1945 & 1984 Signed Baseballs

Value (2005) | $1,500 Auction

GUEST:
Well, they belong to my father-in-law, and there's one baseball from 1945 that was signed during an all-star USO game in the South Pacific, and the other baseball is from, I think, a 1984 Cincinnati Reds game. My father-in-law was a big baseball fan, and these were passed down to my husband.

APPRAISER:
Okay, well, this first baseball, closest to me, here is a baseball signed by the 1945 tour, and uniquely here, we have Ted Williams, who was in the service during that time.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Also on this baseball, we have Stan Musial and Rogers Hornsby, amid 33 other signatures. I mean, it's really packed with a lot of signatures. They are all authentic, and they all have black fountain pen signatures on an official ball.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
And that is a great ball. This other baseball here is indeed from 1984. However, this baseball is a facsimile ball. In other words, it's imprinted.

GUEST:
Okay, so they weren't personally signed-- the signatures were sort of stamped on there, or something like that?

APPRAISER:
That's exactly right-- they're stamped. And unfortunately, it really just has a nominal value, probably of only about ten dollars.

GUEST:
Oh, really?

APPRAISER:
Yeah.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
However, this baseball here, the 1945 ball, is quite unique, and this, in auction, has a value of about $1,500.

GUEST:
Oh, well, that's exciting to know.

APPRAISER:
These are normally sold as concessions at the concession stands at the stadium, and this has been a practice for about the last 40 years.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
But you have a nice baseball right here.

GUEST:
Yes... this is something that we can pass down to our grandchildren. So, thank you.

APPRAISER:
Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Dallas, Texas
Appraised value (2005)
$1,500 Auction
Event
Houston, TX (July 16, 2005)
Period
20th Century
Form
Baseball

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