A World War II era Joe DiMaggio game-used jersey sold for $169,400 early Sunday as Goldin Auctions wrapped up its first sale of 2015.
The auction company says the jersey was likely the last one DiMaggio wore before he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. The jersey has been in a private collection for many years. DiMaggio’s original number 5 was stripped away and replaced once it was handed down to a Yankee farm team. A replacement number, matching the style used by the Yankees during the early 1940s, was attached to the jersey as well as a navy “NY” on the front.
Also offered was a 1920 American League baseball authenticators say is signed by six of the eight members of the 1919 Black Sox team including Joe Jackson. Carrying the remnants of a coat of shellac, the ball was sold for $81,070.
In all, the auction netted $2.65 million in sales.
The 27th best 1952 Topps Baseball set on PSA’s Set Registry, missing Mickey Mantle, brought the third highest price in the auction when it sold for $72,600. The bulk of the near set was graded PSA 6 or better including many key stars. The Jackie Robinson high number card graded 6.5.
The Baltimore Ravens gave former running back Jamaal Lewis a Super Bowl ring when they won it all in 2012, even though he’d been retired for several years. Lewis fell into bankruptcy and the ring was sold early Sunday for $50,820. A 2011 New York Giants player’s Super Bowl ring was also sold, fetching $43,560.
A game-used Derek Jeter glove from the 2003 season, signed by the recently retired shortstop and authenticated by Steiner Sports, sold for $44,770 while the uniform Mariano Rivera wore while winning his final game as a Yankee pitcher in 2013 brought $32,671.
“This was undoubtedly our most eclectic auction ever with a wide array of sports, entertainment and historical artifacts and as a result we had more bidders than ever before,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We were thrilled to make these items available to such a wide array of collectors and realize great prices for our consigners.”
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