Bidding on one of the most comprehensive single-owner New York Yankees collections concluded June 22, at SCP Auctions. The Pinstripe Dynasty Collection featured nearly 350 lots all with one common denominator – the most decorated team in sports history. Built over several decades by one passionate fan, the collection captured every facet of Yankees history.
At the heart was an incredible run of Yankees team-signed baseballs from 1922 to present, highlighted by exceptional examples from World Championship seasons such as 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1958 and 1978. Hundreds of single-signed baseballs – sold singularly and in groups – demonstrate the man’s relentless pursuit of an autograph from any member of the Yankees organization. The true character of the collection was its scope and diversity – from hundreds of original photographs (many Type I and autographed) to several game-used items, awards, contracts and other ephemera – representing pinstriped legends from every era: Ruth, Gehrig, Dickey, DiMaggio, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Munson, Mattingly, Jeter, Rivera, et al.
The top-selling piece was a 1927 original photo (8x10) of Lou Gehrig taken by renowned photographer Charles Conlon with a signed inscription from the Iron Horse. The Type I photograph received a Mint 9 autograph grade from PSA/DNA. What really propelled it to its final price of $122,713, however, was its nearly identical likeness to Gehrig’s 1933 Goudey issue, one of the most coveted Gehrig cards in the hobby. All told, the sale topped the $1 million mark in prices realized.
Other highlights were:
- 1923 Yankees (1st World Championship) Team Signed Baseball: $62,968
- 1952 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Panoramic: $51,977
- Moose Skowron’s 1958 World Championship Ring: $33,378
- 1928 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $32,270
- 1927 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $27,584
- 1932 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $26,701
- 1934 Yankees (Ruth’s Last NYY Season) Team Signed Baseball: $24,450
- Late 1920s Bill Dickey Rookie-Era Game Used Cap: $22,796
- 1922 Yankees AL Champion Team Signed Baseball: $22,039
- 1931 Yankees Team Signed Baseball: $17,788
- 1929 Yankees Team Signed Baseball: $16,558
- 1958 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $15,786
- 1960s Mickey Mantle Signed Yankees Game Used Cap: $15,569
- 1936 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $13,344
- 1978 Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseball: $13,045
- 1966 Whitey Ford Signed Yankees Game Worn Home Jersey: $12,438
- Bobby Richardson’s 1963 Gold Glove Award: $10,278
For the past 100 years, the New York Yankees have produced the most dominant teams and greatest players. With 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series titles, the Pinstripers have sustained a standard of excellence and record of success unmatched by any other pro sports franchise.
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