Magnificent 1953 NY Yankees WS Champs Team Signed Baseball Mickey Mantle JSA COA
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink by the following 26 members of the 1953 World Champion New York Yankees: Mickey Mantle (sweet spot), Yogi Berra, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Whitey Ford, Reynolds (sweet spot), Sain, Renna, Woodling, Miller, Carey, Martin, Lopat, Bollweg, McDougald, Houk, Kuzava, Bauer, Blackwell, Raschi, Collins, McDonald, Scarborough, Noren, Silvera, and Gorman. The number "15" is written in blue ink on a side panel. We have seen a number of Yankee balls from this era with numbers on them. That number corresponds to a player's uniform number and was put there by the club house attendant to indicate which player the ball belonged to. (Players were constantly beseeched by friends and acquaintances for team-signed balls, so this was an easy inventory system for the clubhouse workers.) Joe Collins wore number "15" for the Yankees in 1953, so this ball most likely originates from his personal collection. Comes with full JSA COA.