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Circa 1930s Red Rolfe New York Yankees Cap
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,406.25
Rare New York Yankees cap worn by third baseman Red Rolfe during the 1930s. The navy wool cap features the Yankees familiar "NY" logo embroidered in white stitching along the top. The name "R. Rolfe" is stitched in white along the interior leather headband, as is the size ("7-1/8"). This type of extremely desirable player-specific identification on Major League caps is only found on caps dating from the 1930s or early 1940s. A Spalding label is located along the rear of the headband. The cap displays moderate use throughout, including light soiling and wear to the headband. Prewar Major League baseball caps are very rare, especially those worn by prominent players such as Rolfe. They were almost never saved as keepsakes and teams had no reason to keep them as they couldn't be reissued to other players for later use. The offered example is in remarkable condition and, as noted by MEARS in its accompanying LOA, is a "perfect game hat of noted 30s Yankees starter [Red Rolfe]." Rolfe made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 1931, appearing in one game. Three years later he joined the club full time and in 1935 became its everyday third baseman. A sure fielder and steady hitter, Rolfe helped lead the Yankees to six pennants and five World Championships before retiring in 1942. Rolfe's best offensive season came in 1939, when he led the American League in runs (139), hits (213) and doubles (46), while posting a .329 average. He finished his career with .289 lifetime average. This is an exceptional New York Yankees cap dating from their fabled 1936-1939 baseball dynasty, worn by one of the club's top players. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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