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Spectacular "Ed A. Walsh" Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $14,220

MacGregor "Official League" ball signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh. This is an extraordinary Walsh single, the finest we have ever seen, notable both for the quality of the signature and Walsh's artistic flourish with regard to his team affiliation. Walsh has beautifully scripted his name in black fountain pen across the sweet spot, "Ed A. Walsh," with the signature grading "9/10." Underneath his signature, on the sweet spot, he has written "White." Walsh completed the team name on the panel directly below. However, instead of writing "Sox," he has drawn the club's "sox" logo (consisting of a large "S" with the "o" and "x" placed within the top and bottom loops, respectively, of the "S"). Interestingly, over the years we have seen a couple other Walsh single-signed balls signed with the "Sox" logo drawn in this exact manner, so this was obviously something that Walsh did on at least a few occasions. For decades this ball was a keepsake of a New London, Connecticut, area family. According to family lore, an uncle in the family was a local (nonprofessional) catcher who had the privilege of catching for Walsh when he passed through the area on a barnstorming exhibition tour. The signed ball was given to him by Walsh as a souvenir of the event. Walsh retired in 1917, but wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1946. That twenty-nine year time lapse, combined with his death in 1959, has resulted in the extreme rarity of Walsh single-signed balls today. Walsh was one of the greatest pitchers of the dead-ball era and his lifetime ERA of 1.82 remains a record to this day. This is a remarkable Ed Walsh single-signed ball. It is an ideal example worthy of the finest world-class Hall of Fame signed baseball collection. We have known of this ball for many years and long hoped it would eventually be consigned for auction. The ball is very slightly soiled, with a few areas of scattered age toning. The manufacturer's stamping are light, but legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $14,220

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