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Circa 1977 Hall of Famer Multisigned Ball (18 HOF signatures)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25
Official American League (MacPhail) ball signed in black ink by the following eighteen Hall of Fame players: Lindstrom (sweet spot), G. Kelly (sweet spot), Grimes, L. Waner, Leonard, Appling, J. Johnson, Ford, Coveleski, Conlan, Irvin, Lopez, Herman, Sewell, Averill, Terry, Gehringer, and Hubbard. All of the signatures are light, but fairly uniform in grade, averaging "5/6." Given the names on the ball, it appears to have been obtained at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The ball dates to the 1974-1977 manufacturing period, and the fact that both the signatures of Joe Sewell and Al Lopez appear on it, both of whom were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, seems to pinpoint its signing to that year. Also, Cal Hubbard was inducted into the Hall in 1976 and passed away in October 1977, which again seems to conclusively date it to 1977. The ball has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $296.25
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