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2005 Mariano Rivera Signed and Inscribed Game-Used Pro-Model Glove
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
This Nike black-leather pro-model "PPRO Gold MO 42" glove features the name "Mariano Rivera" and the Biblical scripture reference "PHIL 4:13" stitched in white on the outside of the thumb. Rivera's uniform number, "42," is stitched in white on the wristband. Rivera has signed the glove in silver paint pen (grading "8") on the front of the middle finger. The notation "2005 Game Used" is printed in silver paint pen on the front of the ring finger. This glove is accompanied by a full LOA from J. T. Sports, signed by John Taube, in which he describes its game-used properties and provenance. In full:
Nike Pro model PPRO GOLD MO 42 was used by Mariano Rivera during the 2005 season. We have photo matched the model being used by Rivera against the Red Sox. White lettering of the scripture notation can be seen under his embroidered name on the thumb. The glove shows evidence of moderate use with evident wear in the palm and back of the fingers. The wrist padding is discolored from perspiration. Embroidered in white thread on the thumb is 'Mariano Rivera.' Also on the lower thumb is the scripture notation 'PHIL 4:13.' We purchased this glove from a Major League coach who is close friends with Mariano. After a thorough examination of this Mariano Rivera pro model glove, it is our opinion, it is genuine and was used by Rivera during the 2005 season.
Rivera finished the 2005 season with a 7-4 record, 43 saves, and a career-low 1.38 ERA. Those numbers helped him finish second in the Cy Young Award voting and ninth in the MVP voting at season's end. Considered by many to be the greatest reliever in baseball history, Rivera's Hall of Fame resume includes a record 652 saves, 1,173 strikeouts in 1,283 innings pitched, and a 2.21 ERA. He has also led the Yankees to seven pennants and five World Championships over the course of his seventeen seasons. This is an outstanding Rivera glove dating to one of his finest overall seasons. Full LOA from John Taube/J. T. Sports (glove only), LOA from James Spence/JSA (autograph only), and COA from Steiner Sports (autograph only). SOLD FOR $5,400
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