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    1935 Jimmie Foxx Signed Home Run Baseball #33--Career #299, MEARS Authentic. Exceedingly rare home run ball is just the second launched from the lumber of the 500 Home Run Club's second member that Heritage has had the privilege to offer, the first having commanded $35,850 in our August 2012 Platinum Night event. This well-worn sphere entered the hobby in 2002, at which point it was reported that it had derived from the personal collection of of renowned Philadelphia sports journalist Taylor Grant (though the letter of provenance stating this has been lost).

    According to the misplaced letter, the young Grant had been given the opportunity to interview the superstar slugger at Shibe Park on September 12, 1935 when a more-senior announcer was unable to keep the scheduled appointment. Just as the interview was about to begin, an Athletics clubhouse worker interrupted to give word to Foxx that, "...a kid got your home run (ball) in the street, Jimmie. You want it?" The generous Double-X responded, "Sure, take a five spot out of my wallet in the locker and give it to the kid."

    Just after the exchange, Grant remarked to Foxx that he himself had attended hundreds of games and never got a single ball. Grant later swore that he had only been making small talk, not hinting at anything, but, before they parted, Foxx autographed the ball, notating the home run tally, and handed it to Grant, saying, "So here, you've got one now!"

    The ball, representing Foxx' thirty-third of the 1935 season and 299th of his illustrious career, would prove to be one of the last he'd deliver into the cheap seats as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. The victory in this contest with the Chicago White Sox broke a thirteen-game losing streak, and two and a half weeks later the A's season ended with a dreadful 58-91 record. Foxx was dealt to the Boston Red Sox to complete the sad dissolution of Connie Mack's second great dynasty.

    Poor storage has marred the surface of this important relic, but Foxx' signature remains discernible, and "33 Ho..." can be seen just below, in Foxx' hand. The OAL (Harridge) stamping of the ball is far more readily legible.

    This baseball derives from the only known complete collection of 500 Home Run Club home run baseballs, one of several on offer within this Platinum Night event. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. LOA from MEARS, Authentic.


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