I've been thinking about moving some parts of my collection to make room for new things and I am considering auctioning this 1940's Official Negro American League ball.
I know that in excellent to near mint it is said to be worth $700-$1500 but my question is that, out of the 3 time circas that the ball exist in, is one ball worth more than the other or is one the least desirable of the three?
While I'm considering selling my ball, I don't want to do so unless there is a good chance it will bring in at least $1000. I would call the ball in near mint condition. Getting answers to these questions will help me with that decision.
There are four "J. B. Martin" Negro American League baseballs made from 1940-1962. Wilson made the baseballs from 1940-1955 and can be broken down to three different eras. Rawlings made the baseball from 1956-1962.
Value is based on past auctions and sales, but because these baseballs rarely surface in the market, there is little sales history to break down the value for each specific baseball into separate values. They all basically sell in the same price range and in the guide all lumped together into one value.
Because they rarely hit the market the demand, and value should be the same for all four baseballs. Most collectors just want to get an example in their collection. -Steven
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