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1926 George Wright and Ty Cobb Signed Ball - Displays as a Wright Single
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black fountain pen by Hall of Famers George Wright and Ty Cobb. Wright's signature, which has been enhanced, appears on a side panel and grades "7" (a few small abrasions touch upon the signature). Cobb's signature sits upon the sweet spot and grades "3/4" (also affected by a few heavier abrasions). An inscription, printed in black fountain pen, appears on a separate side panel and offers information regarding the date of its signing. Although some of the words are obscured by abrasions, the first part reads "Boston vs. Detroit/May 13, 1926." Below that is an illegible word followed by a partially legible name that begins with "Chas." Detroit defeated Boston by a score of 13-10 at Fenway Park on May 13, 1926, with Cobb contributing a double in four at bats (with two walks) in the win. Obviously, George Wright, who lived in Boston, attended the game that day and one lucky fan was able to obtain both his and Cobb's signatures that afternoon. While Cobb single-signed balls dating from his active playing career are scarce and highly desirable, George Wright single-signed balls are virtually nonexistent. The only George Wright single-signed ball that we have ever offered appeared as Lot 883 in our May 2013 sale, where it realized $22,515, and we cannot recall having seen any other examples. The fact that this ball displays as a Wright single if so desired makes it especially attractive to Hall of Fame single-signed ball collectors. One anomaly regarding the dating of this ball should be mentioned. According to Brandon Grunbaum's reference work, History of the Baseball (published by the author in 2014), this particular ball dates from the one-year manufacturing period 1927 (it features Johnson's stamped facsimile signature on a side panel in addition to "The Cushioned Cork Center" stamping on the bottom panel). However, as indicated by the vintage notation, it appears that "The Cushioned Cork Center" balls may have been introduced a year earlier than previously thought. The ball is darkly toned, with a number of moderate-to-heavy abrasions. In Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,300
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