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06-19-2006, 06:34 AM
Hey guys,

I just came across these great items at a local estate auction. The auction house doesn't typically do sports memoribilia, usually sticking to antiques and furniture, and they didn't realize what they had here. The items came from an elderly womans estate, and were found in the basement. The items actually came into the auction house the day before the auction, and the items weren't advertised other than some poor photos online, and no description.

I got the following three items: a 1929 American League signed baseball, 3 T206 cards glued to paper in a small frame - the three being Tinker, Evers, and Chance, and a 1948 Swell Gum Sports Thrills card (greatest inning ever)

Obviously the item I really wanted was the signed ball. It is signed by all A's, and looks to be signed from 1928 to 1930. It has all the proper markings with a the Reach logo, an American League Baseball logo, and a fascimile signature of E.S. Barhard - American Leaue president, which I believe dates the ball from 27 to 32.
The logos and stamps are identical to those on a couple of the signed balls in the current Hunts catalogue, namely the 1927 Yankees signed ball.
The ball also has several handwritten dates written on different spots on the ball below autos, and the dates coorespond with several games of the 1929 World series. The ball also has written on it: World Champions 1929-1930.
The signatures are as follows:
Ty Cobb (I assumed sig was acquired in the 1928 when Cobb played with the A's)
Connie Mack
Lefty Grove
Jimmy Foxx
Al Simmons
probably Eddie Collins (E smudged)
Joe Boley
Ossie Orwoll
George Burns
Bing Miller
Joe Hassler
Eddie Rommel
George Earnshaw
Sammy Hale
Walter French
Jack Quinn
Cy Perkins
Max Bishop
Joe Bush
and 6 other sigs which are very faded (one of which looks alot like Mickey Cochrane)

I tried to matchup most of the big name autos and they look pretty good, but I will let an authenticator tell me for sure.

I would like to consign this ball at some point; Any suggestions on an auction house? I was thinking Hunts or Mastro. Any ideas on potential value? Also what do you think of the autos?

thanks for any help guys.


06-19-2006, 06:40 AM
Awesome pieces! How much did they each cost you, if you don't mind my asking?


06-19-2006, 01:53 PM
I would say either auction house is fine, I personally lean towards David Hunt, nothing against Mastro. Looks like a great ball. Is there a shellac coating on the ball or is that the flash?


06-19-2006, 08:10 PM
AMAZING is the word I would use also. Don't overlook REA. I have had great experiences with them.

06-19-2006, 10:28 PM
Yes the ball is shellacked. Not a thick coat, but one nonetheless. I paid 150 for the cards, but would rather not say at this time how much I paid for the ball (at least in a public forum - feel free to email me though)

I actually hadn't considered REA, as I've never dealt with them, but I will explore them as an option as well.

What do you guys think of a range of value. I really have no idea.

thanks alot for the responses.

06-20-2006, 06:34 AM
I would guess somewhere around $1500 - $2,000 at major auction with COA. Thats assuming ALL signatures would pass authentication. Shellac does hurt it but still has great eye appeal. I may be off with my opinion of estimate as I am not real up to date with autographs. Perhaps someone on this forum can give some better insight.

Take Care,