You can purchase this bit of Yankee
The New York Yankees and Steiner Sports Tuesday began auctioning off 1,500 pieces of memorabilia from the original Yankee Stadium. Costs can run from $80 for approx. a tablespoon of dirt used during the last game at the ballpark to $6,000 for a 4’x30’ authentic Yankee Stadium sod from between home and 1st base, and that’s just the fixed bid items.
In the open auction section, you can bid on a personal pitching clinic with Joba Chamberlain (yes, you get an “autographed multi-exposure 16x20 photograph, as well). Starting bid? $7,500
Other items? How about a Yankee Stadium authentic turnstile (current bid, $2025) or a Yankee Stadium authentic 6x12 Sign: "Be Alert Foul Balls" (current bid $786), and what Yankee fan wouldn’t want this sign for their personal rumpus room wet bar? Yankee Stadium Authentic 18x12 Signed: "Limit 4 Beers Per Person Photo ID Required" (current bid $625), or maybe a Yankees Game Used Pitching Rubber Visitors Bullpen 9-13-2008 (current bid, $299).
The reason for the auction? To pay the city back $11.5 million in public subsidy. Other items that will eventually be up for grabs? According to Bloomberg News, “a clubhouse door that Jeter pounded with his bat before every home game; the foul poles; the section of the wall that Jeter dived over July 1, 2004, for a foul ball, bloodying his face; and seats that were hit by select home runs throughout the stadium’s history.”
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