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8266   New York Yankees 1939 World Series Champions Team Signed Baseball with Gehrig and DiMaggio  $500 $977 $1075 7 You must login to place a bid.
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#8266 - New York Yankees 1939 World Series Champions Team Signed Baseball with Gehrig and DiMaggio Estimate: $7,500+

The 1939 New York Yankees swept the Cincinnati Reds in four games for their fourth consecutive World Series Championship, a record at the time that was eventually eclipsed by the 1949-53 New York Yankees, a squad that won five straight. This dominant team won the American League title by 17 games, with each starting player belting out double digit home runs. One of those players was new first baseman Babe Dahlgren, who replaced the standard bearer Lou Gehrig on May 2 of that year, ending Gehrig's Iron Horse record of 2,130 consecutive games played.

Gehrig's removing himself from the lineup is why this signed baseball is so very special. There are only a handful of 1939 team-signed baseballs WITH Gehrig. In playing only a month of the season, and with his illness rapidly deteriorating his ability to sign, there were so few opportunities for Gehrig to sign any of item, let alone a team-signed baseball.

This off white OAL Spalding baseball contains 24 fountain pen signatures.
Includes: SWEET SPOT - Chas. Ruffing.
EAST PANEL - Hadley, Knickerbocker, Jorgens, "Hoot" Pearson and Lou Gehrig.
WEST PANEL - Crosetti, Schreiber, Donald, Russo and Rosar.
NORTH PANEL - Lefty Gomez, Henrich, Chandler, Murphy, Rolfe, Keller and Sundra.
SOUTH PANEL - Powell, Dahlgren, Selkirk, Joe Gordon, Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey.

The ball itself has some areas of scuffing, with the label scuffed enough where the name "AMERICAN" and portions of "LEAGUE BALL" has been enhanced. Signatures range from "5-7" with a few lesser. The Gehrig and DiMaggio signatures are better, with a small scrape near the top of Gehrig. According to multiple authenticators, the Bill Dickey signature has been determined to be clubhouse, with JSA and PSA/DNA adding Gomez to the clubhouse list.

This is an extremely rare team-signed baseball including Joe DiMaggio and the rare Lou Gehrig signature. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from James Spence Authentication (JSA), and Beckett Authentication Services (BAS). Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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