1963-1985 New York Mets Team-Signed Ball Collection (25)

Sold For: $2,644

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 945

Item Year: 1963

Category: The Sy Berger Collection

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This collection of New York Mets team-signed balls from the Sy Berger Collection spans the years 1963 through 1985 and is highlighted by two examples from the team's miraculous 1969 World Championship season and two from Tom Seaver's 1967 rookie season. Six of the twenty-five balls date from 1967 to 1975; nine from 1984, and ten from 1985. All Hall of Fame signatures are noted in each listing. 1963: Twenty-five blue-ink signatures ("6" to "9") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Stengel (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Snider, Hodges (clubhouse signature), Kanehl, Fernandez, Stallard, Thomas, Kranepool, Craig, Coleman, Jackson, Hook, Cisco, Cook, Hunt, Harkness, and MacKenzie. Ex-Mt. 1967: Twenty-six blue or black-ink signatures ("5" to "7") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Berra (coach, sweet spot, stamped signature), Seaver, Westrum (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Swoboda, Charles, Boyer, Davis, Harrelson, Haddix (coach), Kranepool, Parker (coach), Linz, Stahl, and Reynolds. Vg-Ex. 1967: Twenty-seven blue or black-ink signatures ("5" to "8") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Berra (coach, sweet spot, stamped signature), Seaver, Westrum (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Swoboda, Shaw, Grote, Harrelson, Stahl, Davis, Charles, Kranepool, Reynolds, Parker (coach), Haddix (coach), and Buchek. Vg. 1969: Twenty-nine blue-ink signatures ("6" to "9") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Ryan, Seaver, Berra (coach), Hodges (Mgr., sweet spot, stamped signature), Charles, Agee, Dyer, Cardwell, Koosman, DiLauro, McGraw, Koonce, Swoboda, Garrett, Gentry, Boswell, Harrelson, Shamsky, Grote, and Taylor. Vg-Ex. 1969: Twenty-nine blue-ink signatures ("5" to "9") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Ryan, Seaver, Berra (coach), Hodges (Mgr., sweet spot, stamped signature), Charles, Agee, Dyer, Cardwell, Koosman, DiLauro, Kranepool, McGraw, Koonce, Swoboda, Garrett, Gentry, Boswell, Harrelson, Shamsky, McAndrew, and Taylor. Vg-Ex. 1975: Thirty-one blue-ink signatures ("8" to "10") on an ONL (Feeney) ball, including Berra (Mgr., sweet spot), Seaver, Millan, Kooseman, Tate, Grote, Milner, Alou, Matlack, Kranepool, Kingman, Torre, Unser, Garrett, Staub, Cram, and Stearns. Ex-Mt. 1984 (nine balls): All of the balls are ONL (Feeney) balls and feature either 26 (three balls) or 27 blue or black-ink signatures (averaging "8"). Manager Davey Johnson's signature appears on the sweet spot of each ball. Additional signatures on each ball are those of Hernandez, Gooden, Sisk, Terrell, Oquendo, Wilson, Strawberry, and Santana. All of the balls display varying degrees of age toning; otherwise in Near Mint condition overall. 1985 (ten balls): All of the balls are ONL (Feeney) balls and feature either 26 (one ball) or 27 (nine balls) blue-ink signatures ("9/10"). Manager Davey Johnson's signature appears on the sweet spot of each ball. Additional signatures on each ball are those of Carter, Gooden, Hernandez, Strawberry, Johnson, Darling, Aguilera, Chapman, Wilson, Santana, Sisk, and Backman. All of the balls display varying degrees of age toning; otherwise in Near Mint condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 25 balls. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $2,644


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