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1920s Tony Lazzeri Game-Used Glove
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Rarely is a significant piece of game-used equipment from the 1920s accompanied by the degree of ironclad provenance of this Tony Lazzeri glove. This Spalding Pro-Model right-handed fielder's glove originates directly from Lazzeri's estate and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity directly from Tony Lazzeri's son, David. An additional significant identifying point of reference on this glove is a large piece of vintage white tape applied along the lace webbing as reinforcement. Numerous photos from the era provide ample evidence that Lazzeri routinely taped his gloves in exactly this unique manner. The glove itself dates from the 1920s and was the top of the line for the era. The Spalding logo is stamped on the front and the red manufacturer's tag remains firmly affixed along the wrist strap. The leather is still fairly supple and there is a small tear at the base of the web which has been repaired with a piece of vintage white tape. Lazzeri joined the Yankees in 1926 and for the next twelve years he remained a fixture at second base for the "Bronx Bombers." Always in the shadow of larger-than-life legends such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and best remembered as one of the key members of 1927's Murderers Row Yankees lineup, the soft spoken Lazzeri always carried a "big stick" to the plate. "Poosh Em Up Tony" drove in over 100 runs on eight separate occasions (no small feat when one considers the fact that for his first nine years he was batting behind Ruth and Gehrig) and he finished his career with a .292 average. Highly regarded in the field as well, Lazzeri helped lead the Yankees to six pennants and five World Championships during his twelve-year tenure with the club. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Gloves of early Hall of Famers rarely survive at all, let alone with impeccable provenance. This is a very rare exception. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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