Extremely Rare 1950s Roy Campanella Single-Signed Ball

Sold For: $5,925

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 862

Item Year: 1955

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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1950s Spalding "Official Little League" ball signed by Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella on a side panel. Campanella has scripted his name in black fountain pen, with the signature grading "8." Campanella single-signed baseballs dating from his playing career are perhaps the greatest rarity of post-1950 Hall of Famer single-signed balls. Although Campanella was a very obliging signer during his playing career, his signature alone on a ball remains exceedingly rare today because of his tragic car accident in January 1958 that left him paralyzed in both arms and legs. This is one of only a very small number of Campanella single-signed balls known to exist, and even many of the most advanced single-signed Hall of Fame ball collections are without one. In fact, over the past forty years, this is the very first example that we have seen or offered. The ball is lightly soiled and displays a number of minor abrasions throughout, a few of which touch upon Campanella's signature. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,925

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