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    1928 Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker Signed Baseball. The pride and joy of a budding sports journalist, the provided OAL (Barnard) baseball derives from a contest that, we believe, would have featured the largest congregation of Hall of Fame talent ever assembled on a single diamond--a 1928 meeting of the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics. Boyd Teufer was a ten year old boy in Wilmington, Delaware in 1928, inspired by a radio contest to listen to the broadcast of a battle between these Golden Age juggernauts and author an article to recount it. Teufer's creation was selected as the best of the bunch.

    The lot consists of three pieces. First, we have the June 15, 1928 letter from Radio Station WIP that begins, "My dear Boyd: I have the great pleasure of notifying you that your little note on the baseball game as broadcast through Station WIP a few weeks ago has won the coveted autographed baseball." Next, a June 28th newspaper clipping from the Wilmington Evening Journal pictures the youngster under the headline, "Boy Given Ball as Essay Prize." And, finally, the ball itself, a marvelously well preserved sphere signed by the Hall of Fame quartet of Babe Ruth (9/10), Lou Gehrig (7/10), Ty Cobb (9/10) and Tris Speaker (9/10). A final autograph, Jimmy Dykes (6/10), brings the tally to five. In an unknown hand, the ball is notated, "Won by Boyd Ullman Teufer, Age 10, Yankees and Athletics at Shibe Park, June 9th, 1928." Note that this date is in error as the teams did not meet that day--as the ball was shipped on June 15th (according to the letter) the derivation is likely the Yankees' visit to Philly in late May. A light coating of shellac has done its intended job perfectly, and young Boyd clearly treasured the ball, a factor in its marvelous condition today. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    October, 2012
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