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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $21,150
High-grade example of one of the most desirable of all postwar team-signed balls: 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. The offered ball is especially noteworthy for the fact that it has no clubhouse signatures, which are common for Dodgers balls from this era. This official National League (Giles) features the blue-ink signatures of the following twenty-eight members of the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers: Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Herman (coach, sweet spot), Robinson, Campanella, Snider, Reese, Koufax, Hodges (twice), Templeton (twice), Amoros, Howell, Craig, Loes, Kellert, Bessent, Moryn, Roebuck, Podres, Gilliam, Erskine, Hoak, Zimmer, Shuba, Becker (coach), Newcombe, Meyer, Furillo, and Walker. All of the signatures are fairly uniform in strength, grading "8" or "9." The ball displays only the slightest hint of natural toning, and there is a small speck of discoloration touching upon Koufax's signature; it is otherwise in Near Mint condition. 1955 Dodgers team balls in this condition are seldom seen and it ranks as one of finest examples we have ever handled. As a point of reference, another 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball in remarkably high grade (even finer than this remarkable example but not by a great deal) appeared as Lot 1016 in Robert Edward Auctions' May 2009 sale, where it realized $32,313, setting a record both for a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team ball and for any postwar team-signed ball from any team. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $21,150
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