1950 Yankees Team Signed Baseball with First Class Joe DiMaggio Exemplar on the Sweet
1950 and 1952 Yankee team baseballs are the scarcest of that decade. We certainly can attest to that fact, having dealt with autographed balls for more than 30 years. Therefore, every time we come across a nice example such as this, we purchase it. Indeed, this year is on all collectors' wish lists.
Equally important, is the condition of this Reach official American League baseball (Harridge, pres.), which remains in its original, unused condition and features a large and exceptionally dark DiMaggio autograph alone on the sweet spot. 1950 was his last great season--a season in which he played 139 games (of 154 ), batted .301 with a .394 OBP, to go with 122 RBI, 22 hrs and a staggering .979 OPS. He also scored 114 runs as well--that's 236 runs produced! Not bad for a 35 yr. old with bad legs! That is why he is considered among the all time greats. His impressive career is sometimes overlooked in today's game, but certainly not by true baseball aficionados.
Hall of Famers Yogi Berra (.322, 28 hrs, 124 RBI), Phil Rizzuto--the American League's Most Valuable Player that season-- and Johnny Mize (25 hrs) have also signed, as have their group of stud-starters: Allie Reynolds (16-12), Vic Raschi (21-8), Eddie Lopat (18-8) and Tommy Byrne (15-9). This group accounted for 70 of the teams 98 wins. In addition, these signers: Joe Page, their first great "closer" (scarce. d. 1980. Only one true single-signed ball known in the hobby), Hank Bauer (.320), Jerry Coleman (.287), Joe Collins, Gene Woodling, Cliff Mapes--he wore # 7 that season, Tom Ferrick, Fred Sanford and Ralph Houk.
Unaltered and fully original in every respect, the ball retains its original patina, as well as its "creamy", soft color. The autographs are all in fountain pen ink. We continuously search for baseballs of this quality, knowing how the environment and other outside forces negatively impact their state of preservation. So few survive in this condition, especially with such eye appeal. This one certainly falls into that category, especially because so many Yankee team balls fail the authentication process due to clubhouse versions of DiMaggio's signature. This one is purely his and it's a gorgeous example at that.
The Yankees swept the World Series versus the Phillies, the second of what would be their record-setting five consecutive World Championships (1949-1953).
DiMaggio would play one more season, Mickey Mantle would come aboard and play next to him in the outfield, Berra would win his first (of three) MVP awards and the dynasty in the Bronx would grow. This was the Golden Era of baseball and a time when the game seemed so very simple. If you're a collector of world championship team balls or assembling a Yankee team "run", this will be a wonderful addition. This one comes along only occasionally--in fact our first in recent years. The condition is special and the large, bold DiMaggio alone on the sweet spot is a very nice "touch".
Accompanied by the all-important Letter of Authenticity from the JSA Company.