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1925 New York Giants and Brooklyn Robins Team-Signed Baseball with Spectacular Ross Youngs Sweet-Spot Signature - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $5,400
Official National League ball signed in black fountain pen by sixteen members of either the 1925 New York Giants or Brooklyn Robins. Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA/DNA (autographs graded 5 [on average], ball graded 3, resulting in an overall grade of 4). The ball is highlighted by a spectacular sweet-spot signature of New York Giants outfielder "Ross 'Pep' Youngs," which grades "9" As most collectors are aware, Youngs' signature is exceedingly rare because he died in 1927 at the age of thirty. The remaining New York Giants signatures on the ball are those of George Kelly, Frank Frisch, Freddie Lindstrom, Heinie Groh, Mickey Devine, Jack Bentley, Irish Meusel, Freddie Fitzsimmons, and Frank Snyder. The Brooklyn signatures on the ball are those of Charlie Hargreaves, Bob McGraw, Ben Egan (coach), Horace Ford, Dick Loftus, and Joe Oeschger. Additionally, the ball includes the blue ink signatures of National League umpires Frank Wilson and Cy Pfirman. The blue-ink notation "Apr. 19th 1925" is written directly above Wilson's signature. The Giants defeated the Robins 4-3 at Ebbets Field on that date, with Wilson and Pfirman the umpires of record. Interestingly, that contest marked the Robins' first game following the death of team owner Charles Ebbets on April 18, 1925. Just two days later, when Ebbets' funeral was held, all National League games were suspended in his honor. The ball (which, based upon the manufacturing stampings, can be conclusively dated to the year 1925) is moderately toned and has been coated with an even layer of protective shellac. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,400
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