The final out baseball from Derek Jeter’s career was listed as sold on MLB Auctions Monday night for $24,025. First base from Jeter’s last hit was also being offered through the MLBAuctions website and listed a winning bid of $50,050. Neither winning bidder was immediately confirmed.
The Boston Red Sox offered the ball and base during a two-week auction that opened and closed without a lot of publicity.
Jeter lined out to Red Sox shortstop Jemile Weeks on September 28 during what would be his last big league at-bat. The ball was authenticated and a hologram placed on it.
The base was used during Jeter’s single in the third inning, the last hit of his career. It also carried an MLB hologram and a special label commemorating Jeter’s final series.
Items from the life and times of Burt Reynolds sold during a lengthy, two-day auction in Las Vegas over the weekend. While many of the lots were centered around his acting career, there were a few dozen sports items including a ball signed by Mickey Mantle to Reynolds, which sold for a relatively pedestrian $2,200.
Other autographs inscribed to Reynolds included items from Muhammad Ali, Bobby Orr, Reggie Jackson, Wayne Gretzky, Rocky Marciano and others. The Ali photo sold for $2,880, but most others brought less than $2,000 each.
A replica U.S. Amateur Championship golf trophy once ordered by Jack Nicklaus sold for over $54,000 via Green Jacket Auctions over the weekend.
The trophy was designed for display at a golf course that had 18 holes designed by Nicklaus and another 18 by Arnold Palmer. It’s believed to be the only U.S. Amateur replica trophy ever offered at auction.
According to the auction company, the winner of the U.S. Amateur is not automatically given a trophy after winning. Even though there’s no winners check, he’s required to purchase a trophy exactly like the one that was offered—and they’re not cheap.
“Needless to say, not every Amateur Champ can afford that luxury, so not even every Champion orders this replica trophy,” they stated. For Nicklaus, long into retirement in 2000, doing so was apparently not a big deal.
A high-grade copy of the inaugural Masters Tournament program in 1934 sold for $13,702 in the same auction.
Sy Berger’s death got quite a bit of media attention and deservedly so. While he didn’t invent the baseball card, Berger and his contemporaries at Topps, fresh from the distant theatres of World War II, re-invented it.
Instead of the bubble gum being the star of the show, Berger’s idea was to put some effort into the cards. They created the 1951 Red and Blue Backs, the Connie Mack and Current All-Star sets and then in ’52, launched their baby. Securing hundreds of agreements with players anxious to pocket even pocket change for the use of their image from another company, they made cards bigger than they’d ever been, put expanded text on the back and a full statistical ledger.
In a story on Gizmodo.com, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan writes about how Berger’s design actually helped create the modern fan from the generation of youngsters who grew up with Topps cards.
And Keith Olbermann spent part of his show offering a tribute to him, too: