SCP Auctions November 19th, 2011 Auction


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In the throes of World War II some of the biggest living legends from America’s National Pastime were called upon to support U.S. military efforts. As a means to increase War Bond sales, a benefit game was held at the Polo Grounds in New York on Thursday, August 26, 1943. At least eight of the twelve then-living Hall of Fame members joined a host of additional ballplayers and celebrities in an incredible exhibition contest. The famous event will forever be remembered for Babe Ruth stepping to the plate to face Walter Johnson and taking the Big Train deep for the last home run the Bambino ever hit in a professional arena. The benefit game was an enormous success, bringing together a unique assemblage of baseball icons. This exceptional unused ONL (Frick) baseball stands as an extraordinary memento of the special occasion. Ten bold fountain pen signatures obtained at the event adorn its surface and read like a who’s who of Hall of Fame greats. A large Babe Ruth autograph appears on the sweet spot with side panels featuring Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Roger Bresnahan, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Frank Frisch, Duffy Lewis and Red Murray. The autographs rate 7-9 overall. An area of browning on part of the Ruth signature is the only blemish on this otherwise clean and historically significant orb. Accompanying the ball is a spectacular original “type I” wire photo of the War Bond benefit team and a ticket stub from the game. Both of these objects ideally compliment the ball and are valuable mementos in their own right. This remarkable package -- recalling an unforgettable occasion where the "Sultan of Swat" faced off against the "Big Train" long after their respective careers had concluded -- represents a thrilling scene in American history, as well as a comprehensive collection of coveted signatures. Includes a full LOA from PSA/DNA for ball.
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Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $24,244
Number Bids:16
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