A Mel Ott New York Giants game-worn, photo-matched jersey headlines the Lelands 2021 Fall Classic Auction, which opened for bidding late Sunday night.
Fewer than five jerseys worn by the Hall of Fame slugger have survived the passage of time and been offered for public sale. Adding to the rarity and significance is this marks the first time an Ott jersey has been definitively photo-matched.
Bidding quickly passed $100,000 for the button down flannel that dates to 1931.
Among the other big ticket items is the latest example of Tom Brady’s top rookie card: the autographed 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144. The card being offered has an autograph grade of 9 and a NM-MT 8 grade.
Lelands has achieved two different record prices for other copies of the card in recent auctions. Bidding for the most recent offering has already passed $180,000.
Another modern era card expected to sell for a big price is a 2003-04 SP Signature “Famous Nicknames” LeBron James “The Chosen 1” Rookie Autograph (19/25) graded BGS 9.5 with a 10 autograph grade.
The auction also boasts a 1933 Goudey complete set 240 of cards, 15 of which have been graded and encapsulated by SGC and PSA. The Goudey set headlines “Troup’s Trove,” an impressive collection of over 100 hobby fresh complete trading card sets spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s.
Another auction centerpiece is a 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente autographed rookie card. It’s one of only nine ever graded by PSA.
Also up for bid is a Bear Bryant personally owned and worn houndstooth hat and his Crimson Tide baseball hat, both of which were found in the legendary coach’s 1992 Cadillac. Lelands recently sold another Bear Bryant trademark houndstooth fedora for $73K.
The auction also features the 1983 76ers NBA Championship ring given to guard Franklin Edwards, a 1961 Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers signed, game-worn uniform, a hobby fresh 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 8, a circa 1913 Ty Cobb letter, the earliest known Miguel Cabrera game-worn, photo-matched Marlins rookie jersey, and the jersey worn by Hall of Famer Paul Molitor when he belted the final home run of his career.
Additional auction highlights include:
- A 2020 National Treasures Justin Herbert Stars & Stripes RPA, graded BGS 9
- A lock of Secretariat’s hair
- A 1940 Seabiscuit Santa Anita Handicap race-worn shoe
- A 1941-2021 Kentucky Derby near-complete run of programs signed by each winning jockey
- Red Wings great Sid Abel’s 1949 All-Star game-worn jersey sourced directly from Abel
- Wayne Gretzky’s 1992 All-Star game-worn jersey
Bidding is set to run through December 11 at Lelands.com.