Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1931 Tour of Japan Team Signed Baseball with Gehrig. Far scarcer than team balls from the more widely recognized 1934 Tour are those from the trip across the Pacific three years earlier, featuring a smaller (but still star-studded) cast of diamond icons. Presented is one of the finest specimens we've encountered from that limited supply, boasting seventeen bold black fountain pen signatures on an "Official Six University League of Tokyo" baseball. Most noteworthy is an 8/10 offering from the great Lou Gehrig, who would make the trip again in '34. He's joined by fellow Hall of Famers Cochrane (5/10), Simmons (8/10), Grove (8/10), Frisch (9/10), Kelly (3/10) and Maranville (8/10). 1924 World Series hero Muddy Ruel (7/10) is here as well. The balance of signatures average a solid 7/10, with only a single deviation from that impressive theme. A large inscription in an unknown hand fills a side panel, and reads, "To our good Friend Fred Goodman, All Stars touring Japan '1931.'" A light coating of shellac has provided an amber tone, but has served its duty of autograph preservation admirably. As a memento documenting a key step in the globalization of the sport of baseball, this sphere carries tremendous historical importance, and should garner significant bidding accordingly. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2008
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 924

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 13 days left to consign to the 2019 May 30 1915 Cracker Jack PSA Set Registry Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I am completely satisfied, more to the point, absolutely ecstatic, about not only the proceeds but the wonderful professional manner every aspect of my little consignment was handled.
    Bill R.,
    Green Bay, WI
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 February 23 - 24 Platinum Sports Auction - Dallas
    2019 February 23 - 24 Platinum Sports Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,304,240