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Marilyn Monroe had something on the ball

There's something you don't see every day: A baseball autographed kissed by Marilyn Monroe. | Special Sun-Times

There's something you don't see every day: A baseball autographed and kissed by Marilyn Monroe. | Special to the Sun-Times

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Marilyn Monroe is a larger-than-life figure, as the recently erected statue of her in Chicago shows.

The onetime wife of baseball great Joe DiMaggio also paid more than lip service to her hubby’s vocation.

With all that in mind (and more), Quick Hits will try to wait until the National Sports Collectors Convention comes to the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Aug. 4-7.

Among the memorabilia will be a baseball that Monroe kissed and autographed. The ball will be among items up for auction at the event.

“It’s a lipstick-marked baseball kissed and autographed by Marilyn Monroe, and also signed by Joe DiMaggio and the 1952 World Series champion New York Yankees team,” Heritage Auctions consignment director Mark Jordan said.

Dallas-based Heritage — — anticipates the ball going for $20,000 or more.

“That ball and 14 others were given at the time as prizes to sound editor Eddie D’Orazio and his victorious 20th Century Fox intramural softball league teammates,’’ Jordan said. ‘‘D’Orazio carefully preserved his baseball in a box in a closet until he died in 1969, and his widow and son also stored it that way for decades.’’

On the ball — in addition to a trace of red lipstick — are autographs including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin and Allie Reynolds. As if Marilyn’s signature and lip print aren’t sufficient to satisfy most any collector.

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