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Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,700
Official American League (Cronin) ball, dating from the 1960-1969 manufacturing period, signed by legendary Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx. Foxx's signature has been scripted in black ink across the sweet spot and grades "6/7." Jimmie Foxx single-signed balls are rare and along with those of Mel Ott remain the most elusive of all 500 Home Run Club members. One of the main reasons for the scarcity of Foxx singles today is the fact that Foxx died in 1967 at the age of sixty, long before single-signed balls became the ideal for collectors. As a result, the demand has always far exceeded the supply. This ball also has the added appeal of being new to the modern collecting world. Our consignor just recently inherited this ball from his uncle, who was a lifelong autograph collector. While our consignor is not a collector and has no personal knowledge regarding the history of specific items in the collection, he does know that nearly all of the items in his uncle's collection (many of which were personalized) were obtained in person, and this ball is probably no exception. It has remained in the family's sole possession until this time. (This is one of two Foxx single-signed balls inherited by our consignor. The other appeared as Lot 732 in REA's Fall 2014 auction, where it realized $6,600.) Foxx, of course, was one of the game's greatest hitters. He finished his career with a .325 lifetime average and was the second player in history (after Ruth) to amass over 500 home runs. Foxx was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951. The ball exhibits moderate to dark toning, with a few small areas of tiny spotting, but otherwise is in Excellent to Mint condition. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,700
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