Rare Stats Inscription
"Lifetime Average 311"
"Total N.L. Games 1438" "N.L. Leader in Hits 231 - 1928"
In the last number of years, single-signed baseballs with special inscriptions have become extremely popular, fetching remarkably high prices in auction. Even singles inscribed and autographed by today's players, (Mike Trout for example), are highly sought after. An inscription makes all the difference in the world.
Presented is a one-of-a-kind single signed, and copiously inscribed, baseball of Hall of Famer, Freddie Lindstrom (1905-1972), John McGraw's favorite third baseman of that era. Lindstrom became a New York Giant in 1924 at the age of just 19. That season he became the youngest player to appear in a World Series championship, batting .333 over the 7 games. He was a young star indeed, even playing at the highest level of the minors at the mere age of 16. Throughout his career and beyond, he was compared to the great Pie Traynor, the other great third baseman of the period. Both were excellent fielders and high-average batters.
Lindstrom's early years were exceptional, batting .300 or more consistently, even posting a .358 in 1928 and .379 in 1930. Injuries to his leg and back eventually caught up with him and by 1936 he retired. He was elected to the Hall in 1976 and holds a .311 lifetime average (Traynor holds a .320).
Our research indicates that not more than a dozen non-inscribed Lindstrom single signed balls exist, and none with an inscription such as this one. In 2012, a simple Lindstrom single (non-inscribed) was hammered down in excess of $7,000; a similar one also sold for $6,500 in a 2014 auction. They are that scarce, they come around only occasionally.
Sourced by us directly from a well known collection, this special ball has not seen the light of day for decades; needless to say, we were anxious to purchase it. The ball itself, an official National League (Giles, pres.) is unblemished and in Mint Condition. The Spalding logo, as well as all the lettering and stampings remain jet-black in color. It still has that wonderful, fresh look - as if it was just removed from the original box (which we do not have, though we have its original paper pouch).
The extensive inscription, as well as the signature itself, appears like it was penned just yesterday. Surprisingly, there is no fading whatsoever and the letters remain strong and vibrant. And oh boy, did he have beautiful handwriting - the players of today certainly do not write like this.
Lindstrom has placed his sprawling autograph across the sweet spot and added multiple inscriptions. (Notice that he spelled his first name with a "Y" at the end, contrary to the way it is listed in all baseball references). The inscriptions read as followed: "Years in Majors, 1924-1936. Lifetime Average .311. "Total Games 1,438. N.L. leader in hits, 231-1928".
An incredible find indeed, this one obviously was squirreled away for some time and properly protected from the elements. The folks at PSA have conservatively graded the sphere overall Near Mint 7.5. While we respect and agree that it is better to be conservative in their assessments, this time we firmly believe this ball deserves a significantly higher grade. Please compare others and decide for yourself. It's clearly the finest example available in the hobby and no doubt will nicely fill that missing hole in any advanced high grade single-signed baseball collection. There will be no need to upgrade this one in the future. It has it all. (Just wait until the "registry" set lists start).
The finest of the finest, and what you've come to expect from Brigandi… We demand quality, otherwise what's the point!?
Comes with a graded Letter of Authenticity from PSA