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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Champions Team-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,994
This remarkable, high-grade Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball dates from the club's historic 1955 World Championship season and represents one of the finest examples we have ever seen. In addition to its stellar condition, this ball is all the more noteworthy in that it has no secretarial signatures (which is so common for Dodgers team-signed balls from this era). The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-one members of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers: Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Robinson, Campanella, Snider, Reese, Hodges, Gilliam, Furillo, Labine, Podres, Meyer, Lasorda, Zimmer, Walker, Hamric, Shuba, Erskine, Amoros, Black, Loes, and Becker (coach). The blue-ink notation "1955 World Champs" is written on a side panel. That notation notwithstanding, this ball can be definitively dated to 1955 due to the fact that it includes the signature of Bert Hamric, who only played with the Dodgers that one season. All of the signatures are boldly scripted, grading either "8" or "9," and the ball is in Near Mint condition. This is simply an extraordinary example and, with the exception of having seven fewer signatures, rivals the example that sold for a record price of $32,313 in Robert Edward Auctions' May 2009 sale (Lot 1016). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,994
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