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    1954 or 1955 Ernie Banks Signed Home Run #19 Baseball--Career #21 or #40, MEARS Authentic. It's an unusual lot title, we'll admit, but it's the unique provenance of this important sphere that causes the minor confusion. The ball derives from the personal collection of Chicago Cubs bat boy Joe Bauer, whose Wrigley Field service matches the dates of our lot title. His collection of home run baseballs entered the hobby in 2004, when a lot of fifteen (including examples from Banks, Aaron and Mays) was sold at auction. Rather than notate the baseball themselves, Bauer would identify each ball's significance with black marker on the white athletic sock he'd use as a container. The included original sock here reads, simply, "Banks #19."

    The nineteenth home run of both Banks' 1954 and 1955 seasons were launched at home in Chicago, negating our ability to narrow the date to a single season. The former was a ninth inning solo shot to pull even with the Phillies on August 27, 1954 (the Cubs would walk-off in the bottom of the twelfth with a four-to-three victory). The latter came on the first of July 1955, a seventh-inning solo shot in an eleven to seven victory over the Cardinals.

    Decades later, Banks was reunited with the baseball, signing the sweet spot in 10/10 blue fountain pen ink and notating the southern panel, "HR 19." The ball exhibits appropriate game wear.

    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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    Auction Dates
    February, 2017
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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