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Lot # 953 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1940s Honus Wagner Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00

Official American League (Harridge) ball signed by Honus Wagner across the sweet spot. Wagner's signature has been boldly scripted across the sweet spot in blue ink and grades "9/10." When we first saw this ball, we thought it was one of the finest Honus Wagner single-signed balls in existence. Our consignor paid $8,000 for this ball in 1998. James Spence Authentications informed us, however, upon review of this ball, that while the Wagner signature was authentic, this was not truly a single-signed ball. This was a ball that had been professionally doctored to cover up other signatures. Looking at it under a black light, we could easily see for ourselves that the ball indeed has had areas that were somehow painted over (these areas glow brightly when under a black light), even though the work is not apparent to the naked eye. Our consignor was, of course, very disappointed when we alerted him to the cosmetic work, as he had purchased the ball ten years ago with the belief that it was a true single-signed ball. After finding that the seller was not interested in communicating with him about a refund or price adjustment, he has decided to sell the ball properly described. Examples such as this, while not "single signed" in the literal sense, offer the same aesthetic appeal and provide a more economical alternative to a true single-signed ball for many collectors. This is still one of the finest Wagner signatures we have seen on a ball, and displays beautifully as a single, with no other signatures visible. While this ball will sell at a significant discount compared to a true Wagner single-signed ball, in terms of display value there is little or no difference, and the Wagner signature itself is authentic and extraordinary in grade. The ball is in apparent Near Mint condition and all of the manufacturer's labels are legible. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $3,525.00


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