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Lot # 737 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1957 Cleveland Indians Team-Signed Ball with Maris (Rookie Season)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840

When Roger Maris signed this team ball his future looked bright but no one could have foreseen the dramatic impact he would have on the game in just a few short years. This 1957 Cleveland Indians team-signed ball dates from Roger Maris’ rookie season and features the blue-ink signatures of thirty team members, including Maris. The signatures featured on this official American League (Harridge) ball are those of Maris (“7”), Williams, Lemon, Wynn, Farrell (sweet spot, Mgr.), Garcia (sweet spot), Naragon, Tomanek, Colavito, Altobelli, Alexander, Kress (coach), Avila, Mossi, Score, Pitula, Caffie, Wertz, Carrasquel, Narleski, Nixon, Hegan, Woodling, Harder (coach), Smith, Daley, Stanky (coach), Strickland, McLish, and Raines. Signatures range from "5" to "9," averaging "7." Maris appeared in 116 games with the Indians in 1957, batting .235 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Those numbers hardly hinted at his future accomplishments, which would include two consecutive MVP Awards with the Yankees and his now legendary record-setting home run performance of 1961. The ball displays a few scattered areas of light age toning, and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA.

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