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1932 Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Ball (Possible 5/16/32 Game-Used Hit Ball)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $4,444
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in black fountain pen (grading "6/7") on a side panel by Jimmie Foxx. Ideally, the "Beast" has signed the ball in such a manner as to occupy nearly the entire panel, making this an exceptional single-signed ball for display. Further adding to its appeal are the vintage handwritten notations printed on the sweet spot and adjacent west and east panels. Written in bold black ink on the sweet spot is "Jimmy Foxx/A's/1932." That notation is flanked, respectively, by "Hit by" on the west panel, and the date, "5/16/32," on the east panel. Research indicates that the A's played the Detroit Tigers at Shibe Park on May 16, 1932. Foxx managed a single in three at bats, with one RBI, in the A's 6-4 loss that day. Whether this ball represents that one hit by Foxx or, instead, possibly a foul ball off of his bat, will never be known. However, it should be noted that this ball was only manufactured during the three-year period 1931-1933 (we know this from researching the ball stampings), therefore giving further credence to its game-used status. 1932 was arguably Foxx's greatest overall season. In addition to seriously challenging Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record with a career-high 58 home runs, Foxx also set career-high marks for batting average (.364), slugging percentage (.749), hits (213), and runs (151). Additionally, his league-leading 169 RBI was the second-best total of his career and tenth-highest mark in history. Those extraordinary numbers easily earned him MVP honors at season's end. Foxx finished his career with a .325 lifetime average and was the second player in history (after Ruth) to amass over 500 home runs. Foxx was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951. He passed away in 1967 at the age of sixty. The ball is lightly soiled, displaying a number of minor abrasions and surface blemishes consistent with a game-used ball. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Jimmie Foxx single-signed balls dating from his active playing career are rare and highly prized by collectors, with this example, penned during his 1932 MVP season, ranking as an exceptionally fascinating, unique, and noteworthy example. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $4,444
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