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    1966 The Beatles Signed Baseball from Candlestick Park Concert. Presented here is a tremendously rare opportunity for a new owner to become a member of a different breed of "Fab Four," as top experts agree that only that many verified Beatles signed baseballs exist in the collecting community. It's of particular note that this is the only specimen linked to the historic Candlestick Park concert, a thirty-three minute show which would prove to be the very last live performance before the iconic quartet's dissolution.

    The charming letter of provenance tells the story best:

    On August 29, 1966, my grandfather, Captain Frank Flaherty, was the Supervising Inspector of Public Assemblages for the San Francisco Fire Department. He went backstage at Candlestick Park to make sure all fire regulations were being adhered to, where he met the Beatles, asked them to extinguish their cigarettes, and joked around with them for a while. They were quite pleased to meet a Captain in the Fire Brigade.

    There was a bin of unused baseballs sitting backstage, so my grandfather picked one up and asked 'the boys' to sign it for his granddaughter.

    I was sitting in the stands with my girlfriend, Vicki, and my grandmother (I was two days shy of 14 years old at the time) waiting for the Beatles to come out to the stage, when my grandfather approached and tossed me the baseball. I didn't realize what it was at first, but I quickly recognized the signatures. I was so excited that I dropped it and it started to roll away! Vicki and I dove for it and hid it from curious onlookers.

    The ONL (Giles) ball, spared from a meeting with a Willie Mays Louisville Slugger, today holds three easily legible signatures from the Liverpool lads: Paul McCartney on the sweet spot (7/10 red ink), John Lennon on the western panel (6/10 black ink) and George Harrison on the northern panel (9/10 green ink). Ringo Starr's southern panel offering has faded to a barely visible yet still discernible 1/10. The ball itself remains in fine condition, its hide providing a creamy vintage tone with no spotting or staining.

    The $191,000 price realized for a baseball signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in the Heritage May 2006 Signature Auction indicates just how strong the market is for celebrity signed baseballs, and while we do not expect such a stunning result for the presented sphere, one must consider this thrilling relic from the Beatles' final show to stand shoulder to shoulder in cultural relevance. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the advanced autograph collector. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication/Roger Epperson. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    Auction Dates
    April, 2010
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
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