While fans and collectors watch the 2017 baseball postseason unfold, memorabilia from some of those who did their best work at this time of the year will be up for grabs in Goldin Auctions’ October Legends catalog. Bidding opens Friday and runs through November 11.
The annual event features over 1,800 lots including Mickey Mantle’s 1959 game-worn jersey; his 1957 Yankees player contract; a 1966 game-used bat and five different versions of his 1952 Topps and 1951 Bowman trading cards.
Babe Ruth collectors can bid on finest version of the only know photography of Babe and his father; a signed and inscribed bat dated 1935; an autographed baseball signed on the sweet spot; more than a dozen trading cards and photographs.
The auction also includes: personal collections from Rusty Staub, Casey Stengel and Knute Rockne; game-used bats from Mel Ott, Roberto Clemente, Carlos Correa and Miguel Cabrera; championship rings and trophies such as Kenny King’s 1983 Raiders Super Bowl Ring and Weeb Ewbank’s Super Bowl III Trophy.
Here’s a look at some of the marquee items up for bid:
Lot #1 – 1917 Chicago White Sox World Championship Historic Game Ball – Featuring 25 signatures from players, coaches and umpires including; Joe Jackson, Eddie Collins and the ‘Eight Men Out”. The ball, which was used in the deciding game six of the Fall Classic was signed by the champions two years before the infamous 1919 World Series. Appearing on the sweet spot, in large bold letters, is the signature of the 1917 White Sox manager, Clarence Rowland and his notation “Oct. 15, 1917,” the date on which Chicago won the World Series. Comes with LOA from PSA/DNA for the signatures and MEARS for game use.
Lot #2 – 1898 Cap Anson Silver Presentation Bat – Awarded to Anson by the students at Notre Dame University four months after he retired. Inscribed on the barrel of the sterling silver bat is “Presented to Adrian C. Anson by the Students of Notre Dame University as a testimony of their pride in him as one of the earliest and greatest athletes of their Alma Mater, February twenty-second Eighteen Hundred and Ninety Eight”.
Lot #4 – Finest Known 1915 Babe Ruth & Father in their Baltimore Tavern/Original Type 1 Photograph — Described by best-selling sports biographer Jane Leavy as “The only known photograph of father and son,” the approximately 8″ x 10″ photo was taken in December 1915 depicting father and son as almost mirror images. They wear matching barkeep outfits, lean one hand on the back bar as they pose for the photographer.
Lot #5 – 1939 All-Star Games Team Signed Baseball – Features 29 signatures including Lou Gehrig from his final ASG appearance. Other Hall of Fame signers include Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Joe Cronin, Bob Feller, Lefty Gomez, Mel Ott and more.
Lot #6 – 1959 Mickey Mantle Game Used, Signed & Photo Matched Yankees Home Jersey –Comes with authentication from Mears and Sports Investors and LOA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication. It has been photo matched by Resolution Photo-matching to an April 12, 1960 image, along with an August 17, 1959 image and a 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle Topps 1960 All-Star card.
Lot #14 – 1960 Floyd Patterson Original Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship Belt – Captured by Patterson in his rematch with Ingmar Johansson on June 20, 1960 at the Polo Grounds.
Lot #16 – 1967 Frank Robinson Game Used & Signed Orioles Road Jersey – Graded A 6.5 by MEARS with additional LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA for the signature.
Lot #18 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Games Used, Signs & Photo Matches Bulls Home Jersey – Worn by MJ on 4/11/98 when he recorded his 5000th career assist versus Orlando. The jersey comes with an LOA from the Chicago Bulls for the game use, Upper Deck for the signature and Resolution Photo-matching for the photo match.
Lot #17 – 1976 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Robe VS Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium – The robe comes with an LOA from noted boxing expert Craig R. Hamilton and WBC Authentication.
Lot #22 – NBA 50 Greatest Players Litho Completely Signed & Framed (#34/100)
Lot #23 – 1991-2003 NY Rangers Hockey Rink from Madison Square Garden – Currently in storage, the rink was the one that hosted the Rangers at MSG for more than a decade including their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship season. Members of the 1994 Rangers’ team have signed pieces of the dasher boards including Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and many others multiple times. The rink is 85′ x 200′, the official NHL standard. The signatures come with Steiner COAs.
Lots #26-39- The Senate Page Collection – Offered in multiple lots, the collection was acquired by a young Senate page decades ago and includes numerous well-known athletes. Rare signatures include Walter Johnson, Frank Selee, Cy Young and other turn-of-the-century figures.
Lot #43 – 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA EX5 – Among a total of 71 examples recorded in the PSA census reporting, just seven copies are graded higher.
Lot #62 – 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 –
Lot #65 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle SGC 86 NM+ 7.5
Lots 557-574 – The Rusty Staub Collection – Eighteen lots from the 6-time All-Star and fan favorite from the Astros, Expos, Mets and Tigers. Lots include his 1973, 1986, 2000 and 2015 Mets World Series and/or N.L. Championship rings.
Lots #662-678 – The Casey Stengel Collection – Seventeen lots from the Hall of Fame manager including game-won pants, shirts, jacket and cap as well as his manager’s contract and other documents from both the Mets and Yankees.
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