Circa 1955 Hall of Fame Signed Ball and 1955 American League All-Star Team-Signed Ball

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1030

Item Year: 1940

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Each of these signed baseballs was originally owned by former Major League infielder Jim Finigan, whose career spanned the years 1954 through 1959. Our consignor was Finigan's roommate at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, and the two remained close friends for the remainder of their lives. Both of the balls offered here were presented to our consignor by Finigan and are notable for the many Hall of Fame signatures on each. 1) Circa 1955 Multi-Signed Hall of Fame Ball. This ball (label obscured, but it appears to be either an official American or National League ball) features the blue-ink signatures of the following eleven members of the Hall of Fame: Frisch (sweet spot), Foxx, Schalk, Cochrane, Grove, Hubbell, P. Waner, Dickey, Gehringer, Lyons, and Vance. Each of the signatures is boldly signed, grading "8/9." The ball is toned and moderately soiled, including a panel with a minor abrasion, but all of the signatures contrast quite well against the dark background. While purely speculation, given its condition and the signatures on it, this ball may have been used at one of the annual Hall of Fame games in Cooperstown, after which Finigan had it signed by a number of the Hall of Famers in attendance. 2) 1955 American League All-Star Team-Signed Ball. Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink by the following twenty-four members of the 1955 American League All-Star team: Ted Williams (sweet spot), Al Lopez (Mgr., sweet spot), Mickey Mantle, Nellie Fox, Whitey Ford, Larry Doby, Al Kaline, Early Wynn, Yogi Berra, Jackie Jensen, Bobby Avila, Chico Carrasquel, Billy Hoeft, Harvey Kuenn, Sherm Lollar, Billy Pierce, Al Rosen, Herb Score, Al Smith, Frank Sullivan, Bob Turley, Mickey Vernon, Don Gutteridge (coach), and Tony Cuccinello (coach). The ball has also been signed by Don Mossi and Bill Lobe. Signatures range from "6" to "9," averaging "7/8." Jim Finigan was the starting third baseman for the 1955 American League All-Star team and this ball is obviously one of the souvenirs he returned home with after the game. The ball is moderately toned, but all of the manufacturer's labels are still legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 balls. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528

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