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Hall of Fame Single-Signed Ball Collection (111 Different)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $9,480.00
This extremely substantial collection is comprised of 112 single-signed Hall of Fame baseballs (111 different plus one duplicate), plus nine additional single-signed balls of major stars and future Hall of Famers. The one duplicate represented here is Orlando Cepeda. This is an extremely comprehensive collection of single-signed Hall of Fame balls and in fact is the largest collection of its type we have ever offered. The single-signed balls in this lot represent the foundation of an extremely advanced single-signed Hall of Fame baseball collection, assembled by a dedicated collector over a period of decades, consigned to this auction. (The most valuable single-signed balls from the collection, including Ruth, Gehrig, plus many other rarities, are presented individually as their own lots.) To put the number of single-signed Hall of Fame balls offered here into proper perspective, this collection represents exactly thirty-seven percent of all Hall of Fame inductees (297 total to date). It should be further noted that this collection includes a number of "tough" singles, including Cronin, Marquard, and Covelski, and that nearly half (53) of the 111 Hall of Fame signers are deceased. As a point of reference, the SMR value for the 112 Hall of Fame single-signed balls in this collection is $13,830. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either official National League, American League, or Major League balls (dating from the 1980s or later) and all have been signed across the sweet spot (in a variety of inks), with the signatures grading "9" or "10." Hall of Fame Single-Signed Balls (112, representing 111 players): Aaron, Anderson, Aparicio, Appling, Ashburn, Banks, Barlick, Bench ("6"), Berra, Boggs ("8"), Boudreau, Brett ("8"), Brock, Bunning (on an Official National League [Giles] ball that appears to have been used in a game, side panel, "6"), Carew ("7"), Carlton, Carter, Cepeda (two examples), Chandler ("7"), Conlan, Coveleski, Cronin (unofficial ball, side panel, "8"), Dandridge, Day, Dickey, DiMaggio, Doby, Doerr, Durocher, Drysdale ("8"), Eckersley, Feller, Ferrell, Fingers, Fisk, Ford, Gehringer, Gibson, Gomez ("6"), Gossage, Gwynn, Henderson, Herman ("8"), Hubbell ("8"), Hunter, Irvin, R. Jackson, T. Jackson, Jenkins, J. Johnson (unofficial ball, side panel, "6"), Kaline ("8"), Kell, G. Kelly, Killebrew, Kiner, Koufax, Kuhn, Lasorda ("8"), Lemon, Leonard, Lopez, Lyons, Lee MacPhail, Marichal, Marquard (unofficial ball), Mathews, Mays, Mazeroski, McCovey, Mize, Molitor, Morgan, Murray, Musial, Newhouser, Niekro, Palmer, Perez ("8"), Perry, Reese ("7"), Rice, Ripken Jr. ("7"), Rizzuto, Roberts, B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Ruffing (side panel, "8"), Ryan, Sandberg, Schmidt ("7"), Schoendienst, Seaver, Sewell, Slaughter, Smith, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, Sutter, Sutton, Terry, L. Waner, Weaver, Wilhelm ("8"), B. Williams, D. Williams, T. Williams, Winfield, Wynn, Yastrzemski, and Yount. Non Hall of Fame Single-Signed Balls (9): Dom DiMaggio, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey Jr., Ernie Harwell (announcer), Don Larsen, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz. Approximately seventy-five percent of the balls display some degree of scattered age toning, ranging from light to heavy, otherwise all of the balls are in overall Near-Mint condition, with just a few in slightly lesser condition (Ex or Ex-Mt). Total: 121 single-signed balls (112 by Hall of Fame players). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,480.00
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