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1998 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Signed Game-Used World Series Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $10,575.00
Offered is the New York Yankees home jersey worn by reliever Mariano Rivera during Games 1 and 2 of the 1998 World Series. The jersey's World Series provenance has been attested to by Rivera himself, who has inscribed the jersey in blue Sharpie (grading "9/10") along the collar: "Mariano Rivera - 1998 World Series Uniform." The white knit pinstripe jersey features the Yankees' "NY" logo on the left breast and the number "42" on the reverse. All letters and numerals have been appliquéd in navy blue tackle twill. The special "1998 World Series" patch appears on the right sleeve. A "Russell Athletic 46" label appears on the left front tail, directly below which is the combined name and year tag that reads "Rivera 98." Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear throughout including minor soiling on the front. Barry Halper originally received this jersey, along with his 1998 World Series glove, hat, and cleats (offered as separate lots in this auction), directly from Rivera's merchandising agent shortly after the Series. 1998 marked Mariano Rivera' second World Series with the Yankees and his first as the club's designated "closer." The Yankees capped off their historic 1998 campaign, in which they won a record 114 regular-season games, by sweeping the San Diego Padres in four games. Rivera appeared in three of the Yankees four wins that series, saving Games 1, 3 and 4. For the Series, Rivera pitched a total of four and one-third innings, allowing no runs on five hits and striking out three. Today, Rivera is considered by many to be the greatest reliever in baseball history. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time list for saves, with 413; however, it is his post season record that has truly defined his career. Rivera has appeared in five World Series and is the current leader in World Series saves with nine, three ahead of Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. In the modern era of extended post season contests Rivera has no equal. His thirty-four saves is the all time best and is more than double the total of the man who occupies the number two ranking on the list, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Currently, only four pitchers in the Hall of Fame were elected primarily upon their relief record. Rivera will certainly be the fifth. World Series jerseys have always been highly prized among collectors due to their historic nature and game-specific use. The offered jersey, given both the status of the player and its impeccable provenance, certainly stands as one of the most desirable and significant Yankees game-worn World Series garments that could possibly exist dating from the club's late 1990s dynasty. Barry Halper obviously echoed that sentiment and for that reason Rivera's entire 1998 World Series ensemble was purposely excluded from the initial offering of his collection in 1999. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $10,575.00
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