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Lot # 969 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary 1942 Clark Griffith Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,036.25

Official American League (Harridge) ball signed and dated by "The Old Fox," Clark Griffith. Griffith has signed the ball in black fountain pen across the sweet spot, with the signature grading "9." Fortunately, we know exactly when this ball was signed, as Griffith added the date "June 5-/1942" just to the right of his signature, where it extends into the east panel. The ball remains in Near Mint condition. Griffith enjoyed a lifetime in baseball, first as a star pitcher, then as a manager, and finally as owner of the Washington Senators, where he rose to prominence as one of the most influential figures in the game. While we are unaware of the exact circumstances regarding the signing of this ball, we do know that the Senators defeated the Tigers 3-2 on June 5, 1942 in Washington.
Griffith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946 and he passed away nine years later in 1955, long before single-signed balls became the ideal for autograph collectors. For that reason Clark Griffith singles are rare, especially high-grade examples such as this, and dated ones scarcer still. This is one of the finest Clark Griffith single-signed balls we have ever seen and one that would appeal to even the most discriminating collector. Extraordinary in all respects. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++.
SOLD FOR $5,036.25


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