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Lot # 1222 (1222 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Circa 1917 All-Star Barnstorming Team-Signed Ball with Many Rarities Including Sherry Magee and Jake Daubert

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440

Official National League ball, dating from the 1917 to 1918 manufacturing period, signed in black fountain pen by twenty major league players. The players represented here were not all on the same team in 1917 and 1918 (many weren't even in the same league), which leads us to believe that this ball was signed during a postseason barnstorming tour. (Such tours were common at the time and usually took place on the West Coast, which was generally warmer and devoid of any major league franchises until 1958.) A few of the signatures are faint and only partially legible, but those discernible to the naked eye are Ed Pfeffer, Otto Miller, Bob Fisher, Heinie Groh, Lew McCarty, Cozy Dolan, Bill Killefer, Jack Coombs, Sherry Magee, Jake Daubert, John Henry, Dick Hoblitzel, Wally Pipp, and Braggo Roth. In the process of authenticating this ball, JSA examined it under a video spectral comparator, which allows for the observation of latent writing and/or markings. That examination revealed a few additional partial or full signatures, including those of Howie Shanks and Hick Cady (they cannot be seen unaided). What makes this ball particularly noteworthy is that it features the signatures of a number of players who died very young, including Jake Daubert (1924; age 40), Sherry Magee of T206 "error" fame (1929; age 44), Braggo Roth (1936; age 44), and Lew McCarty (1930; age 41). The signatures of all four of those players are exceedingly rare in any form, let alone all together on a ball, making this a remarkable autographed item dating from baseball's dead-ball era. The ball, which has been coated with a thin layer of protective shellac, is toned and displays a number of minor surface blemishes. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.


Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440


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