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    With letter of provenance from pitcher Carl Erskine!

    1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM+ 7.5. It's the great David and Goliath story in baseball. The Yankees represented the white collar crowd--bankers, lawyers and captains of industry--fittingly clad in stuffy pinstripes. The Dodgers were "the Bums," championing the downtrodden working class in this "lesser borough" of New York, and always coming up a little short in October. But after falling to the Yanks in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953, "Next Year" finally came on October 4, 1955, when Johnny Podres pitched the lovable losers to a shutout victory in Game Seven to bring the first ever World Championship to the Ebbets faithful.

    The offered sphere ranks among the very finest that commemorates the unparalleled joy of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers season, the personal keepsake of right-handed ace Carl Erskine, starting pitcher in the Bums' Game Four victory to pull even with the hated Yanks. His letter of provenance affirms this important attribution.

    Twenty-seven signatures appear upon the gorgeous non-official sphere, so boldly applied that even PSA/DNA's stellar 8/10 rating seems a bit stingy. The ball itself is assessed at a 7/10 level for the combined grade as listed. Notable signers include Robinson, Reese, Campanella, Alston and the rare rookie Koufax, as well as Hodges, Kellert, Gilliam, Hoak and Series MVP Johnny Podres. Five signatures have been deemed secretarial: Snider, Furillo, Howell, Bessent and Newcombe. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM+ 7.5. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Letter of provenance from Carl Erskine. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (Erskine letter).


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