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Help in Philadelphia needed - Small Claims Court

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Agnew Jan 19, 2017. 16 Replies

I bought some signed items from an auctioneer in Philadelphia then when PSA examined said bad. notified the seller and returned the items with his permission. he claimed to have sent me in October  a…Continue

forged Babe Ruth signed baseball on LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM

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about three years ago, i spotted this baseball signed by Ruth on Craigslist -emailed the seller who was coming out to California from Florida and we finally settled on a price of $10,000. the ball…Continue

Beatles - real or memorex?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Xperttexpert Dec 19, 2012. 7 Replies

please advise if these two cards with the Beatles signatures are real or not - thanksContinue

1956 White Sox program signed by two

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron K Jul 20, 2012. 6 Replies

I found a 1956 White Sox program vs the Baltimore Orioles that was signed by two but I can't figure out their names - any help ? Continue

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Pioneer Auction - Portland(ia) Oregon

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 9:57am 13 Comments

they are holding an auction tomorrow (Sunday 5/13/2012) on LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM.

A number of items are Babe Ruth signed balls, Lou Gehrig signed ball box, Ty Cobb signed ball box and a 1927 Yankee team signed bat (Ruth, Gehrig et al). There are COAs on a couple of the items from ahhhhhh ACE but none on the bat.

I emailed them asking if there was any paperwork on the bat and they said no - so, I asked what happens if it fails PSA/DNA or JSA. Their terse reply was no refunds of…

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At 7:58pm on July 28, 2012, Ron K said…

  Hi Mike,  I take it there were no other names on the programs?  Can you get the name of the person's estate you bought them from?  I'm asking because he may have signed it for someone he and might have known.

My father was a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times and covered mostly all Chicago sports events from the early 50s to the early 70s.   I woud have been 14 on that day and starting when I was around 11 during the summer months I would go with him to all Sox and Cubs home games.  My father and I were very close and to this day I miss him terribly.  He passed away from brain cancer in 1974 just a week before my son was born and was named after him.  I would have to say more then likely I was there with him the day he signed it.   If he did not sign it for someone he knew, it probably happened during batting practice.  As you probably know reporters and photographers are allowed on the field for pictures and interviews until they remove the batting cage.  My best guess is some kid hung it out over the wall near the first base dugout hopeing to get anyone on the field to sign it.   Not sure of that either because it seems strange to me that if he did there would be others on it as well, so there does seem to be a mystery here.  It would be cool if you could find out the name and age at death of the person it belonged to.  That way we could find out how old this person was in '56.  It was really neat for me as a kid being on the field with him and mingle with the players.  In fact due to the slow speed of film up to the early '50s, for night games only, photographers were allowed on the field right next to the 3rd base coaching box for the entire game.  If you ever look at old game films of night games from that period, you will be able to see them.  I served as his caption writer, so I was kneeling right there on the field spotting for him.   I'm probably one of the few remaining people alive today who can say they watched a Major League ball game standing  a few feet from the 3rd base coach.   I was there with him for the three World Series games in 1959.  He got an official American League baseball and went around to most of the Sox players and had them sign it, so I would think it has to be considered a one of a kind ball as opposed to those one could have bought while they were at the game, which I still have today.  The story for me does not end there.  A few years out of High School I joined the Navy as they has an excellent photography school as I thought I wanted to follow in my Dad's footsteps.  when I got out in the late 60's however there were no jobs available.  However the owner of the Sun-Times also owned WFLD-TV an up and coming UHF TV station and I hooked with them as a TV camera operater.  They managed to get the contract for the White Sox games away from WGN and I wound up as one of the remote sports TV cameraman doing the Sox home games.  I operated the high first base camera which was in a basket that hung from the uppper deck and it was right next to a similar basket most photographers, including my father covered the games for the newspapers from.  So for a period of about 20 years, one way or another I worked side by side with my Dad for all home sox games. 

At 4:30pm on July 22, 2012, Ron K said…

Hi Mike, any idea how this program got from Chicago to California?  Is it blank or has been used to keep score for that day?  I have a pretty good idea how he came to sign it.

 
 
 

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