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Circa 1932 Philadelphia A's Multi-Signed Ball with Foxx and Cochrane
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
Dating from the tail end of the Philadelphia A’s’ fabled 1929-1931 baseball dynasty, this official American League (Harridge) ball features the black fountain pen signatures of four of the club’s top players: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Rube Walberg, and Max Bishop. The Foxx signature (grading “9”) is the strongest of the quartet. A single-signed Foxx ball of this quality would sell in the neighborhood of $20,000 or more, so this ball may be an ideal economic alternative. All four signatures are penned upon the same side panel. The remaining signatures average “7.” The light wear to the ball suggests that it was probably a game ball that was later signed by the four stars. Based upon the manufacturing label, this ball can be definitively dated to the three-year period 1931-1933. During that span, Foxx had supplanted both Ruth and Gehrig as the game’s top slugger. “The Beast” led the league in home runs and RBI in 1932 and 1933. He also led the league in batting average in 1933, thus earning him Triple Crown honors as well. Despite the aforementioned toning and soiling, the manufacturer’s label remains perfectly legible and the ball is in overall Very Good condition. Vintage signed baseballs have always been held in high esteem by collectors and this example, signed by Foxx during the height of his career, makes for an exceptional display piece. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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