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1930s New York Yankees Bill Dickey Cap

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75

This New York Yankees baseball cap originates directly from Bill Dickey's estate and is accompanied by an LOA from Mrs. Bill Dickey attesting to its provenance. In her letter, dated April 1, 1999, and written on New York Yankees letterhead, she writes in part: "To Whom it May Concern: The purpose of this letter is to verify and authenticate Bill Dickey's New York Yankees cap. This cap was worn by my husband, Bill Dickey, while playing for the New York Yankees in the 1930's. His Name is written on the inside leather band." Also included is a letter of provenance from the executor of Mrs. Dickey's estate that is dated 9/16/03. The navy wool cap features the "NY" logo embroidered in white on the front. A "Spalding" label appears in the leather headband. An examination of the headband by MEARS has revealed that this cap was first issued to Yankees infielder Jack Saltzgaver (1932, 1934-1937). Saltzgaver's name was originally stitched in the headband and then removed; however, the stitch outline of the name ("J. Saltzgaver") is still clearly visible. The name "Bill Dickey" is printed in vintage black fountain pen in the same area of the headband where Saltzgaver's name once appeared. The back seam of the cap is split (cutting through the Spalding label) to increase the size. The cap displays moderate-to-heavy wear including soiling along the headband and fraying to some of the interior material. Bill Dickey was one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a mainstay of the Yankees legendary 1936-1939 dynasty. Dickey batted over .300 and drove in over 100 runs in each of those four championship seasons. He retired in 1946 with 202 home runs, 1,209 RBI, and a .313 lifetime average. Dickey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954. The ideal Bill Dickey cap, of course, would have Bill Dickey's name chain-stitched in the headband, as opposed to printed as is the case on this example, but this is without question Bill Dickey's cap. If this were an ideal chain-stiched Dickey cap, it might be worth as much as $25,000. This example will be valued far more modestly and may represent a unique opportunity to acquire an unquestionably authentic Bill Dickey cap at a reasonable price level. The cap has been examined by MEARS and is deemed "Authentic" (MEARS does not grade caps). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,643.75

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