Circa 1975 Thurman Munson Single-Signed Ball with Provenance!
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,666.25
Official Rawlings American League (MacPhail) ball signed by Yankees captain Thurman Munson on a side panel. Munson has scripted his name in black ink, with the signature grading "7." As most collectors know, Munson was not a very accommodating signer during his career. That, combined with his tragic death in 1979, accounts for the rarity of Munson signatures today, especially alone on a baseball. This particular ball was personally obtained by our consignor during a trip to spring training in the 1970s. As he relates in his accompanying letter of provenance, he had an advantage that other autograph seekers normally didn't have when attempting to acquire Munson's signature. In full: "In the mid 1970's my family and I attended a baseball game at the Dodgers Spring Training Facility in Vero Beach, Fl., to see our favorite team the Yankees play. Before the game a Dodger pitcher gave my 4 year old son a ball used in warm ups. Thurman Munson was talking to a Dodger player a short distance from the fence. I put my son over the fence with the ball and pen to get Thurman's autograph. As he tugged on his sleeve from behind he started to wave him off, but, when he turned and saw my young son, in a Yankees jacket, he signed the ball." The ball is moderately soiled, which, as related in the letter, is consistent with a ball that was used during practice before the game, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,666.25