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Description1961 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. Featuring a hard-slugging duo as sweet as the candy that shared its nickname, the 1961 Yankees and their fabled M&M boys stand in baseball history among the greatest of pinstriped editions. The Mick himself put it best when he told a reporter,"The best team I ever saw, and I really mean this, was the '61 Yankees. I never got to see the '27 Yankees. Everyone says that was the greatest team ever, but I think it would've been a great series if we'd have had the chance to play them."
If Murderer's Row would have presented a formidable challenge for the Kennedy-era crew, there could be few 1961 team signed spheres that could compete with the listed representation. The experts at PSA/DNA clearly agree, assigning a well-justified 8/10 for the signatures and 7/10 for the baseball itself, the ideal OAL (Cronin) variety. Their half point addition for "visual appeal" completes the scoring.
Twenty-nine bold blue ballpoint autographs adorn the pale, blemish-free horsehide, with not a single instance of the clubhouse signatures which plague most Yankee balls from the era. Ford and Berra share sweet spot duties, giving way to a World Championship cast of Mantle, Maris, Howard, Richardson, Lopez, Terry, Blanchard, Skowron, Kubek, Boyer and more on the adjoining panels. For the truly discerning collector, we note that manager Ralph Houk, almost unfailingly appearing on period team balls in secretarial format, is the genuine article here, setting this specimen apart from (and above) previous record-setting examples.
Unquestionably one of the finest autographed pieces of any format to derive from this hair-raising (and, for Maris, hair-losing) chapter of Yankee history. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM-MT+ 8. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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