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1961 New York Yankees Signature Collection (109)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,762.50

The 1961 World Champion New York Yankees are one of baseball's most celebrated teams and are universally recognized as one of the greatest clubs of all time. Offered here is an amazing 1961 New York Yankees signature collection comprised of a team-signed reunion bat, a team-signed ball, thirty-six single-signed balls, thirty-nine signed baseball cards, twenty-eight signed photos, and four miscellaneous pieces. 1) Team-Signed Reunion Bat. 1961 Yankees commemorative bat signed in blue marker (grading "8" to "10") by the following thirty-two team members: Ford, Berra, Thomas, Sheldon, Sain (coach), Gardner, DeMaestri, Stafford, Coates, James, Duren, Hale, Terry, McDevitt, Tresh, Richardson, Ditmar, Arroyo, Reed, Boyer, Downing, Skowron, Reniff, Blanchard, Lopez, Clevenger, Gonder, Daley (twice), Kubek, Turley, Cerv, and Houk (Mgr.). 34 inches in length. Mt. 2) Team-Signed Ball. Twenty-four blue ink signatures ("7" to "10," averaging "8/9") on a Hall of Fame souvenir ball: Mantle (clubhouse, sweet spot), Berra (sweet spot), Maris, Daley, Lopez, DeMaestri, Clevenger, Turley, Boyer, Ford, Gardner, Richardson, Sheldon, Kubek, Skowron, Reniff, Terry, Cerv, Hale, Coates, Downing, Tresh, Howard, and Arroyo. "1961 New York Yankees" is inscribed on the ball label. Ex-Mt. 3) Single-Signed Balls (36). Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are either official National or American League balls (Nr-Mt, dating from the 1970s or later) and all have been signed in blue or black ink ("9/10") on the sweet spot. The players represented here, a few more than once, are: Ditmar, Richardson, Cerv, Boyer (moderate toning), Gardner, Stafford, Coates, Duren, Reniff, Terry, Daley (light toning), Downing (light toning), Arroyo, Skowron (light toning), Houk (moderate toning), Sain, Hale (light toning), DeMaestri (light toning), McDevitt, Reed (light toning), Turley (moderate toning), Gonder (two), Crosetti (two balls, one in black ink, one with light toning), Tresh (light toning), Blanchard, James, Lopez, Clevenger (two), Sheldon, Thomas, Prudenti (bat boy), Bengis (bat boy, light toning), and Murray (batting practice pitcher). 4) Signed Baseball Cards (39). Unless otherwise noted, all of the cards are 1986 Renata Galasso "1961 Yankees" color cards (Nr-Mt) and have been signed on the front in a variety of inks (signatures all strong, ranging in grade from "9" to "10"). Mantle (1980-88 Baseball Immortals #145, blue Sharpie, Nr-Mt), Maris (1962 Post Cereal #6, from box, black ink, a few ink notations on reverse, otherwise Ex), Howard (1955 Bowman #68, blue ink, slight crease, Vg), Blanchard (1962 Topps #237, Ex-Mt), Mass (two different cards, 1958 Topps #228, Ex, and 1959 Topps #167, signed twice), Hegan (1955 Topps #7, Vg), Duren (1989 Pacific Trading Cards Legends II, Ex-Mt), Berra ("6"), Ford, Lopez, Turley, Crosetti, Cerv ("8"), Reed ("7"), Arroyo ("6"), McDevitt, Gonder, Terry, Johnson, Blanchard, Stafford, Torgeson, Kubek, Sheldon, Clevenger, Ditmar, Daley, Coates ("5"), Downing, Sain, Houk, Skowron, Richardson, James, Reniff, Boyer, DeMaestri, and Gardner. 5) Signed Photos (28). All of the photos are either black-and-white or color 8 x 10-inch non-vintage prints (Ex-Mt or better) and have been signed on the front in a variety of inks ("9/10"). Howard, Turley, Crosetti, Houk, Sain, Duren, Terry, Blanchard, Tresh, Cerv, Reed, Hale, Skowron, Lopez, Stafford, Sheldon, Boyer, Richardson, James, Reniff, Coates, Downing, DeMaestri, Gardner, Ditmar, Daley, Carey, and Murray (batting-practice pitcher). Miscellaneous (4). 1) 8 x 10-inch black-and-white non-vintage photo signed in black marker ("9/10") by Skowron, Richardson, Kubek, and Boyer. Ex-Mt. 2) Unofficial ball signed in black ink ("8") by Yogi Berra on the sweet spot. The ball also bears an inscription and two other signatures (illegible) on a side panel.) Nr-Mt. 3-4) Two unlined index cards signed, respectively, in blue ink ("10") by Wally Moses and Jim Hegan. Ex-Mt. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 109 signed items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,762.50

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