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    1940's Jim Thorpe Single Signed Baseball, PSA NM-MT 8. It's overkill, really, a Thorpe single of this exceptional quality. Offer any weather-beaten, faded and shellacked ball bearing the autograph of this Football Hall of Famer, 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the 1913 National League Championship New York Giants, and thousands of collectors will still sing its praises. Ask yourself--when was the last time you saw one, in any state of disrepair? We can't remember one either. And while we won't be so bold as to claim that another will never surface, we feel entirely comfortable in claiming that you couldn't possibly ever find one finer than the OAL (Harridge) ball you see before you here. The side panel autograph from this uniquely gifted Native American legend is rendered in black fountain pen ink so bold that you could read it from the next county, rating a "9" on a scale of ten according to PSA/DNA, which explains that a point was deducted only due to the fact that the tail end of the letter "e" in Thorpe brushes the ball's stitching. In the absence of this rather insignificant issue, this sixty-year old autograph would be deemed unimprovable. The composite grade of NM-MT 8 is the result of a grade of "6" for the ball itself, resultant of light, patchy toning and fading of the ball's stamping. As our catalog imagery should surely convey, however, the visual appeal of the ball and the autograph itself are not harmed by this natural aging process. Like a gourmet chef supermodel, or a Big League pitcher that bats .300, this ball is better than anything of which we could have possibly dreamed. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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