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Lot # 83: Vintage Joe DiMaggio Single Signed Baseball

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"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you," sang Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in "Mrs. Robinson," referencing one of America's greatest idols. The Yankee Clipper still holds the Major League record for a consecutive game hitting streak, with his near impossible-to-believe run of 56 straight games in 1941. When the streak grew, all over the United States, persons would ask each other, "How did DiMaggio do today?" In his career, all with the New York Yankees (1936-51, with 1943-45 in military service during World War II), DiMaggio was a part of nine World Championships, hit .325 lifetime, with 361 homers, and patrolled center field with near perfect grace. The baseball, with the manufacturer's name worn off, has been inscribed and signed by DiMaggio in blue ink from a fountain pen. DiMaggio wrote, "To Josh (?) Schechter (?), Best Wishes Joe DiMaggio." The ball exhibits darkening and some spots in which small parts of the baseball's "skin" have rubbed off. The ball has shellac, or a shellac-like substance, applied over large areas. The ball comes with a PSA LOA. The offering provides the personalized signature of an American icon.

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