A baseball featuring 11 signatures from honorees at the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1939 sold at auction for a record amount. Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and other legends of early baseball signed the ball.
On Sunday, a baseball with the signatures of 11 of the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees sold at auction for over $600,000.
It was signed by 11 of baseball’s first Hall of Fame inductees, who were all present at the very first induction ceremony in June 1939. Including Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb.
Yes, @SCPAuctions is proud to set the new world record price for any autographed baseball. $623,369. Previous records were Babe Ruth single-signed for $388K followed by Ruth/Gehrig dual-signed for $343K. @MLB @BaseballHall #Cooperstown #WorldRecord https://t.co/I19Iqqwzrs
— SCP Auctions (@SCPAuctions) August 12, 2018
Other signees include Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
These 11 baseball figures were all elected throughout the first four years of the existence of the Hall of Fame (1936-1939), but as the only living members of the original 25 inductees (not including Lou Gehrig, who wasn’t inducted until December 1939), they were invited to an official induction ceremony to celebrate the opening of the physical Hall of Fame building. The signatures were gathered during that first induction weekend.