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Circa 1945 Kiki Cuyler Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $711.00

Official Southern Association ball (Hurth) signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Kiki Cuyler. Cuyler has signed the ball in green ink across the sweet spot, with the signature grading "8/9." James Spence Authentication examined this ball with a video spectral comparator, which allows for the observation of latent writing and/or markings. That examination revealed that this was originally a team-signed ball which was then professionally painted over, leaving only the Cuyler signature on the sweet spot. It should be noted that the process was well done and none of the other signatures are visible to the naked eye. The removal or covering of signatures on baseballs has become more common but is still the province of only a few skilled practitioners. While many purists deride such practices there are also collectors who welcome the service. Single-signed balls did not become the ideal for autograph collectors until the late 1980s/early 1990s. As a result, acquiring single-signed balls for many of the early Hall of Famers is quite difficult for the average collector due to their rarity and exorbitant prices. Examples such as this, while not "single signed" in the literal sense, offer the same aesthetic appeal and provide a more economical alternative to a true single-signed ball. The fact that Charlie Hurth was president of the Southern Association during the 1940s and 1950s helps to define the time period in which this ball was signed. That is important because Cuyler was manager of both Chattanooga (1939-1941) and Atlanta (1945-1948) of the Southern Association following his playing career. Given that information, it seems almost certain that it was originally a team-signed ball by one of those two clubs, with Cuyler's signature occupying the sweet spot in deference to his status as manager. Despite the ball's cosmetic treatment it displays beautifully as a Cuyler single, with no other signatures visible. While this ball will sell at a significant discount compared to a true Cuyler single, in terms of display value there is little or no difference, and many collectors would welcome it as a fine representative example for their Hall of Fame single-signed ball collection. The ball is lightly toned and aside from the painting remains in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
SOLD FOR $711.00

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