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Lot # 905 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1925 St. Louis Cardinals Team-Signed Ball with Hornsby (Triple-Crown Season)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,666.25

Official National League (Heydler) ball signed in black fountain pen by twenty-five members of the 1925 St. Louis Cardinals: Hornsby (Triple Crown season), Haines, Bottomley, Hafey (extremely faint; barely visible), Mails, Douthit, Dickerman, Thevenow, Bell, Rhem (sweet spot), Mueller (sweet spot), Toporcer (sweet spot), Sherdel, Smith, O'Farrell, Shotton (coach), Dyer, Sothoron, Vick, Warwick, Reinhart, Shinners, Blades (blue fountain pen), and two others (illegible). The printed name "Kirby Samuels" (possibly the name of a former owner) appears along the base of the sweet spot. The notation "Cards '25'" is printed on a side panel. Signatures range from "1" to "9," averaging "6/7." Hornsby replaced Branch Rickey as manager of the Cardinals after thirty-eight games in 1925. Despite the added pressure of managing the team, Hornsby completed one of his finest all-around seasons that year, capturing his second Triple Crown by virtue of his league-leading totals in batting average (.403), home runs (39), and RBI (143). Team-signed baseballs dating from the 1920s are particularly rare, and this example is in remarkable condition given its age. Aside from a few minor surface blemishes the ball remains practically in the same condition as when it was signed, with all of the manufacturer's stampings still exceptionally bold. In addition to being a beautiful high-grade team ball, this is by far the earliest St. Louis Cardinals team-signed ball we have ever offered, and we cannot recall having seen an earlier example. Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,666.25

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