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Lot # 1043 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1950s Multi-Signed Hall of Fame and Stars Ball with DiMaggio, Walsh, P. Waner, Vance, Foxx, and Many Others

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,659.00

This official American League (Harridge) ball features the signatures of seventeen prominent Hall of Fame players, plus the signatures of two other early stars. While the circumstances of its signing are uncertain, given the remarkable assemblage of signatures, it was very likely obtained at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the 1950s (the ball dates to the 1946-1959 manufacturing period). Featured on the ball are the green-ink signatures of Joe DiMaggio (ss), Jimmie Foxx, Pie Traynor, Charlie Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, George Sisler, Bill Dickey (twice), Bill Terry, Joe Cronin, Dazzy Vance, Fred Clarke, Paul Waner, Carl Hubbell, Al Simmons, Gabby Hartnett, Lefty Grove, Ed Walsh, George Wiltse, and Bump Hadley (ss). All of the signatures are fairly uniform in grade, averaging "8/9." This is an extraordinary assemblage of Hall of Fame signatures on one ball, the likes of which are seldom seen in the hobby today. The ball is lightly toned and has a few minor abrasions throughout that touch upon a few of the signatures. A light layer of protective shellac has been evenly applied. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This ball has been authenticated by PSA/DNA and bears the company's hologram label (numbered "B01921") affixed to the base of a side panel. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659.00


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