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1930s New York Yankees Multi-Signed Ball Collection with Gehrig and Ruth (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,148
This collection is comprised of three 1930s New York Yankees team-signed balls, each of which includes Lou Gehrig, and two Pride of the Yankees signed balls, both featuring the signature of Babe Ruth. Admittedly, the majority of the signatures on these balls are very faint (which is the reason they are being offered together) but many, including most of the keys, are still discernible. As such, this is a desirable grouping for anyone wishing to add a number significant Yankees balls to their collection, but at a fraction of the cost compared to what higher-grade examples would command. It should be noted that four of the balls are accompanied by a full LOA from either James Spence Authentication or PSA/DNA (duly noted in each description), in addition to the standard JSA auction LOA. 1) Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in black fountain pen by the following twenty members of the 1936 World Champion New York Yankees: Gehrig (sweet spot, "3/4"), DiMaggio ("1"), Ruffing, Gomez (clubhouse signature), Dickey, Lazzeri, Glenn, Wicker, Jorgens, Powell, Brown, Hadley, Murphy, Crosetti, Seeds, Schulte, Malone, Pearson, Saltzgaver, and Rolfe. The signatures on this ball are extremely faint, with ten, including DiMaggio, Lazzeri, Dickey, Gomez, and Ruffing, only visible upon very close inspection. Fortunately, the Gehrig signature, displayed on the sweet spot, remains one of the strongest on the ball. Overall, the signatures range in grade from "1" to "4," averaging "1/2." The ball itself is exceptionally clean and attractive, in strong Excellent condition, with all of the manufacturer's stamps bold and legible. 1936 New York Yankees team balls are rare, and while this is admittedly a low-grade example, it remains a highly significant memento dating from the start of the club's historic four-year World Championship run. Accompanied by a full LOA from JSA.2) Official American League signed in black fountain pen by twenty-one members of the 1938 World Champion New York Yankees, including Gehrig (sweet spot, badly faded and barely visible even under close inspection, grading "1"), DiMaggio ("2/3"), Ruffing (twice), Gomez, Rolfe, Beggs, Glenn, Henrich, Pearson, and Hoag. Most of the remaining signatures are extremely faint and difficult to make out. Signatures range from "1" to "3," averaging "1." Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA (it should be noted that James Spence Authentication deems the Beggs signature on this ball to be a clubhouse example, but PSA/DNA made no such distinction in its letter). Vg-Ex, with a number of light abrasions. 3) Official American League (Harridge) ball signed by twenty-seven members of the World Champion New York Yankees, including Gehrig (sweet spot, "2/3"), Dickey, Gordon, Andrews, Jorgens, Wicker, Stine, Henrich, Hoag, Hadley,and Rolfe. The signatures of DiMaggio, McCarthy, and Gomez have been deemed clubhouse examples by both PSA/DNA and JSA. A black-ink inscription on a side panel reads "Best of luck/Billy from the/Yankees." Signatures range from "1" to "3, averaging "1/2." Vg, with light scattered toning. Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA. 4) Double-Header “Major League Ball” signed in blue fountain pen by six cast and crew members of the 1942 film Pride of the Yankees. The signature of Babe Ruth appears on the sweet spot (grading “3”), while that of Gary Cooper (“2/3”) is located on a side panel. The remaining four signatures on the ball are those of Bill Dickey (“2/3”), Babe Herman (“2/3”), Lefty O’Doul (“3”), and Glenn Wright (“3”). The black-ink notations “LB” and “#3131” appear on a side panel. The ball is slightly toned and has been coated with a layer of protective shellac. A few moderate surface blemishes are evident throughout. VG. 5) Wilson “Official Approved League” ball signed in black fountain pen by twelve individuals connected to the 1942 film Pride of the Yankees. A black-ink inscription on the sweet spot reads “from the Life of Lou Gehrig/directed by/Sam Wood - 2/11/42.” Babe Ruth has inscribed a side panel, “To Helen/from/Babe Ruth,” with both the inscription and signature grading “2/3.” Other signatures include Bill Dickey (“1”), Bob Meusel (“3/4”), Lefty O’Doul (“3/4”), and Babe Herman (“4/5”). The remaining signatures, many of which are difficult to discern, grade “1” or “2.” Vg-Ex. Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA. Total: 5 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,148
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