Description1961 Roger Maris Single Signed Baseball Inscribed to New York Yankees Photographer. When we think of endurance feats in baseball, the mind automatically travels to the streaks of Gehrig and Ripken, or even Joltin' Joe's fifty-six games of unfailing production in 1941. But we'd argue that the grit and determination shown by this humble slugger from North Dakota during the fabled 1961 season deserves similar recognition. Where the aforementioned legends enjoyed the support of friends (and even some foes) during their paths to the record, Maris was treated as an interloper, a pretender to the crown, even in his home ballpark. In the race between Mantle and Maris, the fan support was a landslide for the former, a fact that makes the victor's accomplishment all the more impressive.
Maris' passing in 1985, just before the memorabilia boom that would flood the market with autographs from Mantle, DiMaggio and Williams, has ensured that supply will always lag far behind demand for Rajah's signature. But here we find a welcome rarity, bearing the most coveted vintage of all. The "Regulation League" sphere was signed to Mark Blumenthal, the official photographer of the New York Yankees, and is accompanied by a handwritten letter from Blumenthal dating the signing to the glorious 1961 season.
It's one of the finest Maris singles we've encountered--even when removing the special signing date from consideration--the blue ink side panel inscription surviving at a conservative 9/10. The ball is lightly and evenly toned, with no distractions of scuffing or staining. A splendid tribute to a memorable Bronx age. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC Authentic. Letter of provenance from Yankees photographer.
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2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction