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George Wright Single-Signed 1926 Golden Jubilee Presentation Ball
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $22,515.00
Official National League (Heydler) Golden Jubilee presentation ball signed by Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright, who was a key member of the legendary 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first professional team. Wright has signed the ball "Geo. Wright" in black fountain pen on a side panel, with the signature grading "6." George Wright single-signed baseballs are exceedingly rare. This ball was a special presentation piece created for guests at a banquet held in New York celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the National League in 1926. As such, it features small, affixed portrait images of each former National League president up to that time (Bulkeley, Hulbert, Mills, Young, Pulliam, Lynch, Tener, and Heydler). The fact that George Wright's signature appears on this ball is actually not surprising. Wright, who was one of the game's greatest early players, served as the master of ceremonies that night. In fact, this is the second such ball signed by Wright that we have seen over the years. Although Wright probably signed a number of balls that evening, few have survived, making this both a significant and rare George Wright signed item. Wright's signature, like that of most nineteenth-century Hall of Fame players, is extremely rare in any form, let alone by itself on a baseball. Wright passed away in 1937, which was the same year he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a result, few collectors had the opportunity or foresight to obtain his signature prior to his death (that was also long before single-signed balls became the ideal for autograph collectors). This ball has long been one of the most important highlights of an extremely advanced Hall of Fame single-signed baseball collection that was assembled by our consignor over a period of decades and would be an extremely significant highlight in any world class single-signed baseball, Hall of Fame, or memorabilia collection. There is a small chip to the circular portrait image of William Hulbert and the ball is lightly soiled, with a few moderate abrasions on a side panel (not the signature panel). All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bright and legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $22,515.00
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