Description1952 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe, Kissed by Marilyn! The presented Official American League (Harridge) baseball lived a dream shared by countless millions of red-blooded American males, smooched by the definitive blonde bombshell at the height of her Hollywood fame. If the vintage horsehide is still weak at the knees from the experience, however, it doesn't show it, surviving with impressive strength to challenge for the title of most desirable post-war signed baseball on earth.
We begin with the ideal sweet spot pairing of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, whose romance and brief 1954 marriage established the pair as American history's most famous couple. Joining the iconic lovebirds are twenty-six signatures from the World Champion 1952 Yankees, notably the rare rookie-format Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Mize, Billy Martin, Allie Reynolds, Gene Woodling and more. A pair of secretarial Casey Stengel signatures appear as well. Signature quality averages 7/10 with none dipping more than a point below.
The Mick finds even more reason to enjoy the 1952 season, inheriting not just DiMaggio's coveted center field position in the Bronx, but also the good fortune to appear on the sphere's western panel, where Marilyn's red lipstick kiss is instantly apparent.
Exceptional provenance enhances the monumental appeal, as a pair of included photographs document the ceremony during which the baseball was presented. The ball was one of fifteen gifted to the victorious squad of a 20th Century Fox intramural softball league. Each team was represented by a studio star for its mascot, and it was the Marilyn team that took home the 1952 Championship. One photo finds the team posing with Ms. Monroe, each holding his baseball. A second pictures the wives, one of whom is the consignor of this lot. Also here is a February 1953 issue of Movies Magazine, which features the latter photo with the caption, "Guests at the only party Marilyn has given in her new home were the wives of the fifteen 20th Century film cutters. They won the studio's softball championship and were on Marilyn's team."
Experienced Heritage clientele will recall the May 2006 Signature Auction in which the World Record for autographed baseballs was crushed with a $191,000 result for a baseball autographed by Joe and Marilyn. Adding joint sweet spot placement, a lipstick kiss from the prettier half of the couple, and the World Champion 1952 Yankees as well, this baseball should separate the men from the boys when the bidding war begins. Photographic documentation. Letter of provenance from consignor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction