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    Signed 1947-66 & 1980 Exhibits Baseball Collection (89). Offered is an 89-card collection of signed cards consisting of primarily Exhibits cards from 1947-66. A total of 4 cards have been encapsulated by PSA/DNA. Includes: Larry Doby, Elston Howard, Ted Kluszewski, Stan Musial. Other signed cards include: Bill Skowron, Minnie Minoso (2), Yogi Berra, Hoot Evers, Hal Newhouser, Tom Henrich, Del Rice, George Kell, Gil McDougald, Lew Burdette, Preacher Roe, Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, Dom DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese, Al Dark, Bobby Doerr, Billy Williams, Stan Musial/1980 Exhibit card, Hank Bauer, Lou Boudreau, Harmon Killebrew/1980 Exhibit card, Lou Brock/1980 Exhibit card, Tony Kubek, Ritchie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Phil Rizzuto, Luke Appling, Brooks Robinson/1980 Exhibit card, Don Newcombe, Warren Spahn and others. Grades overall GD to VG with some nicer.

    More Information: The Bill Fundaro Collection

    They lovingly called him "Foul Ball Billy" during his fifty years of service to the Detroit Tigers franchise. The long-time usher got his start with the ballclub during the unforgettable season of 1968 that saw pitcher Denny McLain record what remains (likely for eternity) the last thirty-win season en route to World Championship glory. Fundaro's last season was 2019 and he passed away in October of last year after spending the 2020 season locked out of the gates of Major League Baseball by the global pandemic.

    Fundaro got his nickname from his primary role of retrieving balls off the screen behind the plate at Tiger Stadium and giving them to umpires or fans. In honor of his Golden Anniversary with the team, Fundaro threw out a first pitch in 2018, earning a loud ovation from the many fans who had come to know him like family.

    The ballplayers, both Tigers and visitors, likewise were drawn to Fundaro's unfailingly friendly demeanor, gifting him a wide array of game used bats and the like which appear upon the following pages. There's even a remarkable supply of material from beyond our national pastime, as Fundaro didn't rest during the baseball offseason, photographing Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines games and participating in a wide array of sports-related fundraising efforts. Heritage is please to present this remarkable evidence of a life well-lived, each item accompanied by a letter of provenance from Fundaro's daughter.


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