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    The Mount Rushmore of Murderer's Row

    1928 Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig & Miller Huggins Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. No superlative seems appropriately strong when it comes to describing this remarkable sphere compiling the three most important Hall of Fame autographs from the Murderer's Row days at Yankee Stadium. While even the most casual collector is aware of how desirable a Ruth/Gehrig duo is, the addition of the diminutive Yankee skipper to a ball featuring the superstar sluggers lifts this ball to the absolute peak of the hobby.

    Of the multitudes of future Cooperstown residents to wear pinstripes during baseball's Golden Age, Huggins is unquestionably the toughest, having succumbed suddenly to blood poisoning in 1929 as a result of an eye infection. He signs in his standard "MJ Huggins" format to the left of the Babe's booming sweet spot signature, with the great Lou Gehrig framing balancing out the trio on the right. PSA grades the Ruth and Gehrig signatures as 8/10, and the Huggins just a touch below at 7/10. The OAL (Barnard) ball is blazingly white for one of such an advanced age, with bold, dark stamping, grading an 8/10 according to the judgment of PSA.

    Brandon Grunbaum's "History of the Baseball" two-volume set, one of the most indispensable research guides to have been published in the past decade, notes that the unique alternate sweet spot stamping found here--"Pat'd No. 1,530,410"--narrows the production range to a single, historic Yankees season, one in which this trio duplicated its Fall Classic dominance of 1927 with a four-game sweep of St. Louis, avenging a defeat at the hands of Cardinals two years earlier.

    Quite clearly this baseball was placed in a dark, dry place very soon after it passed through these historic hands, and forgotten. Now it resurfaces to allow one elite collector the opportunity to own a singularly unique and perfect memento of the Yankees' most glorious era. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM-MT 8. LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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