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Description: Important Walter Johnson single signed 1924 World Series final out attributed baseball. Significant red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed "Walter Johnson" across the sweetspot with "World Series 1924" inscribed just to the right. The fountain pen signature and inscription remain exceptionally bold and have been graded "9" out of 10 by PSA/DNA. The ball displays soiling and usage wear and there is a large vintage "X" drawn on a side panel. As relayed in the accompanying letter of provenance from Hank Thomas, grandson of Walter Johnson, the ball is one of just (3) that Johnson personally kept from his playing career. Each of these were related to what must have been his most proud accomplishments and the "X" was placed to distinguish this ball from the others. Entering his 18th season in the Major Leagues, Johnson had firmly established himself as one of history's most successful and dominant pitchers; the lone glaring exception from his otherwise fully accomplished career was an elusive Championship title. Posting numbers good enough to earn the American League M.V.P. Award, and a pitching Triple Crown, he lead the Senators to the 1924 World Series where they would face New York. It took (7) dramatic games but Washington earned the lone Championship recorded by a baseball team playing on behalf of that city. With regard to signature quality, provenance, and importance of both player and accomplishment we would firmly rank this ball among the most significant we have handled. Includes letter of provenance, full LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA, and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($75,000-$150,000)
Current EST:  12/11/18 2:05:02 PM
  Sold for Price: $115,000.00;