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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The Card Beat: Sports Collectibles News for September 22, 2014The Cardboard Connection, September 22nd
First and Last Babe Ruth Yankees Contracts Heading to Auction Block - Babe Ruth's first and last contracts with the New York Yankees are being put on the auction block. See both contracts and find out about the sale, which is slated to conclude in...Read more
Derek Jeter: Costing you money; the Yankees October; and me my sanityTheDay.com, September 22nd
Not only that, Steiner Sports, a high-end memorabilia dealer who has an exclusive deal with Jeter and the Yankees, is selling anything and everything Jeter related. Hundreds of items ranging from signed baseballs for a few hundred bucks to game-worn ...Read more
Derek Jeter Still Doesn't Really Want to Talk About A-RodThe Big Lead, September 22nd
Derek Jeter's career with the New York Yankees, save for an all-time miracle Wild Card comeback, is down to seven more games and will come to an end Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Jeter retirement tour, meanwhile, has been in full swing most of...Read more
Derek Jeter Denies Gift Basket RumorsBleacher Report, September 22nd
The New York Yankees captain is walking among the people, visiting bars he didn't know existed and, in some cases, setting the record straight on items he previously ignored. Jeter's latest candid moment came during an interview with New York . Spotted...Read more
Retiring Derek Jeter Denies Story About Gift Baskets For One-Night Stand Hook ...Classicalite, September 22nd
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is retiring this year, win, lose or draw. So he had to set the record straight about a 2011 article alleging that he would send girls gift baskets full of signed memorabilia after sleeping with them. Jeter denies...Read more
O's in playoffs means big business for BaltimoreWBAL Baltimore, September 22nd
In 2012, when the Orioles played the New York Yankees in the divisional series, Irani and his team did an economic impact study. "We found that for every game being played, it's going to generate about 50 full-time employees, about $3.3 million in...Read more
Derek Jeter Opens the Door.New York Magazine, September 21st
Tomorrow is Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. It's his latest stop on a cross-country farewell tour celebrating not just Jeter's Hall of Fame–caliber playing career but his humility and rectitude off the field. Jeter announced in February, via...Read more
Brandon Steiner, in Deal With Yankees, Is a Sports Memorabilia MavenNew York Times, September 5th
Brandon Steiner's mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield. “I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.” What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn't want to ...Read more