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    The first (and toughest!) Yankee Championship team sphere

    1923 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. If there's any negative to being a New York Yankees fan, it's this--we'll never feel that level of ecstasy that Boston Red Sox fans felt in 2004 when the eighty-six year Curse ended, or what the fans of the Chicago Cubs will feel if/when their hundred-plus years of World Championship drought ends. Twenty-seven trips to the mountain top can make you feel a bit jaded, after all. Here we present the rarest of opportunities for Yankee fans, to experience the feeling of losing our team's Championship virginity. After all, there's nothing like the first time.

    Here is one of the few known team spheres from that 1923 team that finally slayed the Giant(s) after two consecutive Fall Classic losses to its former landlord just across the Harlem River. It was this season that the Big Apple balance of power made its shift from Manhattan to the Bronx, the construction of Yankee Stadium heralding the arrival of the most dominant team in American sport.

    The Official American League (Johnson) ball bears the autographs of twenty-six World Championship pioneers, beginning, of course, with a sweet spot offering from Babe Ruth (8/10) who set a franchise batting record in 1923 at .393. Hall of Fame manager Miller Huggins appears twice, once in clubhouse format and once as the genuine article (2/10). Other notables include Waite Hoyt (5/10), Herb Pennock (5/10), Everett Scott (4/10), Wally Schang (4/10), Carl Mays (5/10), Aaron Ward (4/10), Wally Pipp (5/10), Whitey Witt (9/10), Benny Bengough (8/10).

    The ball exhibits an attractive tobacco tone as the result of an ancient coating of shellac, and the scattered light chipping of this coating causes no ill effects. The balance of autographs range from barely legible to quite bold, averaging 4/10. But considering the enormous importance and rarity of a ball documenting World Championship Number One, petty condition concerns must logically be dismissed. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    1923 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball.

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    February, 2013
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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