Spring Premier Auction 2013
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 4/28/2013

From arguably the greatest team of the postwar era comes one of the finest game-worn treasures from one of the most-beloved players on that fabled squad. Yogi Berra wore this home uniform in the 1961 season when the Yankees, once again awash in the glory of a Championship campaign, were also cast in one of baseball’s fabled narratives. Amidst the drama of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris’ pursuit of the ghost of Babe Ruth, Berra turned in his last great near-full season, socking 22 home runs as he shuttled between catcher and the outfield and the club set the record for total team homers and fairly waltzed away with yet another American League pennant and a World Series triumph over Cincinnati. Properly anointed with an A10 benediction from MEARS, this is one of the finest of a mere handful of completely original Berra gamers known within the hobby. The size 44 Spalding-tagged jersey has “Berra” embroidered on the collar and “61” chain stitched below the front tag. Ideal usage traits for a catcher include pilling on the fabric in all places where contact with catcher’s gear was constant. Matching pants feature embroidered tagging in the waist noting “Berra 8 38 61,” and a separate flag tag with “Set 1, 1961” attached. Every element of the jersey and pants are completely original and unaltered. Writing inside the pants of “Steen” in light-red all-caps block letters and smaller “Closter” likely refers to two players with brief roster experience in 1966 (Yankees rookie league) and 1971-72 (Closter). A final note: three solid Berra autographs are featured, two on the pants and a handsome blue Sharpie autograph across the pinstripes on the front of the jersey. The rarity and importance of an original Berra uniform was magnified in when his 1956 home ensemble sold for $565,000 in 2010. LOA from MEARS (A10).

Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (autos.).

This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $30,000
Final Bid(Includes Buyers Premium):
Estimate: $129000 - $236500
Number of Bids: 16
Auction closed on: 4/28/2013