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Circa 1978 Roger Maris Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,443.75
Official American League (MacPhail) ball signed by Roger Maris. Maris has signed the ball in black marker across the sweet spot, with the signature grading "10." Based upon the manufacturer's stampings, this ball appears to have been produced between the years 1977 and 1979 (there are no dots below the Haiti stamp). Roger Maris is one of the most desirable of all non-Hall of Fame signatures, especially alone on a baseball. Unfortunately for collectors, Maris passed just prior to the "signing-show boom," thus resulting in the rarity of Maris singles in the hobby today. Maris has long been a favorite of forgers. With a limited supply and high demand, it’s no wonder that Maris’ signature is one of the most commonly forged of all modern-era stars. Given the large number of problem "Maris" balls circulating in the marketplace today, an authentic Maris ball such as this is especially desirable. The ball displays moderate surface wear and is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $4,443.75
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