Bobby Orr’s 1972 NHL All-Star Game jersey sold for $95,433 early Saturday in Leland’s Summer Auction. The jersey, photo matched and originally given to a family friend by Orr, went for more than $35,000 over its $60,000 reserve. According to Leland’s, it’s the only ’72 All-Star jersey ever to come into the hobby.
Orr assisted on the game-winning goal by Boston Bruins’ teammate Phil Esposito during the game, which was held at the Met Center in Bloomington, MN. Orr was voted the game’s MVP.
A First Day cover bearing autographs of the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame class including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Cy Young and other greats sold for $75,008. The historic piece, stamped June 12, 1939, was once owned by the United State Postmaster General and given to his top assistant . It remained within that family for decades before being consigned to auction.
The most talked about item in the auction was a football used during the AFC Championship game last season and tied to the Deflategate controversy involving the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. Starting at $25,000, the ball wound up selling for $43,740—not a bad payday for the fan who received it from wide receiver Brandon LaFell while sitting in the stands that January day in Foxboro.
More than a dozen items sold for $20,000 or more in the auction. All prices include a 19.5% buyer’s premium.
Muhammad Ali’s robe from a 1976 fight against Jean-Pierre Coopman soared to $68,189 while a 1940s Memphis Red Sox Negro Leagues jersey sold for $51,699. A jacket worn by Babe Ruth during the 1945 Esquire Magazine All-American baseball game realized $39,764.
Several major horse racing items were offered in the auction including a shoe worn by Secretariat during a 1970s race which sold for $36,543.
Baseball cards changing hands included an 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings card which sold for $14,088 and a 1937 O-Pee-Chee Joe DiMaggio graded PSA 8, which went for $11,252.
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