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Joe DiMaggio Autographed "Hit Streak" Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,406.25
While Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is considered by many to be the most remarkable batting feat in history, few people are aware that DiMaggio also fashioned a 61-game hitting streak while playing for the San Francisco Seals in 1933. Offered here are three rare pieces, comprised of two signed balls and a newspaper, each relating to one of DiMaggio's two record-setting hitting streaks. 1) The first piece is a complete issue of the July 27, 1933 San Francisco Chronicle. The sports section of the paper features a large photo of DiMaggio, above which the headline reads "Oaks stop DeMaggio's [sic] Hitting Record." Joe went hitless in five at bats during the game, thus ending his record-setting 61-game hitting streak. It is interesting to note that DiMaggio's name was often misspelled in the paper during his early minor league years. This has a very impressive appearance and would be perfect for framing and display. The paper (17 x 23 inches) is toned throughout (the sports section has a greenish hue) and is in Excellent condition overall, which is remarkably high-grade for a newspaper from this era. 2) The second item is an official American League (Harridge) baseball that was originally signed on the sweet spot by Ken Keltner, the Cleveland third baseman whose sensational fielding play "robbed" DiMaggio of a sure hit as he attempted to hit in safely in his 57th consecutive game. The ball eventually found its way into the famed Barry Halper Collection, at which time Barry asked his good friend Joe DiMaggio if he would also sign it. Joe went one better and inscribed the ball on a side panel: "Barry - Ken is on the sweet spot - he actually 'stopped' my streak - Joe DiMaggio." Keltner's signature has been penned in vintage blue ink and grades "7." DiMaggio's black ink inscription is flawless in its execution and grades a perfect "10." The ball is in Excellent to Mint condition with manufacturer's stampings slightly faded (but legible). 3) The third item is an official American League (MacPhail) ball that has been signed on a side panel by both Keltner and DiMaggio. Keltner has simply signed his name in blue ink ("8"), while DiMaggio has added a black ink inscription ("5"): "He stuck like glue - Joe DiMaggio." The ball has also been signed in blue ink ("8/9") on another side panel by former Cleveland shortstop George Strickland. The ball has a few areas of moderate discoloration throughout (including the Keltner/DiMaggio panel). In Very Good condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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