Two icons who made their mark in different sports more than a half century ago, still have a huge following. A 1958 Mickey Mantle game jersey attributed to the World Series that year and a group of items from Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point outburst 50 years ago including the original official score sheet, both reached six figures.
Grey Flannel Auctions’ Winter Classic auction held live at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore grossed $1,187,599 and achieved a 100% sell-through rate. The Feb. 11 auction featuring 107 lots of baseball, basketball, football and other professional sports memorabilia that chalked up an average price of almost $11,500 per lot.
The day’s top seller was the Mantle flannel road jersey which sold for $114,000 including a 20% buyer’s premium. The shirt was originally sourced from a trainer with the mid-1960s Ft. Lauderdale Yankees Class A affiliate, who, in turn, had obtained the garment from the club’s general manager, Ed Bastian.
“This jersey is symbolic and important, not only because it was a World Championship season for the Yankees, but also because Mantle drove in two home runs during that year’s Series,” said Richard E. Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions.
Following closely behind the Mantle jersey was a historical basketball treasure documenting Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game of March 2, 1962. The package included the official scorer’s score sheet from the Philadelphia Warriors vs. N.Y. Knicks game signed by Chamberlain, an original game program with photo, and a press pass from the game. Accompanied by a full LOA from James Spence Authentication, the lot scored a winning bid of $108,000 – more than 10 times its reserve.
A 1971 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles World Series Game 1 game-used and autographed home jersey was bid to $45,000 (reserve $5,000); while a game-used home jersey that New York Islanders center Bryan Trottier wore in Game 5 of the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals made $30,000 (reserve $2,500).
George “The Iceman” Gervin’s 2005 San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship ring with original box realized $54,000. From the top echelon of gridiron history, Bernardo Harris’ 1996 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Championship player’s ring – in mint condition and festooned with diamonds – flew past its $10,000 reserve to settle at $45,000.
Additional information about the May 30 auction will be available soon on the Grey Flannel website.