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This signed baseball just sold for a record amount

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.

Other Signatures

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.

The baseball sold for $632,369, which is a record for a signed, non-game used ball. It almost doubles the previous record, held by a Babe Ruth signed ball, which was sold for $388,375 in 2014. What’s even more amazing is how the worth of this baseball has increased in such a short time. According to Sports Collectors Daily, Christie’s auction house sold the ball for $55,000 in 1997. In 21 years, the value of the ball increased more than ten times.



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