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Circa 1930s Dazzy Vance Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,900
Spalding "Official League Special" ball signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Dazzy Vance on a side panel. Vance has scripted his name in black fountain pen, with the signature grading "8." Dazzy Vance single-signed balls are extremely rare. This is the first we have offered and we have seen or heard of very few others. Vance was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955 but died in 1961, therefore leaving Hall of Fame signature collectors with just a short six-year window to acquire his signature. Also, single-signed balls had yet to become the ideal for autograph collectors at that time, which further explains the scarcity of Vance single-signed balls today. This ball features a special factory stamping on a side panel that reads "Made Especially for Nat. C. Strong, Inc." Nat Strong was a prominent Negro League executive during the early 1900s. In addition to owning interest in two Negro League clubs, he was the main booking agent for black baseball on the East Coast and was also employed as a salesman with the Spalding Sporting Goods Company. Obviously, it was through his association with Spalding that he had these special balls produced for games involving his clubs. Strong died in 1934 and the Spalding logo printed on this ball was last used on official National League balls in 1933. A thin layer of protective shellac has been placed over the Vance signature, otherwise the ball displays light soiling and is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500++. SOLD FOR $3,900
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