Deux. Dos. Due. Duo. Dio. Zwei. Two.
That—in all of Moe Berg’s seven languages—is just how few of his single-signed balls have ever sold publicly. Oui, si, ja, a mere TWO. The other example first reached the market in 2003 and was sold a second time earlier this year for a whopping $35,000. We believe the offered fresh-to-the-hobby counterpart to be its superior, reigning supreme in terms of both signature quality and strength. The lightly soiled, creamy-toned OAL (Harridge) ball boasts Berg's neatly executed "7-8" signature on the south panel.
"He can speak seven languages," a teammate famously observed, "but he can't hit in any of them." Meanwhile, the eccentric Casey Stengel, of all people, dubbed Berg "the strangest man ever to play baseball." Now that's saying something. Subject of numerous books, this international man of mystery gained greatest renown as a master spy for the OSS (precursor to the CIA) during the 1934 Tour of Japan, and then again in Yugoslavia and Switzerland during WWII. Yet for all his shadowy adventures, for all his cerebral complexity, Berg is also remembered for these last words on his deathbed in 1972: "How did the Mets do today?" Full LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value $10,000-$15,000).