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1999 Jim Leyritz Game-Used "World Series HR" Batting Helmet - Last Home Run of the Twentieth Century
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $4,112.50
Offered here is the New York Yankees batting helmet worn by Jim Leyritz in the fourth and final game of the 1999 World Series. While its World Series provenance is, of course, very significant, another fascinating dimension of its true significance was realized only after the Series had ended. Leyritz was wearing this batting helmet when he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 4 played at Yankee Stadium. That home run, which represented the final run in the Series, was the last Major League home run of the twentieth century. That fact is duly noted by Leyritz himself, who has inscribed and signed the helmet in silver Sharpie on the front. Along the top front of the helmet he has printed the notation: “Helmet worn to hit the last HR of the century – 10/27/99 – W.S. Game 4.” He has also signed the brim of the helmet “Jim Leyritz 13.” There is slight smear to the word “worn” in the inscription, otherwise both the notation and signature grade “10.” The navy-blue helmet features the“NY” logo on the front and Leyritz’s uniform number (‘13”) on both the front of the brim and the reverse. All letters and numerals have been applied in white vinyl. Leyritz’s uniform number has also been written in black marker on the interior manufacturer’s label. The size 7 3/8-inch helmet features a single left ear flap (for a right-handed hitter) and displays both an ABC (American Baseball Cap) and Diamond Collection label on the interior. Moderate-to-heavy wear is displayed throughout in the form of surface abrasions and soiling along the exterior and tearing to the interior ear pad. This important piece of Yankee World Series memorabilia and is also of great significance to the history of the game. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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