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1945 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball and Late 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $415
1) 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball. The Official National League (Frick) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-two team members: Durocher (Mgr.), Herman (sweet spot), Galan (sweet spot), Peacock, Sandlock, Andrews, Herring, Hart, Gregg, Olmo, Buker, Bordagaray, Aderholt, Lombardi, King, Corriden, Dressen (coach), Basinski, Walker, Schultz, Branca, and Davis. The blue-ink notation "Dodgers 1944" is written on a side panel (despite that notation, the combination of signatures conclusively dates the ball to 1945). Signatures range from "2" to "6," averaging "4." The ball has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac that displays a few minor abrasions. In Very Good condition. 2) Circa late 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers ball. Official National League (Frick) ball signed in blue and black ink by twelve individuals, many of whom played or coached with the Dodgers during the late 1940s, including Gil Hodges, Frenchy Bordagaray, Carl Furillo, Jake Pitler (coach), Harry Taylor, Bobby Bragan, Gene Hermanski, and Joe Hatten. The blue-ink notation "1949 Miscellaneous" appears on a side panel. Signatures range from "4" to "7," averaging "6." The ball has been coated with a layer of protective shellac and there is also an area of what appears to be splattered silver paint on one panel. In Good condition overall. These balls, along with one other Dodgers ball in this auciton, were originally obtained by our consignor's uncle (an accountant who had business dealings with the Dodgers). As our consignor relates, his uncle used to take him to Ebbets Field often to see the Dodgers. During these outings, the uncle would normally procure a team-signed ball as a souvenir of their trip, which he then presented to his nephew as a gift. They have remained in our consignor's sole possession since that time. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $415
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