Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (1925-) is one of baseball's iconic players. Known for his patented "Yogi Berraisms" – e.g., "It's deja vu all over again," "It ain't over till it's over" – Berra played almost his entire 1946-65 major league baseball career with the New York Yankees, where he amassed 358 home runs, 1,430 RBI with a .285 lifetime batting average. Yogi Berra, who ended his playing days with the hapless New York Mets in 1965, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Here are ten valuable Yogi Berra baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field at Yankee Stadium once again #8 the great Yogi Berra...
Yogi Berra 1950s Autographed Yoo-Hoo Advertising Sign
Yogi Berra plugged Yoo-Hoo, a popular chocolate drink, in the 1950s. A Yoo-Hoo advertising sign autographed by Berra in blue sharpie brought $812 at auction.
Yogi Berra autographed 1950s Yoo-Hoo sign in frame $812 - Robert Edward Auctions
Yogi Berra 1951 Bowman Baseball Card
Card #2 features Larry "Yogi" Berra in the popular 1951 Bowman Gum baseball series. A graded PSA mint 9 example sold at auction for $5,875.
Yogi Berra 1951 Bowman card $5,875 - Robert Edward Auctions
Yogi Berra 1961 Topps MVP Baseball Card
Card #472 in the 1961 Topps baseball issue honors Yogi Berra as a three-time American League Most Valuable Player (1951, 1954, 1955). One graded PSA gem mint 10 – the highest condition out there – brought a whopping $9,988 at auction.
Yogi Berra 1961 Topps baseball card $9,988 - Robert Edward Auctions
Yogi Berra 1958-62 Hartland Statue
Hartland Plastics produced a series of baseball statues from 1958-62. An 8" Yogi Berra model in near mint condition sold at auction for $119.50.
Hartland Plastics 1950s Yogi Berra statue $119.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Yogi Berra Single Signed Baseball
An Official Major League baseball signed by Yogi Berra on the sweet spot and graded/authenticated by PSA/DNA in gem mint 10 condition fetched $131.45 at auction.
Yogi Berra 1954 Red Man Tobacco Baseball Card
Red Man Tobacco produced one of the finest baseball card series ever in 1954. Card #20 features Yogi Berra, with one example still bearing its tab in graded PSA excellent-mint 6 condition bringing $191.20 at auction.
Yogi Berra 1954 Red Man Tobacco card $191.20 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Yogi Berra 1949 Bowman Baseball Card
Card #60 features Yogi Berra in the 1949 Bowman Gum baseball set. One example in graded PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $478.
Yogi Berra and Don Larsen 1956 Signed Perfect Game Photograph
On October 8, 1956, New York Yankee hurler Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. An iconic photograph picturing Larsen and Yogi Berra embracing after that feat and autographed by both players brought $179.25 at auction.
Yogi Berra and Don Larsen signed 1956 perfect game photo $179.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Yogi Berra Autographed April 1963 Boys' Life Magazine
The April 1963 edition of Boys' Life features Yogi Berra on the cover. One edition signed on the cover by Berra in blue sharpie sold at auction for $89.63.
Yogi Berra 1965 Topps Baseball Card
An aging Yogi Berra wrapped up his playing career with the New York Mets in 1965, where he went 2 for 9 in four games before hanging up his spikes. Card #470 in the 1965 Topps baseball series features Berra as a Met. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $84 at auction.
Yogi Berra 1965 Topps baseball card $84 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Yogi Berra Sports Memorabilia & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Yogi Berra 1960 Topps baseball card #480 in graded SGC 84 near mint 7 condition $79 - Heritage Auction Galleries
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