Yogi Berra's baseball memorabilia to auction with Steiner Sports
A treasure trove of baseball memorabilia from the collection of Yogi Berra is set to cross the auction block
Berra (1925 – 2015) is regarded as one of the finest players in baseball history, a Hall of Fame catcher who spent 18 years with the New York Yankees and won the World Series 10 times as a player.
The star lot of the sale is undoubtedly Berra's 1953 World Series ring, which marked the New York Yankees' unprecedented fifth consecutive title.
Back in 2014, thieves broke into the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey and sole many of the most valuable items, including several World Series rings, two of his MVP plaques and the glove he used to catch Don Larsen's 'perfect game' in the 1956 World Series.
As one of the only World Series rings not stolen from the museum, and the one that Berra wore for much of his life, the ring is expected to sell for more than $100,000.
Further important rings from the collection include Berra's 1977 World Series ring he won as a coach with the Yankees, estimated at $75,000+, and his 1972 Hall of Fame induction ring, also valued at $75,000+.
Berra's original Hall of Fame Cooperstown plaque is also offered, with an estimate of $25,000+, as is his personally-worn lapel pin from his 1972 induction, valued at $500+.
For collectors seeking game-used memorabilia, there's Berra's NY Yankees home jersey from the 1961 season. Experts believe the jersey was worn during the later games of the season, including the World Series in which the Yankees beat out the Cincinnati Reds in five games, and the jersey comes with an estimate of $45,000+.
In total the sale will offer more than 100 lots from Berra's estate. Further notable highlights include signed playing and coaching contracts from throughout Berra's career with the Yankees; a ball used in his 2,000th game; and an array of awards and presentational pieces, such as plates, bowls and charms.
Bidding in the Steiner Sports Fall Classic Auction is now open, and closes on October 23.
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