The jersey worn by Reggie Jackson when he hit one of baseball’s most famous home runs 50 years ago this summer is among the marquee items in SCP Auctions’ Summer Premier that opened Wednesday. The vest-style Oakland A’s jersey carries Jackson’s autograph on the front and is expected to sell for $250,000 or more when bidding wraps up next month.
The jersey was on Jackson’s back when the young slugger walloped a Dock Ellis pitch off a transformer atop Tiger Stadium. It’s considered one of the longest homers ever hit at well over 500 feet but the actual distance has been difficult to estimate since the ball caromed back off the roof and onto the playing field.
The jersey has been photomatched and given an A10 rating from MEARS.
Among the other memorabilia in the auction are a 1984-85 Michael Jordan home rookie Bulls jersey, a 1994 Michael Jordan Birmingham Barons alternate jersey originally from the George Koehler collection, s 2012-13 Stephen Curry gamer photo-matched by MeiGray to four games, and two lots consisting of important Derek Jeter items; one from 2008 with a Yankees/Steiner LOA the other from Jeter’s final season in 2009, graded MEARS A10 and photomatched by RGU.
SCP hopes to ride the continued boom in the card market with a group of over 150 trading cards and complete sets. Among the top items are a PSA 10 1980 Topps Magic Johnson/Larry Bird rookie card that leads off the catalog and could fetch $500,000 and a 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie graded PSA 8.
SCP is also offering the twelfth best 1955 Topps Baseball set on the PSA registry with an 8.0 GPA that’s expected to bring $125,000 or more, a low population SGC Mint 9 1963 Topps Mickey Mantle, a complete set of 1986 Fleer Basketball including stickers all graded PSA Mint 9, two BGS Gem Mint 9.5 1986 Fleer #57 Jordan rookies and a 1909-11 T206 white border Eddie Plank graded VG 3 by SGC.
Several rare original photographs have been consigned to SCP for the sale. Featured lots include possibly the earliest Koufax Type 1 image from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, a rare 1919 World Series Type 1 of Shoeless Joe Jackson, a 1928 Ruth and Gehrig Type 1 with the Bremen Flight Crew at Yankee Stadium and a pair of early Michael Jordan Type 1’s from 1984 and 1986 respectively. Jackie Robinson makes an appearance in the rare photo department, taking up four of the lots in the category including a very early 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Type 1 with his infield teammates.
Collectors of championship jewelry will find Jake Stahl’s 1903 Boston Americans (Red Sox) World Championship watch fob, which is expected to bring over $50,000. Another Red Sox memento available at the auction is Harry Hooper’s 1916 World Championship gold pocket watch.
Oscar Robertson’s 1979-80 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring—one of the earliest ever produced—is expected to reach $35,000 or more. Championship rings from the 2016/17 and 2017/18 Golden State Warriors are also included in the sale.
Other auction highlights include:
- 1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice Rookie – PSA GEM MINT 10 – $80,000+
- 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana Rookie – PSA GEM MINT 10 – $60,000+
- 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson Rookie – PSA MINT 9 – $50,000+
- 1972 Muhammad Ali Vs. George Chuvalo II Fight Worn, Signed and Inscribed Trunks $50,000
- 3/12/1985 Celtics Vs. Hawks Official Scorer’s Sheet Autographed by Larry Bird – His Only 60 Point Game & Tied For Highest Scoring Game in Celtics’ History – Beckett LOA – $35,000+
- Early 1930’s Babe Ruth Single Signed “Home Run Special” Baseball – JSA & Beckett LOAs – $30,000+
Bidding runs through July 9 at SCPAuctions.com.