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Lot # 797 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1930 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball with Ruth and Gehrig

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,963

Official American League (Barnard) ball signed in black fountain pen by ten members of the 1930 New York Yankees. Ruth's signature, which is the only one scripted in blue fountain pen, sits alone on the sweet spot and grades "5/6." The remaining signatures on the ball are those of Gehrig ("5/6"), Ruffing, Lazzeri, Chapman, Sherid, Bengough, Shawkey (Mgr.), Rice, and Holloway. The signatures range from "3" to "6," averaging "4/5." Both Holloway and Rice only played with the Yankees in 1930, a fact which conclusively dates the ball. 1930 was a year of transition for the Yankees. Gone was longtime manager Miller Huggins, who died in September 1929, as well as a number of key starters from the club's 1927-1928 dynasty, including Mark Koenig, Waite Hoyt, and Bob Muesel. Although Ruth (.359 average with a League-leading 49 HRs and 153 RBI) and Gehrig (.379 average with 41 HRs and a League-leading 174 RBI) were still as formidable as ever at the plate the Yankees were evidently not prepared for the loss of their supporting cast. As a result, the club fell to third place in the standings, finishing sixteen games behind the powerful Philadelphia A's. That poor showing resulted in Shawkey's firing at season's end. The ball is moderately toned, with a few minor surface blemishes, and all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $2,963

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