Back Lot Number: 977  

Lot 977
Description: 1941 Joe DiMaggio Player of the Year Award. Very prestigious award plaque presented to DiMaggio by the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writer's Association in honor of his designation as the Player of the Year. The Baseball Writer's Association had been in conflict with the Sporting News with regard to the selection process for the Most Valuable Player award recipients from each league. During the period, the offered award was one of the most coveted that a player could receive and rarely becomes available to the collecting public. Mahogany plaque measuring 13 1/2"x17" has an applied silverplated placard on the front featuring a beautiful relief decorated scene of Yankee Stadium with an image of Joe DiMaggio batting in the center. Inscribed, "New York Chapter Baseball Writer's Association to Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Jr. New York Yankees for outstanding contributions to baseball skill, emphasized with his hitherto unapproached feat of hitting in 56 consecutive games". A separate, smaller placard with "Player of Year 1941 Award" is positioned near the bottom of the plaque. The wooden plaque itself has a few minor indentations and some light surface scratching to the finish. The silverplated placard remains fairly clean with beautiful engraved baseball decor. Retains its Dieges & Clust manufacturer's metal tag on the reverse. With the exception of the Most Valuable Player award, the offered plaque is one of the most highly sought after of all individual player award pieces. Includes vintage 8"x10" photo from the DiMaggio collection picturing Joe receiving the plaque along with Hank Greenberg and Mel Ott. The lot also includes a rare large format 11"x14" sepia tone photograph from the DiMaggio collection picturing DiMaggio holding the plaque along with Hank Greenberg and Mel Ott: EX : EX-MT
Sold For: $10,500.00

Estimated Price: ($10,000.00-$15,000.00)