1954 Edd Roush Single-Signed Ball

Sold For: $593

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 885

Item Year: 1955

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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MacGregor "Ridgewood Sports Shop" baseball signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Edd Roush on a side panel. Roush has scripted his full name, "Edd J Roush," in blue ink (grading "7/8"), with the signature occupying the entire panel. The date, "1954," written in a different shade of blue ink, appears below his signature. Edd Roush retired in 1931 but wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1962. As a result, vintage single-signed Roush balls predating his induction into the Hall are rare and highly prized by advanced collectors. Roush died in 1988 and virtually all Roush singles date to the 1980s. This is a very rare exception. In fact, this is the first such vintage example we can recall offering. Of all the members of the Hall of Fame who were elected long after their career ended, Roush's thirty-one-year wait is one of the hardest to explain. A career .323 hitter and two-time batting champion, Roush batted over .300 eleven straight seasons between the years 1917 and 1927, including three consecutive years in which he topped the .350 mark. He was also considered one of the best defensive center fielders of his era. Although highly popular with the fans, Roush had a streak of individualism in him that often had him at odds with management, usually over money. Notorious for his holdouts, it was perhaps that ill will he fostered among league owners that delayed his entry into the Hall. This is both an outstanding and early Roush single-signed ball, the likes of which is rarely seen, and due to its early date of signing would be a worthy and significant addition to even the most advanced single-signed Hall of Fame ball collection. The ball displays a few very light linear indentations that are very unobtrusive and not visible when the ball is displayed properly. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. In Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $593

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