The timing couldn't be better for New York based Gotta Have It!, which launches a major auction on the day the Yankees and Phillies begin the 2009 World Series.
October baseball has returned to New York, giving an added boost to a fresh lineup of baseball memorabilia set to go on the block hours before the Yankees and Phillies square off at the new Yankee Stadium.
Gotta Have It! is gearing up for their 2009 World Series Baseball Online Auction, which launched Wednesday with a kickoff at Mickey Mantle's restaurant.
The auction runs until November 6th and features dozens of historic baseball and personal items from the likes of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Nolan Ryan.
Among the highlights:
*1996 New York Yankees World Series Owner’s Trophy
*Babe Ruth Signed Official American League Baseball
*2004 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees Game Worn Batting Helmet
*Mickey Mantle 1968 Game Worn New York Yankees Home Pinstripe Pants
*Yankee Stadium Original "Triple" Stadium Seat
*Honus Wagner's Personal 1896 Paterson Silk Weavers Cabinet Photograph
*Shea Stadium Used NY Mets On Deck Circle
*1930s Babe Ruth Signed Bat
*Original Yankee Stadium seat trio
*Signed, game-used Mickey Mantle cap
*Original Babe Ruth wire photos
*Game-worn Chuck Dressen Brooklyn Dodgers cap
*Numerous vintage World Series ticket stubs including 1956 Larsen perfect game
Also available on the auction block are original stadium artifacts, signed baseballs, game worn gloves, bats, caps, uniforms and other items. While the big ticket items may carry $2500 minimum bids and eventually sell for much more, Gotta Have It! has several lots with minimum bids starting at $50.
Gotta Have It! has been a fixture on the sports memorabilia scene since 1994 and often made headlines for acquiring some of the greatest items ever sold including Babe Ruth’s “Curse of the Bambino” contract (1919), Mickey Mantle’s American League Louisville Slugger Silver Bat Award (1956), Mantle’s Babe Ruth Crown (1956) and Jackie Robinson’s Game Worn Rookie Year Jersey (1947).
Gotta Have It! also runs a retail store at Manhattan’s Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, where visitors can purchase baseball collectibles right off the walls. New York area media are scheduled to get a preview of the items at Mantle's Wednesday morning. An auction preview is online at GottaHaveIt.com.