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Charles Comiskey will always be remembered as the owner who allegedly inspired the White Sox to throw the 1919 World Series. Whether this is true or not is a matter of opinion, but Comiskey’s impact on the team from Chicago and baseball as a whole is without question. As owner of the Chicago White Sox for 30 years, Comiskey saw five American League Pennants, two World Series titles, and built the stadium that would bear his name.       

Offered here is an incredibly rare single-signed Official American League E.S. Barnard baseball signed by Comiskey himself. Being that Comiskey spent the latter part of his life as a baseball executive, Comiskey single-signed baseballs are extremely rare and this example may be one of, if not the finest ever offered Comiskey single-signed baseballs. The ball itself dates to 1929-1931 based on the stampings of the “Reach” trademark and the “PAT’D RE. 17200” mark under the “OFFICIAL American League Ball” on the sweet spot, making this possibly one of the last baseballs he ever signed as he died on October 26, 1931.

Comiskey’s signature has been signed in bold black ink on the opposite sweet spot, a little left of center in his traditional “Chas.a Comiskey” script. For a nearly 100-year-old baseball, this is in excellent condition, displaying usual minor toning and some stain spotting. The ball still displays a lighter color and Comiskey’s signature is clear and unaffected by the light age wear displayed on the ball. The stampings are very clear, and crisp compared to other baseballs previously presented from this era. The red and blue stitching are fully intact. This museum quality baseball comes fully authenticated with a LOA from JSA for Comiskey’s signature.

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