Without a doubt the most storied franchise in sports history, the New York Yankees hardly need an introduction. The "Bronx Bombers" have won more championships (27) than any team in any sport. Looking at the list of Yankees retired numbers is like reading a who’s who of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle—to name but a few—all called Yankee Stadium home.
There are so many ways to collect baseball memorabilia that go beyond just cards, balls, bats, and uniforms. Some collectors accumulate goods from certain eras or of certain players, but many focus on their favorite team. With one of the largest fan bases in the world and that laundry list of Hall of Famers, Yankees collectors have a lot of memorabilia to choose from.
For example, there are game-day programs. Especially prized are those from the storied Yankee teams of the 1920s and ’30s. The 1939 World Series program, which previews the series between the Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, shows Gehrig finishing his swing in front of a packed stadium on its cover, and is highly collectible.
Another popular category is ticket stubs. Ticket stubs provide a way for collectors to feel as though they were there when history was made. Obviously, older stubs are most collectible, but stubs from specifically memorable games—like Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game or more recent perfect games by David Wells and David Cone—are also desired.
Pennants are another treasured team collectible. Whether it is the rare prewar pennants or the 1960s pennants that had team photographs stitched in, few homes of Yankee fans and collectors are devoid of at least one. The pennants with photographs, such as a blue felt 1967 Yankees pennant, are popular. Pennants also come in other materials such as cloth and plastic, and the earliest pennants, which tend to be smaller, are very popular.
Still, some collectors of Yankee memorabilia invariably choose to focus their efforts on individual players. Thanks to the long list of Yankees who have made baseball history, these collectors need not limit themselves to just Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle.
There are 34 Hall of Famers that played for the Yankees and another five that managed them—and that doesn't include recent stars like Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Mariano Rive...
Yankee memorabilia also encompasses stadium-related artifacts. In 2008, the Yankees played their last season in old Yankee Stadium, one of baseball’s classic venues. Consequently, everything from stadium sod to chairs from the old ballpark have recently become hot items.
Finally, all baseball collectors love autographs, and Yankees team collectors are no exception. Yankees team signed balls are some of the most popular items to acquire, and if you can manage to get your hands on a ball from one of the classic Yankee teams—1927, 1932, or 1939—you are holding a very valuable item, indeed.
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He certainly brings some solid defensive credentials and if he can hit anywhere near what Martin did, then the Pirates did a good thing in plucking him from the Yankees. ... JIm from Michigan: Jerry do you have any sports memorabilia (autograph stuff...Read more
Rare Baseball Memorabilia Stolen From Burlington HomeVermont Public Radio, November 26th
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Joe DiMaggio: A 100th Birthday AppreciationBleeding Yankee Blue (blog), November 25th
From 1936 to 1951 -- except from 1943 to 1945, when he was in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in World War II -- he played center field for the New York Yankees. In his 13 seasons, he made the All-Star Game every year, won 10 Pennants and 9 ... His...Read more
New York Yankees Superfan 'Bill the Baker' DiesWall Street Journal, November 14th
After his mother, a die-hard Yankees fan herself who knitted blankets and slippers for team officials, died in 2003, Mr. Stimers lived alone on Long Island. The walls of his home were covered in Yankees memorabilia, pictures of Yankees greats and...Read more
Rare autographed photo of the 1927 NY Yankees highlights annual Slugger ...WDRB, November 14th
The sports memorabilia auction will include all manner of baseball materials dating from the 19th century to present and ranging in dollar value from $100-$500,000. The live auction will take place beginning at 11am EST at the Louisville Slugger Museum ...Read more
Yankees, USO team up to honor veteransYES Network, November 10th
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and his wife, Kim, current YES Network broadcasters David Cone and Michael Kay, and Yankees radio voices John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. The USO will distribute the packs, which will include Yankees memorabilia, ...Read more
A $2.4-million sports memorabilia collection with Mickey Mantle Yankees rookie ...The Star-Ledger, November 6th
Douglas Wielinski died in 2009 when a Continental Connection flight crashed into his home in Clarence Center, N.Y.. Also in that home, according to the Buffalo News: A sports memorabilia collection valued between $2 and $2.4 million. In that collection...Read more
Brandon Steiner, in Deal With Yankees, Is a Sports Memorabilia MavenNew York Times, September 5th
Brandon Steiner's mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield. “I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.” What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn't want to ...Read more