Kevin Keating Single Signed Baseball Collection Sale Of Hall Of Famers

Quality Autographs is now offering new inventory of Premium Single Signed Balls including many Hall of Famers.  If you’d like to see scans of any of these, please let us know.  View all of our inventory on our website www.qualityautographs.com or contact us at 800-241-4809 or support@qualityautographs.com with questions or to place an order.  Thank you for choosing Quality Autographs as one of your premier sources for building your sports autograph collection and we look forward to hearing from you soon! Highlights from the sale include:

Gabby Hartnett on the full panel of a snow-white Official 97C League ball canvass.  The condition of this offered example is exceeded only by the rarity of Hartnett singles.  This is the first one we have offered in well over ten years–$4950
 
Jackie Jensen snow-white OAL (MacPhail)ball.  MINT!  His death in 1982 at the age of just 55 preceded the popularization of single-signed ball collecting which explains the extreme rarity of this offering–$2495
 
Roger Maris black ink signature (“9+”) on the SS of an off-white   “Major League” ball .  A stunning example of this prized single whose growing demand widely outstrips its limited supply!–$7500
 
U.C. “Red” Faber w/”White Sox 1914-1933″ in aqua-blue ink all written on the SS of a creamy “Official League”/Rawlings ball.  His name remains a staple on most “want lists” of advanced HOF and 1919 White/Black Sox ball collectors !–$7500
 
Roy Campanella  PRE-ACCIDENT , fountain pen ink signature on an official Junior League baseball .  The rarity of his pre-accident signature by itself on a baseball is legendary among single-signed ball collectors.  Here is the only example we have ever offered and it’s a masterpiece!–$15,000
 
Jesse Haines signed in blue-ballpoint ink signature (“10”) on the panels of a Rawlings “Official League” ball.  MINT!  Haines died in 1978 and is almost impossible to find on a single-here is the 1st example we have ever offered and it’s brilliant!-$2495
 
Frank Frisch blue ink signature on an ONL (Giles) ball.  Frisch died in 1973, long before collecting HOF singles became popular and thus accounting for the extreme rarity of this offering.  This is the first one we have had in well over ten years and it’s a beauty!–$4950
 
Joe Gordon bold, aqua-blue ink signature on the upper South panel of an “Official 97C League” ball.   This Yankee/ Indian great died in 1978, 31 years in advance of his HOF election and well before the popularization of single-signed ball collecting began; thus accounting for the enormous rarity of this find which is the first we have ever offered!-$7500
 
Bucky Harris signed on an (ONL/Feeney) ball. Harris was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1975 and died just two years later, long before collecting SS baseballs was popularized which explains why his singles are almost extinct.  This is the only one we have ever offered of this famed Yankees, Senators, Tigers, Red Sox, and Phillies skipper and it’s a beauty!–$7500

Walt Alston across the sweet spot of this NrMT cream-colored ONL (Giles) ball.  Alston died in 1984 and this is the first of him we have offered in several years!–$1750

Emmet Ashford black ink signature with on the panel of a game-used “Official NBC” ball.  Single-signed baseballs of him are as prized as they are rare and this is the first one we have offered in more than ten years!–$2495

Earl [Sr.] and [Jr.] Averill-Father and Son–have both signed this  Official Gulf Coast League ball.  HOF Father’s sig displays nicely on his own panel with the autograph of his son, Earl Averill [Jr.], neatly penned on the opposite panel, permitting both sig’s to display as ‘singles’.  We have never seen a ball signed by this pair, making this nice example potentially unique!–$995

Ed Barrow on the panel of a light beige ONL (Frick) ball (EX++/NrMT–).  Since ex-Yankees are the exclusive signers, one must assume that this ball is a product of a Yankees’ Oldtimers’ game:  Spud Chandler (SS), Wally Pipp (twice-whom Lou Gehrig replaced to start his streak), Tom Zachary (pitched Ruth’s 60th homer in 1927), Roger Peckinpaugh (former Yankee captain/manager), Frank Baker, Joe Sewell, Lefty Gomez, Whitey Witt (first Yankee Stadium hit in 1923), Ben Chapman, and Bob Meusel.  Lots of Yankee greats and history represented on this ball but most exciting is the presence of a GEM-MINT (10+) black ink signature of famed General Manager Ed Barrow scrawled across his own panel forever protected by an almost invisible Krylon coat and presenting itself as a single-signature display.  As we have never heard of a true Barrow-single, this example provides one lucky collector with a unique opportunity to fill that notable hole in your collection!–$9950 

Cool Papa Bell boldly inscribed MacGregor “Official 97C League” ball on the side panel.  Bell’s penned date precedes his 1974 HOF induction by a full year and makes this the only such single-signed ball of him we have ever seen!  The ball is off-white and the pleasing patina and writing on the signed panel is protected by a nearly invisible layer of Krylon.  We thought a pre-HOF single of Bell did not exist until we found this one and it’s a beauty!–$1995

Bobby Bonds on panel w/”30HR/30SB” (ONL/Coleman)-MINT!–$595

Harry Caray bold black ink signature on the SS of a white, unofficial ball w/”Holy Cow!”  Displays well with subtle ghosting–$395

Norm Cash on the SS of an OAL (MacPhail) ball-NrMT/MINT.  This is the first Cash we have offered in some time and it’s the nicest example we have ever had!–$995

Ty Cobb brilliant, black ink personalized signature “To David Mitchell from…” dated “5/29/38.” Cobb’s signature is unusually crisp and dark and rates a 9/9++; and just as appealing as its quality is the signature’s positioning on the sweet-spot of this cream-colored unofficial ball.  Cobb almost universally placed his signature exclusively on panels.  Here is a rare exception signed on the sweet-spot that displays wonderfully!–$7500

Pat Collinssurrogate SS (unofficial) ball of this 1927 Yankees’ catcher displaying by himself on the East panel of a 1923 St. Louis Browns team-ball with 11 others including a nice Ken Wiliams!  A fine, affordable filler example of Collins whom we have never seen on a pure single–$1995

Bill Dickey on the SS of this snow-white Official South Atlantic League ball.  This exceptional exanple sports a gorgeous, mid 1960’s-era signature, unlike commonly offered Dickey singles that were signed in the mid-late 1980’s.  Dickey’s perfect, bright blue ink signature on this NrMt/MINT baseball is forever protected by an almost invisible layer of Krylon.  The earliest and nicest example we have ever seen and priced accordingly!–$1495

Ford Frick boldly signed “Official Little League” ball on the sweet spot with an adjoining inscription on the West side panel, “To Ed Olsen from his friend”. A nearly invisible Krylon coat both permanently protects the prized writing on the creamy backdrop of this NrMT/MINT orb and helps to account for its outstanding condition and eye-appeal.  Frick died in 1978, long before the popularization of collecting HOF singles, making this sphere an exceedingly rare find and the first we have offered in nearly 15 years!–$3495
 
Carl Furillo gorgeous ink signatureon the SS of an ONL (Giamatti) ball.  Only subtle, scattered toning keeps this example from grading mint!–$495

Lou Gehrig ONL (F. Frick) ball nicely signed by Gehrig on the panel.  This is a TRUE Gehrig single (circa 1938-39).  The ball has a pleasing patina with uniform toning and general wear, grading about EX overall.  There are dozens, if not hundreds, of single-signed Ruth balls for every Gehrig that exists.  Their rarity cannot be overstated, and high grade examples have sold for multiple times the cost of this pleasing, investment-grade example.  Here is a rare chance to plug that hole and own a nice ‘book-end’ to your Ruth single that does not require a second home mortgage!–$12,500

Warren Giles gorgeous crisp black ink signature sprawled across the Western panel of this cream-colored “New York-Penna League” ball (NrMT).  The personalization sits alone on the North panel allowing for the signature to display isolated; and a nearly invisible layer of Krylon both permanently protects and helps to account for the stunningly preserved condition and appearance of this minty beauty!  Giles died in the same year he was elected to the hall of fame, 1979, and his lone signature on a ball is a tremendous rarity.  We don’t remember ever offering one before this blazer came along!-$3495
 
Goose Goslin nice blue ink signature on the SS of an Official Pacific Coast League ball.  Goslin’s signature is permanently protected by a virtually invisible Krylon coat and displays well against the mild toning of its leather canvass.   Goslin was elected to the hall of fame in 1968 and died just three years later and well before the popularization of single-signed ball collecting began.  Moreover, his wife often signed his mail requests for him making his genuine autograph much less common than most collectors realize, with single-signed baseballs almost extinct.   All this helps explain the magnitude of this offering.  Simply put, we know of no other Goslin single-this is the only one we have ever seen and its rarity cannot be overstated!–$15,000 

Charlie Grimm sprawling black signature on the SS of an off-white (Feeney) ONL ball.  “Jolly Cholly” just missed HOF election on the manager’s ballot this year.  He remains a strong candidate and a Cubs’ legend.  Get him now–he is rare on a single and this beauty is the first we have offered in over ten years!–$995

Gil Hodges single-signed on the sweet-spot AND the panel of a snow-white Official League baseball-MINT.  More than likely, Gil took this ball from its original owner, signed it on the South panel, and then was asked to sign it once more on the sweet-spot.  Who knows?  But what is clear are the two gorgeous blue ink signatures he added to their corresponding white leather canvasses.  Un-improvable and without equal do best to describe this gem.  We remain confident that his plaque will one day hang in the Cooperstown gallery at which point the value of this ball will increase multi-fold overnight!–$7500
 
Harry Hooper nicely signed on the SS of this ONL/Feeney. Some mild toning evident on an otherwise white ball provides the canvass for this nice signature and overall fine specimen which we grade a “7+/8-.” Hooper died in 1974 just three years after his HOF induction and long before the popularization of single-signed ball collecting began.  But fortunately there was one collector who thought it wise to devote one ball to Harry Hooper and we offer here the fruit of his labor as the only one we have ever seen; thus, the rarity of this offering cannot be overstated!–$9500

Elston Howard on the side panel of a cream-colored OAL (Cronin) ball personalized: “To Ed Best Wishes”    The “To” displays a minor abrasion mentioned only for accuracy but the all-important writing is forever preserved by an almost invisible Krylon coat and makes for a fine display.  Howard was the 1963 AL MVP, the first “black” Yankee, and a member of multiple world champions including the legendary 1961 team.  His name is found on virtually all collector “want” lists.  He died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1980 at the age of just 51 and well before the advent of collecting icons individually on a ball became popular; thus accounting for the enormous rarity of this offering which we are proud to offer here for–$7500

Cal Hubbard on a NrMT, Pinckard “Professional League” ball inscribed on the North panel: “To ‘Ed’ Good Luck Cal Hubbard”. The black ink of both inscription and autograph (“10”) remain bold and display wonderfully against the background of the orb’s white/off-white canvass accounting for superb eye and display appeal! Hubbard is a charter member of the football hall of fame (class of 1963), and when he was elected as an umpire to the baseball hall of fame in 1976 he became the only member of both halls.  He died only a year later and long before the advent of collecting icons individually on a ball became popular.  This offering is exceedingly rare, sought after, and a beautiful example which we are proud to offer for only $2495

Charlie Keller NrMt/Mint ink signature across the SS of an OAL (B. Brown/Haiti) baseball.  These are getting TOUGH and this one’s a beauty!–$795

George Kelly crisp, black ink signature centered on the SS of a cream-colored ONL  (Feeney) ball (NrMt/MINT).  A nearly invisible Krylon coat both protects and helps account for the lasting condition and eye-appeal of this minty beauty.  Kelly died in 1984 and available singles of his rarely come to market.  This is the first one we have offered in years and it’s the nicest example we have ever seen!–$3495

Larry MacPhail blue fountain pen ink signed on the SS of a cream-colored beige Spalding/Dodgers logo baseball.  MacPhail’s signature rates a “7++/8–” and displays wonderfully against the orb’s uniformly off-white patina of its leather canvas.  MacPhail died in 1975-three years before his 1978 hall of fame induction and  long before the popularization of single-signed ball collecting.  Moreover few collected signatures of prominent executives during his lifetime, much less on baseballs.  All this helps explain the uniqueness of this offering.  Simply put, we know of no other MacPhail single-this is the only one we have ever seen and its rarity cannot be overstated!–$15,000

From Joe McCarthy/Oct. 3rd 1965″signed in bold, blue ballpoint ink (“9++/10-“) on the South panel of a Wilson “Official Adoption League” ball below and away from a SS inscription, “With Best Wishes To Ed Olsen”.  A nearly invisible coat of Krylon for preservation is present on this NrMT/MINT cream-colored ball which helps account for its condition and eye-appeal.  Few would argue that McCarthy is one of the greatest managers ever.  The legendary Cubs, Yankees, and Red Sox skipper died in 1978 and is almost never found on his own baseball.  Here is the first one we have offered in many years and it’s stunning!–$4950

Herb Pennock single-signed on a game-used, uniformly tanned OAL (BB Johnson ) ball.  Pennock’s dark black ink signature displays as a single, isolated on the West panel; Aaron Ward similarly displays on the West panel.    The ball possesses a thin Krylon coat for protection with some scattered and random flaking present including one small area that touches the bottom of the “Pe” combination (mentioned here for accuracy only).  Pennock died in 1948 and we know of no existing single of him-if one is out there, we have certainly not seen it.  His signature here rates as a 7++/8– and will serve well to fill that otherwise impossible ‘true-single’ hole!–$9500

Jackie Robinson nice personalized signature on the full panel of a Wilson Official American Association ball.  Robinson’s black-ink writing is forever protected under a nearly invisible layer of Krylon and displays well against the mild/even soiling of its leather canvass creating a fine display.   Jackie was just 53 when he passed in 1972 and his importance to baseball, the civil rights movement, and to 20th century America continues to grow along with his enormous popularity and the demand for his signature.  Fine single-signed examples like this rarely surface and provide an exceptional investment opportunity for collectors of many genres.  This is the first one we have offered in years and it’s a beauty!–$7500