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1976 New York Yankees American League Champions Team-Signed Ball with Elston Howard Cap and World Series Ticket Stub
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600
Offered here is an eclectic 1976 New York Yankees collection that comes with an interesting story relating to provenance: Our consignor purchased all three of these items from a gentleman whose father owned the company that printed the New York Yankees yearbooks and programs in the 1970s. According to the gentleman, he attended Game 4 of 1976 World Series game with his dad, and as the son of a VIP, the Yankees presented him with this team-signed ball and Elston Howard's cap (Howard was a coach with the club at the time). While we cannot independently authenticate the cap, the fact that both the ticket and ball accompany it certainly supports the provenance, and we would be shocked if it is not exactly what it is purported to be: a hat worn by Elston Howard while coaching for the Yankees during the 1976 World Series. The pro-model cap features the team's "NY" logo embroidered in white on the front and features Howard's uniform number ("32") written in vintage black marker on the underside of the brim. Manufactured by "KM," the size "7 1/4" cap displays heavy wear, including two heavy cracks in the brim and major tears to the interior leather headband. The official American League (MacPhail) ball (which is a one-year style ball dating to 1976 only) features twenty-one signatures (twenty in black ink, one in green ink), including Munson, Martin (Mgr., sweet spot), Berra (coach), Lyle, Nettles, Stanley, Ellis, Dineen, Figueroa, Healy, May, Maddox, Howard (coach), Lemon (coach), and Howser (coach). The signatures are all fairly uniform in grade, averaging "5/6." The ball remains in Excellent condition. The ticket stub (2 x 4.25 inches), for a "Main Reserve" seat, is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 3 items (cap, team-signed ball, and ticket stub). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $600
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