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Another New York Institution Finished after 85 Years

Yankee Stadium Farewell

Yankee Stadium Farewell

Yankee Stadium Bronx New York

Yankee Stadium Bronx New York

Yankee Stadium The House that Ruth Built has hosted its Last Game and will be destroyed
Yankee Stadium The House that Ruth Built has hosted its Last Game and will be destroyed

What began with a Babe Ruth Home Run on an April afternoon in 1923, ended with a Mariano Rivera save on a September late night in 2008.

85 years Ruth to Jeter

85 years Ruth to Jeter

During the NY Yankees 7-3 win over Baltimore , Major League Baseball had a team of three authenticators on hand to verify anything connected to the final game at 85 year old Yankee Stadium , from infield dirt and bases to the lineup card.

It’s all part of an effort to eliminate counterfeit  memorabilia from the marketplace. MLB set up its program in 2000 after a probe by the FBI found that more than 75 percent of sports collectibles were fakes.

Hundreds of items were officially recognized as game used, receiving a sequentially numbered, tamper-proof hologram on the spot. It ensures that fans who pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for the collectibles are getting the real thing.

All of the authenticated items go to the Yankees and many will likely be auctioned off through the team’s Web site. Some will go to players, who have requested a piece of history. Every item in Yankee Stadium will be authenticated before the stadium is torn down and the team moves into its new $1.3 billion home across the street.

Ruthian prices for Yankee Stadium’s final year. Not $20 [ the inflation adjusted value of the Dollar from the 1974 $4 price ] but a Face Value of $250 per seat.

  
Top ticket price for a box seat at Yankee Stadium during Steinbrenners reign:

2008 $250

2007 $150

2006 $110

2005 $ 90

2004 $ 80

2003 $ 72

2002 $ 62

2001 $ 62

2000 $ 55

1999 $ 50

1998 $ 45

1997 $ 35

1996 $ 25

1995 $ 25

1994 $ 17

1993 $ 16

1992 $ 14.50

1991 $ 12.50

1990 $ 12

1989 $ 12

1988 $ 11

1987 $ 10

1986 $ 9.75

1985 $ 9.75

1984 $ 9

1983 $ 9

1982 $ 8.50

1981 $ 7.50

1980 $ 7.50

1979 $ 7

1978 $ 6.50

1977 $ 6

1976 $ 5.50

1975 $ 5

1974 $ 4

1973 $ 4

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