Joe Dimaggio Collectibles And Memorabilia
Joe Dimaggio Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the iconic New York Yankees baseball player.
Born on November 25, 1914, Joseph Paul DiMaggio, was eighth of the nine children of Giuseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio, an Italian couple who migrated to the United States during the First World War. In 1932, he started his baseball career playing in the minor league as shortstop with the San Francisco Seals.
A year later, candy company Zee-nut released the first DiMaggio trading card. Impressed by his performance during his first full year in the minor league, scouts flocked to see Joe perform. In 1934, he was sold by then Seals owner, Charlie Graham, to the New York Yankees for $25,000.
In his rookie year of 1936, Joe hit 29 home runs, a New York Yankee rookie record at that time. Joe, also known as “Joltin’ Joe” or “Yankee Clipper”, even became the first rookie to ever play in an All-Star game. This signaled the start of his legacy as one of baseball’s most celebrated icons.
Goudey Gum Company released the DiMaggio rookie card in 1938. In 1941, young Joe DiMaggio broke a 44-year hitting record by having a 56-game hitting streak, a Major League record until today. DiMaggio also served the United States Armed forces during the second World War in 1944. In 1950, Playball and Leaf made DiMaggio cards #1 in their sets. At the age of 37, Joe announced his retirement.
Several of DiMaggio’s personal items post his retirement from professional baseball, especially those which he owned when he was involved with Marilyn Monroe, are highly prized by collectors.
DiMaggio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
Guide for Collectors
Joe DiMaggio memorabilia consists of a variety of items ranging from baseball trading cards to items he used in his life.
The value of DiMaggio baseball trading cards depend mainly on a card’s condition, the year it was released, and the rareness of the card.
DiMaggio’s rookie card released in 1938 by Goudey’s is valued between $2500- $3000.
Collectors also often draw their attention to signed game-used balls and bats, especially those which were used in DiMaggio’s biggest games. Signed photographs of Joe with Mickey Mantle, another New York Yankee great, are also extremely sought-after by collectors.
Other desirable items include signed photographs of Joe DiMaggio with his rival Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox’s outfielder.
In 2006, Joe’s grandchildren auctioned most of their grandfather’s memorabilia and sold over $4 million worth of items including, DiMaggio-Monroe love letters, the uniform worn by DiMaggio in the 1951 World series, and the bat that he used in 1941 that broke the 44 consecutive games record of Wee Willie Keeler. The item that sold for the highest amount was DiMaggio’s 1947 MVP award.
Notable Auction Sales
- 1.) DiMaggio’s 1947 MVP award was sold for $270,000 dollars in a 2006 auction offered by his grandchildren in New York City.
2.) A Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe dual-signed Collage and baseball sold for $83,600 in April 2009 at an auction by Seized Assets Auctioneers.
3.) Joe DiMaggio's 1941 New York Yankees world championship wristwatch was sold for $78,000 at an auction in June 2007 by Sotheby’s.
4.) An H&B professional model bat used by Joe in the 1947 World Series sold for $73,000 at an auction in April 2008 by Sotheby’s.