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1956-1970 Team-Signed Ball Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,350
This collection of ten team-signed balls spans the years 1956 through 1970 and features a total of 223 signatures. All are from the Sy Beger Collection. Even though he was not a collector in the traditional sense, everywhere Sy went in the baseball world he was given items as special keepsakes and tributes of friendship. Sy knew all of the players who signed these balls, so he naturally always put them aside in a safe place. Although most of the balls in this grouping are mid-grade examples, the collection as a whole is also distinguished by the fact that there is only one clubhouse signature present in this entire collection of ten balls (Paul Richards on the 1956 Orioles ball). In our listing, we have noted all of the Hall of Fame signatures on each ball as well as many of the key players. 1956 Pittsburgh Pirates. Twenty-seven blue-ink signatures ("8" to "10") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Clemente, Bragan (Mgr., sweet spot), Groat, Shepard, Kline, Thomas, Arroyo, Virdon, Walls, Law, Cole, Freese, Friend, Long, and King. Ex, with some light even toning on two side panels. 1956 Baltimore Orioles. Nineteen blue-ink ("6" to "10," averaging "9") on a Baltimore Orioles souvenir ball, including Kell, Evers, Brown, Triandos, Fornieles, Dorish, Francona, Moore, Richards (Mgr., sweet spot, clubhouse signature) and Gardner. Vg. 1957 Philadelphia Phillies. Twenty-two blue-ink signatures ("7" to "10") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Roberts, Ashburn, Smith (Mgr., sweet spot), Simmons, Harmon, Hacker, Hemus, Haddix, Lopata, Jones, Anderson, Farrell, Sanford, and Repulski. Ex. 1961 St. Louis Cardinals. Twenty-four blue-ink signatures ("6" to "9") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Musial, Schoendienst, Gibson, Hemus (Mgr., sweet spot), Boyer, White, Javier, Keane (coach, he later took over as manager later in the season), Sadecki, James, Cunningham, Crowe, and Spencer. Ex. 1961 St. Louis Cardinals. Twenty-three blue-ink signatures ("1" to "6," averaging "5") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Gibson, Schoendienst, Boyer, Hemus (Mgr., sweet spot), Javier, Moryn, Simmons, Sadecki, James, and Sawatski. Vg-Ex. 1963 St. Louis Cardinals. Sixteen blue-ink signatures ("8" to "10") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Musial (sweet spot), Gibson, Keane (Mgr., sweet spot), White, Flood, Boyer, Javier, James, McCarver, Simmons, Gagliano, Burke, Sawatski, Kolb, and Carmel. Nr-Mt. 1964 Baltimore Orioles. Twenty black-ink signatures ("4" to "6") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Roberts, Aparicio, B. Robinson, Miller, Hall, Adair, Siebern, Powell, Bowens, Brandt, Bunker, Pappas, McNally, and Kirkland. Ex. 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers. Twenty-four blue-ink signatures ("4" to "7") on an ONL (Giles) ball, including Koufax, Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Drysdale, Sutton, Wills, Parker, Davis, Roseboro, Torborg, Osteen, Covington, and Regan. Vg-Ex. 1969/1970 Baltimore Orioles. Twenty-five blue-ink signatures ("5/6") on red-stitched ball (no manufacturer's labels visible), including Weaver (Mgr., sweet spot), B. Robinson, Powell, Salmon, Leonhard, Dalrymple, Floyd, Watt, Belanger, Hunter (coach, sweet spot), May, Johnson, Hall, Hendricks, Etchebarren, McNally, Motton, Cuellar, Blair, and Buford. The blue-ink notation "1969" is printed on the opposite sweet spot, but it should be noted that every player whose signature appears on this ball was also on the club in 1970. Vg-Ex, with light toning. 1969/1970 Baltimore Orioles. Twenty-three blue-ink signatures ("8" to "10") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Weaver (Mgr., sweet spot), Palmer, B. Robinson, Belanger, Hunter (coach, sweet spot), Hendricks, Blair, Buford, Powell, Cuellar, Etchebarren, McNally, Phoebus, Dalrymple, Hardin, and Watt. All of the players whose signatures appear on this ball were on the Orioles in both 1969 and 1970. Vg-Ex. From the Sy Berger Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 10 balls. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $2,350
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