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    A top ten moment in a legendary career!

    2005 Derek Jeter First (and Only) Grand Slam Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey. It was the 136th time in his career that the Yankee captain had stridden to the plate with the bases loaded, on June 18, 2005 at the old Stadium. His past production in this scenario had been impressive by any reasonable standard--forty-five for 135, a solid .333 average, with 114 runs driven in. But none of those RBI's had ever come in a grouping of four. With 155 career homers to his name, the superstar shortstop held the record both for active players and Yankee franchise history as the greatest long ball tally without a grand slam among them. A two-and-one delivery in the bottom of the sixth from Chicago Cubs right-hander Joe Borowski would prove to be the drought-breaker, a blast over the left-center field wall to break the interleague game wide open. "If you're going to hit one," expressed manager Joe Torre that evening, "it might as well impact the game. That put the game out of reach."

    While it would not be entirely incorrect to attribute the long absence of a grand slam from an otherwise dazzling resume to the pragmatism of a player more concerned with winning than personal glory, Jeter admitted after the game that he hadn't been simply trying to slap singles in past opportunities. "I thought I'd never hit one," he confessed. "It feels good because it was an important part of the game. I'd be lying if I said it didn't feel good. I was thinking about it. Every time I went up there I was trying to hit one. I've been trying to hit one for the last three or four years."

    Presented is the jersey Derek Jeter was wearing as he launched a home run that joins the Jeffrey Maier blast and his 3,000th hit as the most memorable long balls of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career. Beyond the unique alignment of the pinstripes that allows the shirt to be matched to game footage, the garment is authenticated by Major League Baseball, Steiner Sports (official marketing source for New York Yankees game used material) and the living legend himself, who inscribed the chest in 10/10 blue sharpie, "Derek Jeter, 1st Grand Slam, 6-18-05, Yankees 8 Cubs 1." A second, equally fine blue sharpie autograph appears on verso as well.

    The jersey exhibits what appears to be several game's wear, most evident in the softness of the "Majestic Athletic Authentic Collection [size] 48" tagging at lower left front tail. The logo "NY" appears in navy tackle twill over the heart, with the soon-to-be-retired number "2" similarly applied to verso.

    We've said it before, but it bears repeating--Derek Jeter will go down in history as one of the five all-time Yankee greats with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle. The approaching 2014 season will almost certainly be his last, at which point the value for all game used material should spike considerably. Perhaps no offering withing this Platinum Night auction provides the investment potential you find here. LOA from Steiner Sports. MLB Authentic MT00553257. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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