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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Fans make final round at Mickey Vernon Sports History MuseumDelco News Network, March 26th
Since April 2013, these memorabilia have been stored and shown in the 3,000-square-foot Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on the upper level of the Granite Run Mall near Boscov's. With its lease up the end of March, Saturday was the museum's last ...Read more
Kennedy man knocks out book about one-of-a-kind collectionTribune-Review, March 25th
Park was a friend of New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig, Kirwan said, and he asked for a baseball signed by Gehrig and Babe Ruth. “When the Yankees came to Detroit in 1927, Mr. Park received a baseball autographed by the entire New York Yankees ...Read more
Collectors slug it out over rights to Babe Ruth home run batNJ.com, March 25th
CAMDEN — The bat Babe Ruth used to swat his first home run of the 1924 season is at the center of a legal tug-of-war involving memorabilia collectors from several states. The latest challenge came yesterday when a team of New Jersey collectors who say ...Read more
Yankees Players Reenact Classic Scene From The Sandlot: Watch!Us Magazine, March 25th
Killing Us, Smalls! A group of Yankees players paid homage to the 1993 baseball classic The Sandlot in a charming way this week. Members of the 2015 season lineup Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Brian ...Read more
Spring Training Smackdown: Is Arizona or Florida the Ultimate Baseball ...Yahoo Travel, March 25th
Outside of the ballparks, fans can follow 70 years of Arizona spring training history and rich memorabilia collections by walking the Cactus League Legacy Trail, which includes stops at a museum, a library, and a surprising number of bars boasting many ...Read more
Flyers' Vincent Lecavalier, neighbor of Derek Jeter, puts Tampa mansion on ...NJ.com, March 24th
Lecavalier's 7,636-square-foot Mediterranean-style home is on the same street three houses away from where newly retired Yankees great Derek Jeter lives. ... And the lucky buyer might even get some hockey memorabilia from Lecavalier's game room...Read more
Mickey Mantle's First Yankees Bat May Draw $200000 at AuctionBloomberg, March 23rd
A 1952 Mickey Mantle autographed New York Yankees game worn home jersey, with a high estimate of $300,000 and minimum bid of $50,000. Source: SCP Auctions ... Mantle is a “cornerstone figure in the sports memorabilia market,” Imler said. SCP also is ...Read more
Reggie Jackson selling off old Yankee Stadium memorabiliaNew York Daily News, March 9th
Mr. October bought the letters after the Yankees' last game at the stadium in 2008. They had adorned the ballpark, which was built in 1923, since 1976, so they were there when Jackson hit three consecutive home runs in the sixth game of the 1977 World ...Read more