Pat Moran’s 1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series ring sold at auction over the weekend for $198,492. It’s the only known ring from Black Sox series. Several players received pins but the Reds’ manager chose the ring, which he eventually gave to his Fitchburg, MA milkman later in life.
The milkman’s family consigned it to auction via Lelands. It still has the original diamond.
A 1969 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves road flannel jersey sold for over $40,000 in the auction.
The 1920 Felix Mendelsohn photo card is special for the scarcity (only nine have been graded by PSA or SGC) and the fact it’s believed to be the first card picturing Ruth as a member of the Yankees. He’d just been acquired months earlier from Boston and the image is from his Red Sox pitching days with only the identifying text on the bottom changed from an earlier Mendelsohn Ruth issue.
This particular card is graded Poor, but looks nicer.
Known as M101-6, these cards were issued over a period from 1917-1920 and advertised in the Sporting News.
Bidding isn’t that far along but it’s already past $8,000.
Speaking of rare cards…there are few more desirable pre-War cards than the Ty Cobb that has Ty Cobb brand tobacco advertising on the back. There are only 13 known.
They do appear at auction once in awhile.
Goldin Auctions has one in its current sale. Graded Poor by PSA, it has pushed past $40,000 with 2 ½ weeks left in the auction.
Cobb Tobacco was short lived and while the card is categorized as a T206, it carries a slightly different finish on the front than a typical 1909-1911 card.
Regular issue Cobbs from T206 are far easier to locate. You can find over 60 right now on eBay.