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Extremely Noteworthy Multi-Signed and Single-Signed Baseball Collection (83)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $5,581.25
This substantial signed ball collection is comprised of fifty-two single-signed balls and thirty-one multi-signed balls. This is not your typical large lot of signed balls. These are not miscellaneous "extras." This is a collection unto itself, with all names (and combinations of names) of particularly noteworthy significance. Our consignor is a sophisticated baseball enthusiast and his signed baseball collection reflected his passion. Each of the multi-signed balls offered here has a theme linking the signers together, while the single-signed balls bear the signatures of players who, although they may not all be household names, have achieved some measure of immortality on the diamond due to a single outstanding individual performance or career achievement. Among the themes featured on the multi-signed balls are Major League siblings (including all three DiMaggio brothers on a single ball, vintage signed, although the signatures are very faint), members of baseball's "40/40" club, players who have hit four home runs in one game, multiple Cy Young Award winners, Yankee pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, Yankee pitchers who have thrown perfect games, players who have stolen 500 or more bases in their careers, pitchers who have thrown two no hitters in their careers, players who have hit 50 or more home runs in a season, and players who have amassed both 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. Single-signed balls include Curt Flood (extremely important player and, we think, future Hall of Famer, challenged baseball's reserve clause), Barry Bonds (all-time home run leader), Bill Wambsganss (unassisted triple play in the 1920 World Series), Joe Oeschger (pitched twenty-six innings in 1920), Mark McGwire (broke Maris' single-season home run record), Alex Rodriguez (500 home runs, "40/40" club), Johnny Vander Meer (two consecutive no-hitters), Denny McLain (thirty wins in 1968), Bert Campanaris (played all nine positions in one game), Mike Marshall (single-season record for games by a pitcher), Kent Tekulve (most games total for a pitcher), Mansanori Murakami (first Japanese player in the Major Leagues), and Dale Long (eight home runs in eight consecutive games). This is a very interesting and carefully assembled signed-ball collection, featuring a total of forty-six Hall of Fame signatures (including Mantle, DiMaggio, Koufax, Spahn, Musial, Aaron, and Mays), as well as the signatures of many players who one day will be enshrined in Cooperstown. A complete inventory listing is available (in spreadsheet form) by request and we urge any interested bidders to please consult the inventory list prior to bidding. (The spreadsheet lists each ball, all of the signers, condition, and any other pertinent information regarding the ball.) This collection is very difficult to value. Whatever it sells for, this is the type of collection that will probably sell for a significant discount to what the balls would cost if purchased individually. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 83 signed balls (52 single-signed and 31 multi-signed). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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