A baseball featuring signatures of the first Cooperstown hall of fame class recently sold for a record-breaking $623,369. SCP Auctions sent out a tweet stating “Yes, @SCPAuctions is proud to set the new world record price for any autographed baseball. $623,369. Previous records were Babe Ruth single-signed for $388K followed by Ruth/Gehrig dual-signed for $343K.” The ball features 11 signatures out of the 12 inductees, that includes: Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson. The one signature missing is that of Lou Gehrig, who was too sick to attend the ceremony. The signatures on the ball were collected at the time by White Sox third baseman Marv Owen. Owen stored the ball in a fur-lined glove in a safe-deposit box, which kept the signatures in pristine condition by the time he died in 1991. “The sheer greatness of this ball is simply unrivaled,” SCP Auctions president David Kohler said in a statement. “Its historical importance compounded by the impeccable provenance and state of preservation elevate it to singular status as the most important and valuable autographed baseball in the world. The final price certainly proved this.”

Source: Signed ball by inaugural Hall of Fame inductees sells for record price by Darren Rovell ESPN