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    1984 Ronald "Reagan Reagan" Single Signed Baseball. A sibling squabble erupted earlier this year within the Reagan clan as the family and the nation recognized what would have been the hundredth birthday of the former President and towering icon of the modern American conservative movement. Biological son and namesake Ron Reagan wrote in his biographical My Father at 100 of his concerns that his father's mental faculties had begun to betray him years before the news of his Alzheimer's diagnosis had been made public. Of the elder Reagan's October 1984 Presidential debate with Walter Mondale, Ron wrote, "My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered." Adopted son Michael Reagan took to the Internet with his response, "Ron, my brother, was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother."

    With this utterly unique offering, Heritage presents an artifact which could be considered supporting evidence in Ron's case. It is one of twelve baseballs delivered to our consignor by the White House, a favor for a Republican Party donor who was involved with a youth baseball league. Eleven of the baseballs came back to our consignor properly signed, but this one stood out from the pack. In black ink far too bold to be denied, the President had mistakenly signed "Reagan Reagan."

    The allegation that our Commander in Chief may have been battling dementia in the midst of his Presidency is a serious one, and let there be no mistake that Heritage makes no judgment in the matter. But even as a mere curiosity, absent any troubling context, it's a thoroughly unique Presidential artifact worthy of attention. Reagan single signed baseballs are rare and desirable in any format, and this oddest of variations provides the boldest sweet spot signature we've ever encountered. An unknown hand has adorned the northern and southern panels of the non-official sphere "USA Sunbelt Champions 1984," the baseball team for which the dozen balls were autographed. Mild foxing on the eastern panel remains clear of the signature and there is no other writing on the ball. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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