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Hobby Fresh 1927 Yankees Uniform to Hit Heritage's April Auction

1927 Ray Morehart Game Worn New York Yankees Uniform
"That Yankee ball club would have murdered my Orioles," Hall of Fame manager Wilbert Robinson told a reporter in 1928. "I was amazed at what they did to their league, and look what they did to the Pirates in the World Series. The Orioles never saw the day they could make runs against Huggins' mob. And you go right out and tell the fans I said so." Superstar outfielder for the second great Philadelphia A's dynasty Al Simmons was equally realistic: "We were good, a really great team, but when you compare us with the great Yankee world champions who preceded us, we simply weren't in their class. I'm not trying to kid myself nor anyone else. I fought those Yankees as hard as any man in the American League, but when they got us into a tough series, they just batted our brains out." The ensuing eight decades have only served to burnish the star of a team that remains atop essentially every baseball historian's list of the greatest ever. The 1927 New York Yankees. Murderer's Row.

While the club's brilliance was structured upon a foundation of unprecedented long ball exploits from Ruth and Gehrig, the remarkable success of the team was no two-man show, with famed manager Miller Huggins inspiring even his bit players to a new, higher level of achievement. Ably serving in his supporting role of Hall of Fame second baseman Tony Lazzeri was Ray Morehart, who, at seventy-three games, made more 1927 Yankees appearances than any other non-starter on that season's roster. Morehart's Major League career would conclude upon the final day of the 1927 regular season after two campaigns with the ChiSox (1924, 1926), assuring that this remarkable road grey flannel uniform, which will be offered in Heritage Auctions' upcoming April 2012 Signature Auction, could only have been worn with the game's greatest club.

The sturdy jersey represents not just a watershed moment in baseball history, but a rare uniform style deviation for a team whose consistency over the decades is unmatched in professional sports. Since formally adopting the name "Yankees" in 1913 (after the team left its "Highlanders" moniker behind at Hilltop Park upon its move to the Polo Grounds), the words "New York" have arched gently across the chest on every road uniform to date save four — 1927 through 1930. Here we find the first appearance of the very rare "Yankees" variant, still firmly affixed in its gently faded navy felt. Jersey verso is blank, as the Yanks would introduce numbers in 1929. Proper "Spalding" label appears at interior collar, where an age-mellowed "Morehart" is embroidered directly into the flannel in red. The matching grey flannel pants are identically tagged and embroidered at interior waistband. Also here are the original stirrups, one bearing a vintage team repair.

Jersey and pants are 100% original and unaltered, even retaining all original buttons. It derives from the family and is accompanied by its letter of provenance. Also included is Morehart's personal copy of his 1927 Yankees contract, signed by Jacob Ruppert and accompanied by his signed cover letter and mailing envelope.

Please click here to view the historic uniform's auction preview.

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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights

HA.com/Sports is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards.

Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45, the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).

No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.

Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.

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Large Array of Bats from Former Player to be Highlighted in Sunday Internet Sports Auction

Originating from the collection of a former Major League Baseball player who now serves in the front office of an MLB team, Heritage Auctions is proud to present more than 100 lots of baseball bats, which will launch on HA.com/Sports this Sunday night. A selection of the vintage signed bats were purchased from a well-known dealer, but all examples that represent a modern-era player were collected personally by the player and added to his collection. In addition, some of the bats are game-used, and others are game-issued examples that were simply signed and given to him for his collection. Game-used examples include Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Gary Carter, Dave Winfield and many others.

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Website Tips: Bid Protection

Tired of losing lots by one increment? Now, you can choose to add Bid Protection to any lot when you place a proxy bid through Heritage Live, If your proxy bid is outbid, Bid Protection will automatically increase your bid by one additional increment, giving you an additional chance to win. You can use Bid Protection on all items available for proxy bidding through Heritage Live, except for the current lot and the next upcoming lot.

There are three ways that you can add Bid Protection to your Heritage Live Proxy bids. If you are bidding from the lot listing at the bottom of the Heritage Live interface, just click on the Bid Protection box next to your bid or bids, then click the Bid LiveProxy button.

If you've clicked on the link to the lot description, enter your bid, check the box below your bid amount, and click on the "Bid Now!" Button.

Finally, you can go to the MyBids/MyTrackedLots tab and add or remove Bid Protection at any time, even for items on which you've already placed LiveProxy bids. In addition, the status column will point out all items where you have Bid Protection.

Bid Protection is designed to add one additional increment to your bid, if it is needed to try to win the lot. It is not protection against much higher Internet or proxy bids.

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist: Dallas, Beverly Hills, or New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Beverly Hills or Dallas
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Accounts Receivable & Payable Clerk: Dallas
  • Bullion Coin Trader: Dallas
  • Cataloger — Movie Posters: Dallas
  • Cataloger - World Coins: Dallas, TX
  • Client Data Specialist: Dallas
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator - Historical: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator - Sports: Dallas
  • Content Specialist: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support - Mac: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas, TX
  • Inventory Control Clerk: Dallas, TX
  • Junior Photographer/ Production Assistant: Dallas, TX
  • Marketing Analyst: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Print Press Assistant: Dallas
  • Senior Web Developer: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate Dallas
  • Shipping Associate Beverly Hills - Part Time
  • SQL Developer Dallas
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If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Santa Claus Vignettes on Obsolete Bank Notes
By Kathy Lawrence

Heritage Currency is pleased to present The Roger H. Durand Santa Claus Notes Collection. Given the fact that most of the notes with Santa Claus vignettes are scarce to extremely rare, this is indeed a fabulous and noteworthy collection. The vignettes were used shortly before the Civil War on Obsolete notes — bills that were issued by state-chartered banks and other similar institutions and businesses. There are far fewer notes than there is demand for and the notes are generally prized and closely held, so building a collection presents a challenge. As an indication of their popularity, the notes with a Santa Claus vignette took the number 23 spot on the list of The 100 Greatest American Currency Notes list.

Many countries have versions of St. Nicholas. The American version came to us by means of the early Dutch settlers in New York (then known as New Amsterdam). That version of Santa Claus was a much thinner man than what we're accustomed to today. The poem, "The Night Before Christmas," (originally published as "A Visit From St. Nicholas") by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823 forever altered our view of the man and led to an increased popularity of Santa. Moore wrote the Christmas poem for his children, but it was later widely published along with a representation of Santa that was painted by newspaper artist Thomas Nast in 1870 based on Moore's poem.

A number of Northern states designated Christmas as a state holiday in the mid 1800s. Since banks often chose vignettes that would lead customers to have faith in the bank, it is not surprising that Santa Claus vignettes were chosen by some banks to help acquire confidence and goodwill. The banks may have also hoped that customers would set a lower denomination note aside as a keepsake due to the Santa vignette as well. The vignettes portray both the thinner Dutch version of Sinterklaas as well as the more Americanized version.

Highlights of the many Santa Claus notes in this auction include:

These notes and the rest of the 2012 January Signature FUN Currency auction are open for bidding at HA.com/Currency.

More information about currency auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

Answer this quick question and see how you stack up against your peers.

What former NBA player has the nickname "Zeke?"

       A) Dominique Wilkens
       B) Isiah Thomas
       C) Dikembe Mutombo
       D) Scottie Pippen
       E) Manute Bol

Look for the answer, results and more details in the next issue of Heritage Sports News.

Last issue's question:

What NFL team drafted Johnny Unitas?

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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161151
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241151
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Monthly Internet World Coin Auction Monthly Internet World Coin Auction #231201
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