hall of Fame signed balls never had the opportunity to inundate Lombardi with signing requests). Both of these are factors which no doubt significantly contribute to the rarity of Ernie Lombardi single-signed balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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