The bat Pete Rose used for his record-breaking 4,192 hit in 1985 and the specially padded 1947-48 Brooklyn Dodgers cap worn by Jackie Robinson to help protect his head from racially motivated beanballs headline the newly-launched Lelands.com Masters Auction, online through October 27. The auction consists of several hundred lots of higher end sports memorabilia and cards.
The Robinson cap comes with an LOA from his widow, Rachel Robinson. The cap has three protective plates sewn inside the lining in a modest attempt to protect his head from pitches thrown during the early days of his historic entry as the first African-American player.
Among the other headliners is the 1973 Secretariat Belmont Stakes Presentation Blanket from the horse’s late owner, Penny Chenery, Robinson’s final Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jacket, the WBC Championship Belt awarded to Muhammad Ali for his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” win over George Foreman, a 1945 Mel Ott New York Giants game-used jersey, a 1936 Joe DiMaggio rookie year game-used bat, a 1960 Ted Williams game-used home run bat, Frank Robinson’s 500th home run game-used bat, a bat used by Mickey Mantle during the 1955-57 seasons and Mantle’s 1980s Texas driver’s license.
Additional auction highlights include a Ted Williams game-used glove circa 1955, a 2017 Aaron Judge game-worn “Derek Jeter Day” jersey and cap, game-used bats belonging to Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, George Sisler, Bill Terry and other Hall of Famers, a 1970 Brooks Robinson game-worn Orioles uniform, a 1969 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins game-worn uniform, Addie Joss Cleveland Naps game-worn pants circa 1909, a 1977 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals game-worn jersey, a signed “Ty Cobb “Sliding into Third” photo by Charles Conlon, Pete Rose’s 3,000 hit official lineup cards and a 1947-48 Babe Ruth single-signed baseball.
“From Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192 hit bat to Jackie Robinson’s specially padded cap used to fend off racially motivated beanballs and Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” WBC Championship belt, this auction has it all,'” said Josh Evans, Lelands’ founder and chairman.
Card collectors a chance to bid on a complete unopened cello box of 1962 Topps First Series baseball cards, a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (SGC 84 NM), a 1911 T20B Gold Border Walter Johnson, a 1964 Topps #440 Roberto Clemente (PSA Gem Mint 10), a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseball that was used during a Bustin’ Babes & Larrapin Lou’s 1927 barnstorming game, a 1960s Roberto Clemente single-signed baseball with a perfect 10 autograph, an 1898 New York Giants Polo Grounds pass and a circa 1927 Lou Gehrig “Batting Hands” Type 1 photo by Charles Conlon.
The auction also boasts a 1985 Michael Jordan signed Nike Air Jordan I sneakers, a 1966 Topps USA Test Bobby Orr rookie card, the personally scored and signed scorecard from Bobby Jones’ 1926 British Open win, Ken Norton’s fight-worn gloves from his 1976 bout with Muhammad Ali, the 1909 Jack Johnson vs. Al Kaufman fight contract, 1977 Sugar Ray Leonard pro debut signed fight gloves,Isaac Berger’s 1956 U.S. Olympic weightlifting gold medal, Vince Lombardi’s final speech and a pristine 2006 “If I Did It” first edition by O.J. Simpson.
Additional horse racing memorabilia featured in the auction includes a 1973 Secretariat Kentucky Derby armband worn by jockey Ron Turcotte, a 1973 Secretariat Belmont Stakes nail and Secretariat’s original Preakness winner’s circle garland from that year, as well as the 1969 Arts & Letters gold plated Travers Winning Trophy from Braulio Baeza’s personal collection.
Other auction highlights include a collection of vintage music and Americana memorabilia headlined by a Telecaster Fender guitar used by The Clash legend Joe Strummer during recording sessions, an 1863 officer commission document signed by Abraham Lincoln, a 1967 Colonel Sanders personally worn cotton suit, a 1975 Buffalo Bob Smith screen-worn Howdy Doody suit and a 1976 Nobel Prize Committee 23k gold medal.
Bidding continues at Lelands.com through October 27.