Enormous Hall of Fame and Superstars Single-Signed Ball Collection Including DiMaggio and Williams (74)

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1435

Item Year: 1990

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Large Collection of seventy-three single-signed baseballs, plus one multisigned ball, representing sixty-nineplayers, fifty-four of whom are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either official American or National League balls (the vast majority dating from the 1980s and 1990s) and have been signed (in a variety of inks) on the sweet spot. Signatures range from "5" to "10," averaging "7/8," with most of the downgrades due to minor smudging. The vast majority of the balls display varying degrees of age toning and/or discoloration; otherwise they are nearly all in Near Mint condition overall. The number of signed balls for each player, if more than one, is noted in parentheses. The one multisigned ball in the collection is signed by Reggie Jackson on the sweet spot, who has added the inscription "Mr. October 10-18-77" below his name. Joining Jackson on the ball are the signatures of the three pitchers he hit home runs off of in Game 6 of the World Series: Burt Hooten, Elias Sosa, and Charlie Hough, as well as that of Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager.

Hall of Famers:
Anderson, Aparicio, Ashburn (2), Barlick, Bell (post-stroke signature), Bench, Berra (inscribed "90% of the Game is Half Mental" below his name), Boudreau, Brett, Carew, Carlton, Cepeda, Dandridge, Day, DiMaggio, Doby, Doerr, Drysdale, Durocher, Feller, Fingers, B. Gibson, Gomez, Henderson, Hunter, Jenkins, R. Johnson, Kaline, Kell, Kiner, Koufax, Lemon, Leonard (2), Lopez, Marichal, Mazeroski, Morgan, Newhouser, Niekro, Palmer, Perry, Reese, Rice, Ripken, Ryan, Seaver (2), Slaughter, Wilhelm, B. Williams, T. Williams, Wynn (2), Yount, and Yastrzemski.

Non Hall of Famers: Red Barber (announcer), Bill Cash (Negro League player), Frank Crosetti (on Rawlings "Official League" ball), Bill Dials (Negro League player), Elroy Face, Harvey Haddix, Don Larsen, Buck O'Neil (2; Negro League player), Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe (Negro League player), Michael Pineda, Pete Rose ("7"), Johnny Vander Meer ("6/7"), and three others (unidentified). Total: 74 signed balls. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.

Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+.

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