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Eddie Murray Signed 2,992nd Hit Ball and Stadium Banners
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
On June 30, 1995 Eddie Murray became the twentieth player in Major League history to amass 3,000 hits. As is the custom in most ballparks today, Murray's journey to that plateau was dramatically recorded by special numbered display banners counting down to the historic moment. Later, those stadium banners, as well as the actual game balls used to record each of Murray's hits on the road to 3,000, were sold by the Cleveland Indians in a well-publicized auction. Offered here two Eddie Murray 3,000 hit items that originate from that sale: the very ball used in the recording of Murray's 2,992nd hit and a banner bearing the numeral "8" (signifying the number of hits Murray needed to reach 3,000). The moderately soiled Official American League baseball has been inscribed in black ink ("7") by Murray across the sweet, "Eddie Murray 2992." Murray's 2,992nd hit took place on June 24th in a game against the Chicago White Sox at the new Comiskey Park and came at the expense of Sox starter Alex Fernandez. The ball is accompanied by a large red vinyl banner bearing a white number "8." Murray has inscribed the banner "Eddie Murray #33" in black Sharpie ("9") along the top portion of the numeral. The banner (24 x 24 inches) displays four metal grommets and is in Excellent condition. Accompanying the number banner is a red commemorative banner (30 x 5 inches) celebrating Murray's 3,000th hit. The banner reads "Counting down Eddie Murray's Hits - June 30, 1995" and is hand numbered "61/100." It has been signed by Murray in black Sharpie (grading "9/10") along the top. Both banners have been attractively mounted and framed together to total dimensions of 34 x 35 inches. Total: three items. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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