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1913 World Series Game Used Baseball Signed by Tommy Co

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1913 World Series Game Used Baseball Signed by Tommy Connolly. We'll let the game used collectors and autograph hounds battle it out over this one, as we're frankly undecided as to which aspect of this important baseball is more appealing, though it must be noted that all writing was expertly enhanced subsequent to its initial application. The Official National League ball saw action at Game Three of this early Fall Classic, a historic battle between John McGraw's New York Giants and Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics, arguably the two finest and most star-studded rosters of the Dead Ball era. A bold black fountain pen inscription makes note of the details, reading "World Series 1913 - Sept. 9, Score Athletics - 8, New York - 2." Clearly umpire Charles Rigler, from whose estate the ball derives, got the month wrong, as the score is correct for the October 9th game.

While Rigler's black ink signature appears on an adjacent side panel, the real treat here is that of Hall of Fame umpire Tommy Connolly, whose resume includes the first ever American League game, the first World Series (1903) and the distinction of joining Bill Klem as the first men in black enshrined at Cooperstown. Connolly's "Compliments of T.H. Connolly" inscription is likewise flawlessly bold. Some red ink on another panel is too faded to discern, but it may be an inscription from Bill Klem, who also wore the mask for this important Series. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (noting tracing of writing).

Shipping: Balls, Pucks, etc. - Encased, Small

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Lot: 81726

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Estimate $6,000 – $8,000
Starting Bid $1,500

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