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Charles Comiskey Single-Signed 1917 World Series Baseball
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,350.00
Prior to the 2005 World Series, this ancient relic may have been one of the most revered objects in White Sox history: a game-used baseball from the final game of the 1917 World Series signed by Charles Comiskey. Its unique provenance is provided by the vintage, period notations that appear on all six panels. Those notations, printed in black fountain pen, read as follows: "White Sox" (sweet spot), "World Champion Sox" (East panel), "1917 Series" (West Panel), "6th Game Battery - Faber Schalk 4-2 Sox" (North panel), "Chicago Champions" (South panel), and "At Giants" (opposite sweet spot). Comiskey's signature appears below the "Chicago Champions" notation on the South panel (which we believe is also in Comiskey's hand), and while the signature contrasts somewhat poorly against the dark background of the ball's surface, it remains quite legible, grading "4." Enhancing the ball's visual appeal is the fact that both the East and West panels have been adorned with a colorful portion of the team's official letterhead proclaiming their 1917 World Championship. The red-and-black stitched ball is darkly toned and heavily soiled, displaying a number of light surface abrasions throughout, thus further attesting to its "game-used" status. As noted on the ball, the White Sox defeated the Giants in six games, winning the final game by score of 4-2 at the Polo Grounds. Little did Chicago's South Side rooters realize that they would have to wait another eighty-seven years before they could again celebrate a World Championship. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,350.00
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