SCP Auctions’ “Spring Premier” opened Wednesday and runs through Saturday, April 25 with over 1,300 lots on the block. Top items include Michael Jordan’s 1984 game-worn and autographed Nike Air shoes, Jimmie Foxx’s 1934 U.S. Tour of Japan uniform and 1933 American League MVP Award, John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA Basketball coaches jacket and Mickey Mantle’s 1952 New York Yankees game-worn and autographed home jersey.
SCP will also offer several player collections including personal memorabilia of the late Tony Gwynn, along with NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and 1972 World Series MVP Gene Tenace.
Part 3 of the esteemed Delbert Mickel Estate Collection of important baseball jerseys is also among the highlights.
An extremely rare pair of autographed and game-used Nike Air shoes worn by arguably the NBA’s greatest player ever have surfaced from Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 rookie campaign with the Chicago Bulls. This pair was worn by “His Airness” in an away game versus the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum on Dec. 2, 1984, just prior to the official unveiling of Jordan’s first line of Nike Air Jordans.
The pair, believed to be the earliest Jordan professional game worn shoes known, has been in the possession of a former Lakers ball boy for the past three decades. As a 15-year-old ballboy, Khalid Ali approached Jordan during the Bulls pregame warm-ups and asked for them. Pre-auction estimates on the shoes indicated they could sell for more than $50,000.
In 1934, an exhibition tour in the “Land of the Rising Sun” featured American major leaguers playing a series of games against Japanese players. The full flannel uniform worn during the tour by Philadelphia Athletics star Jimmie Foxx could reach a half million dollars according to auction officials. The uniform had already received a $100,000 bid within minutes of opening.
In addition, Foxx’s 1933 A.L. MVP Award plaque is being offered. Though his team finished just third in the A.L. standings that season, Foxx led the league in batting average (.356), home runs (48) and runs batted in (163) to earn his first and only Triple Crown and second consecutive A.L. MVP award. It’s expected to sell for more than $300,000.
A rare item from Wooden’s remarkable stint as coach of the most dominant college basketball program ever, the jacket was donned by the late coach during his Westwood days. As UCLA’s head coach he won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row from 1967 to ‘73. Within that time-frame, his teams won a record 88 straight games, which remains an NCAA basketball record. Worn by Wooden during his later years at the helm, the jacket is expected to fetch upwards of $100,000.
In 1952, one year removed from a bumpy injury marred rookie season, Mantle began to emerge from the shadow of a now-retired Joe DiMaggio and earned his first of 14 consecutive All-Star nods as he hit .300 and belted 23 home runs. The jersey, which has been in a private collection for several years, includes a bold, oversized vintage Mantle autograph on the front left tail. SCP officials call it “among the finest artifacts known from arguably the most beloved figure in modern baseball history”. The jersey will likely sell for more than $200,000 and had reached $60,500 in the early hours of bidding Wednesday.
More than 100 lots of prominent items from the late Padres outfielder and San Diego State baseball coach are up for grabs including several MLB All-Star Game rings, a pair of Silver Slugger batting awards, many game-used baseballs chronicling milestone hits during his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, as well as dozens of personalized keepsakes that Gwynn received from fellow athletes and coaches covering all realms of sport.
A portion of the Tony Gwynn Estate Collection auction proceeds will go toward benefitting the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (www.tagwynn.org), a non-profit based in San Diego they founded in 1995.
Game-used jerseys, AFC Championship rings, game balls and other awards have been consigned by the Hall of Fame defensive back. There are 70 Woodson lots in all including his 2009 Hall of Fame 14K gold ring, various MVP awards and his NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team trophy.
Boasting more than 50 lots covering many of Tenace’s career highlights, the collection includes game-used milestone baseballs, his 1972 Full-size World Series trophy, four World Series rings (two each as a player and coach) and his coveted 1972 World Series MVP plaque.
The Delbert Mickel Estate Collection – Part 3
The late A. Delbert Mickel was the curator of one of the finest personal collections of game-worn baseball jerseys in the world. Mickel’s interest in game-worn jerseys preceded the evolution of the modern, large-scale memorabilia market by decades. Among the items from the collection up for bid this month are:
- 1963 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals Home Jersey and Pants (MEARS A10)
- 1967 Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals Game Worn Road Jersey (MEARS A9)
- 1969 Brooks Robinson Autographed Baltimore Orioles Game Worn Road Jersey (MEARS A9.5)
- 1970 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Game Worn Home Jersey(MEARS A9.5)
- 1973 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves Game Worn Home Jersey and (1974) Pants (MEARS A10)
- 1958 Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies Game Worn Road Jersey (MEARS A10)
- 1963 Curt Flood St. Louis Cardinals Game Worn Home Jersey (MEARS A10)