Jackie Robinson Jersey Featured in Auction

Game worn Jackie Robinson jersey A game-worn 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson jersey will be part of the roster when Grey Flannel Auctions holds its holiday sale next month.

Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, now retired from all of baseball, is available as the premier lot in Grey Flannel Auction’s Dec. 5 sale. The company believes the opening $50,000 bid will jump quickly into six-figures.

“This Dodger jersey, worn by one of the greatest athletes of all time, much less a stellar ball player, bears the script Dodgers brand, which with the New York Yankees is the greatest brand in sports,” company CEO Russek said in a news release. “Figure in the Dodger blue 42 worn by one of the most overall exciting players to wear a uniform and collectors have one of the most cherished pieces that could come to the auction block.”

900 lots will be up for bid with a large number being game-used jerseys. Included with the Robinson jersey will be a Joe Morgan Houston flannel, an Early Wynn White Sox flannel jersey and a 1962 Stan Musial Cardinals shirt, which also figures to capture a lot of attention.

“This jersey bears the Musial name across the back, something we take for granted today,” Russek explained. Names on the backs of jerseys was a relatively new phenomenon in the early 60s. "It represents not only one of baseball’s great players and great jersey designs with the St. Louis Cardinals, but it marks a transitional time in sports fashion,” said Russek.

Pitcher Bob Friend’s 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates championship trophy also will be in the December sale. Of course, the ’60 Series is remembered most for ending on Bill Mazeroski’s home run over the left field wall, thus making it one of the most-remembered World Series ever. According to Grey Flannel, the trophy was consigned directly by Friend.

Items from recent and vintage New York Yankees teams include two 1927 team-signed Yankees baseballs which will be sold in separate lots and a 2000 Yankees “Team of the Century” Hall of Fame ring.

The December sale also features a championship ring awarded to the 1984 Detroit Tigers and a Jose Cardenal 1996 Yankees World Series ring.

Jerseys spanning Michael Jordan’s professional career are part of the Grey Flannel sale. A game-used home jersey from 1986 is part of the sale as is a game-used alternate Bulls uniform from 1995-’96. Game-used and signed sneakers from the ’95-’96 Bulls rounds out the premier Jordan items in the sale.

What could be Michael Vick’s last NFL jersey will also be in Grey Flannel’s sale. The Atlanta Falcons jersey from Dec. 31, 2006, is signed and comes with a letter of authenticity from Vick.

Among the other game used jerseys to be offered:

  • Bobby Orr
  • Gale Sayers
  • Joe Namath
  • Hank Aaron
  • Mark Messier

Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s racing suit from his winning run in the Winston Select 500 on May 1, 1994, is open for bidding. The suit is autographed twice. From a different type of racing, Lance Armstrong’s podium-worn jersey from the Stage 4 of the 2005 Tour de France is for sale. The jersey is authenticated with a photo match.

Among other items in the sale:

• A Willie Mays road flannel San Francisco Giants uniform from 1969;
• Reggie Jackson’s Yankees road uniform from 1980, with an arm band memorializing Elston Howard. The jersey is signed;
• A 2005 Derek Jeter game-used and signed road jersey;
• A 1994 Alex Rodriguez rookie Seattle Mariners game-used and signed teal alternate jersey;
• The bat Barry Bonds used to hit career home run No. 550; the bat is signed and bears the Bonds hologram;
• A Duke Snider game bat signed by the 1955 National League All-Star team;
• A Ted Williams game bat, circa 1953;
• The Mayor’s Game Trophy commemorating the series from 1946 to 1948 between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants;
• Rogers Hornsby’s All America Baseball Team Award from Sept. 10, 1926, signed by the chairman, “George H” Babe Ruth;
• A single-signed Babe Ruth ball;
• A 1934 Tour of Japan-autographed ball with both Ruth and Lou Gehrig;
• A team ball signed by the 1936 World Champion Yankees, including a rookie named Joe DiMaggio;
• A Wilt Chamberlain game-used home Los Angeles Lakers jersey from 1972-’73; and
• A game-used road Celtics jersey worn by John Havlicek from 1974-’75.

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