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Lot # 919 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921 New York Yankees and Giants Team-Signed Balls Including Babe Ruth, Ross Youngs, and Six Other Hall of Famers (2)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,628.75

The 1921 World Series, between the New York Yankees and New York Giants, was a historic affair, as it marked not only the Yankees' first World Series appearance, but the first of many memorable "Subway Series" hosted by the city. Offered here are both a New York Yankees and a New York Giants team-signed ball originating from the 1921 fall classic. Our consignor purchased these balls at public auction in 2009. According to the original catalog description, both balls were obtained in 1921 by a photographer with The New York Herald, and were subsequently passed down as keepsakes from generation to generation, until they were consigned to auction directly by the family of the photographer. This is only the second time they have ever been offered publicly. 1) 1921 New York Yankees. Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black fountain pen by the following twelve members: Ruth (grading "7/8"), Hoyt, Mays, Schang, Harper, Shawkey, Ferguson, Collins, Rogers, Miller, Piercy, and Hawks. Luckily, Ruth's signature is the strongest on the ball, with the remaining signatures ranging from "1" to "3," averaging "2." The ball is moderately toned and displays a number of moderate abrasions throughout which affect all of the signatures in varying degrees. The manufacturer's labels are faded, but legible. In Good to Very Good condition overall. 2) 1921 New York Giants. Official National League (Heydler) ball signed in black fountain pen by eighteen team members, and in blue fountain pen by newly elected baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and New York City mayor John F. Hylan. The Giants signatures include Jennings (coach; sweet spot), Bancroft (sweet spot), Frisch, Youngs, Kelly, Burns, Snyder, Rawlings, Toney, Barnes, Meusel, Cunningham, Douglas, and Shea. The remaining four signatures are illegible. Signatures range from "1" to "5," averaging "2/3." The ball is moderately toned and displays a number of abrasions throughout which affect many of the signatures in varying degrees. The manufacturer's labels are clearly legible. In Good to Very Good condition. The Giants defeated the Yankees five games to three in the best-of-nine series, thus securing the first of the club's two consecutive World Championships, both of which came at the expense of the Yankees. Team-signed baseballs dating from the early 1920s are rare, especially those of pennant-winning and World Championship clubs. The fact that these balls were originally obtained during the 1921 World Series makes them especially appealing. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,628.75


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