What do Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Pete Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson have in common? Besides being bonafide legends in major league baseball history, they all got together - as the living representatives of the 25 members of the Hall of Fame - at the 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame’s opening ceremony and signed two baseballs as a group. One of those multi-autographed gems recently turned up on the auction block at SCP Auctions and fetched over a half a million dollars. Yes, baseball fans, when the auctioneer’s hammer finally dropped on the final bid of $623,369, a new record was established.
The only legendary inductees signature that was missing on this record setting piece of both sports and historical memorabilia was Lou Gehrig, who was too ill to attend the 1939 event. Interestingly enough, the previous record holding baseball was signed by the ‘Sultan of Swat’ and commanded an unheard of $388K. What, I wonder, would Abner Doubleday have to say about all of this?
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