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1976 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees Opening-Day Presentation Watch
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $12,000
Seiko stainless steel wristwatch presented to Joe DiMaggio by the New York Yankees in commemoration of the reopening of Yankee Stadium on April 15, 1976. The first game at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium in 1976 was a gala affair, attended by many members of the Yankee family, including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Don Larsen, Mrs. Lou Gehrig, and Mrs. Babe Ruth. The club even invited eighty-five-year-old Bob Shawkey, who started and won the first game ever played in Yankee Stadium in 1923, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. However, the most popular returning Yankee player that day was the legendary "Yankee Clipper," Joe DiMaggio, who received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of over 52,000 fans. The Yankees honored their former players in attendance that day by presenting them with specially produced wristwatches manufactured by Seiko. The offered example was issued to Joe DiMaggio and bears his engraved name on the reverse. The facing of the watch, which is solid navy in color, features the Yankee's famous "NY" logo in white and is lettered "Yankee Stadium 4/15/76." The watch remains in Near Mint condition and is accompanied by its original Seiko case. It should be noted that this watch originates directly from the DiMaggio family and was first sold at auction in 2006 at the historic of Joe DiMaggio estate sale (the watch realized $19,550 at the time; together with its original auction-lot tag). It has remained in private hands until this time. This is the first 1976 opening-day New York Yankees commemorative wristwatch we have ever seen, and the fact that it was issued to Joe DiMaggio in commemoration of the reopening of Yankee Stadium makes it the most significant example presented on that memorable date. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $12,000
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