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1962 New York Mets Team-Signed Ball with Casey Stengel - Inaugural Season
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $3,231
The value and desirability of a team-signed ball is normally predicated on the success of team and the number of significant signatures present on the ball. This ball, however, is the exact opposite to that rule and is valued by collectors for the sheer ineptitude of the club. Offered here is a ball signed by the 1962 New York Mets, the worst team in baseball history. The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-eight members of the club: Stengel (Mgr., sweet spot), Ruffing (coach), Ashburn, MacKenzie, Christopher, Miller, Lavagetto (coach), Hook, Kress (coach), Pignatano, Coleman, Hunter, Mantilla, Cannizzaro, Moorhead (black ink), Chacon, Daviault, Mizell, Hickman, Craig, Hemus (coach), Woodling, Jackson, Thomas, Throneberry, Neal, Miller (there were two Bob Millers on the club), and Anderson. Signatures range from "6" to "8," averaging "7," with the exception of Moorhead ("4"). The blue-ink notation, "N.Y. Mets 1962," which appears to be in Casey Stengel's hand, appears directly above his signature on the sweet spot. As most collectors are aware, Stengel's signature on most New York Mets team balls is a "clubhouse" version. The fact that he not only actually signed this ball, but took the time to add an additional notation, is particularly noteworthy, and might even suggest that this ball was presented to a personal friend of his. In Excellent to Near Mint condition. This is an outstanding 1962 New York Mets team-signed ball, made all the more significant for fact that it includes the signature of "The Old Professor." LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $3,231
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