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    One of the toughest twentieth century Hall of Famers

    Circa 1920 Ross Youngs Signed Baseball. Born in Shiner, Texas, Youngs was just seventeen years old when he made his professional debut with the Austin Senators of the Texas League in 1914, ultimately working his way into the Majors with a late-season start for the 1917 New York Giants. He would call the Polo Grounds home for the entirety of his Major League career, one tragically cut short by a diagnosis of a serious kidney disorder known today as Bright's Disease. Just over a year past his final appearance in a two to nothing victory over the Chicago Cubs, Youngs succumbed to his illness at age thirty.

    Coming just two years after the loss of fellow New York legend Christy Mathewson, Youngs' death hit the Giants faithful hard, and a plaque was quickly commissioned and hung in the Polo Grounds outfield in memoriam. And while Matty's early death has left the modern hobby with a woefully insufficient supply of autographs, most collectors have lost hope and removed Youngs from their wish lists entirely, understanding that only a tiny handful of genuine exemplars exist.

    Certainly this difficulty is only amplified for those collectors with a preference for horsehide, and our comprehensive auction results database finds not one Youngs single signed baseball sold in the past two decades. While the provided relic does not alter that population, the bold sweet spot autograph from the tragic outfielder is as close as you're likely to come. The 9/10 black ink signature appears in the most desirable format, "Ross 'Pep' Youngs," and makes its home on an Official National League sphere. The fading of the presidential stamping limits our ability to date the baseball, but the "1909" patent date stamping that appears on the opposite sweet spot was last utilized in 1924.

    Joining Youngs directly above and below are Frank J. Farrell and Jack Bentley respectively. Farrell was one of two owners that relocated the Baltimore Orioles to New York City and renamed them the "Highlanders" in 1903. Bentley was a pitcher for the Giants during Youngs' years of service. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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