1940's Negro League Baseball Signed by Robinson & Campanella. One of the finest and most remarkably improbable artifacts to arise in the Negro League collecting hobby in recent years. Long before collectors began the practice of acquiring related autographs on a single sphere (500 Home Run Club, perfect game pitchers, etc.), one pioneering sports photographer chose to break from the mold and do just that, chasing down the top former Negro Leaguers that had made the jump to the Majors. In the period from the late 1940's through mid-1950's when this ball could have conceivably been autographed, the only multi-signed baseballs were "team signed," but apparently this photographer, inspired by the acquisition of an "Official Negro American League" sphere, set out to do something entirely different. The result of his efforts is a piece of which we had never even thought to dream, a Negro League baseball bearing the beautiful blue ink autographs of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby and Don Newcombe. Each autograph rates a majestic 9/10 on the lightly and evenly toned horsehide of the rare orb, and it's important to note that the Campanella autograph precedes his tragic 1958 automobile accident. Furthering the tremendous appeal of this treasure is the fact that each autograph is placed on its own side panel (or alone on the sweet spot), allowing each to present as a coveted single. This quartet of autographs, positioned so perfectly, would be a miracle on any baseball at all. But on a Negro League ball? It's almost too perfect for words. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/ PSA DNA.

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    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
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