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Lot # 834 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1928 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $822.50

Offered here is proof positive why twelve-year-old boys, especially those who own dogs, should never be entrusted with the care of priceless collectibles. The story of what happened to this 1928 Yankees ball, which could have survived in perfect condition but unfortunately did not, is best left to our consignor, who has provided a two-page handwritten letter detailing its unfortunate history. He writes in part: I was given the ball in 1942 when my uncle joined the army. In sorting out his things, he came across the ball and decided I should have it. (He didn’t know how careless I was at 12.) He told me how his friend (Benny Bengough) had introduced him to some of his Yankee teammates and how great that team was. My uncle probably told me who the players were but it didn’t register then. To make a long story short – I was showing the ball to some pals and put it down on my grandma’s porch. My dog, “Buddy,” decided he would show it to his friends – picked the ball up and headed down the block. After a chase and some arguing he gave the ball back – mashed up some… The official American League (Barnard) ball is “mashed up” some, but the most serious damage is relegated to one side panel. The Ruth signature on the sweet spot is somewhat affected by the carnage inflicted by the dog's teeth marks, but the Gehrig signature remains largely unscathed. The sixteen black fountain pen signatures that remain legible are those of Ruth (abrasions and tears affect the “B” in “Babe” and, more significantly, the “R” in “Ruth,” otherwise grading “5/6”), Gehrig (a few very minor abrasions, otherwise “5/6”), Combs, Hoyt, Dickey, Lazzeri, Koenig, Dugan, Bengough, Thomas, Moore, Meusel, Heimach, Paschal, Johnson, and Grabowski. Although most of the signatures are affected in some small way by the many light abrasions, nearly all remain perfectly legible and otherwise grade “5/6” on average. The ball is moderately toned and has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac (prior to the incident with the pooch). All of the manufacturer’s labels remain bold and distinct. Fair to Good condition overall. In addition to the consignor’s letter, a vintage photo of “Buddy” the beagle also accompanies the ball. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $822.50


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