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1927 Wilbert Robinson Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,938
Official National League (Heydler) ball signed in black fountain pen by Hall of Famers Wilbert Robinson and Max Carey. Robinson's signature has been scripted across the sweet spot and grades "7" overall (a few light abrasions touch upon the signature). Carey's signature (grading "6") appears on the side panel directly below the sweet spot. A partially faded blue ink notation, which may be a signature, appears directly below Robinson's signature. Additional vintage black fountain pen notations, on two different side panels, indicate that this is a game ball obtained in 1927, during which time Wilbert Robinson was manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Carey the club's starting right fielder. The first notation records the date ("July 31 - 27") while the second lists the scores from that day's doubleheader against Cincinnati (at Cincinnati): "1st game - Cinti 6 - Bklyn 2 - 2nd game Cinti 2 - Bklyn 3 - ten innings." A check of the records confirms that the two clubs did split a doubleheader, by the scores listed, on that date. Wilbert Robinson passed away in 1934 and his signature, especially alone on a ball, is extremely rare. Although this is not a single-signed ball, it can be displayed as a single, and thus offers collectors a rare and far more affordable alternative to a true Robinson single (if one could even be found). The fact that this is obviously a game ball from a very specific day in 1927 adds an additional fascinating dimension of interest. The ball is moderately toned and has been coated with a layer of shellac for preservation (a common practice at the time). All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and distinct. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,938
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