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Lot # 982: 1903-12 New York Highlanders Full Ticket - Only PSA Example! (PSA EX 5)

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

Offered is a unique baseball collectible, a full rain check from the early days of the American League's New York franchise.  The franchise played at Hilltop Park then, and either because they played on high ground, or as a reference to team president's Joseph Gordon's Scottish Irish heritage, the team was named after a famous Scottish military unit called the Gordon Highlanders. When the team moved to the Polo Grounds in 1912, the nickname became the Yankees. Several differences exist in terminology between now and 120 years ago. The rain check shows "Base Ball" as two words. The team nickname doesn't appear on the rain check. The franchise is listed as the "Greater New York Base Ball Club of the American League." The Highlanders finished fourth in the American League that season. The team was managed by Clark Griffith, a playing manager. Later, Griffith owned the Washington Senators from 1920-1955 and he was selected to the Hall of Fame as a pioneer/executive. A star outfielder for the Highlanders was Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler, famous for saying that his strategy was to "hit 'em where they ain't." Later there would be Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, plus countless other stars and a record 27 World Series Championships, As the rain check shows, the team played in upper Manhattan at Broadway and 166th Street. So, this full rain check, in good condition, is a valuable remembrance of the first year of the franchise that became the New York Yankee powerhouse. The rain check has been encapsulated and graded EXCELLENT 5, the ONLY PSA example.

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