500 Home Run Club Single-Signed Ball Collection - 19 of the Possible 25 Players!

Sold For: $1,998

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1132

Item Year: 2009

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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In the history of baseball only twenty-five players have ever hit 500 or more home runs in their careers. This outstanding collection of single-signed baseballs features examples signed by nineteen members of baseball's fabled 500 Home Run Club and is missing only Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Alex Rodriguez, and Manny Ramirez for completion. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are official Major League (Selig) balls in Near Mint condition and have been signed across the sweet spot in blue ink ("9/10"). Three of the balls have been graded by PSA DNA and are housed in the company's special ball cubes (seals unbroken). Also, a number of the players have added a brief notation alongside their signature (number of career home runs/hits, year of HOF induction, etc.). The players represented here are Hank Aaron (PSA DNA Mint 9), Ernie Banks (PSA DNA Gem Mint 10), Barry Bonds (signed on a side panel, small area of age toning), Ken Griffey Jr. (on a 1993 Official All-Star Game ball, small area of light age toning), Reggie Jackson , Harmon Killebrew , Mickey Mantle (official American League [Brown] ball, light age toning on a side panel), Willie Mays (PSA DNA Mint 9), Eddie Mathews (official National League [White] ball), Willie McCovey (official National League [Giamatti] ball), Mark McGwire , Eddie Murray (black ink), Rafael Palmeiro (in black ink, "7"), Frank Robinson , Mike Schmidt , Gary Sheffield , Sammy Sosa , Frank Thomas (official American League [Budig] ball, "8," very light toning), and Jim Thome (signed and personalized "To Mike" on a side panel). This is not only an extremely substantial collection relating to this popular area of collecting but one that is noteworthy for its inclusion of three of the five most recent members to join the 500 Home Run Club (Sheffield, Thome, and Thomas). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 19 balls. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,998

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