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    1950's Jim Bottomley Single Signed Baseball. Nicknamed "Sunny Jim" for his consistently upbeat disposition, the star first baseman was an indispensable part of the equation that delivered four National League pennants and two World Championship to the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals over a six-season span (1926-31). With an average of 115 runs batted in per season during this torrid stretch, Bottomley proved a fitting counterpart to Yankees first sacker Lou Gehrig, and today his autograph is even more scarce than the Iron Horse's coveted script. His posthumous Hall of Fame induction, a full fifteen years after his 1959 passing, has further widened the gap between supply and demand, and here we present just the fourth Bottomley single to reach the auction block of a major house in the twenty-first century.

    The ONL (Giles) stamping (with Western League secondary stamping) allows us to pinpoint the signing to the last decade of the Cardinals legend's life, indicating a rare visit to a ballpark during a retirement spent largely on his cattle farm far away from autograph seekers. His blue fountain pen side panel offering is in ideal unpersonalized format, registering at a strength of 6.5/10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 5
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