Sears “Official Major League” ball signed in blue ink by 23 major league players, circa 1968, highlighted by legendary Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. The dating of this ball is based upon a vintage blue-ink notation on the label that reads “Wrigley Field/May 25, 1968.” A second blue-ink notation, on the panel directly above, read “Cubs (3),” followed by a heavily crossed out word. The Cubs played the Giants on May 25, 1968, and while this ball does include the signatures of a few players from each of those two teams, the majority are those of players from other teams. In our listing, we have noted the player’s 1968 team affiliation in parenthesis. The 19 legible signatures on the ball are those of Roberto Clemente (Pirates, grades an "8"), Minnie Rojas (Angels), Ollie Brown (Giants), Grant Jackson (Phillies), John Briggs (Phillies), Elroy Face (Pirates), Jesus Alou (Giants), Tony Gonzalez (Phillies), John Boozer (Phillies), Gene Alley (Pirates), Chris Short (Phillies), Rich Nye (Cubs), Don Leppert (Pirates coach), Vern Law (Pirates coach), Bill Virdon (Pirates), Gary Wagner (Phillies), Rick Joseph (Phillies), Gary Kolb (Pirates), and Bob Knoop (Angels). Signatures range from “5” to “9,” averaging “8.” Excellent condition overall, with light toning. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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