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1998 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Signed Game-Used World Series Cleats, Hat, and Balls (4)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,112.50
Presented here are the hat and cleats worn by Mariano Rivera in the 1998 World Series, as well as two game-used balls from the series, each accompanied by a separate signed LOA (on Steiner Collectibles letterhead) directly from Rivera. These items were obtained together, along with Rivera's 1998 World Series jersey and glove (offered as separate lots in this auction), by Barry Halper directly from Rivera's marketing agent shortly after the Series. In addition to the LOAs, the provenance of the collection is further attested to by Rivera's signature and his handwritten notation "1998 W. S." on each item. The navy blue cap features the white "NY" logo on the front and the special 1998 World Series insignia patch on the left side. The number "39" is stitched on the back of the cap in honor of teammate Darryl Strawberry. During the 1998 World Series each Yankee player wore number "39" (Strawberry's uniform number) on the back of his cap in support of Strawberry, who was recovering from colon cancer surgery. Rivera has signed the top of the brim in silver Sharpie ("9"), above which he has added the notation "1998 W. S." The underside of the brim bears the black marker notation "Dios te Bendiga 42" (loosely translated as "God Blesses you"), below which Rivera has again signed the cap, this time in blue marker ("9"). The headband features a New Era manufacturing label as well as a size 7 3/8 tag and Diamond Collection Authentic label. The cap displays light wear including soiling to the headband. The black Nike cleats (size 10.5) are each signed by Rivera in silver Sharpie ("10") on the outside of the tongue, above which he has added the notation "1998 W. S." The cleats display heavy wear, including a rubber pitching toe on the right shoe. Included with the hat and cleats are two game-used balls from the Series. Each is a moderately soiled official 1998 World Series ball and has been signed and inscribed in blue ink ("9/10") on a side panel by Rivera. The first ball is inscribed "Game Ball 1998 World Series Mariano Rivera Game #1." The second ball is inscribed "Game Ball 1998 World Series Mariano Rivera Game #3." 1998 was an historic year in Yankees history as the club set an American League record for regular season wins with 114. They then capped their banner season by sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series, thus capturing their second consecutive World Championship. Rivera saved three of the Yankees four wins in the Series, including Game 4. Today, he is considered by many to be the greatest reliever in baseball history. The cleats and hat offered here were also photo matched from the official Major League Baseball 1998 World Series video, where Rivera can be clearly be seen wearing the items while on the mound. A copy of the video is included in the lot. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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