DiMaggio Jersey Rounds the Bases at $256,858 in Grey Flannel’s $2.3M Holiday Auction

Grey Flannel AuctionsJoe DiMaggio may have retired his bat in 1951, but the legendary Yankee Clipper continues to slam in home runs at auction. A game-used road jersey with the team name “New York” on the front and DiMaggio’s long-retired Yankee number “5” on the back commanded $256,858 in Grey Flannel’s Nov. 30 Holiday Auction. (All prices quoted are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.)

DiMaggio wore the jersey in 1948 and possibly into 1949. Its left sleeve shows evidence of a black armband worn through the end of 1948 to memorialize Babe Ruth, who died on Aug. 16th of that year. In addition to a chain-stitched “DiMaggio” nametag inside the rear collar, the DiMaggio jersey retained its original Wilson manufacturer’s label and size 44 flag tag. It was entered in the sale together with a photo-match of DiMaggio wearing the jersey, the picture overwritten with “$100,000,” a reference to the fact that he was the first baseball player in history to earn six figures in a single season.

“Joe DiMaggio is one of baseball’s immortals,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president, Richard E. Russek. “The DiMaggio jersey we sold was an outstanding example and will always rank among the most important mementos of professional baseball history.”

Grey Flannel’s $2,360,499 auction total was bolstered by another iconic Yankee treasure – a baseball signed by the 1927 World Championship team powered by the fearsome lineup of batters known as “Murderers Row.” The signatures on the ball include those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, which, together, would be quite a prize even without the addition of their other teammates’ autographs. Entered in the auction with a $5,000 reserve, the ball flew out of the park with a winning bid of $86,581.

The West Coast had a strong presence in the sale as well, and was led by a 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers flannel road jersey game-worn and autographed by pitching ace Sandy Koufax. Representing the World Series season in which Koufax won his third Cy Young Award by unanimous vote, the jersey was described in the auction catalog as “immaculate” and “all original.” Against a $10,000 reserve, it was competitively pursued to $131,770.

Hardcourt highlights were topped by Hall of Famer Bill Russell’s NBA All-Star Game-used uniform from 1967. Exhibiting a bold color motif of royal blue with gold felt lettering, red stars and a distinctive image of the Golden Gate Bridge, the jersey with matching satin-type shorts sold for more than eight times the reserve, at $88,826.

Other notable basketball lots included Bobby Jones’ 1983 Philadelphia 76ers Championship ring, $71,544; and Dennis Johnson’s 1977-78 Seattle SuperSonics NBA Finals game-used road uniform, $58,465.

Gridiron winners included Tony Caldwell’s 1983 Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl XVIII Championship player’s ring, which sold for $33,600; and a circa-1968 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears game-used home jersey that concluded its bidding run at $22,796.

“Once again, collectors helped make our annual Holiday Auction an exciting and very successful event,” said Russek. “We look forward to a full house and a lot of fun on February 11th, when we host our Babe Ruth Auction at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Legend Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore.” Absentee and online bidding will precede the live auction. Additional details will be announced soon.

The fully illustrated Nov. 30 auction catalog, complete with prices realized, may be viewed online at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. To contact Grey Flannel, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email [email protected]

0 comments

Add your comment

Commenting is allowed only for registered users.

Other articlesgo to homepage

Grey Flannel Auctions New Scottsdale Arizona Location Now Open

Grey Flannel Auctions New Scottsdale Arizona Location Now Open(0)

Grey Flannel Auctions just finished moving and we’re announcing the change! Exciting things are happening at Grey Flannel Auctions, and we want to share some important news with you. Loyalty from customers like you has fueled our continued growth, making this move to a new facility necessary. We are now fully operational at our new

Goldin Auctions Winter Auction Tallies $2.6 Million in Sales

Goldin Auctions Winter Auction Tallies $2.6 Million in Sales(0)

The 2016 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction closed this weekend selling $2.6 million worth of memorabilia from more than 1,000 lots of rare and high-profile items from such sport and historical figures such as Michael Jordan, Barry Larkin, President John F. Kennedy, and Mickey Mantle.

5 Unforgettable Super Bowl Rings That Sold For Sky-High Prices at Auction

5 Unforgettable Super Bowl Rings That Sold For Sky-High Prices at Auction(0)

Any NFL player will tell you the ultimate prize in pro football is a Super Bowl ring. But the hefty hunks of 10K gold emblazoned with diamonds and iconic team imagery are not easily won. They’re even harder to obtain if you’re a collector of sports memorabilia. Almost always, if a Super Bowl ring is

Strong Prices Prevail in Mile High Card Company January 2016 Auction

Strong Prices Prevail in Mile High Card Company January 2016 Auction(0)

Mile High Card Company’s Elite January Auction opened to heavy bidding on January 4th, and with sustained traffic leading right up to the close on January 21st, once again rewrote the record books and set new standards for the industry.

New World Records by Lelands.com

New World Records by Lelands.com(0)

The 1985 Kentucky Derby Owner’s Trophy sold for a record $188,305, and Jackie Robinson’s original 1962 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Plaque garnered $72,600 in the Lelands.com Traditions Vintage Sports Auction, which closed Jan. 8.

read more

E-mail Newsletter Sign-Up

Sponsors

Contacts and information

Auction Report is the premier web site for news coverage and more on the best auction companies.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2016 Auction Report All rights reserved.