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    1951-52 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with Marilyn Monroe. After setting a World Record mark of $191,200 for Autographed Baseballs with our Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe signed sphere in May of 2006, we received quite a few inquiries from prospective consignors claiming to possess a similar piece. In every case but one, these baseballs were rather quickly exposed to be inauthentic. Here we present the single example to make the grade, a Yankees team signed sphere featuring this most famous of celebrity couples upon its sweet spot. The OAL (Harridge) ball was likely signed during Spring Training of 1952, as there are some abnormalities in the roster that keep it from being linked definitively to one season or the other. Of course we've been trained to accept 1951 as the only season that featured both DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle upon the Yankees roster, and a rookie Mick is present and accounted for. But the love affair between Joe and Marilyn began in early 1952. Five other lesser players present here likewise did not begin their pinstriped service until 1952.

    Of course, this small mystery only adds intrigue to a baseball that will rate among the most desirable to find a new home this year. Though a chip to the shellac coating dips into the sweet spot signature of DiMaggio, his signature is otherwise perfectly preserved. Marilyn's autograph below remains clear of any defects and merits a rating of 9+/10. Twenty-five Yanks join America's Sweethearts, including the aforementioned Mantle, Berra, Rizzuto, Mize, Woodling, Reynolds, Martin, Sain, Raschi, McDougald and a pair of clubhouse Stengels. These signatures likewise remain remarkably bold, averaging a very conservative 8/10, and the occasionally chip and a bit of paper stuck in the shellac affect no noteworthy names. Certainly this is the only baseball on the face of the earth bearing the autographs of Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mantle, which makes it one of the most iconic pieces from the happy days of the 1950's to be offered for sale in recent memory. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2007
    5th Saturday
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