You can buy a small, uncut strip of T206 cards including Honus Wagner in Leland’s next sports memorabilia auction…or you can buy the Flying Dutchman’s old house. A Cap Anson cap is also among 1300 items being offered.
Lelands.com goes live this week with a 1300-lot auction highlighted by a 5-card strip of T206 cards that includes the famed Honus Wagner.
Wagner’s much publicized tobacco card, a specimen of which recently sold for a record $2.35 million, is generally believed to be one of 50-80 in existence. In this auction however, an uncut strip of five T-206’s, including Wagner, is offered, and is believed to be one-of-a-kind. The framed strip, which was once owned by celebrated collector Barry Halper, has a reserve of $50,000. The strip also features Cy Young, Mordecai Brown, Frank Bowerman and Johnny Kling.
Wagner’s home in the Carnegie suburb of Pittsburgh, with a reserve of $130,000, is being offered for sale. The Pirates’ legendary shortstop lived there from 1918 until his death in 1955. He coached for the Pirates long after his playing career ended.
A large boxing collection is also part of the auction. The items were consigned by Lorraine Jacobs, widow of Jim Jacobs, and include a full ticket from the famous 1892 Sullivan-Corbett fight, Jack Johnson’s signed “confession” letter in which he claimed to have thrown his 1916 fight in Havana against Jess Willard, a 1903 Corbett-Jeffries full ticket, a 1910 Johnson-Jeffries presentational photo album, Joe Louis’ tax return and letter to the IRS, to Mike Tyson’s marriage license for his Robin Givens wedding. All proceeds received by the Jacobs family from this auction will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Jim Jacobs Research Fund.
Adrian “Cap” Anson got his nickname from being Chicago’s captain, but this auction offers a rare cap worn by Anson in the style of the late 19th century. There is no identification as to exactly when the cap was worn, but that it was Anson’s Spalding model is unquestioned. The reserve is $3,000.
Other highlights include:
- 1923 Ty Cobb game used bat ($25,000),
- Anson sterling silver presentation bat ($25,000)
- 1960 home Yankees jersey worn by Mickey Mantle ($25,000)
- Large archive of Dr. Naismith’s signed, handwritten letters ($25,000)
- 1981 road uniform from the Rochester Red Wings worn by Cal Ripken ($5,000)
- Handwritten basketball play by Naismith (reserve $1,000)
- Cassius Clay’s earliest known boxing gloves ($5,000) and shoes ($2,500)
- 2001 American League championship New York Yankees ring from Enrique Wilson ($5,000)
- 1969-70 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins jersey ($25,000).
Bidding will conclude on Friday, May 18.