Philly Phanatics have a ball with this lot of (4) 1947-63 Philadelphia Phillies team-signed baseballs. Offered balls are 1947, 1953, 1957 and 1963, all showing authentic signs of age indicating they are likely period signed. Lot prize is the 1953 ball signed by (26) players (avg. 8-9 signature strength), many who were members of the celebrated Whiz Kids including HOFers Ashburn (d.1997) and Roberts (d.2010) and (4) very tough notables Bengough (d.1968), Jones (d.1983), Konstanty (d.1976) and Waitkus (d.1972). Full photo LOAs from JSA. More on our website.
The complete list of signers is as follows:
1947: (19) green steel-tip fountain pen signatures ((11) faded, (8) legible) on a walnut-toned grade(4-5) ball of unknown manufacture due to fading of the logos, brown stitching is consistent with the type used by manufacturer Reach. The (8) legible signatures (avg. 6-7) are North Panel: Seminick; South Panel: Ennis, Wyrostek; East Panel: Newsome; West Panel: Tabor, Leonard, Rowe, Verban
1953: (26) blue ballpoint pen signatures (avg. 8-9 strength) on a Spalding ONL/Giles ball which grades (7-8) with uneven toning which does not diminish the handsome signatures. Signers are: Sweet Spot: ONeill (mgr.); North Panel: Roberts, Hansen, Kipper, McDonald, Lohrke, Ennis; South Panel: Silvestri, Bengough, Perkins, Waitkus, Drew. Hamner; East Panel: Ennis, Ashburn, Miller, Lopata, Konstanty, Burgess, Jones; West Panel: Simmons, Ridzik, Glaviano, Clark, Mayo. (Simmons and Ridzik are signed over the stamped logo)
1957: (21) blue ballpoint pen signatures (avg. 7-8 strength) on a Spalding ONL/Giles ball which grades (6-7) with uniform moderate toning. Signers are: North Panel: Lopata, Bengough, Sanford, Lonnett, unknown (partially faded); South Panel: Seminick, Haddix, Cardwell, Frenandez, Morehead, Roberts; East Panel: Wyatt, Harmon, Repulski, Smalley; West Panel: Bouchee, Simmons, Miller, Ashburn, Hemus, Bowman. (Wyatt is signed over the stamped logo)
1963: (27) blue ballpoint pen signatures (avg. 6-8 strength) on a Spalding OLL ball which grades (8) with off-white panels. Signers are: Sweet Spot: Mauch (mgr.); North Panel: Rojas, Sievers, Wine, Harrington, Oldis; South Panel: McLish, Mahaffey, Widmar, Vincent, Dalrymple, Hoak; East Panel: Bennett, Klippstein, Demeter, Lowrey, Callison, F. Torre, Culp; West Panel: Gonzalez, Short, Baldschun, Green, Boozer, Averill Jr., Taylor; Label Panel: Covington. (Gonzalez, Short, Bennett, Klippstein and Demeter are signed over stamped logos.