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1926 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,057.50

Rawlings "National League" ball (not an official National League ball) signed by Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball. Landis' signature has been scripted in black fountain pen across the sweet spot and although light, it remains completely legible, grading "5." Landis has personalized and dated the ball as well. The name of the recipient cannot be deciphered with certainty as a result of Landis' poor penmanship (name appears to be something like "Ruth Richey"). What can easily be read is the word "To" followed by a name and then Landis' signature below that. The date, March 6, 1926" appears on a side panel. Landis served as commissioner of baseball from 1921 until his death in 1944. He was elected to the Hall of Fame that same year by virtue of a special election. Landis single-signed ball are extremely rare. The ball is moderately toned, with a few minor abrasions, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,057.50

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