One thing I did not consider is that baseballs can expand and contract with humidity. Even a fractional change in size could theoretically crack the paint.
I think I found an example of what the "paint job" looks like when a ball has been expanding and contracting. Or maybe the paint wasn't mixed or applied properly.
Either way, it's a mess. And, it should cause anyone to think twice about dedication/extra signature removal.
|Joe DiMaggio signed baseball with dedication airbrushed over. Note the white overspray on the red stitches.|