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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Ed Lucas, Director of Development & Public Education at St. Joseph's School for the Blind in Jersey City, sits in his office surrounded by Yankees memorabilia, Friday, March 3, 2006. Lucas will be the first man ever to be married at the Yankees Stadium...Read more
Keidel: In No Way, Shape Or Form Does Posada Belong In Monument ParkCBS Local, August 24th
Former New York Yankee Jorge Posada looks at his Monument Park plaque with his wife Laura, son Jorge and daughter Paulina during a ceremony before the Yankees played against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015. (Photo by ...Read more
The most valuable baseball memorabilia and how to get the most out of yoursBangor Daily News, August 23rd
Babe Ruth collectibles lead the list of high-priced items, including the top auction price of $4,415,658 for the earliest known New York Yankees jersey owned by The Bambino — estimated to be from the 1920 season. The highest-priced bat is also a Babe ...Read more
Love for Yankees is a family affair for Field of Dreams winnerNew York Daily News, August 19th
Jenna, whose father is a Verizon staffer and whose mother is an audiologist, noted her grandfather has a room in his house filled with Yankee memorabilia, including dirt from the pitcher's mound of the original Yankee Stadium, signed pictures and jerseys...Read more
The absurd rising prices for a zero-win Severino ballNew York Post, August 10th
He's pitched one game — and lost — but Yankee rookie Luis Severino is already commanding Hall-of-Fame prices on the memorabilia market. Steiner Sports, a sports-memorabilia seller, urged fans on Monday to shell out $69.99 to $299.99 to “preorder” ...Read more
Rare Honus Wagner baseball card and Yankees memorabilia up for auction in N.J.NJ.com, April 3rd
Bidding for a Honus Wagner baseball card, one of the most coveted pieces of sports memorabilia in the world, has rocketed past $1 million at an online auction run by a New Jersey auction house. The Robert Edward Auctions seasonal auction, which opened ...Read more