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    2011 Derek Jeter Passes Mickey Mantle for Most Games Played with New York Yankees Worn Jersey. The Captain was characteristically humble as the first game of a doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards established him as the longest-serving Yankee in franchise history, stepping past the record of 2,401 that Mickey Mantle had held since his retirement in 1968. "My job is obviously to come and play games, try to stay on the field and try to stay healthy," he explained. "I've done it for a long time, I guess."

    All good things must come to an end, however, and Jeter's announcement that the 2014 season will be his last in pinstripes has cranked up the temperature on his already white-hot market, with a $155,350 price realized for his 1996 World Series bat in the Heritage February 2014 Platinum Night auction only the latest in a string of record-setting prices. Certainly rookie gear has a long-established history of peak desirability among collectors, but there are those who would argue that, particularly in a sport where greatness is built upon a foundation of consistency and dependability, the presented jersey breathes the same rarefied air as Jeter's debut Fall Classic lumber.

    It seems rather fitting that the 2020 Hall of Fame enshrinee would step ahead of the Mick as the Yankees' long-serving player on the same ground where fellow legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. assumed the consecutive games title owned for decades by another beloved Yankee captain. Jeter actually wore three jerseys in the August 28, 2011 contest, as documented by consecutive serial numbers in the MLB Authentic database, and this is the best of that trio, worn in the first inning as Jeter answered the bell for the record 2,402nd time, leading off the game with a hard line drive out to Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis. The second jersey was donned for innings two and three, and the third for the remainder of the contest.

    The time-tested design provides a navy and white tackle twill "New York" on the chest, giving way to a number "2" on reverse that will likewise make its final stand in the 2014 season before its own retirement. Lower left front tail is tagged "Majestic Athletic Authentic Collection [size] 48," where three serial-numbered stickers are affixed in documentation of the garment's supreme significance. Wear is appropriately minor for a single at-bat's action, but it's the journey that's the story here, and what an amazing trip it's been. MLB Authentic FJ 592703. Steiner Sports 170261. New York Yankees 0000000947. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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