500 Home Run Club Signed Ball with Mantle and Williams

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1692

Item Year: 1988

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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This official American League (Brown) ball was originally obtained in person during the late 1980s at one of the first 500 Home Run Club signing shows in Atlantic City. As such, it features the blue-ink signatures (each grading "10") of the eleven then-living club members: Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams (sweet spot), Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Willie McCovey, Harmon Killebrew, Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson, and Frank Robinson. Original 500 Home Run Club Atlantic City signing-show balls (with just eleven signatures) are becoming scarcer as time goes on, because many collectors continue to add players as the club's roster expands (it numbers twenty-seven today). It should also be noted that five of the eleven signers are now deceased, so this ball is now a requisite for anyone attempting to obtain a complete, modern-day 500 Home Run Club autographed ball. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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