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Lot # 909 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1934 New York Yankees Team-Signed Government Postcard with Ruth and Gehrig

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555

Government postcard, postmarked July 23, 1934, signed in pencil by the following twenty members of the New York Yankees: Ruth (grading "10"), Gehrig ("8/9"), Gomez, Combs, Grimes, Ruffing, Dickey, Crosetti, MacFayden, Van Atta, Chapman, DeShong, Allen, Rolfe, Broaca, Saltzgaver, Heffner, Jorgens, Hoag, and Murphy. Signatures range from "7" to "10," averaging "8/9." The vintage, handwritten notation, "New York Yankees/Baseball Club," is neatly printed in blue fountain pen along the top border. This remarkable 1934 Yankees team-signed Government postcard is one of the great highlights of a large collection of signed government postcards offered in this auction (presented in eight separate lots), all of which were originally obtained by a family member of our consignor during the late 1920s and early 1930s. All have remained in the family's sole possession since that time and are being offered here for the very first time. We don't know what young Nate Mindell wrote to the Yankees to get them all to sign this postcard and send it back to him, but whatever it was, it was obviously very successful! The postcard is postmarked "6-PM, St. Louis, Mo." The Yankees began a three-game series with the St. Louis Browns on that date, with Gehrig hitting a solo home run (his 27th of the season) in the club's 5-2 victory (Ruth did not play in the game). The fact that Grimes' signature is on this card is very interesting to note for a 1934 Yankees signed item. Grimes signed with the Yankees just prior to the season, but the Yankees eventually released the aging veteran on July 31st, just eight days after this card was signed. 1934 also marked Ruth's final season with the Yankees. The postcard (5.5 x 3.25 inches), which is toned, displays a small horizontal tear (.75 inches) at the right border (touching upon the "ig" in "Gehrig"), a tiny tear on the right border, and a few light creases. The address side displays both adhesive residue and surface paper loss from the card having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $3,555

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