The six athletes who autographed the offered baseball excelled at various endeavors during virtually the same era. While the names may be familiar, the common bond of all having played for the Cincinnati Reds is less evident, as the most acclaimed celebrity, Greasy Neale, is known far more for his Hall of Fame football career. The off-white unofficial 1960s sphere (grade 7) has insignificant toning and a Spalding trademark. The autographs, meanwhile, are confined to the sweet spot and south panel. Given the players Queen City ties, its unusual that the signatures have been executed with six separate writing instruments, likely negating the possibility of a reunion signing. Includes: Sweet Spot: Hughie Critz (6-7 strength) and Greasy Neale (8); South Panel: Estel Crabtree (8-9), Edd Roush (8), Lew Riggs (7-8) and Heinie Groh (5). Full photo LOA from JSA.
Sweet Spot: Hughie Critz (d.1980, 6-7 strength) and Greasy Neale (d.1972, 8); South Panel: Estel Crabtree (d.1967, 8-9), Edd Roush (d.1988, 8), Lew Riggs (d.1975, 7-8) and Heinie Groh (d.1968, 5).