The New York Yankees are historically the best team in MLB history, bar none. The team was founded as one of the AL’s eight charter franchises in 1901, and in 1913 they officially became known as the New York Yankees. What ensued was a tremendous amount of winning – the Yankees have dominated the MLB to the tune of 51 playoff appearances, 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants and 27 World Series championships. The Yankees’ establishment of consistent winning has made the franchise a beloved worldwide entity. Fans across the globe collect classic New York Yankees memorabilia because of the permanent value it retains.
In 1923, the Yankees moved to Yankee Stadium, which would be the team’s home all the way through the 2008 season. This year also marked the franchise’s first championship in what would be just the first of many trips to the World Series. Babe Ruth, who led the Yankees to four World Series titles, played a major role in the 1923 title. During the 1927 season, the Yankees took the league by storm, and that team is considered by many to be one of the best teams ever assembled. New York swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series to cap off the year. That season Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, a record that stood for 34 years, while Lou Gehrig batted .373 with 47 home runs and 175 RBIs. The combination of those two legendary players led to the New York Yankees creating a legacy. Because Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are both considered to be among the greatest baseball players of all time, memorabilia signed by each MLB icon is highly desirable and will retain a huge amount of value.
After Babe Ruth retired, Lou Gehrig and another up-and-coming star, Joe DiMaggio, emerged. With DiMaggio and Gehrig at the helm of the team, the Yankees won consecutive World Series titles from 1936 to 1939. The 1941 season will always live in history as one of the most memorable seasons in MLB history. The year was highlighted by Ted Williams’ attempt to bat .400 for an entire season, and saw Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56-consecutive games, a mark that still stands today and is widely considered a record that will never be broken. You can add a piece of the historical 1941 season with sports memorabilia autographed by both Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. The photo features the two Hall of Fame players side by side and commemorates a season in history that will never quite be duplicated again.
Joe DiMaggio, better known as the “Yankee Clipper,” retired after the 1951 season, and in the Yankees’ good fortune this marked the emergence of future star Mickey Mantle. The Yankees experienced another stretch of pure winning – they won consecutive World Series titles from 1949 to 1953. Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford were the high-caliber players behind the success during that span. From 1950 to 1960, the Yankees won a league-high six titles (’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’56, ’58).
In 1961, much like the memorable 1941 season, what occurred during the season went down in MLB history. The Yankees flourished as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris participated in one of the most coveted home run chases in baseball history. Mantle suffered an injury during the season and the home run battle became a one-man race at the hands of Maris, who would go on to hit his 61st home run of the season and broke Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old record. During the 1941 season, Mantle and Maris completed a memorable and historic home runs race that was the talk of the season. That Yankees team went on to win the 1961 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, making all memorabilia that stems back to that glorious year something that holds everlasting value in collector’s eyes.In 1964, the Yankees played in their fifth-consecutive World Series, but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals and would not reach that stage again until 1976.
After losing to the Cincinnati Reds in the ’76 World Series, the Yankees added another superstar to the team when they signed Reggie Jackson to a five-year contract. Jackson erupted during the 1977 World Series when he hit three home runs in the same game – his performance earned him the World Series MVP award and he got the nickname “Mr. October,” as a result. A Reggie Jackson autographed baseball is a great addition to any Yankees memorabilia collection because it features his rare’s signature and many denote his name “Mr. October”, his Hall of Fame induction year, and his career stats. An item like this is extremely desirable and can serve as the perfect conversation piece within a collection. The Yankees repeated as World Series Champions in 1978 when Jackson and the team powered past the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games to claim the franchise’s 22nd title.
After a slight decline during the mid-80s and early 90s, the Yankees rose once again in 1996 with the emergence of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The ’96 Yankees ended an 18-year championship drought, the longest in team history, when they beat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. New York stumbled in the ’97 playoffs before returning to championship form in ’98. The 1998 New York Yankees are considered to be one of the best teams ever – the team won 114 games and swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series. The Yankees repeated as champions in 1999 and won their third-consecutive title in 2000 – marking the third stretch of Yankees’ teams that won three-straight titles. In 2009, the Yankees added to their illustrious history by winning their 27th World Series title when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
The Yankees have reached a level of accomplishment that will be hard for any other MLB franchise to match. It’s easy to see why the Yankees have a worldwide following and why their memorabilia is some of the most collected. No team comes close to the Yankees’ 27 titles and that’s why investing in a franchise that made winning a customary thing is always a smart move. With Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Phil Rizzuto, among others, your options as to which direction to take with Yankees memorabilia are endless.
- Autographed Babe Ruth Photos: Regarded as one of the best players of all time, Babe Ruth batted .342 with 714 home runs in his career. Because he was such a historically great hitter, his memorabilia is some of the most desirable and valuable collectible items around. Babe Ruth memorabilia is limited and their value will only increase. Because Ruth died in 1948 and didn’t sign many photos, a Babe Ruth signed photo holds a ton of historic value and meaning, plus is completely irreplaceable. As on the the most iconic players in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth collectibles are a real treasure for an collector or MLB fan.
- Lou Gehrig Signed Baseballs: Lou Gehrig played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees, and etched his name in history as one of the best players ever. Gehrig finished his career with a .340 batting average, an on-base percentage of .447, hit 493 home runs and recorded 1,995 RBIs. Gehrig’s career was cut short due to the illness now known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and he died at the young age of 37. Because of his unfortunate death, there are no recent productions in signed memorabilia making Lou Gehrig collectibles very rare and desirable. A signed 1935 baseball is a great piece of sports memorabilia to add to any MLB or Yankees collection. A ball like this preserves a career of a former baseball hero and allows fans to keep a history alive.
- Mickey Mantle Autographed Baseball Bats: A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Mickey Mantle dominated during his time with the Yankees. During his 18-year career, the three-time MVP hit .298 with 536 home runs and 1,509 RBIs. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956 as portrayed a rare ability to hit for both power and a high average. A Yankees memorabilia collection isn’t quite elite without Mickey Mantle collectibles. A Mickey Mantle baseball bat commemorates one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Mickey Mantle memorabilia is not easy to come across, making the commemorative game model bat an easy decision for a collection that lacks a great, unique centerpiece.
- Autographed Yogi Berra Photos: A 13-time World Series champion, Yogi Berra, was one of the best Yankees to ever play. Berra is indisputably considered the best catcher the Yankees have ever had with .285 batting average for his career with 358 home runs and 1,430 RBIs. A signed photo features Yogi Berra, one of the best Yankees pitchers ever, provides any Yankees collection with an awesome items that honors the franchise’s early years.
- Signed Mariano Rivera Photos: Mariano Rivera made a living by shutting down opposing batters and by securing victory in almost every relief appearance he made. He is widely considered to be the best reliever to ever play, and holds numerous records including most career saves, postseason saves and lowest postseason ERA. A Mariano Rivera signed photo that depicts the reliever during his legendary career, especially one entering one of his final games ever, captures many timeless moments that will be remembered by all fans of the MLB. Rivera retired in 2013, after one of the most successful Yankee careers ever and is a surefire future Hall of Famer once eligible for induction.
- C.C. Sabathia Autographed Baseballs: C.C. Sabathia was the ace pitcher on the 2009 World Series Title team. Still to this day he remains the Yankees’ top pitcher and continues to impress as one of the best in the game. An autographed C.C. Sabathia baseball is the perfect addition to your collection when you consider that the right way to commemorate a pitcher is by collecting one their signed baseballs. As a player that continues to uphold the Yankees winning legacy, you can’t go wrong with a ball signed by the star pitching ace.
- Derek Jeter Autographed Jerseys: Derek Jeter is the latest of many worldly talented Yankees players in franchise history. The 13-time All-Star is going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer upon his retirement after the 2014 season. Jeter is currently playing in his last year with the Yankees, making the time to invest in his collectibles now because they will inflate in value well into the future. An autographed Derek Jeter jersey highlights all of the All-Star’s contributions to the Yankees during his tenure in New York and storied baseball career. A signed Derek Jeter jersey is a absolutely necessary addition to make to any Yankees memorabilia collection, and it should be added soon before “The Captain” hangs up his cleats for the last time.