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    1915 Eddie Plank Single Signed Federal League Baseball--Finest Known!
    He learned his trade on the blood-soaked grounds of America's most hallowed battlefield, fashioning his slab of baseball immortality with a sidearmed curveball that earned him 326 Major League victories. The third winningest southpaw of all time behind Warren Spahn and Steve Carlton, "Gettysburg Eddie" is best recalled for his fourteen seasons of service to the first great Philadelphia Athletics dynasty. Just eight and a half years after pitching his last game, Plank fell victim to a fatal stroke at age fifty, ensuring that his signature would remain one of the most challenging of all twentieth century stars.

    The presentation of this remarkable relic elevates the known population of Plank singles to two, the only other specimen having commanded $83,650 in our November 2011 Platinum Night auction. The offered ball is far and away the superior example.

    Beyond the nearly faultless aesthetics of the listed model, the 9/10 black fountain pen ink signature resides upon a baseball worth many thousands even in unsigned format, an orb deriving from the flash-in-the-pan existence of the Federal League. The founding of this challenger to the shared supremacy of the National and American Leagues served as a dagger to the heart of Connie Mack's first great Athletics dynasty, which crashed from first to last place in the Junior Circuit from 1914 to 1915 as his club hemorrhaged its talent to the higher salaries of the young upstart league.

    Plank was thirty-nine years old when he took the mound for the 1915 St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League, but still a master, going 21-11 with a 2.08 ERA and a League-low WHIP of .991. It was during that single season of Federal League service that Plank entered the illustrious 300 Win Club.

    When considering the supreme rarity of Plank singles and the enormous scarcity and desirability of any artifact from the doomed Federal League, a strong argument could be made that this is the most significant single signed baseball that Heritage has ever had the good fortune to present. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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