Mastro August 2008
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For those on hand to witness the 1930 World Series, a new dynasty was easy to recognize, as the Philadelphia Athletics earned their second straight Fall Classic title and second of three successive pennants. Chicago-based scribe Bill Anderman, however, got far more than he bargained for that October: a ball autographed by the opposing skippers—as well as by legends Babe Ruth and John McGraw. Up for auction is that very keepsake. This ONL (Heydler) sphere has a medium-toned surface and alternating red and blue laces. Under a uniform coat of shellac, some surface abrasions (and the stampings) are somewhat obscured. But the black ink signatures remain prominent, indeed. On a side panel, a handwritten notation reads: "WORLD SERIES - 1930." Though he and his Bronx Bombers were mere bystanders for that event, Babe Ruth has taken center stage on this orb, his bold scripting showing "8-9" quality (with the upper-case "R" minimally affected by a surface abrasion) in its occupancy of the sweet spot. Athletics and Cardinals pilots Connie Mack ("8-9") and Gabby Street ("6") have signed on adjacent panels—as have New York Giants field boss John McGraw ("5") and Washington Senators coach Nick Altrock ("6"). Originally presented to Anderman by legendary sports agent Christy Walsh, the ball is attached (by a screw) to a 5-1/8" x 3" wooden blotter (stamp side down). Anderman's and Walsh's names are stamped at opposite ends of the piece. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA and LOA from James Spence Authentication.
1930 World Series Multi Signed Ball (5 Signatures) on a Christy Walsh Blotter - Including Ruth, Mack and McGraw
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