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    2014 Derek Jeter Final Season Game Used Fielder's Glove, PSA/DNA Authentic. For most lovers of baseball history, the affection is rooted in the belief that there was a purity to the early game that has been since been corrupted. We view the sport's childhood much like our own--uncomplicated, magical in its innocence, free of the guile and the compromise that tends to accompany progress. There were problems in the old days--serious ones solved only by brave men like Judge Landis and Jackie Robinson in their very different times--but we didn't yearn so desperately to kill our idols, and those old idols never seemed quite so ready to break our hearts either.

    For one thing, they were always there, from kindergarten through college graduation sometimes, through births and deaths, unbroken chains of years until they were as familiar as family. The weight of American principle that Curt Flood took to the fight for free agency left little doubt but that his cause was just, but then we fans had only ever seen the good in our team "belonging" to us. Just because Flood was right didn't stop it from hurting. The game was forever changed. And so our baseball families would gradually be replaced by strangers, who would soon vanish themselves if they got much better, or much worse. The days of Teddy Ballgame were over. No more Stan the Mans. No more Micks.

    The last defender of that noble tradition is commemorated here in hand-crafted leather, a fielding glove worn by a man who delivered every moment of his Hall of Fame career to the pinstriped cause until he hung up his glove at the end of the 2014 season.

    Presented is one of the very last we wore as he put the finishing touches on a body of work that could (and should) earn him the first unanimous Hall of Fame election ballot in 2020. It was a gift to his closest buddy on the team and fellow "Core Four" member Jorge Posada, who was granted the souvenir as he visited Yankee Stadium to honor his old friend on "Derek Jeter Day" in early September 2014. Posada in turn passed it on to his friend, minor leaguer Tito Hernandez, whose letter of provenance attends.

    The custom Rawlings PRO-DJ2 glove displays evidence of excellent use, with even wear through the pocket, web face and crotch. The fingertips are stained with infield clay, and the fleece at interior wrist exhibits sweaty wear. The year code "BEBA29" is stamped to the left of the wrist strap. "Derek Jeter" is embroidered at exterior thumb, all details perfectly matching imagery of The Captain in the field. LOA from PSA/DNA, Authentic. Letter of provenance from Tito Hernandez.

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