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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Collecting as a matter of historyAustin Herald, April 19th
After his signing session, Jackson walked around the show and checked out the memorabilia booths — the first athlete I've seen do that at the shows. My dad ran into him, told him he loved watching him as a Yankee, and went to shake his hand. He did ...Read more
What's new in NYC this springBoston Globe (subscription), April 17th
its author's talk series. You'll find fun vintage memorabilia, including Red Sox and Fenway items. www.bergino.com ... The tour takes place in the New York Yankees Museum 90 minutes before the gates open to the public on game day. Tickets are $125...Read more
Gooden packs in big crowd for Pioneers eventElmira Star-Gazette, April 16th
ELMIRA – Dwight Gooden delivered a lot of thrills for fans of both the Yankees and Mets during his major league career. It was evident Thursday night that Gooden is still a big attraction. Gooden patiently signed memorabilia and met with fans before he...Read more
Yankees' Sluggers Produce, but the Bullpen Comes Up ShortNew York Times, April 15th
bonus, but the Yankees plan to contest the bonuses that were supposed to be paid out as part of a marketing agreement, contending that Rodriguez's drug suspension fouled any revenue streams the team might have generated from the sale of memorabilia ...Read more
Audi revitalizes partnership with Yankees for 2015 seasonLuxury Daily, April 15th
The club is adorned with Yankees memorabilia from the franchise's history. It is 4,500 square feet of indoor space and provides floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the stadium. The Yankees opened their season against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6...Read more
Yankees' pitching coach names prospects who impressed him mostNJ.com, April 3rd
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild spoke with New Jersey Advance Media for a few moments recently about some of the young arms that have opened his eyes in spring training...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
Mets, 1, Yankees, 0, at Sotheby's New York City Memorabilia Auctionartnet News, April 3rd
Sotheby's sale of New York City memorabilia brought in $2.1 million on Wednesday (see Sotheby's and eBay Join Forces in Today's Photography and New York Sales), but one supposedly hot ticket item failed to sell: a Yankee Stadium sign owned by former ...Read more