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Lot # 993 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1962 New York Mets Team-Signed Ball with Casey Stengel - Inaugural Season

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $711

The value and desirability of a team-signed ball is normally predicated on the success of team and the number of significant signatures present on the ball. This ball, however, is the exact opposite to that rule and is valued by collectors for the sheer ineptitude of the club. Offered here is a ball signed by the 1962 New York Mets, the worst team in baseball history. The Spalding souvenir "Mets" ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-nine members of the club: Stengel (Mgr., sweet spot), Ruffing (coach), Ashburn, Kranepool, Thomas, Cannizzaro, Neal, Taylor (on ball label), Foss, Hook, Jackson, Anderson, Cisco, Mackenzie, Drake, Pignatano, Herscher, Hemus (coach), Kanehl, Craig, Throneberry, Moorhead, Jones, Daviault, Miller, Mantilla, Hickman, and two others (illegible). Signatures range from "2" to "7," averaging "5." As most collectors are aware, Stengel's signature on most New York Mets team balls is a "clubhouse" version, making this example particularly rare and noteworthy. In all our years, this is only the second 1962 Mets team-signed ball including Stengel REA has ever offered. The ball is lightly toned, with a few tiny abrasions, and remains in Very Good to Excellent condition. This is a highly desirable New York Mets team-signed ball dating to the birth of the franchise, made all the more significant by the fact that it includes the signature of "The Old Professor." LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $711

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