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    One of just two known examples!

    Late 1930's Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown Single Signed Baseball. "That old paw served me pretty well in its time," Brown once said of the injured hand that earned him the "Three Finger" nickname. "It gave me a firmer grip on the ball, so I could spin it over the hump. It gave me a greater dip." A childhood farming accident proved to be the ultimate blessing in disguise for the 1949 posthumous Hall of Fame inductee, whose 2.06 career ERA is third best in baseball history after Ed Walsh and Addie Joss. But Brown's brilliance has proven to be inversely proportional to the availability of his autograph, which rarely surfaces in any format, much less the single signed baseball representation featured here.

    In fact, our comprehensive database of results for all major sports auctions over the past dozen years finds just one example of a Brown single, suggesting that bidding for this remarkably well preserved specimen will be spirited. The ONL (Frick) orb features a stamping format that narrows the range of production to 1936-40, a period during which Brown made his living running a gas station in Terre Haute, Indiana, less than three hours from our consignor's hometown.

    Brown's autograph is applied to the ball's sweet spot in black fountain pen ink that mellows from 8/10 at the start to approximately 6/10 at the end. His simple and standard notation "A Cub" just below dips a couple points further, suggesting the pen was gradually losing sufficient ink as Brown executed the signing. Certainly the overall effect is strong, as our catalog imagery should indicate, and the supreme rarity of the piece should immediately counteract any quibbles about condition. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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