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1960s and 1970s New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball Collection (7) - Mel Allen Collection

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,185.00

Collection of seven New York Yankee team-signed balls spanning the years 1960 through 1976. All of these balls have one very important common denominator: each originates directly from the personal collection of Mel Allen, the legendary "voice of the Yankees." In 1997 Robert Edward Auctions had the privilege of offering all of the baseball memorabilia from Mel Allen's estate, with these balls representing just a few of the many keepsakes saved by Mel Allen that were featured in that auction. They have not seen the light of day since and have been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser at the 1997 Mel Allen estate auction. As is common for team-signed balls from this era, each features one or more clubhouse signatures, all of which are duly noted in the listing. 1) 1960. Twenty-five blue-ink signatures (averaging "6") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot), Maris, Ford, Lopez, Cerv, Richardson, Kubek, Howard, Boyer, Skowron, McDougald, Ditmar, Turley, and Hadley. Ex-Mt, with light age toning. 2) 1960. Twenty-four blue-ink signatures (averaging "6") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot), Maris, Ford, Howard, Richardson, Long, Stafford, Duren, Boyer, Kubek, Cerv, Lopez, Dimar, Coates, and Shantz. Ex-Mt, with light-to-moderate age toning. 3) 1962. Twenty-one blue-ink signatures (averaging "7/8") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot), Maris (clubhouse signature), Ford, Linz, Bridges, Long, Clevenger, Skowron, Lopez, Howard, Kubek, Tresh, Blanchard, Bouton, and Richardson. Ex-Mt. 4) 1962. Twenty-one blue-ink signatures (averaging "7/8") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot), Maris, Ford, Linz, Sheldon, Bridges, Long, Clevenger, Arroyo, Skowron, Lopez, Howard, Kubek, Tresh, Blanchard, Bouton, and Richardson. Ex-Mt. 5) 1963. Twenty-four blue-ink signatures (averaging "7/8") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot), Maris (clubhouse signature), Ford, Howard, Pepitone, Bouton, Richardson, Boyer, Hamilton, Linz, Terry, Kubek, Lopez, Downing, Tresh, Bridges, and Stafford. Ex-Mt. 6) 1964. Twenty-six blue-ink signatures (averaging "7") on an OAL (Cronin) ball, including Mantle (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Berra (sweet spot, clubhouse signature), Maris (clubhouse signature), Ford, Downing, Terry (on ball label), Gonzalez, Hamilton, Howard, Pepitone (clubhouse signature), Bouton, Stottlemyre, Richardson, Stafford, Kubek, Blanchard, Lopez, Boyer, Sheldon, Tresh, and Williams. Nr-Mt. 7) 1976. Twenty-eight blue-ink signatures (averaging "7") on an OAL (MacPhail) ball. Fifteen of the signatures on this ball are clubhouse examples. The thirteen authentic signatures include those of Munson, Maddox, Lemon (coach), Chambliss, Tidrow, Mason, Hendricks, White, Velez, Howser (coach), and Michael (coach). The fifteen clubhouse signatures on the ball are those of Martin (Mgr., sweet spot), Hunter, Rivers, Lyle, Healy, Stanley, Berra (coach), Gamble, Alexander, Randolph, Guidry, Nettles, Figueroa, Jackson, and Ellis. Nr-Mt. Total: 7 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185.00


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