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1927 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball with Ruth and Gehrig
Starting Bid - $5,000.00 , Sold For - $38,187.50
In the field of autographed balls, there is no greater prize than a New York Yankees team-signed ball dating from the legendary 1927 season. Offered here is one of the finest examples we have ever seen with regard to the strength of the signatures and overall visual appeal. Each and every signature, all of which have been scripted in black fountain pen, grades either "9" or "10," with many looking as if they had been signed just yesterday. The Fairplay "American League Ball" has been signed by eighteen members of the club including the heart of the "Murderers' Row" lineup, Ruth and Gehrig. Equally important are the inclusion of the signatures of both Wilcy Moore and Dutch Ruether, the combination of which allows us to definitively date the ball to the 1927 season. (Moore joined the Yankees in 1927, which was also Reuther's last year with the team.) The eighteen signatures on the ball are those of Ruth (sweet spot), Gehrig, Huggins (Mgr.), Hoyt, Lazzeri, Combs, Meusel, Dugan, Bengough, Reuther, Paschal, Shocker, Koenig, Shawkey, Collins, Moore, Bennett (bat boy), and Phillips (non-roster player). The fact that Phillips' name appears on this ball (he failed to make the team that year) indicates that it was most likely signed during spring training of 1927. The ball has been coated with a thin layer of protective shellac and the all of the manufacturing labels are remarkably bold and distinct. With the exception of a few tiny chips to the shellac, affecting only the signatures of Bengough and Ruether, the ball is in Excellent to Mint condition. The fame and lore associated with the 1927 Yankees has elevated the club to a status enjoyed by few sports teams in history. Understandably, team-signed balls from that historic year remain at the forefront of the hobby and confer a special status upon any collection in which they reside. This ball is a peerless example and one that will appeal to even the most discriminating of collectors. Included with the ball are two items that would be perfect for display alongside it. The first is a 1927 New York Yankees team check signed in black fountain pen on the front by team owner Jacob Ruppert ("9/10") and countersigned along the left border by general manager Ed Barrow ("9/10"). The check, dated July 15, 1927, is made out to "Cash" in the amount of $702.75. The typed notations on the reverse of the check indicate that the amount includes the cost of "Park Payroll," "Stadium repairs," and "Investigating (Spc.)." The check (9 x 3.75 inches) displays a spindle hole in the center, as well as two smaller holes on either side, none of which significantly detracts from the checks overall visual appeal. Vg-Ex. The check has been mounted and framed to total dimensions of 14.25 x 9 inches. A color copy of the reverse of the check is included for display purposes. The second item is a 10 x 8-inch non-vintage team photo of the 1927 Yankees. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 items (ball, check, and photo). Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $38,187.50
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