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1927 New York Yankees World Champions Team-Signed Ball with Shocker and Giard
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,680
Official American League (Johnson) ball boldly signed in green ink by the following twenty-two members of the World Champion New York Yankees: Lazzeri, Combs, Pennock, Hoyt, Shocker, Ruether, Gazella, Giard, Thomas, Durst, Collins, Grabowski, Paschal, Morehart, Shawkey, Bengough, Fletcher (coach), Meusel, Moore, Koenig, Pipgras, and Dugan. Please Note: the other three signatures on the ball - Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins, and Charles O'Leary - have all been deemed classic "clubhouse" versions by JSA. All of the signatures are fairly uniform in grade, averaging "8/9." The fame and lore associated with the 1927 Yankees has elevated the club to a status enjoyed by few sports teams in history. Understandably, team-signed balls from that historic year remain at the forefront of the hobby and confer a special status upon any collection in which they reside. This ball is a condition rarity and one that will appeal to even the most discriminating of collectors. Aside from having been coated with a layer of protective shellac, the ball is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Also significant is that it includes the rare signatures of pitchers Joe Giard and Urban Shocker. Giard only played with the Yankees in 1927 and his major league career was brief, making his signature one of the most elusive of all 1927 Yankees team members. The signature of Shocker, whose career was longer and more distinguished than Giard's, is equally rare today because he died in 1928 at the age of thirty-seven. Its impeccable condition notwithstanding, this ball is also remarkably complete, albeit with three clubhouse signatures, in that the only roster players not included are Lou Gehrig, Julie Wera, and pitcher Walter Beall, who appeared in just one game during the season. Otherwise, every single player is represented here. It should be noted that the inclusion of the three clubhouse signatures, while obviously not the ideal, does significantly enhance the ball's display value, making this one of the most attractive 1927 New York Yankees team balls anyone could ever hope to obtain. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,680
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