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Lot # 884 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa early 1920s Roger Bresnahan Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,925.00

Official National League ball signed by Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan. Bresnahan's signature, scripted "Roger P. Bresnahan" in blue ink (grading "9"), appears on the sweet spot; however, the entire signature has been enhanced. That fact was revealed when James Spence Authentication examined the ball under a video spectral comparator, which allows for the observation of latent writing and/or markings. It is important to note that James Spence Authentication has deemed the Bresnahan signature authentic, but it must be properly qualified with regard to the enhancement. Such enhancements were common back in the earlier days of collecting and were not done maliciously to deceive anyone. It was done strictly to preserve a signature that was fading. We have seen countless examples of signature-enhanced balls over the years, both multi-signed and single signed, the vast majority of which date prior to 1950 (as one would expect). Oddly, there is no League president's name on the ball, but the stampings date it to either 1917, or the years 1920-1925. Bresnahan was owner and manager of the Toledo Mudhens American Association) from 1916 through 1923. While only speculation, this is probably a ball that A. G. Spalding Bros. supplied to the American Association for use in its league games (which would explain the omission of the National League president's facsimile signature on the ball) and was signed by Bresnahan during his tenure with the Mudhens. Roger Bresnahan single-signed balls are extremely rare and we cannot recall the last time we saw another example at public auction. Bresnahan died in 1944 but wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1945, so few collectors were lucky enough to procure his signature on a ball prior to that time. The offered ball would make a fine addition to any advanced collection and represents the next best alternative to an unadulterated example, if one can even be found. The ball displays a few minor surface blemishes, as well as a few specks of scattered toning. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,925.00

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