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Circa 1950s Nellie Fox Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Official National League (Giles) ball inscribed by Hall of Fame second baseman Nellie Fox on a side panel: "Best Wishes/To John/Nelson Fox." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted in black ink and grade "9/10." Please Note: When reviewed for this auction, JSA made note that they thought the signature has been very slightly enhanced. When this single-signed ball was previously sold by REA in a past auction, JSA had a different opinion and deemed it unenhanced. We think they got it right the first time. We don't think there is any enhancement, and believe the JSA interpretation of enlarged screen shots is flawed. The "John" to whom this ball is inscribed is none other than our original consignor, who personally got this ball signed by Nellie Fox (and who also met and got many other balls personalized to him, all signed "to John"). Having known and dealt with John for over twenty years, we do not believe there is a chance he would ever enhance a signature on a ball (or anything else) in his collection. REA sold his entire huge autographed ball collection (numbering over 200 signed balls) over a period of years. None of the other signed balls were enhanced, and we do not believe this one is either. We do, however, understand that when it comes to authentication, "one lives and dies by the sword." So we present this as a single-signed ball with slight enhancement per JSA. (We can't even tell you where the enhancement might be!) Fox single-signed balls are scarce because Fox died in 1975 but wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1997. This is the only Nellie Fox single-signed ball we have offered and we cannot recall having seen many others at auction over the past twenty years. The ball, which dates to the 1952-1957 manufacturing period, displays a few small, scattered areas of light discoloration and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540
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