1927 Walter Johnson Single-Signed Ball

Sold For: $9,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1498

Item Year: 1927

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Draper & Maynard "Official League" ball signed and dated by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. The fabled "Big Train" has scripted his name in black fountain pen across the sweet spot, with the signature grading "9." Below his name, in equally bold strokes, Johnson has added the date "Jan 21 1927." The ball is moderately toned and displays numerous stray ink marks on each of the panels, including the sweet spot. It also appears that the ball was coated with an uneven layer of protective shellac, which has flaked and chipped in certain areas. In Fair to Good condition. Despite the uneven condition of the ball, the Johnson signature is remarkably bold and displays exceptionally well. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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