Volodymyr Zelensky has literally left his mark on the American pastime… the world leader has autographed a baseball that’s up for auction, and the sale will help relief efforts in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president signed his last name on the baseball in two different languages…Ukrainian cursive script and English…with his signature just below a Major League Baseball logo.
Zelensky left his John Hancock on the ball in September 2019, during a visit to New York. The balloon is accompanied by a letter signed by Volodymyr Yelchenkothen Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations.
The baseball is offered for sale by RR Auctions …where it should fetch at least $15,000.
Randy L. Kaplana government affairs specialist in New York, received the ball as a gift from Yelchenko…Randy has been collecting Major League signed baseballs of world leaders and heads of state since 1996, beginning with bill clinton.
The auction house says the ball is in “very good” condition and Kaplan plans to donate some of the proceeds from the sale to a Ukrainian relief fund… RR says they will donate their share to the same fund.
There are already 13 baseball bids and the auction runs through May 11.
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