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Lot # 1048 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1962 New York Mets Team-Signed Ball - Inaugural Season

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $948.00

The value and desirability of a team-signed ball is normally predicated on the success of team and the number of significant signatures present on the ball. This ball, however, is the exact opposite to that rule and is valued by collectors for the sheer ineptitude of the club. Offered here is a ball signed by the 1962 New York Mets, the worst team in baseball history. The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following thirty-three members of the club: Stengel (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Ruffing (coach), Ashburn, Hodges (sweet spot), Chacon, Thomas, Mantilla, Pignatano, Anderson, B. Hunter, Foss, Jackson, Hemus (coach; ball label), Taylor, Kranepool, Kanehl, Cannizzaro, Craig, Moorhead, Miller (there were two Bob Millers on the club), Coleman, Neal, Hickman, MacKenzie, Daviault, Herrscher, Drake, Christopher, Hook, Jones, Cisco, Throneberry, and Woodling. Signatures range from "1" to "9," averaging "7." The ball remains in Near Mint condition. This is an outstanding memento commemorating not only the first season in New York Mets franchise history, but the worst team in baseball history. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200.

SOLD FOR $948.00

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