The jersey believed to have been worn by Yogi Berra when he caught Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series brought a price of $564,930 in Grey Flannel Auctions’ Summer Games sale that closed early Thursday morning. The winning bid included a buyer’s premium.
The jersey had been consigned by Ron Stevenot, who received it during a Yankee Stadium tryout in 1959. Although Stevenot did not end up pursuing a career in baseball, he treasured the Berra uniform throughout his life. When he consigned the uniform to Grey Flannel, the company’s analysis showed photo matches to the one Berra wore in the historic Fall Classic of ’56. Minimum bid on the jersey was $50,000.
A collection of awards and uniforms belonging to the late NBA great Dennis Johnson sold for impressive prices. His 1979 NBA Finals MVP award, earned as a member of the Seattle Supersonics, brought $84,422 including the buyer’s premium. His 1979 game-worn NBA All-Star game uniform sold for $45,895, while his ’79 NBA Championship ring sold for $71,548, and his 1986 ring, earned with the Boston Celtics, brought $44,428.
Championship ring prices show little sign of slowing. Brian Kelly’s New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI ring landed at $37, 668 while a 1996 Yankees World Series ring given to Rey Quinones sold for $14,153.
Game-worn jerseys sold included a 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates home Roberto Clemente model with a team letter of authenticity. It brought $36,716 and 20 bids. A 1961-62 Philadelphia Warriors jersey once donned by Tom Gola, ended at $20,216, a 1950s Phil Rizzuto gamer stopped at $15,571 and a circa 1986 Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers sweater brought $15,180.
Other realized prices included:
- 1950s Yogi Berra game-worn catcher’s mask $16,698
- 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series trophy $18,840
- 1960s Brooks Robinson fielder’s glove $15,972
- Mid-1970s Roger Staubach jersey $13,800