Circa 1935 Hack Wilson Signed Ball

Sold For: $2,115

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1014

Item Year: 1935

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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"Amateur League" ball (manufacturer's name illegible) signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Hack Wilson. Wilson's signature has been scripted in blue fountain pen on a side panel, partially extending into the sweet spot, and grades "6" overall. Although this is a nonofficial ball and the manufacturer is unknown, the red and blue stitching probably dates it to the 1930s. The ball displays numerous abrasions and discoloration on all of the panels with the exception of the Wilson signature panel, strongly suggesting the possibility that other signatures may have possibly been removed from those areas. Given the size of the Wilson signature, and the fact that no other signatures have been removed from that panel or the sweet spot, it is clear that this was not a team-signed ball and if signatures were removed, it was probably only a few, and obviously done many decades ago. Hack Wilson's signature on a ball, alone or with others, is scarce. Although Wilson led the National League in home runs on four separate occasions between the years 1926 and 1932, and drove in 100 or more runs six times during that span, including a Major League record 190 in 1930, he did not command the same attention from fans as did Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Ott, and the other top sluggers of the era. For that reason, and perhaps also because of Wilson's very well known penchant for alcohol, which may have made him less accessible, Hack Wilson's signature is rarely found alone on a ball today. Another reason for the rarity of Hack Wilson singles is the fact that he passed away in 1948 but wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1979. While this ball may not technically qualify as a Hack Wilson single-signed ball, it certainly displays as one. Given the extreme rarity of Hack Wilson single-signed balls (we have only offered one in the past ten years) the offered ball would make a fine representative example for even the most advanced collections, most of which are missing this key Hall of Famer rarity. The ball, as previously mentioned, displays a number of abrasions and discoloration on the non-signature panels, and the manufacturer's stampings are partially illegible. In Good to Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

SOLD FOR $2,115

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