From turf to foul poles to the seats Reggie Jackson reached with his three homers in one ALCS game, the Yankees and Steiner Sports announced Tuesday they’re selling out to the bare walls.
The city of New York is out of the memorabilia business, but the Yankees and Steiner Sports have never been more into it. Not with an $11.5 million commitment to sell off the contents of old Yankee Stadium piece by piece.
Plans were unveiled Tuesday that include a summer-long auction of the more popular and potentially historic items and an ongoing sale of artifacts that once dressed up the club’s former home in the Bronx.
The "Yankee Stadium Legends" online auction launched as the announcement was being made. Featuring a total of 1,500 pieces, the sale will continue through July 24. Prospective bidders will have the ability to register for the auction and sign-up for updates on the Steiner website.
Twenty-six unique items, including a Yankees bat rack from the home dugout and the "Courage Tradition Heart" sign which was located above the awning of the Yankees front office entrance, kicked off the auction. Each week, additional collectibles will be offered and updates will be provided to the public via registration.
Later in the summer, it’s expected that items such as lockers once used by Derek Jeter, Joe Torre and other well-known Yankees will be available as well as a clubhouse door that Jeter pounded with his bat before every home game and the section of the wall that Jeter breached to catch a foul ball in a memorable moment during 2004.
In addition to the "Yankee Stadium Legends" online auction, Steiner is already selling items available in quantity including:
* 1 ft. x 1 ft. pieces of live sod from Yankee Stadium: $120
* Pairs of Stadium seats: ranging from $1499 – $1999;
* Bleacher seats $399-449
* Final Season Crystals with Genuine Dirt from the original Yankee Stadium: $80
* Original bricks from Monument Park in a glass case with etched Yankees logo: $150
"The closing of the original Yankee Stadium marked the end of an era in sports history, but today is the beginning of an unprecedented opportunity for people throughout the world to own a piece of America’s past and the great Yankees tradition," said Brandon Steiner, Founder and CEO of Steiner Sports.
"Our goal was to save as much as we could," Steiner said of the joint effort to gather potential items of interest for the auction and sale.
Steiner told reporters he was sensitive to the current economic climate and that the dispersal of memorabilia will include items affordable to average fans.
The auction and sale will have competition:
"We are excited to give our great fans a chance to take home a piece of the Yankee Stadium legacy through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn A. Trost. "These treasures allow the Yankees’ legacy to live on and provide fans with keepsakes they can pass along from generation to generation."