This collection of fourteen New York Yankees team-signed balls is comprised of nine from the pennant-winning season of 1981 and five from 1985. 1981 New York Yankees Team-Signed Balls (9).
All of the balls are OAL (MacPhail) balls and feature either 25 (five balls) or 26 (four balls) blue or black-ink signatures ("2" to "9," averaging "7"). Reggie Jackson's signature (averaging "5") appears on the sweet spot of each ball. Other signatures on each ball are those of Winfield, Gossage, Lemon (Mgr.), Piniella, Randolph, John, Guidry, Foote, Werth, May, LaRoche, Dent, Watson, Revering, King (coach), Reuschel, Torborg (coach), Altobelli (coach), Milbourne, and Robertson. Murcer and Cerone appear on most of the balls. 1985 New York Yankees Team-Signed Balls (5).
All of the balls are OAL (Brown) balls and feature nineteen blue-ink signatures ("6" to "9," averaging "7/8"). The Billy Martin signatures on all of the balls (which appear on the sweet spot) are clubhouse examples. The nineteen signatures on each ball are those of P. Nierko, Henderson, Righetti, Bradley, Cotto, Horton (coach), J. Niekro, Whitson, Cowley, Meacham, Sample, Robertson, Rasmussen, Hudler, Martin (clubhouse), Pagliarulo, Fisher, Bystrom, and one other (illegible). All of the balls display varying degrees of moderate age toning and are otherwise in Near Mint condition. From the Sy Berger Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 14 balls. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $705
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