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1960s Bill Veeck Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320
Official American League (Cronin) ball signed in blue ink (grading "9") on a side panel by Hall of Fame executive Bill Veeck. Veeck, who is best known today for signing little person Eddie Gaedel to a St. Louis Browns contract n 1951, was also instrumental in fostering integration in baseball. In 1947 he signed Larry Doby to a Cleveland Indians contract, making Doby the first African American player in American League history. Veeck retired from baseball in 1980 and died six years later. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. That five-year gap between his death and his Hall of Fame induction is the reason why Veeck single-signed balls are scarce today. This is the first example we have offered and we have seen very few examples offered at auction during the past fifteen years. The ball, which dates to the 1960-1969 manufacturing period, is lightly toned and has been coated with a thin layer of protective shellac (two heavier "spots" of shellac touch upon Veeck's signature). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,320
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