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Remarkable 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Champions Team-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $32,313

Extraordinary high-grade Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball dating from the club's 1955 World Championship season. This is the finest 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball we have ever seen or offered and its outstanding condition is directly related to its provenance. The ball originates from the personal collection of a gentleman who was the bat boy for the Chicago Cubs from 1955 through 1958 and has been consigned to this auction directly by his daughter. The ball has remained in the family's sole possession these past fifty-four years and is new to the hobby. (The other twelve 1950s team-signed balls from this remarkable collection are offered elsewhere in this auction.) In addition to its stellar condition, this signed ball is all the more noteworthy in that it has no secretarial signatures (which is so common for Dodgers team-signed balls from this era). The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-eight members of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers: Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Robinson, Campanella, Snider, Reese, Koufax, Herman (coach, sweet spot), Hodges, Gilliam, Furillo, Amoros, Newcombe, Erskine, Labine, Loes, Howell, Pitler (coach), Walker, Bessent, Becker (coach, sweet spot), Spooner, Podres, Moryn, Templeton, Shuba, Zimmer, Craig, and Kellert. All of the signatures are boldly scripted, grading either "9" or "10," and the ball is in Near Mint condition. This is simply an extraordinary example, one of the finest in existence, of one of the most prized team-signed balls in the world of collecting. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500+. SOLD FOR $32,313

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