1980 NY Yankees Team Ball with 24 Autographs – Jackson, Gossage, Perry, Berra, Etc.
Lot 14. 1980 NY Yankees Team Ball with 24 Autographs – Jackson, Gossage, Perry, Berra, Etc. This unofficial ball is something of a mystery because of the autographs of Billy Martin and Tony Kubek. Otherwise, it is nicely signed by players, broadcasters and staff associated with the 1980 Yankees. Kubek occupies one sweet spot on the ball with Phil Rizzuto. The Scooter was a Yankees broadcaster, and Kubek likely signed as an interested broadcaster as well. Martin is on the other sweet spot with one of the strongest Reggie Jackson signatures we’ve seen. He was fired (again) at the conclusion of the 1979 season. Elsewhere, the ball is signed by player and coaches Yogi Berra, Aurelio Rodriguez, Ron Davis, Tom Underwood, Jim Spencer, Lou Piniella, Rich Gossage, Mike Griffin, Gaylord Perry, Rick Cerone, Luis Tiant, Rudy May, Ron Guidry, Ruppert Jones, Eric Soderholm and Tommy John. The ball is signed also by Dom Scala, the Yankees’ bullpen catcher, and Bill White, another broadcaster. The ball is lightly shellacked and is moderately and somewhat unevenly toned. The autographs are generally nm-m 8 or better. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. Winning Bid $138.