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Old 04-02-2011, 08:20 PM
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Some of you may have heard me mention the Baseball before and perhaps wondered what I was babbling about. I have put it, officially, up for sale and here is what that company has chosen to say/show about our family's baseball....

Click on the smaller picture in the page to see the next one. I'll simply say this... I got goosebumps anytime I so much as simply spoke about it. I felt it, perhaps, the most unique baseball ever signed. But, the thing that makes me quiver even now, is that I actually held a baseball signed by perhaps the greatest pitcher AND the greatest hitter to have ever stepped on a baseball field.

I have been a big baseball fan for a very long time, but the idea of what this ball is/was is simply too much for me to gather.

I hope you all enjoy the story of what this baseball was/is.


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Extraordinary Christy Mathewson Signed Ball with Babe Ruth and the 1934 New York Giants

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Ed
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:25 PM
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quite a story/history! Nice.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:43 AM
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Your right thats history.great story
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:34 AM
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Let me get this straight... that's your ball? WOW now that's impressive! Not sure if I'd sell it myself,,, but good luck to you!
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:32 PM
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Let me get this straight... that's your ball? WOW now that's impressive! Not sure if I'd sell it myself,,, but good luck to you!
It belongs to our family and the other heirs to the estate that it passed through. I sent it one month ago to the auction house. Previously, I researched the history of the ball and contacted that auction company and then contracted with them to sell it by 7 May in their once a year auction.

Because the baseball was already 100 years old, we figured it would likely gain little additional value. Also it was valuable enough that it has been kept in a safe deposit box the last few years. Leaving it out in the sunlight to simply enjoy is risky also, because of the harm the light does with signatures that old. All signatures are figured to be between 100+ and 70+ years old.

Something else you might find interesting is the fact that if no other signatures had ever been added to the original ball with Mathewson's signature, the ball would now be worth much more as a single signature basball (Christy Mathewson). Within the last 3-4 years a similar ball with only Mathewson's signature sold for over $150,000.

The addition of the other signatures actually lessens the value of the ball even though there are at least four additional Hall of Fame players' signatures included, among them Babe Ruth. The auction house seems to think this may be the only baseball in existence with both Babe Ruth's and Christy Mathewson's signature on it though. They are two of the original five players inducted initially into the baseball HOF in 1936.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:33 PM
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Very nice.. It would be a decision on to sale or not.

Should help the retirement fund out. Hope you get millions...
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