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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