Lot 197: The 1936 New York Yankees ended a three-year drought by rattling off 102 wins and knocking off the crosstown rival Giants for the World Series crown. From that special campaign comes this clean, gorgeous, official American League (Harridge) baseball in EX-MT condition with dark stampings. There are 22 signatures in black fountain ink that vary in strength but average 5.5 to 6 out of 10, with only a few that are lighter. The sweet spot is truly sweet, highlighted by Lou Gehrig and genuine Joe McCarthy autographs (many balls from this era have clubhouse versions). Those two signatures, in particular, rate 6.5/10. Others included here are Lazzeri, Ruffing, Gomez, Brown, Selkirk, Rolfe, Dickey and Combs. The only drawback is the absence of rookie sensation Joe DiMaggio, who was instrumental to the team's fortunes that summer.
Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction
Thursday, 19th November 2015
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