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Miscellaneous 1930s Multisigned Ball Collection (12)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,252
Collection of twelve multisigned balls, spanning the years 1931 to 1939, each originating from the B. C. Clark Collection (see introduction in the catalog for full details and provenance). Ten are team balls (albeit with fewer signatures than normally associated with team balls), while the other two feature signatures from more than one team. Ideally, as was his custom, Clark has inscribed the date of the game at which the signatures were obtained on each ball. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are official American League (Harridge) balls and appear to be game-used (moderate soiling throughout; grading Vg on average). Signature grades listed for each ball represent an average.
1) August 1, 1931 (Philadelphia Athletics). Two blue-ink signatures ("8"): Al Simmons and George Earnshaw (heavy scattered age toning, Gd). 2) July 19, 1936 (Cleveland Indians). Four black-ink signatures ("8/9"): Hal Trosky, George Blaeholder, Denny Galehouse, and Odell Hale. 3) July 19, 1936 (Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians). Four black-ink signatures ("9"): Syd Cohen, Mel Harder, Red Kress, and one other (illegible). 4) September 3, 1936 (Detroit Tigers). Three blue-ink signatures("8/9"): Charlie Gehringer, Vic Sorrell, and Bill Rogell. 5) September 3, 1936 (Detroit Tigers). Twelve blue-ink signatures ("8"): Charlie Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, Ray Hayworth, Pete Fox, Cy Perkins (coach), Marv Owen, Bill Rogell, Charles Eckert (coach), Jake Wade, Gee Walker, Red Phillips, and Jack Burns. 6) September 3, 1936 (Detroit Tigers). Four blue-ink signatures ("9"): Mickey Cochrane (alone on a side panel; displays as a Cochrane single), Marv Owen, Joe Sullivan, and Ray Hayworth.
7) September 4, 1935 (Philadelphia Athletics). Thirteen blue-ink signatures ("7"): Connie Mack (Mgr., sweet spot), Randy Gumpert, Lee Ross, Lefty Archer, Bob Johnson, Wally Moses, Pinky Higgins, Frank Hayes, Skeater Newsome, Earle Mack (coach), Charlie Berry, Stuart Flythe, and Dave Keefe. 8) May 26, 1937 (Chicago White Sox). Eight blue-ink signatures ("6/7"): Luke Appling, Ted Lyons, Monty Stratton, Jimmie Dykes (Mgr., sweet spot), Mule Haas, Boze Berger, Sugar Cain, and John Rigney. 9) July 27, 1937 (Chicago White Sox). Eight green-ink signatures ("7"): Luke Appling, Ted Lyons, Sugar Cain (sweet spot), Tony Rensa, Larry Rosenthal, Luke Sewell, Boze Berger, and Zeke Bonura. 10) July 8, 1938 (Philadelphia Athletics). Eight green-ink signatures ("8"): Connie Mack (Mgr., sweet spot), Lena Blackburne (coach, sweet spot), Bob Johnson, Nelson Potter, Al Williams, Dave Keefe (coach), and two other unidentified individuals whose signatures appear to read Ray Corigdon and Bill Priest. 11) June 26, 1938 (Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies). Thirteen green-ink signatures ("6") on an ONL (Frick) ball: Ernie Lombardi, Wally Berger, Dusty Cooke, Billy Myers, Jimmie Wilson (coach, sweet spot0, Justin Stein (sweet spot), Harry Craft (sweet spot), Lee Gamble, Lew Riggs, Johnny Vander Meer, Pete Sivess, Al Smith, and one other (illegible). 12) May 21, 1939 (Chicago White Sox). Eight blue-ink signatures ("8"): Luke Appling, Monty Stratton (coach), Jimmie Dykes (Mgr.), Gee Walker, Jack Knott, Clint Brown, Ken Silvestri, and Bill Dietrich. Total: 12 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,252
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