Late ’50s Hall of Fame Multi-Signed Ball (13 Sigs. w/Cobb, Speaker, Foxx, Cochrane, Paul Waner) w/Stram Family LetterGo Back
Late ’50s Hall of Fame Multi-Signed Ball (13 Sigs. w/Cobb, Speaker, Foxx, Cochrane, Paul Waner) w/Stram Family Letter
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What may seem deficient in quantity is more than compensated in quality. These are sparkling Hall of Fame autographs, one and all. There are thirteen of them appearing here, and by the nature of the medium – an OAL (Harridge) – and the consideration of induction years and passings, we’re led to interpret that this ball was signed between 1955 and ’58 (likely the former, as three of these signers were enshrined in ’55). In detail, there are noted here: Charlie Gehringer and Tris Speaker (“8-9”) on the sweet spot. On the north panel there appear Ty Cobb (“7”), Paul Waner (“6”), Ted Lyons, and Dazzy Vance (“7”). On the south panel are scribed Lefty Grove (“6-7”), and Carl Hubbell. Then on the east panel there’s handwritten “Catchers“, which is followed by the autographs of Bill Dickey, Mickey Cochrane (“5”), Jimmie Foxx (a positively delectable “8-9″), Frankie Frisch (‘8-9”), and Ray Schalk (“8”). The west panel is blank; and though the ball has a few areas of mild staining, that qualification little impairs the quality of these magnificent mid-50s Hall of Fame signatures.
Since this writing, our office has received signed testimony from this ball’s consignor. Specifically, the autographed ball’s heritage traces to the Hank Stram family. And that gridiron patriarch was a very close friend of Ray Schalk’s. For that matter, Schalk and Stram coached baseball together at Purdue for an extended period. Indeed, per the attending LOA (signed by Stram’s son, Dale), this ball was signed during the 1955 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cooperstown.
PSA-DNA Auction House Letter, Family Letter
1955,Ball,Baseball,Letter,Signed Bill Dickey,Carl Hubbell,Charlie Gehringer,Frankie Frisch,Hank Stram,Jimmie Foxx,Mickey Cochrane,Paul Waner,Ray Schalk,Ted Lyons,Ty Cobb
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