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Extraordinary Circa 1961 Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Ball - Full JSA and PSA/DNA LOAs
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $13,200
Official American League (Cronin) ball signed by Jimmie Foxx across the sweet spot. Foxx's signature has been boldly scripted in red ink and grades "9," with only a slight hint of bleeding precluding it from receiving a perfect "10." The ball retains its creamy white hue, and all of the manufacturer's stamping remain bold and well defined. In strong Excellent to Mint condition, bordering on Near Mint. This is easily one of the finest single-signed Foxx balls we have ever seen, let alone handled. It also comes with provenance dating it to 1961. This ball has only appeared at auction once before, in 2013. During that initial offering, the auction house noted that the consignor of the ball personally obtained it from Foxx while attending the "Shrine of Immortals Night," sponsored by the "Orioles-Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association," held at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 12, 1961. Foxx and his former teammate Lefty Grove were being inducted into the "Shrine of Immortals" that night prior to a scheduled game between the Orioles and Red Sox. Although no letter of provenance accompanied the ball at the time of the initial offering in 2013, the consignor did include his program from the "Shrine of Immortals Night," which features a photo of Foxx on the cover (that program once again accompanies the ball here). It should also be noted that the ball dates from the 1960-1969 manufacturing period, which perfectly corresponds to its provenance. Jimmy Foxx single-signed balls are scarce and, after those of Mel Ott, rank among the most elusive of all the 500 Home Run Club members. A high-grade example such as this is rarer still and is usually found in only the most advanced collections. Our consignor was the purchaser of the ball in 2013 and since that time it has remained one of the key highlights of his world-class 500 Home Run Club single-signed ball collection. All of the balls from that collection, including extraordinary examples for both Mel Ott and Babe Ruth, are featured in this auction as well. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA and full LOA from PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).SOLD FOR $13,200
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