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Circa 1930 Pie Traynor Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $940.00

Pie Traynor passed away in 1972, years before collecting single-signed baseballs of Hall of Famers became extremely popular with collectors. It is not surprising, then, that single-signed balls of the Hall of Fame third baseman are rare, especially those penned during his active playing career. Offered here is the first vintage single-signed Traynor ball dating from the late 1920s/early 1930s that we have ever seen. Traynor has signed this official National League (Heydler) ball in black ink across the sweet spot, scripting both his full name and famous sobriquet, "Harold 'Pie' Traynor." The signature is somewhat light, grading "4" overall, but it remains clearly legible. The toned ball features bold manufacturer's stampings and, aside from a tiny area of light discoloration above Traynor's surname, remains in Near Mint condition. Based upon the label, this red-and-black stitched ball, dates to the 1926-1934 manufacturing period. Pie Traynor was widely considered the finest fielding third baseman of his era. He was so adept in the field that most fans today are unaware that he finished his career with a .320 lifetime average and twice batted over .350 in a season. Traynor retired in 1937 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $940.00

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