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1936 Joe DiMaggio All-Star Game Award Tie Bar
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,462.50
Dating from Joe DiMaggio's rookie season and originating directly from the Joe DiMaggio estate, presented is one of the most extraordinary items saved by DiMaggio from his earliest days in the Major Leagues: This extremely significant All-Star Game award was issued to Joe DiMaggio in his rookie 1936 season in honor of his participation in the 1936 "midsummer classic." This was before rings were presented to players, and instead each player was presented with this special jewelry keepsake. The award, crafted by the renowned jewelry firm of Dieges & Clust, is comprised of a decorative 10K gold baseball charm suspended from a 10K gold tie bar. The charm features an exquisite baseball scene of a batter and catcher, above which, lettered in gold upon a blue enamel border, is "All Star Game - American League." The year, "1936," appears in raised relief along the base of the charm. Engraved on the reverse of the charm is "Joe DiMaggio - Boston." The 1936 All-Star Game was held at Boston's Brave's Field. DiMaggio, who was just twenty-one years old at the time, was enjoying one of the finest rookie seasons in history at baseball's traditional midway point in 1936. As a result, he joined fellow teammate Lou Gehrig on the starting roster that year. That honor marked the first of thirteen consecutive All-Star Game appearances for the famed "Yankee Clipper." DiMaggio is the only player in history to appear in the All-Star Game every season of his career. This is an extremely rare and early All-Star Game award. The first All-Star Game was held just several years earlier in 1933. This award is an exceptional rarity just as an example of what was presented to the players, and of course is all the more significant as the example presented to the rookie Joe DiMaggio in his first All Star Game. This is one of only several surviving player presentation awards from the All Star Games of the 1930s. The offered piece originates directly from DiMaggio's estate and is accompanied by an LOA, signed by his two granddaughters, attesting to its provenance. This piece obviously had great meaning to DiMaggio, who kept it safe his entire life, for the next sixty-three years. Both the tie bar and charm are in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,462.50
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