Three vintage game worn jerseys sold for more than $180,000 combined in a weekend auction that again showed the strength of the memorabilia market. Leading the way in Lelands’ Spring 2012 Auction was an autographed 1962 Hank Aaron uniform, pants included, that sold for $71,327. With the company’s 19.5% buyer’s premium tacked on to the winner’s final bid, the Milwaukee Braves flannels brought $85,237.
Described as one of the “three best in the hobby”, the uniform started at $25,000 when bidding began late last month. It drew 12 bids throughout the course of the sale, which was conducted online and by phone.
Aaron had big year in ’62, hitting .323 with 45 home runs and 128 runs batted in.
Runner-up for highest price in the 800+ item auction was a circa 1965-66 Gordie Howe game worn Red Wings jersey that drew 19 bids and sold for $66,441, while a one-of-a-kind 1938 Boston Bees Casey Stengel jersey, described as having been “held in one family for the last 70 years”, sold for $43,740.
The boxing trunks worn by Mike Tyson in 1986 when he beat Trevor Burbick to win the WBC heavyweight championship for the first time, sold for $24,319.
A much-discussed Henry Reccius Cigars Honus Wagner card sold for $21,401. The card pictures a very young Wagner and is often described as a ‘rookie card’ but some believe it was actually printed just after Wagner’s big league debut a couple of years later.
Other items sold included:
- 1950 Johnny Hopp Yankees World Series ring $24,796
- 1998 Yankees World Series ring (employee) $21,925
- Josh Gibson signed photo album page (PSA DNA) $22,690
- 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson PSA 4 $9,076
- T206 Ty Cobb red portrait PSA 7 $7,309