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 current stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Ri...
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, to name a few—you are holding a very valuable item, indeed.
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Encore performance: It wasn't easy for the 1928 YankeesTBO.com (blog), September 1st
The 1927 New York Yankees fielded a great baseball team. With sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the middle of the lineup and a pitching staff led by Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock and relief specialist Wilcy Moore, the Yankees ran roughshod through the ...Read more
Thousands of century-old baseball cards to be auctionedLas Vegas Review-Journal, September 1st
The cards will be sold by a Maine auction house that is becoming known for selling rare memorabilia, Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford. Troy Thibodeau, the company's manager and auctioneer, said the collection of cards dating from 1909 to 1911 — an...Read more
After loss of son, family starts foundation to prevent more opiate, heroin ...Marietta Daily Journal, September 1st
Items up for bid include a baseball signed by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and other sports memorabilia, as well as a guitar signed by all four members of the Rolling Stones. Proceeds go toward promoting awareness and affecting change in opiate use...Read more
Jacoby Ellsbury, despite sprained ankle, contributes pinch-hit doubleNewsday, August 31st
TORONTO - Jacoby Ellsbury's left ankle passed a significant test late Sunday afternoon, but that doesn't mean he and the Yankees are out of the woods. Ellsbury sprained the ankle while sliding into the plate Friday night, missed Saturday's game and had ...Read more
Marching down Georgia's Gone With the Wind TrailSTLtoday.com, August 30th
Marietta, Ga., is the first stop along the trail for tourists and Yankees traveling south. It was also a stop for Gen. William T. Sherman's 150 years ago. Sherman knew the capture of Marietta ... Since its 2003 opening, Windies (aka fans of “Gone With...Read more
The Big Unit Will List his Big House for $25 MillionWall Street Journal, August 29th
Other amenities include a sports memorabilia display room, a pet suite with a washing station and a play area and a game room with a Western-themed billiards parlor and bar. On the lower level of the home there is a 20-seat movie theater ... Nicknamed...Read more
Yankees Keep Firing on All Cylinders in Fifth Straight WinNew York Times, August 25th
Sitting at his locker, signing photographs and other memorabilia after the Yankees' latest win, Derek Jeter was asked if he felt things were starting to come together for the Yankees, whose up-and-down season is back in the ascent. “Are we good again?...Read more
How Brandon Steiner Bought Yankee Stadium (And His 33 Rules For Success)Forbes, August 3rd
Another challenge Steiner faced was the 2004 World Series in which the Red Sox famously overturned the longstanding Yankees streak, initially delivering the newly formed business partnership a crushing blow. Who would want to buy Yankees memorabilia ...Read more