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500 Home Run Club Single-Signed Ball Collection - All Graded MINT+ 9.5 by PSA/DNA (20)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185

This extraordinary offering, which features eighteen 500 Home Run Club single-signed balls, representing twelve different players (plus two signed by Andruw Jones), is comprised only of balls that have been graded MINT+ 9.5 by PSA/DNA. The 500 Home Run Club members represented in the collection, with the number of balls for each player in parenthesis (if more than one) are Mike Schmidt (2), Alex Rodriguez (2), Rafael Palmeiro (2), Frank Robinson, Manny Ramirez (2), Frank Thomas (2), Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks (2), Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Gary Sheffield, and Eddie Murray. Also included in this collection are two MINT+ 9.5 single-signed balls of Andruw Jones, who came close to joining the club (434). Each signature has been scripted in blue ink across the sweet spot of an official Major League (Selig) ball. All of the balls are housed in their original sealed cases and are accompanied by their individual PSA/DNA LOA and/or COA with the exception of one Schmidt ball and both Thomas balls . This remarkable high-grade single-signed ball collection features twelve of the twenty-five members of the venerable 500 Home Run Club. The thirteen players missing for completion are, of course, Ruth, Foxx, and Ott (GEM MINT 10 graded balls for each of these three players are not even listed in the SMR due to either their extreme rarity or because no examples are known), plus Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., Harmon Killebrew, Eddie Mathews, Barry Bonds, Jim Thome, Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa. A 500 Home Run Club collection of MINT+ 9.5 single-signed ball, as one might expect, is extremely difficult to assemble and this is only the fourth such collection we have ever offered (a slightly smaller offering appears elsewhere in this auction). Ideally, the ten examples needed for modern-day completeness are all obtainable and the collector who purchases this group, given time, should eventually be successful in amassing a complete 500 Home Run Club MINT+ 9.5 single-signed ball collection (which, we might add, would be, to the best of our knowledge, the first of its kind, as we know of no collector having ever accomplished the task). Unfortunately, there are currently no SMR values for MINT+ 9.5 balls. However, if we average the values for a MINT 9 and GEM MINT 10 ball for each of the players represented here, excluding Sheffield, Thomas, and Jones (no values yet listed for those balls), the figure we arrive at is $2,803. While that is only a rough estimate, it does allow for an approximate SMR value in the absence of a formal report. Even so, that number might be very low, given the extraordinary quality of each ball and especially given the difficulty and cost of obtaining the most recent members. This is a modern-day collecting classic and an extraordinary collection exactly as is. The assembly of this collection in such incredibly high grade and quality will most likely be even more greatly appreciated in the years to come. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 20 balls. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,185


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