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The finest known representation of this coveted rarity

Circa 1940 Charles "Kid" Nichols Single Signed Baseball. Check the historical record if you're seeking data regarding the rarity and desirability of singles from this Hall of Fame hurler who rookied with the 1890 Boston Beaneaters. You'll discover that it was Heritage that presented the very first example to reach the twenty-first century auction block, a decidedly mid-grade representation that saw the hammer drop at $53,775 in April 2011. While such intense scarcity makes condition quibbles seem silly, we acknowledge that there are elite collectors out there who demand a high-grade consistency to their purchases regardless of hobby populations. Those collectors will find satisfaction here.

Proudly presented is the finest Nichols single ever to surface in the hobby, and just the third specimen we've ever encountered. It derives from the collection of a former fashion model who met Nichols on a train just prior to the Second World War. Though the Kid was a septuagenarian at the time, he took to flirting with the young beauty, asking if she'd like a signed baseball (though she'd admit later that she had no idea who Nichols was at the time). The ball comes to us from a caretaker in her old age, a gift for his service.

The sweet spot signature, a desirable "Charles 'Kid' Nichols" format, has lost none of its strength through the passage of decades, a solid 9/10 in blue fountain pen ink. The ball itself, a "Mr. Shortstop Martin Marion" model, has toned slightly and exhibits minor handling wear, but the autograph does not suffer in any regard. Certainly one of the most desirable singles ever to grace a Heritage auction catalog. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc. - Encased, Small (view shipping information)

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August, 2013
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