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Lot # 742 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1927 New York Yankees Signed Ball with Ruth and Gehrig

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659

Small, brown ball (2.25 inches in diameter; approximately 7.5 inches in circumference), with a smooth hard surface, signed in what appears to be black ink by the following eight members of the New York Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Herb Pennock, Cedric Durst, Urban Shocker, Benny Bengough, Mike Gazella, and Art Fletcher (coach). The signatures all grade "5" or "6," with the exception of Pennock ("3/4") and Fletcher ("3/4"). This is a most unusual signed item in that we are not exactly sure what kind of ball this is or what sport it was used for. It may even just be a child's play ball from the period that has hardened over time. The eight players represented here only played together with the Yankees in the years 1927-1928 (Shocker died in 1928), so it is presumable that the ball was signed during that two-year period. The ball displays minute crazing throughout and moderate wear. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,659

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