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1928-1933 Kenesaw Landis Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,560
Official National League (Heydler) ball signed by Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball. Landis has inscribed the ball in black fountain pen on the sweet spot: "To/Paul [illegible] Jr./With my good wishes/Kenesaw M. Landis." Both the text and signature grade "5/6." Landis single-signed balls are extremely rare and this is an especially desirable example because it displays his full signature, as opposed to the more commonly found "KM Landis." We have seen very few Landis singles at public auction over the years and this is only the third example we have ever offered. Landis served as commissioner of baseball from 1921 until his death in 1944. He was elected to the Hall of Fame that same year by virtue of a special election. The ball, which dates from the 1928-1933 manufacturing period, is lightly toned and displays a tiny abrasion touching upon Heydler's facsimile signature on the side panel. All of the manufacturer's stampings are exceptionally bold and bright. In Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,560
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