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1930s/1940s Original Owner Team and Single-Signed Baseball Collection (25)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,350.00

Offered is a unique collection of single-signed and team-signed baseballs originating from the family of a former minority owner of the Boston Braves. All of these balls were original obtained by our consignor's mother (the daughter of the minority owner), a noted "baseball fanatic" during the 1930s and 1940s. As a young woman attending Braves home games (seated in the owners' box, of course), she was able to obtain the signatures of many of the game's top stars. Offered here are the fruits of her efforts over a period of many years. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either OAL (Harridge) or ONL (Frick) balls. With few exceptions, the balls are in overall Excellent condition. Ten of the balls are accompanied by their original retail box (averaging Ex). Dizzy Dean: ONL (Frick) ball is inscribed in black ink ("7") on a side panel "To Barbara - From Dizzy Dean." The signature panel has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac and the ball is lightly toned and soiled. Very Good to Excellent condition. Lefty Grove: The ball (no manufacturer's stampings are visible) is signed by "Lefty Grove" in blue ink ('7/8") on a side panel. The signature panel has been coated with a layer of protective shellac and the ball is darkly toned and heavily soiled. Very Good condition. 1938 Chicago Cubs: 15 blue ink signatures ("4/5") on a moderately toned Spalding "Official League Ball" signed by Hartnett, Dean, Herman, Lazzeri, Root, Lee, Jurges, Asbell, Demaree, Cavarretta, Grimm, Epperly, Collins, Corriden (coach), and Johnson (coach). 1940 Philadelphia Phillies: 20 black ink signatures ("6-9") on an off-white ball including Klein, Prothro, Beck, Mahan, Higbe, Mulcahy, Bragan and May. 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates: 24 black ink signatures on an off-white ball including Frisch (sweet spot), Vaughan, P. Waner, L. Waner, Garms, V. DiMaggio, Sewell (sweet spot), Elliott, Davis, Brown, and Fletcher (Al Lopez is not included). 1941 St. Louis Cardinals: 23 blue ink signatures ("5-7") including Mize, Warneke, Marion, W. Cooper, M. Cooper (clubhouse, sweet spot), Hopp, Crespi, Mancuso (sweet spot) and Moore (Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter are not included). 1941 Cincinnati Reds: 24 black ink signatures ("7-9") on a creamy toned ball including Lombardi, L. Waner, Walters (clubhouse), Derringer, Vander Meer, Craft, Joost, Gowdy (clubhouse, coach), E. Riddle, Werber (clubhouse), Frey (clubhouse) and McKechnie (clubhouse) 1941 Boston Braves: 27 black ink signatures ("6-8") on a creamy toned ball including Stengel (sweet spot), Averill, Sisti, Hassett, Kelly (coach) and Tobin (Paul Waner and Lloyd Waner are not included). 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers: 20 black ink signatures ("4-5") on a creamy toned ball including Durocher, Medwick, Wyatt, Higbe, Owen, Casey, Camilli, and Riggs (Pee Wee Reese and Paul Waner are not included). 1941 Chicago Cubs: 17 blue or black ink signatures ("5-9") on a creamy toned ball including Passeau (sweet spot), Wilson, Dahlgren, Root, and Hack. 1941 Washington Senators: 21 blue ink signatures ("5-7") on a creamy toned ball including Leonard (sweet spot), Ferrell, Vernon, Chapman, Travis, and Hudson (Bucky Harris and Early Wynn are not included). 1942 Boston Braves: 25 blue or black ink signatures ("6/7") on a creamy toned ball including Stengel (sweet spot), Lombardi, G. Kelly (coach), Sisti, and Cuccinello. 1944 St. Louis Browns: 25 blue ink signatures ("6-10") on a creamy toned ball including L. Sewell, Clary (sweet spot), Gutteridge, Galehouse, Kreevich, Potter, Chartock (clubhouse), Zoldak, McQuinn, Kramer, Stephens, Byrnes, Moore, Hayworth (clubhouse), Taylor (clubhouse) and Christman. 1944 Philadelphia A's: 27 blue ink signatures ("3-8") on a moderately toned and soiled ball including Connie Mack (sweet spot), George Kell and Al Simmons (coach). 1944 Boston Red Sox: 20 blue ink signatures ("8/9") on a moderately toned and soiled ball including Doerr (sweet spot), Cronin, Hughson, and Fox. 1944 Detroit Tigers: 19 blue ink signatures ("7/8") on a moderately toned and soiled ball including O'Neill (sweet spot), Trout, York, Mayo, Higgins, and Richards (Newhauser is not included). 1944 Boston Braves: 20 black ink signatures ("8/9") on a creamy toned ball including Coleman (sweet spot), Holmes, Masi, Tobin, Andrews, and Wietelmann. 1944 Chicago White Sox: 25 blue ink signatures ("6-8") on a moderately toned ball including Dykes (clubhouse, sweet spot), Cuccinello (sweet spot), Trosky, Lopat, Hoag, Dietrich, and Grove. 1944 Cleveland Indians: 20 blue ink signatures ("3-6") on a moderately toned ball including Boudreau (clubhouse, sweet spot), Keltner, Reynolds, Shotton (coach), and Cullenbine. 1944 Washington Senators: 26 blue ink signatures ("6-9") on a moderately toned and soiled ball including Bluege (sweet spot), Powell (sweet spot), Ferrell, Leonard, and Spence (Early Wynn is not included). 1944 New York Giants: 23 blue or black ink signatures. ("2-6") on a moderately toned and soiled ball including Ott, Medwick (sweet spot), Mancuso, Adams, and Voiselle (Ernie Lombardi is not included). 1946 Boston Braves: 26 blue ink signatures ("5-9") on a creamy toned ball including Hopp, Cooper (clubhouse), Konstanty, Sain, and Southworth (Warren Spahn is not included). 1948 Cincinnati Reds: 28 blue ink signatures ("8/9") on a creamy toned ball including Neunn (sweet spot), Walters, Vander Meer, Kluszewski, Blackwell and Sauer. Multi-Signed Ball: ONL (Frick) ball signed by a number of players from various teams. Among the eighteen blue ink signatures appearing on the ball are those of Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Al Schoendienst, Phil Masi, Phil Caverretta, John Schmitz, Rip Sewell (sweet spot), Claude Passeau (sweet spot), Johnny Hopp, Frank McCormick, Ewell Blackwell, Del Ennis, and Kirby Higbe. Also included in the collection is a Ted Williams single-signed ball, inscribed to the owner's daughter, that our authenticators have identified as a clubhouse example. Total: 25 balls. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $4,350.00


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