While signed only three years apart, these (2) team-signed baseballs represent a sharp dichotomy in New York Yankees history. The first is autographed by (27) members of the 1962 roster, winners of the club’s 20th overall World Series title and ninth crown in 14 years. The second is signed by (18) members of the 1965 squad, the franchise’s first to endure a losing season in 40 years. Includes:
1962 World Champion New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball: a clean and creamy OAL Cronin sphere (grade “8-9”) signed in black ballpoint (average “6-7” strength) by: Sweet Spot: Berra and Mantle (clubhouse); North Panel: Kubek, Maris (clubhouse), Bridges, Bouton, Linz, Brown and Long; South Panel: Boyer, Arroyo, Murray (batting practice pitcher), Cullen, Reed, Tresh, Ford and Daley; West Panel: Blanchard, Lopez, Terry, Richardson and Stafford; East Panel: Turley, Downing, Sheldon, Clevenger, Skowron and Howard; Reverse Sweet Spot: Coates. Note: on the west panel, “Oscar” has been inscribed in an unknown hand. Full photo LOA from JSA.
1965 New York Yankees Team-Signed Ball: a lightly toned unofficial ball (grade “6”) signed in black ballpoint (average “7” strength) by: Sweet Spot: Keane (manager, d.1967) and Mantle (clubhouse); North Panel: Kubek, Moschitto, Tresh, Hamilton and Stafford; South Panel: Ford (clubhouse), Stottlemyre, Mikkelsen, Repoz, Downing, Howard and Bouton; West Panel: Cullen, Pepitone (clubhouse), Boyer, Barker and Gibbs; East Panel: Maris (clubhouse), Lopez, Ramos (clubhouse) and Richardson. Full photo LOA from JSA.