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SOLD at 2007 May 05 @ 19:03UTC-6 : CST/MDT
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<B>1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball.</B></I> Of the twenty-six pinstriped editions to deliver World Championship glory to the fans in the Bronx, this Golden Age club stands in baseball lore as the finest of the lot. In fact, this club is the answer most commonly given by baseball experts and historians when pressed to name the greatest baseball team of all time, bar none. When one considers the roster made available to Hall of Fame manager Miller Huggins, the reasoning behind this wide consensus becomes clear. The all but supernatural slugging powers of home run king Babe Ruth and season MVP Lou Gehrig fed an unprecedented offensive onslaught that saw the Yanks almost quadruple the American League team home run average. Earle Combs topped the League in both singles and triples. Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri each reached triple-digits in the RBI column. So deadly were the bats that stacked the Yankee line-up that sportswriters referred to the club with the rather sinister moniker "Murderer's Row."<BR><BR> Here we present one of the finest baseballs in the hobby to document that glorious Golden Age club. The list of names reads like a Cooperstown role call: Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Combs, Hoyt, Huggins. Eighteen autographs are here in total, each retaining the boldness of its initial application to the "Fairplay American League Baseball" that houses it. The very tough Urban Shocker (died 1928) is here, with Meusel, Bengough, Shawkey, Koenig, Dugan and even the club's hunchbacked batboy/lucky charm Eddie Bennett. Dutch Ruether, who called it quits after this historic season, and rookie Wilcy Moore assure 1927 vintage. Only perennial Big League hopeful Eddie Phillips did not wear the stripes that year, with his presence on the ball leading us to conclude that it dates from Spring Training sessions during the infancy of this exceptional campaign.<BR><BR> A thin layer of shellac is to be thanked for the remarkable boldness of the signatures, and a few chips to that shellac cause little concern, and remain entirely clear of all Hall of Famers. This combination of exceptional condition and unimprovable vintage should rank this baseball as one of the finest team spheres to reach the auction block in 2007. <I>LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.</B></I><BR><BR><b>Shipping:</b> Balls, Pucks, etc., Small (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.heritageauctions.com/common/shipping.php">view shipping information</a>)