Offered is an amazing 1949-1950 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed baseball plus (31) original period photos of the players. These photos of the players were taken at the game that this ball was signed, and several of the photos portray players actually signing this ball! How is that for provenance? The game was a Dodgers home game against Philadelphia, and three Phillies player signatures are on the ball (indicated by a PH). This ONL Frick ball is slightly yellowed with a few small areas of staining. Includes: Sweet Spot: Nicholson (PH); North Panel: Erskine, Minner, Banta, Rackley (PH), Nippy Jones (PH) and Snider. South Panel: Russell, Campanella (“5-6”), Branca, Newcombe, Roe and Cox. West Panel: Hodges, Hermanski, Hatten, Brown, Chris VanCuyk, Palica and Miksis; East Panel: Furillo, Reese and Loes. Many of the blue ink signatures are faded, averaging (“3-4”) with a much bolder key in Campanella. Full photo LOA from James Spence Authentications.
We believe this ball is from 1949, as that was Paul Minner’s final year in Brooklyn, but Chris Van Cuyk signed the ball and his first season in Brooklyn was 1950. However, Chris’ brother Johnny was a member of the Dodgers in 1949, and Chris could have been at the field that day. The photos accompanying this lot include Snider, Reese, Hodges and Campanella with one outside Ebbets Field of Campanella arriving at the ballpark, and besieged by fans.