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Lot # 984 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary Hall of Fame Multi-Signed Baseball with Ruth, Cobb, Wagner, Johnson, Young, Speaker Collins, Ott, and Many Others

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $29,625

Official League ball (no manufacturer listed) signed in blue fountain pen by twenty-six former major league stars, including sixteen prominent Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth (sweet spot, grading "7"), Cy Young (black fountain pen), Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb (on the ball label), Joe Medwick (on the ball label), Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, Mel Ott, Hank Greenberg (twice), Dizzy Dean, Billy Herman, Connie Mack, Charlie Gehringer, Gabby Hartnett, and George Sisler. The remaining signatures are those of Stan Hack, Hal Schumacher, Morris Arnovich (sweet spot), Johnny Vander Meer, Art Jorgens, Eddie Miller, Rube Walberg (black fountain pen), Frank Hayes (twice), Cookie Lavagetto, and Johnny Allen. The signatures range from "6" to "9," averaging "7/8." This is a most extraordinary signed ball and we cannot recall the last time we saw so many important early Hall of Fame signatures together on one baseball. Adding to its desirability, the ball includes the signatures of four of the first five inductees into the Hall of Fame (Ruth, Cobb, Johnson, and Wagner). Given the combination of signatures on this ball, and the fact that Walter Johnson died in 1946, it most likely dates to the late 1930s or early 1940s. It may have even been signed at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is without question one of the finest multi-signed balls we have ever seen and one that would be a significant highlight in even the most advanced memorabilia or Hall of Fame signed ball collection. The ball is lightly toned and displays a small area of light discoloration on a side panel. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $29,625

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