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Circa 1928 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $711.00
Official National League ball inscribed by Kenesaw Mountain Landis, first commissioner of baseball. Landis has inscribed the ball in black fountain pen across the sweet spot. Although the name of the recipient is hard to make out, the inscription appears to read "To/Harlan Stuart Jr./from/Kenesaw M. Landis." A number of minor abrasions touch upon both the inscription and signature, with both grading "5." Although this is an official National League ball (dating from the 1926-1933 manufacturing period), it was produced for use in the Southern League, as it bears the stamped facsimile signature of Southern League president W. G. Bramham on a side panel. The fact that Bramham's name is on the ball helps to more narrowly date it to the five-year period 1926-1930 (Bramham was president of the Southern League from 1924-1930). Kenesaw Landis single-signed balls are extremely rare, with those featuring his full name (as opposed to "KM Landis") rarer still. The inscription has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac. The red-and-black stitched ball is moderately toned with numerous minor abrasions. The majority of the manufacturer's stampings remain legible. In Good to Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $711.00
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