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    Nine Hall of Fame players remains a Major League record!

    1932 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Seven American League pennants and four World Championships marked the fruitful partnership of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, and this is one of the finest autographed articles we've encountered that celebrates the last of each, a glorious campaign best remembered for the legendary slugger's apocryphal "Called Shot" in Game Three of the 1932 World Series. While the controversy that finds the tale suspended somewhere in that middle ground between fact and fiction survives to this day, there is no disputing the special appeal of Yankees relics of that memorable vintage.

    A handwritten letter of provenance from our consignor reports that this ball entered his family as a result of his great uncle's service as dentist to Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey. The Big Cat is one of twenty-three black fountain pen signatures applied to the surface of the provided OAL (Harridge) baseball, offering a staggering roster of fellow legends including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Charles "Red" Ruffing, Vernon "Lefty" Gomez, Herb Pennock, Joe Sewell and Earle Combs. No single team in Major League history has featured more than nine future Hall of Fame players, and all are present here. Other notables include Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Pipgras, Sam Byrd and Lyn Lary.

    Signature quality averages 7/10, with Dickey the only Hall of Famer more than two points lighter, but still very readily legible. It is unquestionably the finest example we've encountered since another 1932 Yankees ball commanded $35,850 in our February 2013 Platinum Night auction. Somewhat tattered original cardboard box that served as the baseball's home for over eight decades is included. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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