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1927 Pittsburgh Pirates Signed Ball Including Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $4,406.25

Featured on this American League (Johnson) ball are the black-ink signatures of seven members of the 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates as well as that of legendary Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner. Wagner’s signature, equal in scale to his stature on the field, is extremely large and occupies the entire sweet spot as well as a portion of the west panel. Displayed upon the east panel are the signatures of Kiki Cuyler and the famed Waner brothers, Paul (“Big Poison”) and Lloyd (“Little Poison”). The remaining signatures are those of Ray Kremer, Hal Rhyne and George Grantham (all on the north panel), and Lee Williams (west panel). Wagner’s signature grades “7-8,” while those of Cuyler and the Waner brothers grade “6-7.” The remaining signatures are in slightly lesser grade, averaging “5-6.” A faint, partially illegible signature occupies the south panel, but it does not appear to be that of a ballplayer (possibly the name of the ball’s original owner). All of the manufacturer's stampings remain very bold and legible. The ball is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. According to oral history, this ball is purported to have been signed at the 1927 World Series. While there is no accompanying documentation to support that assertion, its veracity is supported by the empirical evidence. Ban Johnson retired as American League president after the 1927 season, thus his name was removed from official Major League balls manufactured after that time. Similarly, an earlier signing date is precluded due to the fact that 1927 marked Lloyd Waner’s first season in the majors. Honus Wagner was not a member of the team’s official coaching staff until 1933; however, he was a frequent and welcome visitor to the Pirates clubhouse in the 1920s and surely would have been in attendance during the 1927 World Series. Regardless of whether it is possible for us to prove that this ball was signed during the 1927 World Series, this remains an exceptional 1920s vintage signed baseball in outstanding condition that is highlighted by the magnificent Honus Wagner signature across the sweet spot. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,406.25


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