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1949 and 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball Collection (4) - Mel Allen Collection

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $711.00

Collection of four Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed balls, two dating from 1949 and the other two dating from 1952. These four balls share a special provenance: each originates directly from the personal collection of Mel Allen, the legendary "voice of the Yankees." In 1997 Robert Edward Auctions had the privilege of offering all of the baseball memorabilia from Mel Allen's estate, with these balls representing just a few of the many keepsakes saved by Mel Allen that were featured in that auction. They have not seen the light of day since and have been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser at the 1997 Mel Allen estate auction. Like most team balls from that era, Dodger balls especially, all feature some clubhouse signatures (one is completely clubhouse). The clubhouse signatures are duly noted in the listing. 1) 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions team-signed ball. Twenty-five blue-ink signatures (averaging "6") on an official National League (Frick) ball: Robinson (clubhouse signature), Campanella, Snider (clubhouse signature), Reese (clubhouse signature), Shotton (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Pitler (coach), Barney, Cox, Hodges (clubhouse signature), Furillo (clubhouse signature), Miksis (clubhouse signature), Rackley (clubhouse signature), McCormick (clubhouse signature), Olmo (clubhouse signature), Hermanski, Palica, Roe, Whitman, Erskine (clubhouse signature), Stock (coach, clubhouse signature), Banta, Hatten, Branca, Jorgensen, and Newcombe. Ex, with a light, uneven, coating of protective shellac. 2) 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions team-signed ball. Twenty-five blue-ink signatures (averaging "6") on an official National League (Frick) ball: Robinson (clubhouse signature), Campanella, Reese (clubhouse signature), Snider (clubhouse signature), Shotton (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse), Pitler (coach), Barney, Cox, Furillo, Miksis (clubhouse signature), Rackley (clubhouse signature), Banta, Whitman, Stock (coach, clubhouse signature), Palica, Branca, Hatten, Hermanski, Hodges (clubhouse signature), Olmo, Erskine, Roe, McCormick, Newcombe, and Jorgensen. Ex, with a moderate, uneven, coating of protective shellac. 3) 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions team-signed ball. Twenty-five blue-ink signatures (averaging "9") on an official National League (Giles) ball: Robinson (clubhouse signature), Reese, Williams, Dressen (Mgr., sweet spot), Bridges, King, Amoros, Hodges (clubhouse signature), Branca, Erskine, Roe, Walker, Holmes, Rutherford, Pafko, Landrum, Pfister (coach), Black, Furillo (twice, both clubhouse signatures), Cox, Morgan, Labine, Shuba, and Moore. Ex-Mt, with a moderate, uneven, coating of protective shellac. 4) 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions team-signed ball. Twenty-three blue-ink signatures (averaging "9") on an official National League (Giles) ball. This ball is an unusual curiosity as JSA has deemed every signature on this ball a clubhouse signature. (This is unusual in that Dodgers balls from this era are usually only partially clubhouse signed.) The clubhouse signatures include Robinson, Campanella, Snider, etc. Ex, with a moderate, uneven, layer of protective shellac. Total: 4 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $711.00


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