A Jackie Robinson jersey, Lou Gehrig’s 1925 contract, historic home run baseballs from Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez headline the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, which launches Monday and runs through May 11. Included in the 1,200-lot auction are a dozen lots celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
The Robinson home jersey dates from the memorable 1951 season that ended famously on Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World.” Graded a MEARS 8, auction officials call it “one of the most spectacular Robinson jerseys in existence.”
Among the milestone baseballs are Bonds’ 762nd and final career home run ball which established MLB’s current career home run mark and the 500th home run balls hit by Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez. The A-Rod ball is one of 40 lots of his memorabilia in the auction including the bat, cleats and uniform that 500th homer game at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2007.
The most historic non-sports item is a signed spiral notebook, likely the last autograph ever signed by President John F. Kennedy as he boarded Air Force One for Dallas on November 22, 1963. Video shows Kennedy signing the notebook at Carswell Air Force Base appears in the National Geographic documentary “The Final Hours.” Shortly after greeting a crowd gathered there, Kennedy flew from the base to Dallas, where he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet during a motorcade.
Lot #2 – 1910 E98 “Set of 30” Ty Cobb, Red – PSA GEM MT 10 (1 of 2)
Lot #3 – 2003/04 Upper Deck Basketball “Exquisite Collection” Unopened Hobby Case – BBCE Certified – Each box holds one autographed patch card (numbered to 100 or fewer), one autographed rookie patch card (numbered to 225 or fewer), and three additional or base cards (numbered to 225 or fewer). The product contains rookie cards of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, as well as special edition, signed patch and jersey inserts.
Lot #5 – 1925 Lou Gehrig Signed Yankees Player’s Contract for his First Full Season –The document that tied Gehrig to the Yankees for the 1925 season for a salary of just $3,750. The 4-page 8 ½ x 11-inch contract signed on March 7, 1925 includes signatures of A.L. President Ed Barrow, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and Gehrig in black steel-tipped fountain pen. Gehrig’s 1924 “rookie” contract sold for $480,000 in 2017.
Lot #129 – Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier Fight of the Century Contract — The light-blue single-page multi-signed contract is Ali’s copy from the historic fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971 paying him $2.5 million. Auction officials say the contract “compares favorably to the 1978 Ali/Leon Spinks contract that sold for $35,850 in 2015.” The contract comes with a LOA from JSA for the signatures.
Lot #8 – 1938-39 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Home Jersey – Manufactured by Spalding, the size 42 button-down jersey has a fully restored wishbone “C” on the upper right chest, sewn on in red and navy felt. The 21-year-old Feller, already in his fourth season, led the A.L. in 1939 with 24 wins, 24 complete games, 296.2 innings pitched and 246 strikeouts. Comes with a LOA from Sports Investors Authentication for the game use.
Lot #7 – 1959 Ted Williams Game Used Boston Red Sox Complete Home Uniform (Jersey & Pants with Undershirt) Goldin Auctions previously sold a 1959 Ted Williams (MEARS A10) road jersey for $144,000. This time, a full uniform from Williams’ next o last season is offered with an A10 rating from MEARS.
Lot #42 – 2000 Donruss Elite Status #183 Tom Brady Rookie Card (#5/10) PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 1” –the only example at its tier.
Lot #51 – 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Mookie Betts Superfractor Autographed Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 – Encapsulated and graded MINT 9 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett.