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Lot # 1128 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary 1977 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball (34 Signatures!)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $22,325

Offered here is perhaps the finest 1977 New York Yankees team-signed ball in existence. That may sound like an extraordinary claim for a 1977 team-signed ball, but it is a most extraordinary ball. At the very least it is by far the finest we have ever seen. Not only is the ball in Near Mint condition with all of the signatures grading "9" or "10," but all of the signatures have been scripted with the same pen, enhancing its tremendous visual appeal. Most important is the fact that the ball features no clubhouse signatures, which is virtually unheard of for Yankees team balls from the late 1970s. This ball is perfect in all respects. The official American League (MacPhail) has been signed in black ink by the following thirty-four members of the 1977 World Champion New York Yankees: Munson, Jackson (on ball label), Martin (Mgr.), Hunter, Berra (coach), Tidrow, Alston, Blair, Torrez, Michael (coach), Howser (coach), Figueroa, Dent, Lyle, McCall, Thomas, Randolph, Clay, Cox (coach), Fowler (coach), Nettles, Zeber, Holtzman, Klutts, Stanley, Gullett, Chambliss (sweet spot), Piniella, Johnson, Howard (coach), Healy, Boyer (coach), and two others (illegible). The black-ink notation "New York-1977-Yankees/World Champions" is printed on a side panel. The year, "1977," is written in black ink on a different panel. 1977 marked the Yankees' first World Championship under owner George Steinbrenner and the first and only World Championship for Billy Martin as manager. This is a phenomenal team-signed ball dating from that historic season. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $22,325

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