1934 Tour of Japan Team Signed Baseball with Ruth -Gehrig It was a story that had it all. Exotic locales, legendary athletes, international espionage. When the best of this nation's Major Leagues exploded onto the scene in the Land of the Rising Sun, the baseball world was changed forever. Relics from this groundbreaking event seven decades ago are among the most rare and desirable in the hobby, so this team signed OAL (Harridge) ball, featuring autographs from 20 participants, should be held in the utmost reverence. We'll begin with Ruth and Gehrig, fittingly adjacent on a side panel that they share with their Japanese translator Sataro Suzuki and Bob Schroder. The opposing side panel boasts Foxx, Averill, Miller, Mack, Whitehill and Gomez. The catcher and spy Moe Berg heads up the third side panel, joining Sascarella, O'Doul, Gehringer, Warstler, and Doc Ebling. McNair, Quinn, Brown and Hayes fill the fourth. In serendipitous fashion, the Hall of Fame signatures rank the highest in quality, with Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Averill, Mack and Gomez averaging 7/10, with none below a 6/10. The lesser stars are slightly the more worse for wear, though all are quite readily legible. The ball is lightly and evenly toned, with no staining or foxing to speak of. It is a piece such as this one that will set a fine collection apart from the rest. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.

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