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World Series MVP Single-Signed Ball Collection with Jeter, Rivera, and Randy Johnson (34)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,800
Collection of thirty-four single-signed balls, representing thirty-two different players, each autographed by a former World Series MVP. The first World Series MVP award was issued to Johnny Podres in 1955 and since that time fifty-eight other players have been similarly honored for their postseason heroics (three players won the award more than once and for some years the award was shared by teammates). The offered grouping includes thirty-two of those fifty-nine players and would serve as a solid foundation for anyone attempting to compile a complete collection (it should be noted that we have never seen or heard of a complete World Series MVP single-signed ball collection). Ideally, twelve of the players have signed an official World Series ball from their respective MVP year. The remaining balls are either official American, National, or Major League balls dating from the 1980s or later. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures have been scripted in blue ink across the sweet spot and grade "9" or "10." The two players represented twice in this collection are Josh Beckett and Jose Rijo, each of whom has signed both a World Sereis ball and a regular ball. The MVP year for each player is noted in parentheses. World Series Balls (12). All of the balls have been signed on a side panel with the exception of Bucky Dent. The signers represented here are Bucky Dent (1978), Brett Saberhagen (1985), Orel Hershiser (1988), Jose Rijo (1990), Jack Morris (1991), Pat Borders (1992), Tom Glavine (1995), John Wetteland (1996), Livan Hernandez (1997), Scott Brosius (1998), Troy Glaus (2002), and Josh Beckett (2003). Official League Balls (22). All of the balls have been signed on the sweet spot with the exception of Frank Viola. The signers represented here are Johnny Podres (1955), Lew Burdette (1957), Bob Turley (1958), Whitey Ford (1961), Ralph Terry (1962), Bob Gibson (1964 and 1967), Mickey Lolich (1968), Reggie Jackson (1973 and 1977), Rollie Fingers (1974), Johnny Bench (1976), Ron Cey (1981), Steve Yeager (1981), Darrell Porter (1982), Rick Dempsey (1983), Alan Trammell (1984), Frank Viola (1987), Dave Stewart (1989), Jose Rijo (1990), Mariano Rivera (1999; grading "7/8"), Derek Jeter (2000), Randy Johnson (2001, grading "5"), and Josh Beckett (2003). All of the balls display varying degrees of age toning and/or discoloration. Grades range from Fr to Ex-Mt, averaging Gd-Vg. Total: 34 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,800
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