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2006 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Signed Game-Used Road Jersey with Steiner Sports Provenance
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $9,988
New York Yankees home jersey worn by Yankees captain Derek Jeter during the 2006 season, with ironclad provenance. The jersey's game-used provenance has been attested to by Jeter himself, who has inscribed the jersey "Derek Jeter/06 Game Used" in silver paint pen (grading "10") on the reverse number "2." In addition to Jeter's first-person authentication, the jersey is also accompanied by a LOA from Yankees-Steiner Collectibles ("The Official Collectibles Company of the New York Yankees) certifying its game-used status in 2006. A Steiner hologram label is affixed to the reverse numeral "2" and a Yankees-Steiner Collectibles label appears on the manufacturer's label. The gray knit jersey is lettered "New York" on the front and features the number "2" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on white tackle twill. Located on the left front tail are a "Majestic" label, a "48" size tag, and a "2006" year tag. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear throughout. 2006 marked one of Jeter's greatest all-around seasons. In addition to posting the second-highest batting average of his career (.343), Jeter also hit 14 home runs, drove in 97 runs, scored 118 runs, stole 34 bases, posted a .417 on-base percentage, and won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award at shortstop. Those accomplishments earned him a second-place finish for the Most Valuable Player Award at season's end. He continued to shine in the playoffs, posting a .500 average in the Yankees first-round loss to the Tigers. Jeter, who has been the Yankees captain since 2003, is universally regarded as the greatest shortstop in team history. A ten-time All Star, his numerous achievements include the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award, the 2000 All-Star Game and World Series MVP Awards (the first time a player has won both awards in the same season), four Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, and, of course, five World Championships over the course of his sixteen seasons. In 2009 he surpassed Lou Gehrig as the team's all-time hit leader and, barring injury, will soon become a member of baseball's elite 3,000 Hit Club this summer. Like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle before him, Jeter personifies the current Yankees dynasty and it seems assured that one day his plaque will hang both in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park and Cooperstown. This is only the third Derek Jeter New York Yankees game-used jersey we have ever offered, all of which have been accompanied by Steiner Sports LOAs. The first was a 2002 home jersey that appeared as Lot 1286 in our 2007 auction and sold for $15,275. The second was a 2008 road jersey that appeared as Lot 1722 in our 2010 auction and sold for $10,575. The offered example may be the finest of the three, especially given the fact that it dates from one of the finest seasons of his career. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $9,988
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