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    An extraordinary relic from the peak of Yankee greatness!

    1927 Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins & Jacob Ruppert Signed Baseball. For the most educated and sophisticated collectors of New York Yankees memorabilia, this lot may be considered the most remarkable of all the treasures contained within this, our largest Platinum Night auction in history. It's a bold statement to be sure, particularly when considering the competition--a Gehrig jersey, one of his earliest bats, Championship awards from 1923 and 1927. But we've seen similar pieces in the past. We've never seen any signed baseball like this one.

    We begin with the medium itself, an Official American League baseball from the final season of Ban Johnson's presidency, a vintage we can determine by the scripted "American League Ball" text that appeared with Johnson's facsimile signature only a single year: 1927.

    On the sweet spot, we find the greatest star in baseball history, engaged in a campaign for the ages which would end with a record sixty home runs and a four-game sweep over the helpless Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 World Series. Just below appears the rarest autograph of any Hall of Fame Yankee during the Bronx years, Miller Huggins, whose sudden, tragic passing in 1929 accounts for his great scarcity. To the north, the cast of signers concludes with Colonel Ruppert, the man whose purchase of Ruth and construction of Yankee Stadium establishes him as the most important non-player in franchise history.

    Finding that trio alone on a 1927 baseball represents the realization of a dream that not even the most wide-eyed optimist could have begun to conceive--the owner, the skipper and the slugger, each a Hall of Fame immortal, each so essential to the success of the New York Yankees that it's hard to imagine a history without them.

    The spectacular condition of this singular rarity is the epitome of overkill, each autograph applied to the unblemished, creamy sphere with the boldest of black fountain pen ink. A few scattered defects are so minor that their identification feels almost blasphemous, like complaining about a loose tile in the Sistine Chapel. Have a look at our imagery and you can see a few skips in the Ruth ink, and the tiniest smudge to the Ruppert. There is only a microscopic chance that any other "trio ball" with this cast exists, and absolutely none that it could be superior. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 21
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