The Finest Waite Hoyt Single Signed Baseball, Eakin Collection. PSA
The Finest Waite Hoyt Single Signed Baseball
If you are building the finest Hall of Fame singles collection, this one is a must! It's certainly the best Waite Hoyt example we've owned in our forty years of trading sports memorabilia. Most Hoyt singles that surface are from his later days - generally from the early 1980's. Those autographs are small, cramped and a bit messy. This one is an extremely large example that's worthy of grading, and of course, a registry set. Moreover, Hoyt singles have been overlooked and are more elusive than most realize -just ask collectors trying to find nice, large examples. No doubt these are undervalued in the marketplace and price guides need to be adjusted.
Provenance and Condition
This unused, cream-color sphere comes from the famous Eakin Ohio Hall of Fame collection that we were fortunate to handle back in the early part of the 2000's. It sports that classic black India ink signature right across the sweet spot. Those are specific to this well-known collection. We sold this particular specimen years ago, and when it recently recirculated in the hobby, we were more than happy to purchase it again from a dealer. In our opinion no better example exists; this is the perfect upgrade and worthy of the finest set. We all know the effect that registry sets had on the price of baseball cards in the hobby, and no doubt the same is on the horizon for high grade autographs.
About Waite Hoyt
Waite Hoyt (1899-1984) was a member of the great 1920's Yankee teams, including the 1927 squad when he was the team's ace, sporting a 22-7 record with a 2.63 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He also pitched for all three N.Y. teams throughout his career… the Yanks, Dodgers, and Giants. Thereafter, he spent 24 years broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Of note, Hoyt was also a close, lifelong friend of the great Bambino, both during and after they were teammates. He was known as the pre-eminent authority on Babe Ruth and his anecdotes are legendary. In fact, on the day of the Babe's death in August of 1948, he delivered an unprepared, two-hour tribute to his dear friend on radio.
What makes this offered Hoty single even more special is that it is signed on an Official Babe Ruth League Baseball - a great tribute to a lifelong friendship, and the perfect collectible for a true Yankee fan!
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA