Extremely rare, authenticated autographed relics, some almost a century old and others game-used, signed by such iconic New York Yankees as Babe Ruth from 1928, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle spearhead a list of 400 items up for auction during the second annual Yankees Legends Auction being conducted on line by Steiner Sports Collectibles (auction.steinersports.com). Portions of the auctions closed on November 27 and November 30.
Those legendary “Bronx Bombers” from yesteryear are the thread which connect to milestone performances by present-day Yankees Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, two modern heroes who each have relics on the auction block from their record-breaking 3,000 hit and 602 save performances, respectively. A Mariano Rivera game-used jersey from Jeter's 3,000-hit game on July 9, 2011, is among the offerings.
Artifacts from the old Yankee Stadium, including slices of the bricks from both the Babe’s and Iron Horse’s Monument Park Retired Numbers section, are also up for grabs.
Steiner launched the “DJ3K” Collection following the Yankee captain’s epic performance to become the first Yankee to attain the 3,000 hits milestone on July 9, and for the first time, Mariano Rivera’s game-worn jersey is available from that fabled game. Bidding is already at $5,000 for that piece of history. In addition, the official, game-used “Second Out” baseball from Mariano’s 602nd save game on September 19, when he eclipsed Trevor Hoffman’s record, is on the block. Bidding is at $2,500.
Another unique item is the full, game-used uniform of David Price, the Tampa Bay Rays hurler who surrendered Jeter’s 3,000th hit, for bidders looking for a less glamorous piece of history, but valuable in its own right.
Among other relics of interest include a signed baseball by the 2009 Yankees World Championship team with World Series Logo; an authentic bat autographed by “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio; and a signed baseball by “The Mick,” Mickey Mantle, inscribe with “# 7.”
Some of the major highlights include the following:
– 1928 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball signed by Babe Ruth
– Derek Jeter game-used bat from 2010 season with glass display case
– Yogi Berra game model bat w/"HOF" Insc. (MLB Auth)
– Joe DiMaggio signed bat
– Generic Yankee Stadium used locker, 39 signature seatback, game-used Dirt Coasters/Crystal
– New York Yankees 1961 team-signed 52x42 postcard framed collage
– Extremely Rare 1978 New York Yankees three ball nickname set, Rivers, Jackson and Piniella
– Lou Gehrig 1961 Topps card.