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    1927 & 1931 Yankees Signed Baseballs

    Appraised Value:

    $32,000 - $42,000

    Appraised on: August 10, 2002

    Appraised in: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Appraised by: Simeon Lipman

    Category: Sports Memorabilia

    Episode Info: Charlotte, Hour 2 (#717)

    Originally Aired: November 24, 2003

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    Form: Baseball, Autograph
    Material: Leather
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $32,000 - $42,000

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    Appraised By:

    Simeon Lipman
    Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Well, they actually belonged to my husband and were given to him by his father and aunt, for whom they were signed, back in the '20s. When they were growing up in New York City, they lived in an apartment building across from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. And many of the Yankee ballplayers at that time lived in the same building, so they got to know the players, and they also went to the practices and some of the games at Yankee Stadium.

    APPRAISER: Now, New York Yankees in the 1920s were the team. They've been called "the team of the century," and 1927 was the year for them. They won 110 games, which is remarkable, considering it was a 154-game schedule back then, and they won 110. They also swept the World Series that year, thanks to two fellows-- one guy named Babe Ruth right here-- you might remember him--

    GUEST: I know him.

    APPRAISER: And another fellow, who hit 47 home runs, named Lou Gehrig. They're called Murderers' Row. And what you have here is, you have two baseballs that actually date from 1927, which is the year. And I can tell you how I know that. Because one of the baseballs has a signature on here, "Urban Shocker." Now, Urban Shocker was a pitcher, and, tragically, he died after the 1927 season. I think he played for the Yankees from '25 through '27. Another fellow here, Wilcy Moore-- he actually started in 1927 and played through 1929 or so. So that's how we can definitively date this ball. This ball over here, we can definitively date, because there's a fellow on there by the name of Joe Giard. Now, Joe Giard only played one year for the Yankees, 1927. Unfortunately, the signature's very light on that ball, but you can just tell it's there. This ball right here is from 1931, and, again, I can tell that by the players on the ball. It's in phenomenal condition, as you can see. And you'll notice it wasn't shellacked. These two were. And back then in the '20s, who knew? A lot of the shellac actually preserved balls, and sometimes, they disintegrated them. Here we have cases where the shellac has preserved some of the signatures and lightened a few of the others. Okay, let's talk about value, all right? 1927 Yankee baseballs are the pinnacle of any signed baseball collection, all right? They've gone for a fortune in the past. I would estimate your two baseballs-- 1927 baseballs-- at about $10,000 to $15,000 apiece in this condition. How about that?

    GUEST: Wow!

    APPRAISER: Now, want to talk about the '31? '31, a great year, a beautiful baseball. That one's probably worth about $12,000.

    GUEST: Hmm... Wow!

    APPRAISER: So how about that?

    GUEST: That's wonderful.

    APPRAISER: Not bad. They're amazing pieces, and it was a real pleasure seeing them. You just don't see baseballs of this quality too often.

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