Circa 1914-1919 Charles Comiskey Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $3,851.25
Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black fountain pen across the sweet spot by Hall of Fame first baseman and longtime Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey. Comiskey's signature, scripted "Chas. a. Comiskey," varies in strength, with his first name grading "8/9," and his last name grading "6." An abrasion touches upon the "as" in "Chas" and another abrasion slightly affects the "is" in "Comiskey." James Spence Authentication (JSA) examined this ball with a video spectral comparator, which allows for the observation of latent writing and/or markings not apparent to the naked eye. That examination revealed that a few additional latent signatures are evident on the south panel. Comiskey single-signed balls are extremely rare. We cannot even recall the last time we saw his signature on any ball, let alone by itself. It is interesting to note that JSA has dated this ball (based upon its stampings) to the six-year period 1914-1919, a span during which the White Sox captured two pennants and one World Championship. Given that time frame, it is entirely possible that this ball was signed by "The Old Roman" during the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of White Sox conspired to "throw" the World Series. Needless to say, we have never offered a Charles Comiskey single-signed ball and we can't imagine that more than a few (if that) exist. This particular ball was originally purchased by our consignor at public auction in 2001, when it sold for just over $21,000. At that time autograph authentication was not as sophisticated as it is today, and the ball was erroneously sold as a Comiskey single-signed ball. Despite the presence of a few latent signatures the ball presents beautifully as a Comiskey single and would fill a void in many, if not all, of the most advanced Hall of Fame single-signed ball collections. Charles Comiskey single-signed balls are simply not available, even to the high-end collectors, making this an extraordinary rarity and one of the most desirable Comiskey-signed items in the hobby today. The ball has been coated with a heavy layer of protective shellac, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain clearly legible. A number of abrasions are evident throughout. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $3,851.25