1923 New York Yankees World Champions Team-Signed Ball with Ruth

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1274

Item Year: 1923

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Official American League (Johnson) ball signed in black fountain pen by eight members of the 1923 World Champion New York Yankees: Ruth (sweet spot; grading "3"), Pennock, Hoyt, Bengough, Hofmann, Smith, Schang, and Roettger. It should be noted that with the exception of Ruth, all of the other signatures are extremely difficult to discern with the naked eye; however, all have been verified by JSA through the use of a video spectral comparator, which enables the user to observe latent writing and/or markings. Luckily, the combination of the eight signatures on this ball allows us to pinpoint the year to 1923, which marked the Yankees' first World Championship in franchise history. The ball is moderately toned, with a number of minor abrasions, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain easily legible. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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