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Lot # 648: Hall of Famers and Greats Signed Baseball w/Babe Ruth, Hornsby & Alexander (JSA)

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

Regarding all the signatures of Hall of Famers (and others) on this Official American League Baseball (Ban Johnson). Regarding the signatures (22) on this baseball, wouldn't the following mythical team, selected from the Hall of Fame signatures, be the best of all time? Grover Cleveland Alexander, Carl Hubbell, and Bob Feller pitching; Bill Dickey catching; Johnny Mize at first; Rogers Hornsby on second; Leo Durocher at short; Pie Traynor on third; and Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mel Ott in the outfield, with Paul and Lloyd Waner as outfielders coming off the bench, and John McGraw managing and Billy Southworth, in the Hall of Fame primarily as a manager, as the bench coach. Kenesaw Mountain Landis would be in charge as the Commissioner of Baseball. That would be a superb line-up, and all of those individuals just mentioned have signed this baseball. Of course, Leo Durocher played a nice shortstop, but he is in the Hall of Fame primarily as a manager, and as Abbott and Costello would say in their famous "Who's On First" routine, "You have to have a shortstop." Some signed at the 1926 World Series, and there is an inscription on a side panel reading "World Series, 1926, Oct. 10th, NY 2 St. Louis 3". Most signed in the 1920s, but other signatures were obtained in 30s/40s. The ball comes with a JSA Letter of Authenticity. According to the LOA, all signatures except Hubbell, Durocher, Mize, DiMaggio and Landis were enhanced in an unknown hand. The ball shows toning and tiny chipping on the cover, but overall is in very good condition. The signed Hall of Famer baseball shows real value as the assemblage of Hall of Famers who signed this ball would compose an incredible line-up.

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