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MVSNYC 10-13-2010 12:41 AM

Holy Grail(s)
The 1927 Gehrig home jersey in Heritage got me thinking...obviously this is what most would consider a "Holy Grail" piece, and without question, is extremely special/important.

my question is...what is your guess of how many game used Gehrig Jerseys still exist today? while we are asking the question, let's extend it to Babe Ruth as well. how many Ruth game used Jerseys survive today?

p.s. i mean full jerseys, i'm not talking about the cut-up jersey cards.

perezfan 10-13-2010 01:35 AM


perezfan 10-13-2010 01:36 AM

I would guess that 3 - 4 jerseys of both Ruth and Gehrig exist. I can't remember what's in the HOF, but remember Hunt's having a nice Gehrig a few years back. I also recall a Ruth Brooklyn Jersey in Mastro. Guess that one doesn't really count, but think I saw a Yankees one about a decade ago.

As I write this, I'm realizing that my answer has no basis in fact, whatsoever. The 3-4 jerseys is nothing more than an educated guess. Eager to hear what others think... I imagine that David A, Jacksons, King of Clout and other Yankee followers here will shed some perspective.

yanks12025 10-13-2010 09:48 AM

So who wants to buy me the Gehrig jersey.

canjond 10-13-2010 11:10 AM

I remember Ruth's Braves jersey coming up for auction a few years back. Also, I thought the Yankees had a Ruth and Gehrig jersey (this is not a Seinfeld reference!).

Shoeless Moe 10-13-2010 12:53 PM


Originally Posted by canjond (Post 842399)
I remember Ruth's Braves jersey coming up for auction a few years back. Also, I thought the Yankees had a Ruth and Gehrig jersey (this is not a Seinfeld reference!).

I know Costanza got Strawberry juices all over the Ruth jersey. So if that one comes to market it should be easy to spot ; )

bbcard1 10-13-2010 02:56 PM

Just as concept, a holy grail I still believe is out there somewhere are the confession letters of the Black Sox. I think they were kept because they were such good possible blackmail material.

HexsHeroes 10-13-2010 09:45 PM

There's a 1934 Gehrig road jersey out there . . .

I had the pleasure of holding it before the doors opened at a Thanksgiving weekend Plymouth Michigan card show in the late 1980's. Ten minutes later, Mr. Mint materialized, wisked the gentleman and his Gehrig jersey away. The doors soon opened, and Mr. Mint was finalizing his purchase.

The jersey may not have been mine to keep, but that moment certainly was.

Duluth Eskimo 10-13-2010 11:01 PM

You are talking about a Gehrig jersey "walking in" to a show and I find it hard to find any quality pieces walking in to a show nowadays. As Archie and Edith Bunker said, "Those were the days".

HexsHeroes 10-14-2010 07:32 PM

Ahhhh . . . those were the days

My brother and I often arrived a couple of hours (or more) before the show would open on Friday morning. If we were not first and second in line, we were usually among the first five.

Anyways, to kill time, we'd chat with the other collectors in line with us, and check out what they had to sell, or inquire what they were looking to buy. And then the gentleman next to me carefully opened his crumpled brown grocery bag and gently pulled out the Gerhig jersey. He allowed me to hold the jersey, and enjoy the moment. It was all kind of hush-hush, since he didn't want too much attention. But I'd have to imagine the word passed quickly down the waiting line of show attendees. The gentleman realized he had something valuable, and began to feel alittle vulnerable standing in the hotel hallway with his prized item. I would have felt quite uncomfortable too.

At prior shows, Mr. Mint or one of his "boys" would often come out a half hour or so before the show opened, and inquire what folks in line had to sell. After the gentleman next to me briefly opened his bag to let the Mint-man's rep take a peek (the jersey didn't come out of the bag), the rep hustled back into the closed showroom. Soon, out bursts the Mr. Mint himself, and my newfound "buddy" was hustled past the closed doors. Soon after, the deal was done.

I have no idea what Mr. Mint paid for that jersey, but it did appear thereafter in one (or two) of his SCD ads promoting the vast amounts of cash he recently spent, and the noteworthy collection/items he acquired. I'm just thrilled to say that "I was there".

Those were the days.

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