1959 Bill Veeck Single-Signed Ball

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1629

Item Year: 1959

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Official "League" ball signed in blue ink (grading "8/9") on a side panel by Hall of Fame executive Bill Veeck. Veeck, who is best known today for signing little person Eddie Gaedel to a St. Louis Browns contract n 1951. Veeck was also instrumental in fostering integration in baseball by signing Larry Doby to a Cleveland Indians contract in 1947, making Doby the first African American player in American League history. Veeck retired from baseball in 1980 and died six years later. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. That five-year gap between his death and his Hall of Fame induction is the reason why Veeck single-signed balls are scarce today. This is only second example we have offered and we have seen very few examples at auction during the past fifteen years. Although we do not know exactly when this ball was manufactured, the date "1959" is written (by an unknown hand) on a separate side panel. The ball displays only minimal wear, including a minor linear indentation on a side panel (not the signature panel), and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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