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    Photo matched to back page of March 8, 2013 New York Post Annoucing Impending Retirement!

    2011 Mariano Rivera ALDS Game Five Worn Yankees Cap. "Closing Time!" read the banner headline on the back page of the March 8, 2013 edition of the New York Post, picturing the game's all-time saves leader soaking in the adulation of the Yankee Stadium fans. The story reports that Rivera will announce the following day his intention to retire after the 2013 season, bringing to a close one of the finest careers ever executed in American sports. In his right hand, Mo doffs his cap to the crowd, and we can see handwritten silver text under the visor, text that matches perfectly the Yankees cap we present here.

    A Major League Baseball holographic authentication sticker assigns the use of this cap to Game Five of the 2011 American League Divisional Series, a game the Yanks dropped to the Detroit Tigers by a tally of three to two, ending the club's hopes for a twenty-eighth World Championship. Though the Yankees were trailing at the start of the ninth, the desperate situation called for the use of their greatest weapon, and Rivera pitched a perfect top of the inning before Tigers closer Jose Valverde did the same in the bottom half to end the contest. The grinning image of Rivera holding this cap would strongly suggest the cap was used for some time prior to this last game of the season, and was simply sourced and tagged by Major League Baseball when the Yankees were eliminated. Text under visor reads, "42, B.P., Dios te Bendiga [translation: God Bless You.]" Size 7 3/8. MLB Authentic FJ896133. LOA from Steiner Sports. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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