1943 National League All-Star Team Signed Baseball

Value (2010) | $2,500 Auction

It went from my grandfather to my father, down to me. My grandfather got it from Mr. Claude Passeau, who's on the All-Stars, signed on the front of the baseball. Mr. Passeau lived in Lucedale, which is my hometown. My grandfather and him were buddies. My father and Claude Jr. were best friends. My middle name is actually Claude, so I'm named after Mr. Passeau. Wednesday nights, we'd go out and see Mr. Passeau and just listen to all the stories that he told about baseball and about how it was back then. Pretty amazing, he's a special person. If you watch the All-Star game to this day, they always show Ted Williams hitting... the 1941 All-Star game, hitting that home run. Well, Mr. Passeau was the guy who was pitching when he hit that home run.

That's amazing. Well, first thing I notice is that it's from 1943, it's a National League All-Star team ball. These are pretty rare in that it's all these players playing one day, one game, and then they go back to their regular season. It being during the war years, the war really took a lot of great players out of baseball at that time. And it affected the American League most noticeably because of the absence of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.


Amongst others. Now, you'd asked me earlier if there was a name here that was in the Hall of Fame. You actually have nine Hall of Famers on this ball. Let's take a look. We've got Enos Slaughter, Johnny Mize. Manager Bill McKechnie. Al Lopez, Mel Ott-- who's probably the most famous name on this particular ball-- Billy Herman, and on this final panel here we've got Leo Durocher, Carl Hubbell and Arky Vaughn. Now, you've got these nine great Hall of Famers and they're in the twilight of their career, so they didn't get picked to go to the war. (chuckling) The condition is really high grade. And a ball this scarce from this era, I believe, in auction, will bring about $2,500.

(chuckles) Wow.

Appraisal Details

Heritage Auctions
Dallas, TX
Appraised value (2010)
$2,500 Auction
Biloxi, MS (July 24, 2010)

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.