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Circa 1937 Tris Speaker Single-Signed Ball with Original Family Provenance!
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,628.75
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Tris Speaker. The legendary "Grey Eagle" has scripted his name in black fountain pen across the sweet spot, with the signature grading "5/6." Since the ball dates from the 1934-1939 manufacturing period, it was almost certainly signed just a short time after Speaker retired from the game (Speaker retired in 1928). Although Speaker was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, he passed away in 1958, long before collecting Hall of Famers on single-signed baseballs became widely recognized as the ideal standard. For that reason Speaker single-signed balls are particularly rare. Of special note: The ball has been in our consignor's family since the day it was signed and was originally obtained by his grandfather! While he does not know the exact details of its history, he relates that his grandfather, who worked for Chevrolet Motors, was good friends with both Ty Cobb and Eldon Auker (he has many photos of his grandfather posing with Cobb). It was most likely through Cobb or Auker that he met Speaker and obtained this ball. The ball displays moderate surface wear, including a few minor abrasions, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $5,628.75
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