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    The Yankees return to glory after an eighteen-year drought!

    1996 World Series Final Out Baseball Caught by Charlie Hayes.

    "Another chance to the left side...Hayes waits...the Yankees are Champions of baseball!"

    It had been eighteen years since those words were last spoken, a period that stands as the longest drought since Babe and the boys claimed the franchise's first in 1923. While fans in Boston and Chicago might smirk at the notion that eighteen years is any kind of hardship, Charlie Hayes' catch in foul ground to christen the latest (and quite possibly the last) great Yankee dynasty serves for many young Big Apple fans as the most glorious sports moment ever witnessed.

    And now, with Mariano Rivera's retirement leaving Derek Jeter as the last active veteran of that remarkable comeback from a two-games-to-none Atlanta Braves advantage, the presentation of this most important relic from the 1996 World Series in this New York Platinum Night event seems a particularly timely commemoration. As that Fall Classic retreats deeper into history with the further passage of years, the status of this relic will come more clearly into focus as one of the most important Yankee artifacts available to the private collecting community.

    The Official 1996 World Series baseball is accompanied by the most ironclad provenance possible, a signed and notarized letter that reads:

    "I, Charlie Hayes, hereby verify and attest that this is the actual baseball that I caught as a member of the New York Yankees on 10/26/1996 for the final out of the 1996 World Series. This baseball has been in my possession and sole control since that game. This ball has not been altered in any way and has been stored in a secure fashion to ensure no unauthorized access."

    The letter provides three photographs of the baseball that provide a perfect match to the toned horsehide, with a dark black stain on one panel (perhaps from the bat of Atlanta Braves second baseman Mark Lemke), and a handwritten "Last Out 1996 World Series," presumably in Hayes' hand.

    The Yanks would go on to claim three more World Championships over the four seasons to come (and nearly another in 2001), an era of dominance as impressive as any in pinstriped history when considering how much more complicated is the modern path to the top. And as we look back on that remarkable era in the Bronx, it is the sight of Charlie Hayes, his arms held aloft deep in foul ground, that we remember best. Notarized letter of provenance from Charlie Hayes. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.








    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    February, 2014
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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