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Extraordinary 1937 Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $26,438
Red-and-black stitched "Winner Ball" (no manufacturer listed) flawlessly signed and dated by legendary Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx. Foxx's signature has been boldly scripted in blue fountain pen across the sweet spot and grades "10." This is an extraordinary single-signed Jimmie Foxx ball, easily the finest we have ever offered. Ideally, we know exactly when Foxx signed this ball based upon the additional blue fountain pen inscription (written entirely in Foxx's hand) displayed on a side panel: "Boston Red Sox/April 18/37." Jimmie Foxx single-signed balls are extremely rare, especially those signed during his active playing career and featuring signature examples of this quality. With regard to the signature, this may be the finest Jimmie Foxx single-signed ball we have ever seen. Foxx was in his second season with the Red Sox in 1937 and the date on this ball indicates he signed it just two days prior to the club's opening-day game against Philadelphia. During that time, Major League clubs often played numerous exhibition games as they headed North from spring training and it's very possible that this ball was signed by Foxx at one such game prior to the team's arrival in Philadelphia. Nicknamed "The Beast" for his formidable presence at the plate, Foxx was one of the game's greatest hitters. He finished his career with a .325 lifetime average and was the second player in history (after Ruth) to amass over 500 home runs. Foxx was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951. He passed away in 1967 at the age of sixty. The ball has a few very minor surface blemishes, but all of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and clearly legible. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $26,438
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