Some game-worn NFL Hall of Famer jerseys join a couple of historic Mickey Mantle home run balls and a Heisman Trophy in next month’s sale at the Sports Museum of America.
This Hillerich & Bradsby "W64" block-letter (last name only) bat was used by the Brooklyn Dodger great during the final season of his remarkable career. Boasting a rich brown finish and legible stampings, this 35", 35-oz. high-grade ash weapon was wielded by "Campy" during the 1957 season, as H&B factory records confirm order dates (for this model number) of March 6 and April 16 of that year. The uncracked Flatbush relic shows light to moderate use. Estimated value $10,000 – $15,000.
Lou Gehrig’s Retired "Number 4" That Hung in Yankee Stadium – The First Number Retired in Professional Baseball
One would think that Babe Ruth’s No. 3 would have been retired when he left the Yankees or at least after he had retired from baseball, but that was not the case. The Babe and the Yankees did not part company amicably after the 1934 season. As a result he did not receive the dubious honor until 1948. Babe Ruth’s blue felt No. "3" is sewn on authentic Yankee pinstripes. Stitched in blue script beneath the number are the words "Babe Ruth Number retired June 13, 1948." The piece is accompanied by the original bronze "BABE RUTH" plaque, which hung beneath his retired number. Estimated value $30,000 – $40,000.
By then his playing days more than a decade past, Honus Wagner agreed to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933 in the role of a hitting instructor, Pirates brass hoping to benefit from the diamond hero’s veteran savvy. A tremendous piece of baseball history is presented in this scarce Pittsburgh Pirates road jersey worn by "coach" Wagner during the 1935 season. The gray flannel button-down jersey displays "PIRATES" on the front in red-on-navy blue felt lettering. Wagner’s coaching number "36" is featured on the back in navy blue-colored felt numerals. "WAGNER" is stitched beside the Spalding logo in orange thread. The year "35" is stitched to the back right tail in orange thread. Overall, this significant treasure carries use consistent with a full season of wear. Estimated value $15,000 – $20,000.
While Young’s signature is coveted because of the scant population alone, the penning on this clean and creamy sphere is all the more alluring in that its bold characteristics warrant an assessment of at least "9" in terms of strength and clarity. Executed on a side panel of the unofficial "MacGregor Goldsmith" sphere, the Hall of Famer’s blue ink signature is one of his last, as evidenced by the inscription (in Young’s own hand) of "1953 – 86 yrs." Young passed away two years later. Estimated value $10,000 – $15,000.
This Yankees championship Commissioner’s trophy was issued to Tim Raines following the team’s 1996 Fall Classic triumph. The oversized prize is arranged on a wooden base, whose surrounding gold-colored band reads "REPLICA 1996 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY – New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves – Tim Raines." Atop the black base, a gold-colored band has a gold-colored baseball at its base and a crown figure at the top. Proudly standing at the front of the display are press pin replicas representing the respective combatants. Surrounding the base are 28 gold-colored flags that, in alphabetical order, bear the names of each Major League team. Accompanying the heirloom is a typed letter signed by Virginia Raines detailing the trophy’s provenance. Estimated value $20,000 – $30,000.
Matching the Toronto Blue Jays’ feat of 1992-1993, the ’99 New York Yankees repeated as World Champions. The ring’s opulent design pays tribute to the feat of 25 major league championships. This heirloom was issued to Yankees first base coach Jose Cardenal following the team’s 1999 league title. Three diamond-encrusted tiers form the top of this visually stunning memento. The first tier of twenty-five authentic stones shapes the club’s "NY" emblem, which sits atop a sea of forty-five more diamonds. Then, bordering this magnificent presentation are twenty-six additional gems, along with raised lettering denoting the year "1999." Each of the ring’s shanks celebrates the franchise’s 25th World Championship—one side of the band displays an engraving of the championship trophy and "25th," which design is flanked by "CARDENAL" and "TRADITION"; the opposite side boasts the team logo and Yankee Stadium facade, which are accompanied by a pair of banner motifs that individually carry "THE CENTURY’S TEAM" and "25th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP." Accompanying the gorgeous exemplar is its, custom-made, wooden display box (7-1/2" x 6" x 2-1/2"). Estimated value $20,000 – $30,000.
1908 Christy Mathewson Trophy Awarded by the New York Giants for His Finest Season
The 1908 New York Giants were almost able to capitalize on their ace hurler’s banner year—easily one of the finest pitching performances in baseball’s annals. The effort brought Mathewson’s New York Giants within one game of the N.L. pennant, but it was the Cubs who reigned supreme that year. Nevertheless, Mathewson’s monumental performance proved worthy of league-wide recognition, no organization more appreciative than his own New York Giants. This sterling silver trophy was awarded to Mathewson by the Giants ballclub following the pitcher’s historic 1908 campaign. The heirloom boasts a trophy cup design with handsomely engraved lettering on the front of the piece proclaiming, "PRESENTED TO – Christy Mathewson – AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT – 1908 – NEW YORK B.B. CLUB." This incredible bestowment was the equivalent of the team’s own "Most Valuable Player" recognition. Estimated value $15,000 – $20,000.