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1957 Cleveland Indians Team-Signed Ball - Roger Maris' Rookie Season
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,293
When Roger Maris signed this team ball his future looked bright but no one could have foreseen the dramatic impact he would have on the game in just a few short years. This 1957 Cleveland Indians team-signed ball dates from Roger Maris’ rookie season and features the blue-ink signatures of twenty-nine team members including Maris and just recently elected Hall of Famer Dick Williams, who was only with Cleveland in 1957. The signatures adorning the official American League (Harridge) ball are those of Maris (“9”), Williams, Lemon, Wynn, Farrell (sweet spot, Mgr.), Tomanek, McLish, Woodling, Wertz, Pitula, Kuhn, Harder (coach), Altobelli, Mossi, Daley, Avila, Narleski, Garcia, Colavito, Hegan, Stanky (coach), Smith, Naragon, Kress (coach), Gray (on ball label), Carrasquel, Score, Nixon, and Strickland. Signatures range in grade from "7" to "9," with the exception of Avila ("4," faded). Maris appeared in 116 games with the Indians in 1957, batting .235 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Those numbers hardly hinted at his future accomplishments, which would include two consecutive MVP Awards with the Yankees and his now legendary record-setting home run performance of 1961. All of the manufacturer's stampings are light, but legible, and aside from a few small areas of light discoloration the ball is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,293
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