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The 10 Most Expensive Yankee Jerseys

December 14, 2012
#1 | Ruth's 1920 threads sold for over $4 million (The History Blog)

#1 | Ruth’s 1920 threads sold for over $4 million (The History Blog)

There is not a more famous jersey in the world of sport than the pinstripes of the New York Yankees.  As a result, jerseys worn during the Bombers’ most iconic moments command baffling prices on the memorabilia market.  Here are the 10 most expensive Yankee jerseys ever sold.

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Honorable Mention | Lou Gehrig | 1938 | $329,000

Sold at Robert Edward Auctions in June of 2011, Gehrig’s road jersey from the 1938 season commanded such a high price because it was the last full season of his Hall of Fame career.  The Iron Horse was forced to retire during the 1939 season as the onset of ALS sadly deprived him of his legendary strength.

#10 | Mickey Mantle | 1968 | $366,967

The Mick’s road gray jersey is not only autographed, but was worn when he socked his 535th home run, his second to last, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd on the all-time list.  The home run is one of his best known because the pitcher who served it up, the Tigers’ Denny McLain, told Mantle to signal where he wanted it.  Mickey signaled belt-high and McLain, who grew up idolizing #7, put it right where his hero wanted it.  Mantle promptly lined it into the upper deck.  The jersey was sold by SCP Auctions in May 2012.

#9 | Lou Gehrig | 1939 | $451,541

On July 4, 1939, in front of 61,808 fans at Yankee Stadium, Gehrig, forced to retire early because of ALS, strode to the microphone and incredibly called himself, “The luckiest man on the face of the earth.”  The jersey sold for a record price in 1999 at Leland’s Auction House.

#8 | Lou Gehrig | 1934 | $507,875

In November, 1934 Gehrig and Ruth and 13 other stars, under the leadership of Connie Mack, travelled to Japan for a baseball barnstorming tour.  The jersey sold in 2011 along with his cap from the tour that went for $95,600.

#7 | Yogi Berra | 1956 | $564,930

Berra’s threads from the ’56 Fall Classic fetched well over half a million dollars in 2010, due to the fact that he wore it while commanding the plate during Don Larsen‘s game 5 perfect game.

#6 | Babe Ruth | 1933 | $657,250

In the first All-Star Game in Major League history, the Sultan cracked a 3rd inning, 2-run home run to lead the American League to a 4-2 victory.  The jersey sold in 2006.

#5 | Lou Gehrig | 1927 | $717,000

Gehrig’s 1927 pinstripes sold for nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in November, 2010.  The Iron Horse wore it while earning the ’27 AL MVP Award at the heart of the famous “Murderers’ Row” lineup that won the 2nd World Series in franchise history.

#4 | Don Larsen | 1956 | $756,000

Earlier this month, the jersey that Don Larsen wore during one of baseball’s most iconic moments, sold for the incredible price of $756,000.  In game 5 of the ’56 World Series, Larsen perfected the Dodgers in the first and only World Series perfect game or no-hitter.

#3 | Babe Ruth | 1934 | $771,000

During the 1934 exhibition tour of Japan, Ruth wore this as he awed the huge crowds with his towering blasts.  The jersey was sold in August, 2005 by Mastro Auctions.

#2 | Babe Ruth | 1932 | $940,000

The road jersey, worn by Ruth at Wrigley Field in game 3 of the 1932 World Series, is connected to one of the greatest pieces of lore in baseball history.  It was in that game that Ruth hit his mythic “Called Shot” into the centerfield bleachers.  The uniform was sold in 2005 at Grey Flannel Auctions.

#1 | Babe Ruth | 1920 | $4,415,658

Last May, the earliest known jersey worn by the Bambino became the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction, bringing in over $4 million.  Ruth wore the road gray jersey in his first season in New York after leaving the Red Sox, a year in which he crushed 54 home runs, shattering his own record by 25.

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