As the Great Depression loomed and the events that led to World War II began to come together in Germany, Major League Baseball remained a viable institution in America. The games most prolific figures played on at reduced salaries and remained an important escape to everyday citizens in an era of struggle and uncertainty. Clearly still regarded as idols, (26) big leaguers (including 19 Hall of Famers) saw fit to autograph this baseball, likely during the 1933 season. The mildly toned unofficial Wilson orb has a series of minor surface abrasions and fountain pen signatures whose strengths range between (5) and (2) in terms of strength and clarity. Highlights include: Bottomley, D. Dean, Durocher, Hornsby, Gehrig, McCarthy, Ruth, Wagner and H. Wilson. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Sweet Spot: Wagner (5 strength) and Ruth (d.1948; 4-5 strength); North Panel: Kress, J. McCarthy (3 strength), unidentified, Hoyt (4 strength) and Collins (3-4 strength); South Panel: Bottomley (d.1959; 3 strength), Hornsby (2-3 strength), Hafey (3-4 strength), P. Waner (2-3 strength), unidentified, Cuyler (3 strength) and Durocher (1-2 strength, ink has faded but a clear impression remains); West Panel: Vance (2-3 strength), Gehrig (2 strength), Frisch("2-3" strength), Simmons, Traynor ("2" strength) and Lindstrom ("2-3" strength); East Panel: unidentified, Wilson (d.1948; 4 strength), Haas and Dressen; Reverse Sweet Spot: unidentified and Dean (2 strength).