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Circa 1925 Multi-Signed Hall of Famer Baseball Including Ruth and Cobb

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,800.00

Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black ink by eighteen former players including eleven Hall of Famers. Any ball signed by Cobb or Ruth is extremely desirable, but this one has a special significance in that it is signed by both, and the signatures of Ruth and Cobb are situated in such close proximity to each other that both be viewed at the same time. Despite the fact that Ruth and Cobb were two of the greatest players in history, one rarely finds their signatures together on a ball, especially next to each other. This is almost certainly due to the fact that Ruth and Cobb never got along during their playing days (in fact, they were downright disrespectful to one another in many interviews) and their feud carried over well into their retirement years. This ball was most likely signed during the mid 1920s at a barnstorming game or similar special event. The ball features Ruth's signature (early style signature with quotes, "5") on its customary place of honor: the sweet spot. His signature is joined there by that of the Harry Heilmann (upside down). Cobb's signature ("5") is penned on the side panel but is close enough to the sweet spot that it practically touches that of Ruth. The balance of the signatures on the ball include a virtual all-star team of Hall of Fame greats from the early 1920s. The remaining signatures are those of Connie Mack ("6"), George Sisler ("5"), Herb Pennock ("3"), Miller Huggins ("3/4"), Walter Johnson ("5"), Tris Speaker ("3/4"), Al Simmons ("6"), Bucky Harris ("6/7"), Eddie Rommel, George Uhle, Joe Bush, Dutch Leonard, Johnny Bassler, Howard Ehmke, George Davis, and one other (blue ink, illegible). The signatures range in grade from "3" to "8," averaging "5/6." All of the manufacturer's stampings remain clear and legible. The ball is lightly toned and with some light scuffing, overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,800.00

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