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Lot # 1129 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1977 Thurman Munson Single-Signed Ball and Photograph with Original Owner Provenance!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,050

Each of these two extraordinary Thurman Munson signed items, comprised of a ball and photo, were personally obtained by our consignor's uncle specifically as gifts for his nephew at a retailer's convention held in New York City in February 1977 and have remained in the family's possession since that time. This is a remarkable pair of Munson signed items dating from the peak of his career. Each are very substantial items individually, and are all the more substantial and ideal for display together. Munson made a rare promotional appearance at the 1977 convention and the uncle of our consignor was lucky enough to get not one, but two items signed by him. The highlight of this pair is a Near Mint Official "League" baseball signed on the sweet spot by the former Yankee captain. Munson's signature, which has been rendered in blue ink, is perfectly centered and grades "8/9." Accompanying the ball is a signed photo which has been personalized to our consignor. The black-and-white photo (8 x 10 inches) pictures Munson in uniform and has been inscribed in black marker in the lower right corner, "To Jeffery/Best Regards/Thurman Munson." Both the inscription and signature have been flawlessly scripted and grade "10." The photo displays a small edge tear on both the left and bottom border, as well as a few very light creases (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy), and otherwise has an Excellent appearance. Accompanying the two items is the top flap from the original ball box that bears a notation from the uncle commemorating the signing "Signed Autograph to Jeff 2/16/77." As most collectors are well aware, Thurman Munson signed items, especially single-signed balls, are scarce. Munson was never known as a prolific signer during his playing career and normally shunned the attention of the fans. That fact, combined with his untimely death in 1979 at the age of thirty-two, has resulted in the rarity of Munson-signed items today. These are two highly desirable Munson-signed items, with the ball representing one of the finest Munson singles we have ever handled. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $7,050

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