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1970s-1990s New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $948.00
Collection of six New York Yankees team-signed balls spanning the years 1979 through 1996. This lot is highlighted by two examples from the club's 1996 World Championship season. 1) 1979. Twenty-three blue- and black-ink signatures (the black-ink signatures average "5," while the blue-ink signatures average "8/9") on a red-stitched ball (no manufacturer's stampings visible), including R. Jackson (ss), Berra (coach), Doyle, Clay, Tiant, Chambliss, Gossage, Davis, Burris, John, Gullett, Kaat, Nettles, Stanley, Spencer, and Lau (coach). The ink notation "1979 Yanks/#36" appears on a side panel. Jim Kaat was number "36" in 1979, which might indicate that this ball once belonged to him. Ex, with a moderate coat of protective shellac. 2) 1982. Twenty-nine blue- and black-ink signatures (averaging "8/9") on an OAL (MacPhail) ball, including King (Mgr., ss), Smalley, Altobelli (coach), Gossage, Murcer, John, Mumphrey, Winfield, Nettles, Foote, Berra (coach), Wynegar, Balboni, Griffey, and Gamble. Nr-Mt, with moderate age toning throughout. 3) 1983. Twenty-one black-ink signatures (averaging "6") on an OAL (MacPhail) ball, including Martin (Mgr., ss, clubhouse signature), Gossage, Smalley, Campaneris, Murray, Murcer, Piniella, Mumphrey, Nettles, Guidry, and Balboni. With some heavy, scattered staining. Vg. 4) 1991. Nineteen blue- and black-ink signatures (averaging "9/10), including Mattingly, Merrill (Mgr., ss), Howe, Nettles (coach), Hall, Maas, Eiland, Showalter (coach), Meulens, and Howard (coach). Nr-Mt. 5) 1996. Twenty-nine blue- and black-ink signatures (averaging "8") on an OAL (Budig) ball, including Jeter, Torre (Mgr., ss), Wetteland, Hayes, Strawberry, Girardi, Raines, Boggs, Cone, Rivera, Key, Fielder, Lloyd, Leyritz, Pettitte, Duncan, and Martinez. Nr-Mt, with light age toning. 6) Circa 1996. Twenty-two blue- and black-ink signatures (averaging "8") on an OAL (Budig) ball (commemorative Mickey Mantle ball), including Torre (Mgr., ss), Boggs, Lloyd, Rogers, Hayes, O'Neill, Cone, Stottlemyre (coach), Weathers, Gooden, Martinez, Rivera (clubhouse signature), Kelly, Girardi, Pettitte (clubhouse signature), Duncan, Williams (clubhouse signature), Raines, and Fielder. Nr-Mt. Total: 6 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $948.00
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