500 Home Run Club Single-Signed Ball Collection (21) - All Graded PSA 9

Sold For: $4,113

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1127

Item Year: 2000

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Offered here is an extraordinary 500 Home Run Club single-signed ball collection that is distinguished both by its scope and quality. This collection features single-signed balls for twenty-one of the twenty-five players who currently have 500 or more home runs, and is missing only Ruth, Ott, Foxx, and Griffey for completion. The breadth of the collection notwithstanding, what truly sets this group apart is its condition. Every single ball has been graded MINT 9 by PSA/DNA (that grade is a combination of the quality of the autograph and baseball) with the exception of Killebrew (MINT+ 9.5) and each remains housed in its original sealed display case. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures have been scripted in blue ink across the sweet spot of an official Major League (Selig) ball. The collection is comprised of the following: Ted Williams (OAL Bobby Brown ball), Mickey Mantle (OAL Bobby Brown ball), Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews (ONL Bill White ball), Mike Schmidt, Eddie Murray, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa, Ernie Banks, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire (on a side panel), Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, and Gary Sheffield. In addition to being in its original sealed case, each ball is also accompanied by its corresponding individual PSA/DNA LOA and/or COA. The compilation of this collection required a great deal of time and expenditure on the part of our consignor. The current SMR value for this collection, not counting Thome, Thomas, and Sheffield (no values yet listed for those balls), is $4,165; however, we feel that that number might be 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, a set that has the potential to be completed (with the addition of Ruth, Ott, Foxx, and Griffey), 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. Total: 21 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $4,113

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