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1963 New York Mets Team-Signed Baseball with Stengel

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $470

Spectacular, high-grade team ball dating from the second season in Mets franchise history. Of special note is the fact that this ball includes the signature of the Ol' Professor Casey Stengel himself (who is so frequently missing entirely or represented by a secretarial signature on these early Mets balls). The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty members of the 1963 New York Mets: Stengel (Mgr., sweet spot), Cisco, Hunt, Carmel, Cannizzaro, Anderson, Jackson, Powell, Sherry, Hemus (coach), Schreiber, Hickman, Hicks, Willey, Stallard, Hook, Kanehl, Bauta, Smith, and Beamarth. Signatures range from "8" to "10," averaging "9." The ball remains in Near Mint condition. The 1963 Mets were not nearly as bad as their 1962 predecessors, which is not saying much, since the 1962 club posted the worst record in Major League history. However, they were not good either, not by a long shot. Even improving by eleven games from the year before, the club still found themselves in dead last with a record of 51-111, forty-eight games behind the first-place Dodgers and fifteen games behind ninth-place Houston. Early New York Mets team balls are rare, especially high-grade examples. This is certainly the finest example of a 1963 Mets team-signed ball we have ever offered and one that would make a significant addition to any advanced New York Mets or team-signed ball collection. OK, so they were still a rotten team. There's just not any way for us to sugarcoat a 51-111 record. The 1963 Mets stunk. There! We've said it! But that is part of the charm of the early Mets teams. And, as noted, they were better than the 1962 Mets. (We know...What team can't say that? Answer: none.) This is an extraordinarily high grade team ball signed by the 1963 Mets, one of the weakest teams to ever take the field in the history of the game. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $470

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