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Circa 1965 Nestor Chylak Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410
Wilson official "Little League" ball signed in blue ink (grading "9") on a side panel by Hall of Fame umpire Nestor Chylak. The notation "Little League Dinner" is printed in blue ink on the opposite side panel. As that notation might suggest, this ball was originally obtained at a local Pennsylvania Little League dinner in the mid 1960s. According to our consignor, her father was good friends with Nestor Chylack and he was able to persuade the well-known Major League umpire to be the guest speaker at her brother's annual Little League dinner. This ball was actually signed for her brother that night, and it was her brother who notated the ball to commemorate the signing. At that time, little did anyone realize how significant the ball would become in the field of autograph collecting. Nestor Chylak single-signed baseballs are extremely rare and represent one of the modern-day virtually impossible-to-obtain “keys” to any complete or world-class single-signed Hall of Fame ball collection. This is only the second example we have ever offered. Chylak was an American League umpire from 1954 through 1978 and umpired in five World Series during his career (1957, 1960, 1966, 1971, and 1977). Unfortunately, he wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1999, seventeen years after he died at age 59. Since few collectors had occasion to ask for his autograph, his signature today, in any form, is rare and highly prized by Hall of Fame autograph collectors. Chylak's signature on a baseball, let alone a single-signed ball, is one of the great modern rarities of Hall of Fame signature collecting. The ball displays a few minor surface blemishes (one of which touches upon Chylak's signature) and is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,410
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