ESPN is carrying a story about the auction of Jesse Owens memorabilia in SCP Auctions’ current catalog, set to conclude Saturday night. Among the items up for bid are two pieces that straddle sports and American history: Owens’ Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Medal of Honor.
The three daughters of the late four-time Olympian say they decided to sell for practical reasons now that the Owens family tree includes five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren one great-great-grandchild.
“It was a very difficult decision that took a long time to make, but in the end we made the best decision for the family,” Marlene Owens Rankin told ESPN. “We are three elderly ladies, and when we’re gone, how do you divide the Presidential Medal of Freedom into five pieces?”
You can read their story here.
The auction also includes the number one collection of unused Super Bowl tickets graded by PSA/DNA, which is expected to sell for a six-figure price and items from a former teammate of Cy Young including rare cabinet photos, at least one of which dates from his early days in pro baseball that’s expected to also soar past $100,000.
Several championship rings, items from former Celtics greats John Havlicek and Satch Sanders and Lou Gehrig’s 1934 All-Star pendant are also among the 500+ items being sold at SCPAuctions.com.