A 1947 Mel Ott jersey from his days as the player/manager of the New York Giants and an original Mickey Mantle Yankees contract are among the headliners in the upcoming 2013 Summer Games Auction set to open next month via Grey Flannel Auctions. Over 750 lots are included in the catalog.
The Ott jersey is accompanied by documentation from the consignor’s father, who was the general manager of the Burlington City Giants, a Minor League affiliate of the Giants. The jersey has a $25,000 reserve.
“Mel Ott was also the youngest player to hit 100 home runs and the first National Leaguer to hit 500 home runs – a true phenom,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president, Richard E. Russek.
Mantle Contract, Yankees Items
Legendary Yankee slugger and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle signed his first $100,000 contract with New York in 1963. In so doing, he tied Joe DiMaggio as the highest-paid Yankee ballplayer in history up to that time. What the auction company believes to be the team’s copy of the actual player’s contract Mantle signed in reaching that monetary milestone is entered as Lot 75 in Grey Flannel’s sale. Letters of authenticity from PSA/DNA and JSA on Mantle’s signature are included with the four-page document. A bonus item accompanying the contract is a Feb. 27, 1963 press release on Yankees stationery announcing that the Yankees and Mantle had come to terms on a new contract. The reserve is $5,000.
Grey Flannel had been planning to offer a circa 1964 Mickey Mantle corked bat in the auction but after protests and legal threats from the family, which disputed its authenticity, the item was pulled from the company’s website. Thus far, Grey Flannel has not indicated whether it’s possible the bat will eventually be sold or if they plan to challenge the family’s demand that it not be sold.
Several desirable game-worn Yankees player jerseys will be auctioned, however, including a Derek Jeter game-used home jersey photo-matched to three Red Sox games from October 2012. Accompanied by a LOA from Yankees-Steiner, the jersey carries a minimum bid of $2,500.
A selection of more than two dozen awards, signed balls, apparel and jewelry associated with basketball superstar “Pistol” Pete Maravich will be auctioned by Grey Flannel. Items range from what Grey Flannel says is the first basketball Maravich ever used as a boy ($2,500 reserve) to a late-1960s LSU shooting shirt ($5,000 reserve), which he wore during the period that he was making his indelible mark on NCAA history as a trailblazing jump shooter and genius of offensive play. Many of the Maravich lots are accompanied by LOAs from the Maravich family, including the gold ring he received at his 1987 induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Its reserve is $10,000.
Larry Holmes Collection
Boxing fans will have a chance to bid on items from the career of former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Many of the items come with photos of Holmes holding the actual auction article. Among the highlights are the Edward J. Neil Memorial plaque awarded to Holmes in 1978 by the Boxing Writers’ Association of New York ($2,500 reserve), and the WBC Heavyweight World Championship Belt Holmes earned that same year when he defeated Ken Norton in Las Vegas ($2,500). The belt features a massive, decorative center medallion was signed by Holmes in black felt-tipped marker: “My original WBC belt – Larry Holmes.”
Important Jim Brown Trophy
The football section of the sale includes an historic award, as well – Jim Brown’s 1957 NFL Rookie of the Year Trophy.
“It’s hard to believe, but 55 years later, Jim Brown still holds the record for total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards, and he’s the only rusher in NFL history to average over 100 yards per game for a career,” said Russek. “He was an astonishing talent, and it was obvious from the moment he came out of the gate in his rookie year.” Offered with a photo of Brown holding the award, the lot is entered in the sale with a $5,000 reserve.
Tiger’s Masters Sunday Red Shirt
Grey Flannel will offer the only Tiger Woods Masters Tournament final-day “red shirt” ever to appear at auction. Dating from the 2006 Masters as he sought his fifth green jacket, the shirt is autographed by Woods and has Upper Deck Authenticated provenance. The lot includes a photo of Woods wearing the shirt and comes with a $5,000 reserve.
Bidding in Grey Flannel’s Summer Games Catalog Auction will close on June 5, 2013. All forms of absentee bids are accepted, including by phone and online through Grey Flannel’s website.
Printed catalogs are free to all registered bidders while supplies last. The fully illustrated online catalog can be viewed at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. For additional information, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email [email protected]