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1951 Joe DiMaggio Brass-Plated Game-Used Cleats
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,050.00
Pair of brass-plated game-used cleats presented to Joe DiMaggio in 1951, his final Major League season. The top of the right shoe is inscribed "To Joe DiMaggio - Presented by the Shoe Division of the U.J.A. - May 24, 1955 - Hotel Roosevelt." These cleats originate directly from Joe DiMaggio's estate and are accompanied by an LOA signed by his two granddaughters attesting to their impeccable provenance. While not specifically stated in the letter, these cleats were almost certainly game-used cleats worn by DiMaggio. The size of the cleats ("9"), which are still visible on the tongue, correspond to the size worn by DiMaggio during his career, as does the style, and the interior portions of both shoes clearly exhibit former use. Spalding manufacturer's markings remain discernible under the brass plating. Custom dictates that cleats elaborately decorated in such a manner are always those worn by the respective player to whom they are presented (not unlike the tradition of using the actual baby's shoes to bronze as a keepsake as opposed to using just any baby shoes), and it is very unlikely (a remote possibility in our opinion) that the offered pair would be an exception to that rule. The Hotel Roosevelt, known as the "Grand Dame of Madison Avenue," is located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 45th Street in New York. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, May 24, 1951 and these cleats were obviously presented to DiMaggio at a banquet that night. DiMaggio hats, uniforms, and bats are valued by collectors in the tens of thousands of dollars, but cleats are a type of game-used equipment that are not usually offered because they are almost never properly documented and therefore almost never offered for consideration. This pair is a rare exception, both due to the special bronzed form in which they have been preserved, and their special provenance of having been personally saved by Joe DiMaggio as a keepsake of his career from their date of presentation in 1951 throughout the rest of his entire life (he passed away in 1999), and originating directly from his estate. In Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050.00
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