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Circa 1925 Rogers Hornsby Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Official National League (Heydler) ball, signed by Rogers Hornsby in blue fountain pen (grading "6") across the sweet spot. This ball dates from the 1920 to 1925 manufacturing period, which, ideally, corresponds directly to the most prolific period of Hornsby's career. The fabled "Rajah" led the National League in batting in each of those six seasons, including three years in which he hit over .400. Hornsby twice won the Triple Crown (1922 and 1925) in that span, with 1925 also marking his MVP season. This is not only one of just a few single-signed Hornsby balls that we have ever seen dating to his active playing career, but also the earliest Hornsby single-signed ball we can recall handling. (The vast majority of Hornsby singles in the hobby today date from after his election to the Hall of Fame in 1942.) Hornsby was the greatest right-handed hitter who ever lived and is one of only two modern-day players to bat over .400 in a season three times (Ty Cobb is the other). His .358 lifetime average is also second only to Cobb's. The ball has been coated with a thin layer of protective shellac, to which there is a slight chip directly over the "s" in the first name of Hornsby's signature. A few other minor abrasions are also displayed along the surface. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain exceptionally bold. In Very Good to Excellent condition. This is an outstanding vintage Hornsby single dating from the peak of his illustrious career. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $3,600
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