Team ball collectors treat yourself to a rare vintage example with this 1944 Chicago Cubs team-signed ball. Though from a fairly lackluster war-time season, this ancient orb casts quite an alluring spell with its completeness and many signers that departed long ago, including early home run king Jimmie Foxx.
This period signed septuagenarian is an ONL/Frick model in (VG-EX) condition with moderate overall toning, discernible factory stamps and a few small abrasions. Signatures range (“2-3” to “7-8”) and are evenly split between one-third that are fairly bold, one-third that are somewhat faded but easy to read and one-third that are moderately to heavily faded. Fortunately the key autograph of Jimmie Foxx falls into better territory, with a slightly diminished given name and clear and strong surname to rate as (“5-6”) and those that fall into the lesser faded category are still for the most part recognizable. Full photo LOA from JSA.
The complete group of included signers is:
Sweet Spot: Bill Fleming, Dom Dallessandro (d.1988), Lennie Merullo, Claude Passeau
North Panel: Paul Erickson, Ed Hanyzewski, Stan Hack (d.1979), Hank Wyse, Roy Hughes, Bob Chipman (d.1973)
South Panel: Dewey Williams, Billy Holm (d.1977), Andy Pafko, Ival Goodman (d.1984), Paul Derringer (d.1987), coach Roy Johnson (d.1986)
East Panel: Red Lynn, Bill Nicholson, Bill Schuster (d.1987), Jimmie Foxx (d.1967), coach Milt Stock (d.1977)
West Panel: manager Charlie Grimm (d.1983), Mack Stewart (d.1960), Lou Novikoff (d.1970), Don Johnson, Mickey Kreitner, Phil Cavaretta, Hy Vandenberg