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Old 05-06-2018, 02:12 PM
Rupert Rupert is offline
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Default 1968 Cardinals Tour of Japan Team Signed Baseball

Hi All,
I'm a newbie here, and I'm seeking your knowledge. I have a baseball signed by the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals. This, by itself, isn't all that odd. However, the ball I have was signed in Tokyo when the team was on its goodwill tour of Japan in 1968. As such, there are some names here that would otherwise not appear on a '68 ball such as Stan Musial, Dick Sisler, and Bill Eckert.
I have found some info about regular '68 team balls and some info about other memorabilia from the '68 tour of Japan, but I have not found another ball signed in Japan.
My question, then, is this. What's a ball like this worth? More or less than a regular '68 ball? Is there any desire for such a piece, or is it something few people would care about? Are there collectors out there specifically interested in memorabilia from these Japan tours?
Autographs include:
Stan Musial
Lou Brock
Bob Gibson
Orlando Cepeda
Tim McCarver
Joe Hoerner
Phil Gagliano
Mike Shannon
Wayne Granger
Curt Flood
Dick Hughes
Red Schoendienst
Mike Torrez
Mel Nelson
Dick Sisler (from way back)
and Bill Eckert (MLB commisioner)
Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give!
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Old 05-06-2018, 03:04 PM
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:13 AM
Buzzbait9 Buzzbait9 is offline
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Rupert. Iíll try an answer ur question. The ball a couple of years ago was worth 300 to 500 bucks. It might be worth more now that Stan Muscial has died. What makes the ball valuable is the name Curt Flood as he was the one instrumental in bringing free agency to baseball. Itís a shame Roger Maris wasnít on that tour as the ball would skyrocket in value. The other interesting fact is the commissioner signed it Bill Ekert as he always signed his name as William. Now if you are the original owner you got the ball from me as I was ur little league coach. I always wondered if any of those 18 balls survived besides the one I have. Dave Winston.
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