A remarkable relic from the personal collection of Hall of Fame outfielder Earle CombsThe Finest 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball on Earth. With the clarity of hindsight, the lopsided dominance of this most fabled edition of New York Yankees rosters seems as if it should have been apparent from the very start, but public sentiment (or at least that of leading oddsmakers and sportswriters) leaned south to Philadelphia on Opening Day of 1927. To be fair, Connie Mack's newest creation looked unbeatable on paper, the signing of three veteran legends-Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins and Zack Wheat-bolstering a roster already heavy with future Cooperstown talent. But the Yanks would set a blistering pace from the starting gun, winning their first six games to lead the American League from wire to wire, finishing a stunning nineteen games ahead of Connie Mack's second place club at the close of the regular season.
During that memorable spring and summer, as the nation marveled at Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight and the cruel fate of Dempsey's "Long Count" error, a thrilling subplot to the Yankee season slowly emerged. As any hope for a competitive American League pennant race grew progressively dimmer, fans nationwide fixed their collective gaze upon the twin engines of the Yankees' offensive juggernaut. All the way through August, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig traded round-trip clouts, each reaching forty-five before the latter broke stride, leaving Ruth to march that final mile to baseball history alone. The Babe would hit three homers in the final two games to reach an even five dozen and reaffirm his status as the king of the baseball world. His sidekick Lou Gehrig would settle for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
A four-game World Series sweep of the National League Champion Pittsburgh Pirates served as the fitting punctuation mark to close this historic campaign, and it was during this lopsided Fall Classic that the club's Hall of Fame center fielder was inspired to oversee the creation of what is arguably the finest team signed baseball known in the hobby today. While any team ball consecrated by the touch of the sport's ultimate enterprise is pure collecting gold, the extraordinary format and state of preservation elevates this singular specimen to the hobby's lofty pinnacle.
Twenty signatures appear in the boldest of green fountain pen ink upon the creamy horsehide of this Official American League (Johnson) orb, each applied under the strict supervision of the club's brilliant lead-off hitter. The result is unlike any team ball we've ever encountered.
Panel One: Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Bob Shawkey
Panel Two: Wilcy Moore, George Pipgras, Urban Shocker, Dutch Ruether, Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock
Panel Three: Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Mark Koenig, Joe Dugan
Panel Four: Pat Collins, John Grabowski, Bennie Bengough, Miller Huggins, Charles O'Leary, Arthur Fletcher
The authenticators have confirmed that the notations for position, applied in the same ink as the autographs themselves, is the work of Combs, whose unique vision for this careful organization is punctuated by his writing. They note a barely perceptible clear coat over the signatures, a preservation tactic which has served its intended purpose masterfully.
Like the team it commemorates, this remarkable artifact is unchallenged in its field of endeavor, a worthy candidate for the title of finest autographed baseball in the hobby, bar none. Included with the baseball is a copy of a letter written by a close family friend of Earle Combs, whose mother was the recipient of this superlative memento of the professional game's high water mark. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
The Finest 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball on Earth.
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