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1920 Cleveland Indians Signed Baseball Collection (8)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00

In 1920, the Cleveland Indians overcame the tragic death of star shortstop Ray Chapman to capture their first pennant in franchise history. They then went on to defeat the Brooklyn Robins five games to two in the World Series. Offered here is a signed-ball collection commemorating the 1920 World Champion Cleveland Indians that includes both single- and multi-signed balls. 1) Circa 1920 Cleveland Indians Team-Signed Ball. Although the ball is clearly dated “1920” in vintage black fountain pen, this Official American League (Johnson) ball was either signed during spring training of 1920 or dates from the following season, as it includes at least two players (Odenwald and Petty) who were not on the official 1920 roster, but did make the team the next year. The ball appears to be signed by twenty-four team members; however, many of the black fountain-pen signatures have faded beyond legibility. Recognizable signatures include Tris Speaker, Joe Sewell, Stan Coveleski, Bill Wambsganss, Joe Wood, Steve O’Neill, George Burns, Guy Morton, Jim Bagby (sweet spot), Ted Odenwald, Jesse Petty, and Doc Smallwood (trainer). Signatures range in grade from “1” to “4,” averaging “2/3.” The ball displays a minor area of discoloration on the sweet spot, otherwise in Excellent condition. 2) Tris Speaker Single-Signed Ball. Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black fountain pen (grading “2”) across the sweet spot. Good to Very Good condition with numerous abrasions. 3) Multi-Signed Ball with Stan Coveleski. Tober “National League” ball signed in blue ink (“9/10”) by Stan Coveleski (alone on a side panel), Lefty Gomez (alone on a side panel), and Jesse Haines and Lou Boudreau (together on a side panel). Near Mint. 4) Joe Sewell Single-Signed Ball. Official American League (Brown) ball signed in blue ink (“9/10”) across the sweet spot. Moderately toned, otherwise Excellent to Mint. 5) Joe Wood Single-Signed Ball. Official 1979 All-Star Game ball signed in blue ink (“10”) on a side panel. Very light toning, otherwise Near Mint. 6) Bill Wambsganss Single-Signed Ball. Ball (no manufacturer’s stampings visible) inscribed “To Don – Bill Wambsganss” in blue ink (“9”). The inscription and first name appear on a side panel, while the last name extends across the sweet spot. The ball has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. 7) George Uhle Single-Signed Ball. Official American League (MacPhail) ball signed in black felt-tip pen (“”10”) across the sweet spot. With some scattered age toning, otherwise Excellent to Mint condition. 8) Tris Speaker Single-Signed Ball. Reach ball (appears to be an official American League ball, but the label is badly faded) signed in blue ink (grading “1”) across the sweet spot. It appears that a number of other signatures have been removed from this ball in order for it to display as a Speaker single. The ball has also been coated with a light layer of protective shellac. Good to Very Good condition with a split along the seams. This is a very substantial 1920 Indians signed ball collection assembled by a dedicated and advanced Cleveland Indians collector over a period of many years. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 8 balls. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,175.00

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