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1926 New York Yankees American League Champions Team-Signed Baseball with Ruth and Gehrig
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,994
This 1926 New York Yankee team-signed ball is unique due to its exceptional provenance. It originates from the family of a woman who dated Lou Gehrig in the mid 1920s and is one of a number of Lou Gehrig items consigned to this auction by the woman's daughter (the remainder of the collection, which includes photos, Christmas cards, and other such items, is offered elsewhere as a single lot). According to our consignor, her mother received this ball as gift from Gehrig and it has remained in the family's sole possession until now. The official American League (Johnson) ball has been signed in black fountain pen by the following twenty-three members of the 1926 American League Champion New York Yankees: Ruth (sweet spot, grading "5/6"), Gehrig ("5"), Lazzeri, Combs, Pennock, Hoyt (very faint, only partially legible), Merkle (player/coach), Koenig, Meusel, Collins, Dugan (very faint, only partially legible), Paschal, Bengough, Adams, Ward, Cullop, Shocker, Jones, Shawkey, Thomas, Beall, Johnson, and one other (illegible). Signatures range in grade from "1" to "6," averaging "4/5." The ball is moderately toned and displays a number of small abrasions, some of which touch upon a few signatures, including Ruth's. The manufacturer's labels are light, but legible. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Mid-1920s era Yankees team balls are extremely scarce and we cannot remember the last time we offered one dating from 1926. In our eyes, the fact that this ball was personally presented as a gift by Lou Gehrig adds to its significance and mystique. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $4,994
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