1950 Yogi Berra Signed New York Yankees Contract

Sold For: $4,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1733

Item Year: 1950

Category: Baseball Contracts

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Four-page contract, dated March 14, 1950, between Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees, Inc., signed in blue ink by "Lawrence P. Berra" (grading "8") and "George M. Weiss ("7"), vice president of the team. The William Harridge signature on this contract is a stamped facsimile. The one-year agreement, for the 1950 season, calls for Berra to receive a salary of $17,500. 1950 marked one of Berra’s finest overall seasons. He finished the year with 28 home runs, 124 RBI and a career-high .322 average in helping to lead the Yankees to their second consecutive World Championship (out of an eventual five consecutive World Championships). A three-time MVP Award winner, Berra was one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and was later named to Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers, are rare. The offered example is no exception. This is the first Berra contract we have ever offered and just the second Berra Yankees contract (dating from his playing career) that we can recall having seen at auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a small piece of toned paper (approximately 2 x 1 inches) adhered along the bottom border of the front page; otherwise it remains in Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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