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1934 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball with Ruth, Gehrig, Grimes, and Six Other Hall of Famers!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,638

Remarkable 1934 New York Yankees team-signed ball featuring an amazing nine Hall of Fame signatures. The Spalding "Babe Ruth Home Run Special" ball has been signed in black fountain pen by the following twenty-four members of the 1934 New York Yankees: Ruth (sweet spot, grading "8"), Gehrig ("7"), Sewell, Gomez, Grimes, Ruffing, Dickey, Lazzeri, Combs, Crosetti, Rolfe, Chapman, Byrd, Jorgens, Murphy, Heffner, Broaca, Hoag, Allen, Walker, Van Atta, DeShong, MacFayden, and Saltzgaver. Signatures range from "3" to "8," averaging "6/7." The signature of Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes on this ball not only conclusively dates it to 1934 (Grimes only played with the Yankees in that one season), but also makes it a very rare 1934 Yankees team-signed example. Grimes began the year with the Cardinals before being traded to the Yankees early in the season. His stay in New York was quite short, as he appeared in only ten games with the club before being traded once again to the Pirates. This is a tremendous and rare signed team ball: it is only the second 1934 Yankees team ball featuring Grimes' signature that we can ever recall offering. 1934 was a historic year for the Yankees in that it marked Babe Ruth's final season with the club and bore witness to Gehrig's greatest season. While Ruth went out quietly, with his lowest home-run total (22) in fifteen seasons with the Yankees, Gehrig finally emerged from Ruth's shadow by winning the Triple Crown, posting league-leading totals in batting average (.363), home runs (49), and RBI (165). This is an exceptional New York Yankees team ball featuring not only a particularly outstanding Babe Ruth signature but the signatures of an extraordinary nine future Hall of Famers. The ball displays moderate surface wear and is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,638

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