The biggest selling items were a couple of uniforms once worn by baseball greats, but there was plenty of money being tossed at speculative buys, too, as Lelands closed out its Fall Classic Auction over the weekend.
A Ted Williams game-used uniform with a jersey featuring the black armband worn after the death of teammate Harry Agganis in 1955 topped bidding at $139,714. Williams autographed the jersey at some point and ensemble was displayed for years in a museum.
Agganis was a promising young player who passed up a potential football career before joining the Red Sox in 1954. The following year he contracted pneumonia, which is believed to have caused complications leading to his death from a pulmonary embolism on June 27, 1955. His lone baseball card was produced that season.
A 1955 Roy Campanella game-used uniform also attracted plenty of interest from collectors, selling for $131,066. Originally sourced from the late catcher’s wife who donated it to an auction many years ago, it was displayed at the Brooklyn Historical Society for 26 years, being loaned in 1989 and removed in 2015.
The modern trading card market saw action, too. Pulled from a Dave and Adam’s Card World case break on July 14, a 2019-20 Panini Prizm Gold #248 Zion Williamson rookie attracted 66 bids from modern basketball card fans and sold for $118,261.
Prospectors also chased the 1/1 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects Luis Robert Superfractor to a final price of $92,756. The card featuring the young Chicago White Sox star was pulled from a box in 2018 by the consignor who had it graded a few months ago and the Beckett 9.5 assessment helped push the card close to the six-figure mark.
A 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Gold #78 LeBron James rookie card rated BGS 9 soared to &76,632.
A pair of Michael Jordan Washington Wizards jerseys were sold including one matched to a February 2002 game in which he scored 37 points. That one came from the collection of Jordan’s late bodyguard, John Michael Wozniak and sold for over $55,000. Another worn by Jordan during the first home game of his last NBA season of 2002-03 netted $53,705.
The auction also included the first items from Lelands’ recent purchase of the Brown Brothers photo archive. Several images of Babe Ruth were offered including a Charles Conlon photo from 1918 that sold for $42,966.
Complete results can be found here.