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Circa 1930 Rogers Hornsby Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,067
Official National League (Heydler) ball, signed by Rogers Hornsby across the sweet spot. The fabled "Rajah" has scripted his name in blue (possibly green) ink, with the signature, which is slightly off center (occupying a small portion of the west panel), grading "3/4." The manufacturer's stampings, combined with the red-and-black stitching, conclusively date this ball to the six-year period 1926 to 1932, a span coinciding with the final years of Hornsby's Major League career. As such, it is one of only a few single-signed Hornsby balls that we have ever seen dating to his active playing career. The vast majority of Hornsby singles in the hobby today date from after his election to the Hall of Fame in 1942. To the best of our recollection, this is the earliest Hornsby single-signed ball we have ever offered. Interestingly, this ball was found (by a noncollector) with a Burleigh Grimes 1926 Brooklyn Dodgers complete game-used uniform. REA sold the uniform many years ago, and the seller contacted us recently asking if we might be able to auction the Hornsby signed ball. The items survived together, and we make note of this here because we think it is interesting background information that might otherwise be lost forever, and which might have meaning to someone someday. Hornsby was the greatest right-handed hitter who ever lived and is one of only two modern-day players to bat over .400 in a season three times (Ty Cobb is the other). Included among his many achievements are seven batting titles, two Triple Crowns, and a .358 lifetime average. The ball is moderately soiled, displaying a few tiny abrasions, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain clearly legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,067
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