Roger Maris Single Signed Official 1983 World Series Baseball
A large blue ballpoint Maris autograph stretches across the sweet spot of this official 1983 World Series baseball in Mint condition. Signed at a game during that World Series, one of the last public events he attended before his untimely passing.
Baseball purists consider Roger Maris (1934-1985) the true record holder of most home runs in a regular season (61). Additionally, many believe he is worthy of the Hall of Fame, especially in light of recent selections by various Veterans Committees. He was an accomplished player for certain: a 2X MVP winner, capturing the award consecutively in 1960 and 1961; 7-time All Star (in his 12-year career); 2-time RBI leader; gold glove winner; a member of 3 world championships, as well as 7 pennant winning teams. Perhaps equally important, his number 9 is retired by the Yankees. He is enshrined in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
In the ensuing years after baseball, Cardinals owner, Gussie Busch, gave him an Anheuser Busch beer distributorship in Gainesville, Florida, which ultimately made Maris a wealthy individual. He was content to be away from the game, attending to business, playing golf and traveling. At the behest of Yankee owner, George Steinbrenner, in the late-1970, Maris began attending annual Old Timers Day events at the stadium. He also attended a game at the1983 World Series, where he autographed this baseball.
By Thanksgiving of that year he began feeling pain. Diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma he went into extensive treatment for the next two years, eventually passing away on December 14, 1985, at the young age of 51.
There were no baseball card show signings for Roger Maris. The autographs extant are those he gratuitously penned for fans. Thus, locating a Maris single- signed baseball is not an easy task in today's collecting world. We especially like this one because he signed it at an important baseball event, most likely his last one. The signature flows well, showing no signs of his illness. It's also a larger than usual example. Additionally, the Rawlings blue lettering is perfectly dark, with the Commissioner Bowie Kuhn stamp fully intact.
This Yankee single may be our most popular one of all. Still reasonably affordable, it is an essential element in completing the popular 1961 Yankee "singles" set, as well as the Yankee Retired Numbers set. Both sets are very popular. Consequently, it continuously appears on collectors' want lists. Prices have escalated steadily as a result and should continue to do so. The example offered here is still attractively priced with a nice, large autograph.
Excellent value, it will nicely fill out any collection. Comes with a letter of authenticity from JSA