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1978 Thurman Munson Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Spalding "Official Major League Specifications" baseball signed in blue ink by four members of the 1978 New York Yankees: Thurman Munson, Andy Messersmith, Gene Michael (coach, black ink), and Graig Nettles. All of the signatures grade "8/9," with the exception of Michael ("6/7"). The signatures of Munson, Messersmith, and Michael appear together on a side panel, while that of Nettles is located on the opposite side panel. Messersmith only played with the Yankees in 1978, so it appears to be a near certainty that this ball was signed during that season. Munson's signature, as nearly all collectors are aware, is rare due to his tragic death in a plane crash in 1979. The ball displays only some extremely light, scattered age toning and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $720
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