World’s Best Dodgers’ Collection on Block

He went to his first Brooklyn Dodgers’ game in 1944.  The collecting started that day for Sal LaRocca and never stopped.

Until now.

Sandy Koufax Dodgers jersey 1957The Chattanooga, Tenn. resident has consigned much of what he has accumulated over the years and the auction is underway.

LaRocca’s Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia collection is generally regarded as the best in existence and includes 1950s jerseys of Sandy Koufax and Johnny Podres, late 19th century Brooklyn baseball items, a ’59 World Series ring, dozens of game-used bats, autographs, a pair of Ebbets Field seats and other pieces.

You might remember this story on the collection that appeared  in the Chattanooga Times Free Press that we brought to you last year.

Ebbets Field seatsNow in his mid-70s, LaRocca is a native New Yorker, but now that he’s ready to leave Tennessee, he’s decided to sell instead of pack it all up again.

90 lots are up for bid at Leland’s with more to come next year.  The collection, it seems, is too large for just one catalog.

See the items up for bid here.

The Brooklyn Eagle has more on the collection.