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1932 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball with Ruth, Gehrig, and DiMaggio! - PSA-Graded 5

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,700

This particular 1932 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball is notable for the fact that not only does it feature the signatures of Ruth, Gehrig, and seven additional Hall of Famers, but also the vintage blue fountain-pen signature of Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio, of course, was not on the 1932 team and his signature was obviously added at a later date, probably in the late 1930s or early 1940s, based upon the signature style seen here. While it is possible there are purists that may deride the original owner's decision to add DiMaggio's signature a few years later, the addition of Joe D's signature has helped create perhaps the most unique 1932 New York Yankees team ball in existence. At the very least, it is certainly one of the few balls in the hobby to feature the signatures of Ruth, Gehrig, and DiMaggio, making it one of the rarest of all New York Yankees signed pieces. Graded 5 by PSA/DNA. (The company has graded the autographs 6 [on average] and the ball 4, resulting in an overall grade of 5.) The official American League (Harridge) ball has been signed in black fountain pen by the following sixteen players: Ruth (sweet spot, "6"), Gehrig ("4"), DiMaggio ("6"), Lazzeri, Sewell, Ruffing, Gomez, Dickey, Combs, Pennock, Wells, Lary, Pipgras, Crosetti, Jorgens, and MacFayden. In addition to featuring all nine Hall of Famers on the 1932 club, plus DiMaggio, this ball is further distinguished by the fact that it represents Ruth's final World Championship with the Yankees. The ball has been coated with a light, evenly applied layer of protective shellac and displays a few scattered areas of age toning, as well as a few tiny chips and/or abrasions to the shellac. In Very Good condition overall. Additional LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,700

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