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Amazing New York Yankees Signed Book - 251 Signatures, 34 Hall of Famers, Cobb, DiMaggio, Mantle, Maris, Munson (Ex-Halper)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
Hardbound edition of The Yankees by John Durant (New York, Hastings House,1950) signed on the interior by 251 former ballplayers, team and league executives, and various other individuals with a link to baseball, including 34 different Hall of Famers. This incredible book once belonged to famed collector Barry Halper, and although he wasn’t the original owner, he certainly had a hand in obtaining many of the signatures found within. As one might expect, given the book’s title, the majority of the signatures belong to former Yankee players and other individuals associated with the team. A number of players have signed the book more than once and twenty-eight of the signatures are in the form of cuts, which have been carefully affixed to an interior page. The signatures have been penned in a variety of inks and grade “9/10” overall. The number of signatures for each listed player (if more than one) is duly noted in parentheses, as are all cut-signature examples. Hall of Fame Signatures: Baker (cut), Barrow (cut), Berra, Bunning, Cobb (cut), Combs (2), Dickey (3), DiMaggio (2), Ford (2), Frick, Gomez (2), Griffith (cut), Harris (cut), Hoyt, Irvin, G. Kelly, Kiner, Landis (cut), Lemon, Leonard (2), Lombardi (cut), Lopez, Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail (2), Mantle, McCarthy (handwritten note on an index card), Mize, Pennock (cut), Reese, Rizzuto (3, one cut), Ruffing (cut), Sewell, Slaughter, and Stengel (2). Notable Non-Hall of Fame Signatures: Mel Allen, Hank Bauer (2), Benny Bengough (cut), Bill Bevens, Johnny Blanchard, Jim Bouton, Ralph Branca, Bobby Brown, Michael Burke (Yankee owner), Joe Bush (cut), Ben Chapman (cut, detached from page), Spud Chandler (2), Claire Ruth (Babe Ruth’s wife, 2, one a cut), Crosetti (cut), Atley Donald (2), Joe Dugan, Ryne Duren, Nick Etten (2), Eleanor Gehrig (Lou Gehrig’s wife), Joe Gordon (cut), Tommy Henrich (3), Ralph Houk, Elston Howard, Dick Howser, Sam Jones (cut), Charlie Keller, Jim Konstanty, Tony Kubek, Phil Linz, Ed Lopat, Sal Maglie (2), Roger Maris, Carl Mays (cut), Marty McHale, Bob Meusel (cut, detached from page), Robert Merrill (opera star, frequent singer of the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium), Wilcy Moore (cut), Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer (2), Gabe Paul, Monte Pearson, Roger Peckinpaugh (2), Jerry Priddy, Allie Reynolds (2), Rolfe (cut), Charlie Root (cut), Al Rosen, Wally Schang (cut), George Selkirk (2), Bob Shawkey (2), Spec Shea, Bill Skowron (2), George Steinbrenner (Yankee owner), George Sternweiss (cut), Johnny Sturm (cut), Bobby Thomson, Dan Topping (Yankee owner), Mickey Vernon, Del Webb (Yankee owner), George Weiss (cut), Bill White, Whitey Witt (2), and Tom Zachary (cut). The 122-page book is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall and is complete with its original dust jacket (Good). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525
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