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1929 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $9,987.50
Official American League (Barnard) ball signed in black fountain pen by the following twenty-four members of the 1929 New York Yankees: Babe Ruth (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Gehrig (“8”), Durocher, Combs, Pennock, Hoyt, Dickey (faint), Well, Thomas, Heimach, Zachary, Jorgens, Grabowski, Rhodes, Lary, Koenig, Bengough, Pipgras, Johnson, Paschal, Meusel (blue fountain pen), Burns (blue fountain pen), Sherid, and Moore. This is a particularly outstanding ball with an extremely strong Gehrig signature. Sometimes a ball just has a great look. This is one of those times. This ball isn't "mint" but the signatures "pop," and the overall appearance is incredible. This is what a late 1920s-era Yankees signed ball should look like! It appears that this ball was signed in spring training of 1929 as it includes the names of four additional players who were in camp but did not make the club that season: Al Shealy, Fay Thomas, Lee Craig, and one other (partially illegible, but definitely not a roster player). The signatures range in grade from “4” to “8/9,” averaging “6/7.” This ball has never before been seen in the hobby and is accompanied by a letter from the consignor in which he chronicles its history. He writes in part: “My father-in-law, who was a police officer in Minneapolis, did a favor for a friend who wanted to pay him for dad’s generosity. Not being able to pay him in cash, he offered to give him this ball which he considered valuable. When my dad visited us in Illinois, he gave the ball to my two boys, who were then actively playing in the Little League. My boys began to play with the ball, when I stopped them to take a look at the ball. I immediately told the boys the ball was too valuable to be played with and must be preserved as it is. It has been in the family since 1955.” The ball is moderately soiled, with a few tiny abrasions (not significantly affecting any of the signatures) and is in overall Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $9,987.50
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