A group of 18 baseballs signed by presidents from Woodrow Wilson up to Donald Trump will be offered at a live auction at Christie’s New York on Dec. 16, with prices ranging from $300 to $20,000.
The Presidential baseballs are offered from a private, anonymous collector, who assembled a collection of baseball memorabilia over 25 years, according to Exton, Pa.-based Hunt Auctions, which is collaborating with Christie’s to offer more than 150 lots in a sale. The collection remained unnoticed within the industry until this sale. The baseballs are the first lots to be announced and shown at an online viewing room at Christie’s starting Tuesday.
Leading the group is a William Harridge American League baseball signed by President Franklin D . Roosevelt, who used the sport to unify the country during World War II. “I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going,” he wrote in the famous “The Green Light Letter” on Jan.15, 1942, when MLB Commissioner Kennesaw M. Landis asked whether the game should continue given the weight of the U.S. entry into the war.
The baseball is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $40,000.