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Lot # 961 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary George Sisler Single-Signed "Stat" Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $14,220

The ultimate George Sisler single-signed ball! Extremely rare, almost certainly unique, George Sisler single-signed "stat" ball dating from the 1950s. In addition to Sisler's exceptionally large blue-ink signature on a side panel (the signature extends across the sweet spot; grading "9/10"), the official American League (Harridge) balls features numerous printed notations by Sisler that encompass all three remaining panels. The first panel records the teams he played for and his lifetime batting average: "St. Louis Browns, 1915-1927, Washington 1928, Boston Braves 1928-1930, Lifetime BA .340." The second panel records a number of his lifetime totals and achievements: "Total games 2055, Batting title 1920 - 407, 1922 420, Hit 42 straight games 1922." The final panel makes note of his hit totals: "Hit 34 straight games 1925, Total hits 2812, Hits one season 257 (1920)." This ball dates to the 1946-1959 manufacturing period, a time during which Sisler was employed first as a scout by the Dodgers (1946-1950) and then as a scout and batting instructor for the Pirates (1951-1961). Single-signed "stat" balls, especially those signed by prominent Hall of Famers such as Sisler, are virtually unheard of for this period, making this both a rare and highly desirable example. Given the abundance of information provided by Sisler, it seems almost certain that he was requested to sign the ball in this manner by a sophisticated collector with the foresight to envision how unique and ideal this ball could be if signed in this manner (and this was long before the term "single-signed ball" let alone "stat ball" was even a collecting term!) This is the only Sisler "stat" ball we have ever seen and it certainly stands as perhaps the finest single-signed example we have ever seen or could imagine possibly existing. This is an extraordinary single-signed ball for an important Hall of Famer, and would be a worthy addition to even the most advanced Hall of Fame single-signed baseball or memorabilia collection. The ball displays light toning on each of the panels and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $14,220


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