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Lot # 182: New York Yankees Goalie-Type Catcher's Mask

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM



Displayed is a hockey style New York Yankees catcher's mask. The mask is approximately 13" tall, and it includes an attached throat guard. It is colored in the familiar Yankee blue and white in a style resembling Yankee pinstripe. On the front is "All-Star", the name of the manufacturer. Above the manufacturer's name is an interlocking "NY" in large white letters. On both sides of the front is "New York Yankees" in red script. On the left side of the mask, just over the face bars, is written "Pro-Tanium." The MLB symbol is on the lower front. The colorful red, white, and blue Yankee logo is affixed to the front of the throat guard. On the back of the mask is the "All-Star" logo and "MVP 2000". While hockey goalies occasionally used baseball style catcher's masks in hockey's vintage days, it wasn't until 1996 that baseball catchers started using hockey style masks. Toronto Blue Jays catcher Charlie O'Brien was watching a hockey game when he got the thought about using a hockey mask. "There are times when you get hit in the face with a 90-MPH plus ball and you lose sight of what you're doing...." said O'Brien, the first MLB catcher to use the hockey style mask. Van Veldon of Hamilton Ontario manufactures this All-Star mask. The mask exhibits good use, with paint chips, scratches, and smudges. It was not necessarily this identical mask, but New York Yankee catcher Jose Molina wore a hockey style catcher's mask in the 2009 World Series.

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