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Circa 1930s Vintage New York Yankees Equipment Trunk - Steiner LOA
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,644
Vintage New York Yankees equipment truck accompanied by a letter of provenance from Yankee-Steiner Collectibles, the official collectibles company of the New York Yankees which exclusively markets all authentic game-used Yankees jerseys and equipment. This trunk, constructed of heavy wood and metal, was used for decades by the New York Yankees and formally housed uniforms, equipment, and anything else needed by the club on the road. This trunk once traveled with (and held the uniforms of) Ruth and Gehrig, as well as Lazzeri, Dickey, and, later, DiMaggio, Mantle, Maris, and countless other Yankees stars spanning generations. As part of its exclusive marketing arrangement with the Yankees several years ago, Steiner took on the responsibility for taking care of whatever old materials were in storage as well as documenting and overseeing the marketing of all current game-used items. There wasn't much left from the really "old days" but this trunk was one of the very few exceptions. Although the Steiner letter does not specifically address the age of the trunk (it has probably been around so long that no one today knows exactly when it was originally purchased), it appears to date from circa 1930 (possibly earlier). The trunk is painted black and features a red/white/blue painted “stripe” design on the lid and front. (It has obviously been repainted numerous times over the years.) “New York Yankees” is stenciled in white lettering on one of the side panels. The trunk is missing its original front lock, which has been replaced by a new locking device affixed to both the lid and front side. Otherwise, it is all original, including the leather handles on the sides and metal rollers along the base. Years ago a Robert Edward Auctions employee had the opportunity to visit the Yankees clubhouse with famed collector Barry Halper as a tour guide. While there, Halper pointed to a trunk similar in age and style to the offered piece, and told an interesting story. The company that made these trunks eventually went out of business, but not for the reasons one might assume. Sales of the trunks were fine initially, but as the years went by purchases declined steadily. The drop in sales was not due to lack of interest or utility. It was related solely to their construction. They were literally indestructible. Once a team ordered one, they never had a need to order a replacement. Whether or not the story of the trunk manufacturer's fate is 100% true, it is certainly part of baseball clubhouse folklore, and was even confirmed at the time by then Yankees clubhouse attendant Nick Priore. At the very least it makes for an interesting side note to this significant baseball relic which has witnessed more Championships and seen more Yankee road trips than any ballplayer in the history of the team. As one would expect, the trunk (41 x 19 x 24 inches) displays heavy overall wear, especially along the bottom, but still looks as if it could sustain at least a few more years of use. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,644
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