500 Home Run Club Single-Signed Bat and Ball Collection (16 balls and 17 bats)

Sold For: $4,444

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 959

Item Year: 1990

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Collection of sixteen single-signed balls and seventeen single-signed bats, for a total of thirty-three items, each bearing the signature of a member of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club. Single-Signed Baseballs (16): All of the balls are either official Major League, National League, or American League balls and have been signed in blue ink on the sweet spot, with the signature grading "10." Unless otherwise noted, nearly all of the balls display minor age toning and/or a few extremely light surface blemishes; otherwise in Near Mint condition. Two of the balls (Barry Bonds and Jim Thome) have been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA/DNA. The sixteen players represented here are Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron (with Steiner COA), Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, Harmon Killebrew (moderate-to-heavy age toning), Barry Bonds (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10), Reggie Jackson (Mint), Willie McCovey, Alex Rodriguez (he has added the notation "40/40 Club" on the panel directly below; Mint), Jim Thome (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10), Mike Schmidt, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr. (moderate surface wear), and Sammy Sosa (Mint). Single-Signed Bats (17). Eleven are replica pro-model bats, while the other six are "Hot Iron Originals" commemorative bats, which depict two different likenesses of the respective player along with his career stats. All of the signatures, penned in either marker or silver paint pen, appear on the barrel and grade "10." Each bat is full-size (averaging 33 or 34 inches in length) and remains in Near Mint to Mint condition. Comprised of the following: Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt, Barry Bonds, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson, Eddie Murray, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmiero, Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., and Gary Sheffield. Also included is an unsigned "Hot Iron Originals" bat of Hank Aaron. Total: 34 items (16 single-signed balls; 17 single-signed bats; and 1 unsigned bat). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,444

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