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1934 and 1945 Philadelphia Phillies Team-Signed Balls
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $823
Two early Philadelphia Phillies team-signed balls dating from 1934 and 1941, respectively. Interestingly, the 1941 ball appears to be a game ball that was used in pitcher Tommy Hughes' first Major League victory. 1934 Philadelphia Phillies. Seventeen black-ink signatures on an official National League (Heydler) ball: Walters, J. Wilson (player/manager), Chiozza, Camilli (twice), Haslin, K. Davis, C. Davis, Bartell, Allen, J. Moore, Miller (coach), Todd, Grabowski, C. Moore, Collins, and Hansen. The vintage black-ink notation "1934 Phila. Natl. League Club" is printed on the sweet spot. Signatures range in grade from "6" to "9," averaging "7/8," with the exception of Miller ("3"). The ball is moderately soiled and all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and distinct. Vg-Ex. 1941 Philadelphia Phillies. Twenty-four green-ink signatures on what appears to be an official National League ball (stampings are badly faded): Klein, Prothro (Mgr.), Rizzo, Hoerst, Lobert (coach, sweet spot), Millies, May, Crouch, Tamulis, Melton, Bruner, Marnie, Hughes, Litwhiler, Blanton, Mueller, Nagel, Warren, Marty, Livingston, Pearson, Jumonville, Bragan, and Etten. The vintage black-ink notation "1st Major League Victory - Boston 6-4" is scripted across the sweet spot. While it is pure speculation on our part, based upon that notation, this ball may originate from the personal collection of pitcher Tommy Hughes. Hughes was a rookie in 1941 and won his first Major League game on April 22nd of that year by defeating Boston 6-4. If we are correct, then obviously this is a game ball from that contest that was signed by all of Hughes' teammates to commemorate the event. The number "170" (meaning unknown) is written in blue ink on a side panel (this notation appears to be much more recent). The ball is moderately soiled. Vg-Ex. Team-signed balls from this era, especially the 1930s, are quite scarce, making this a desirable pair that would be a welcome addition to any advanced team-signed ball or Philadelphia Phillies collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 balls. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $823
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