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1932-1935 Frank Crosetti New York Yankees Game-Used Cap
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,410.00
Rare New York Yankees "soft-bill" cap worn by shortstop Frank Crosetti during the early to mid 1930s. The navy blue cap features a white "NY" logo embroidered on the front. The name, "F. Crosetti," is stitched in the leather headband, as is the size, "7 1/8." A "Spalding" label is also located in the headband. The cap, which has a soft bill (the soft bill, combined with its shape, help to narrowly date the cap), displays heavy wear throughout including loss of stitching to the embroidered "NY" logo and a small team repair on the front, just above the brim. Normally, it is very difficult to attribute a Major League cap to a specific player because only very early caps are player-identified in this manner, and because even for most early years the vast majority of teams did not routinely stitch the names of the respective players in the headband. In most cases the best a collector can hope for in terms of attributing a cap to a specific player is the discovery of a vintage uniform number written on the brim, ideally with additional provenance. This cap is the rare exception and is one of only a very few that we have ever offered that can be definitely attributed to a specific player. Frank Crosetti was a key member of the 1936-1939 Yankees dynasty and helped lead the club to nine pennants and eight World Championships over the course of his seventeen-year career (1932-1948). After his playing career ended he served as the Yankees third base coach for twenty years and participated in fifteen more World Series. Today, Crosetti's thirty-seven-year tenure with the club remains the longest on record. The cap has been evaluated by MEARS and has been deemed "Authentic" (MEARS doesn't grade caps). This cap has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,410.00
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