Matched pair derives from the daughter of the game's attendee1923 Grand Opening of Yankee Stadium Program & Ticket Stub. It's hard to believe that it's been over five years since Jeter and the boys walked off the field at the House that Ruth Built for the final time, bringing to an end eighty-five years of pinstriped history that began the day this remarkable pair of artifacts was issued. While the reproductions of the inaugural program, issued at the time of the 1976 Stadium reopening, are fairly commonly encountered, just a scant few have survived from the April 18, 1923 affair that saw the Yankees top the rival Boston Red Sox on the strength of Babe Ruth's three-run homer, the first ever hit at the park. Stubs from the game are rarer still--in fact, the presented example is the only entry in the SGC population report.
Masterful restoration has transformed the program into the most aesthetically perfect example in the hobby, and only on the closest inspection can one discern areas where paper has been added to replace chips lost during nine decades of storage. The staples have also been replaced, but all interior pages remain in marvelous condition and untouched by restoration. The game is neatly scored in pencil, with that historic "HR" noting the Babe's third inning bash.
The stub was sourced with the program, stuck inside the pages when it was purchased by our consignor from a little old lady in Manhattan, but it must be stressed that the "Canada Dry" advertising on verso likewise assures 1923 vintage despite the fact that the year is not printed on the ticket, only the historic "Game No. 1." The ticket is entirely unrestored and presents in conservative EX-MT condition, with no tears or creases to note. It is housed in an SGC Authentic slab for protection and unquestioned authenticity.
Now that the most hallowed ground in American sport retains not even a single brick of the baseball palace that once inhabited it, the scarce documentation of its birth becomes all the more important, and all the more sacred. This is, to our knowledge, the first true matched pair of program and ticket stub ever to tempt an auction bidder, and we expect a strong response from the Yankee faithful.
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