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1953 New York Yankees Commemorative Display Trays (2)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,292.50

Two rare and significant New York Yankees souvenir trays issued in 1953: 1) The first is a circular silver tray issued to commemorate the team's fifth consecutive World Championship. Each player on the Yankees team and a few executives were presented with this tray as a special keepsake of the unprecedented accomplishment. The interior of the tray is designed in the shape of a baseball and features the engraved facsimile signatures of thirty-seven team members including Mantle, Berra, Stengel, Dickey, Mize, owner Dan Topping, and general manager George Weiss. The year, "1953," and the Yankees team logo are engraved in the center. The tray (13 inches in diameter) displays slight tarnishing and a tiny nick along the rim, and otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. 2) The second piece, also designed in the shape of a baseball, was issued on August 22, 1953, at Yankees Old Timers' Day in memory of Lou Gehrig. We are not sure exactly how many of these were distributed but suspect that it was very few simply because we have only seen this piece once before over the years. An engraved portrait of Gehrig appears at the top and the Yankees team logo and date appear along the bottom. The engraved lettering reads "Oldtimers Day Yankee Stadium - In Memory of Lou Gehrig - Native New Yorker - Played in the year of the 300th Anniversary of the City of New York." The copper-colored tray (9.25 inches in diameter) displays very minor surface wear and light tarnishing. In Excellent condition. These plates have the special provenance of having once resided in the personal collection of legendary Yankees scout Paul Krichell (the man who discovered Lou Gehrig) and have been consigned directly from his family. Accompanying the plates is also a small freestanding clock that is lettered along the facing "Paul Krichell - Yankee Day - Waterbury - August 7, 1957." The clock (3 inches in height) does not appear to be in working order and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Total: 3 items (2 trays and a clock). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50

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