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Mariano Rivera's Signed Game-Used 1998 World Series Glove

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $8,812.50

Important Description Addendum: It has been brought to our attention that there is a serious question regarding whether or not this glove matches photographs of the glove Mariano Rivera is wearing in Game 4 of the 1998 World Series as one would expect, based on the inscription by Mariano Rivera and the accompanying letter by Mariano Rivera.

The following is a link to a photograph of Rivera in Game 4 of the 1998 World Series:

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In this photograph it appears that the name "Mariano Rivera" on the glove is in white, while on the offered glove it is in blue. It is either the case that 1) Mariano Rivera was mistaken when identifying this as the glove he used in the 1998 World Series (his letter states that he used the glove "during the 1998 Major League Baseball regular season and playoffs and World Series"); 2) He used more than one glove; or 3) The photograph gives an inaccurate impression of the true color of the name. We think this third explanation is not likely but is possible as sometimes photos do give a distorted or inaccurate impression. We don't know the answer. We have looked at video highlight footage of 1998 World Series and were unable to determine the color of the name on Rivera's glove with certainty from the footage we have. The two untied lacings on the backside of the pinky finger of the offered glove is a perfect match to the two untied hanging lacings as seen on Rivera's glove in the 1998 World Series highlight video. This alone, however, does not confirm a match and could simply be a coincidence or a characteristic of Rivera game-used gloves. We have contacted Steiner in the hopes that they can help us reconcile the apparent discrepancy between the glove in this lot and the photograph of Rivera in the 1998 World Series. If we are able to come up with any additional information, we will post it online as a description amendment. In conclusion, we cannot guarantee that Mariano Rivera used this glove in the 1998 World Series. It is possible that Mariano Rivera's declaration is in error. This glove will be sold as is. All bidders who have bid on this lot prior to the posting of this amendment will have the option of withdrawing their bid(s) on this lot if desired.

Sincerely,

Robert Edward Auctions LLC

This right-handed pro-model fielder's glove was used by New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera during the 1998 World Series and is accompanied by a signed LOA from Rivera attesting to its provenance. The Zett model "BIG-1504" glove features Rivera's full name, "Mariano Rivera," embroidered in blue stitching along the outside of the thumb. Rivera has inscribed the glove in silver Sharpie (grading "10") above his embroidered name: "My 1998 W. S. Glove - Mariano Rivera #42." Barry Halper acquired this glove, along with Rivera's 1998 World Series jersey, hat and cleats (offered as separate lots in this auction), directly from Rivera's merchandising agent shortly after the Series. Further provenance is provided by a signed letter from Rivera, on Steiner Collectibles letterhead, that reads "I hereby certify that this is my authentic game-used glove which I used during the 1998 Major League Baseball regular season and playoffs and World Series. I also certify that I have personally autographed this game-used glove and have authorized the private sale of this game-used glove." The glove features moderate wear throughout including a well-worn pocket. All of the original lacing remains intact. 1998 marked Mariano Rivera' second World Series with the Yankees and his first as the club's designated "closer." The Yankees capped off their historic 1998 campaign, in which they won a record 114 regular-season games, by sweeping the San Diego Padres in four games. Rivera recorded three saves during the series, allowing no runs in four and one third innings and striking out three. Today, Rivera is considered by many to be the greatest reliever in baseball history. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time list for saves, with 413; however, it is his postseason record that has truly defined his career. Rivera has appeared in five World Series and is the current leader in World Series saves with nine, three ahead of Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. In the modern era of extended postseason contests, Rivera has no equal. His thirty-four saves is the best all time and is more than double the total of the man who occupies the number two ranking on the list, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Currently, only four pitchers in the Hall of Fame were elected primarily upon their relief record. Rivera will certainly be the fifth. With regard to both the status of the player who used it and its impeccable World Series provenance, this glove ranks among the finest pieces of modern-day Yankees memorabilia one could ever hope to obtain. Barry echoed that sentiment and for that reason Rivera's entire 1998 World Series ensemble was purposely excluded from the initial offering of his collection in 1999. In addition to the accompanying documentation from Rivera, this glove was photo matched from the official Major League Baseball 1998 World Series video, where Rivera can be clearly be seen wearing this glove while on the mound. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $8,812.50


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