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    1970's Rube Marquard Single Signed Baseball. Belying his nickname, Marquard was a city boy born and raised in Cleveland, gaining the "Rube" moniker for a favorable comparison to the great Rube Waddell early in his playing career. Third in career strikeouts (1,593) as a southpaw at the time of his 1925 retirement, Marquard would have to wait forty-six years for his Cooperstown plaque, leaving just a short time for collectors of Hall of Fame singles to approach the octogenarian before his 1980 passing. Here we present a fine specimen, signed in bold black felt tip on the sweet spot of an "Official League" ball. A notation in an unknown hand on the southern panel reads "Hall of Fame 1971." Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    This lot derives from the collection of the late Reverend G. Richard McKelvey, a true pioneer of the baseball autograph collecting hobby. For nearly eight decades, Reverend McKelvey actively compiled his collection of in-person autographs, and is widely recognized as the innovator of "theme balls," paving the way for the wildly popular 500 Home Run Club and 300 Win Club baseballs of today. Many other noteworthy pieces from his collection are currently up for bidding in our Sunday Internet Sports Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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