SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – More than 750 generously illustrated, premium-quality lots are now available to peruse and bid on at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. All major sports are represented with an emphasis on provenance, authenticity and rarity throughout.
Opening the sale is an exceedingly rare 1902 Baltimore Orioles game-used jersey which is the earliest professional baseball jersey we have handled in our 30 years of business. It is a little known fact that the iconic New York Yankees franchise began play in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, with no relation to the current Orioles organization. The team was purchased and renamed the New York Yankees in 1913. This extraordinary relic from baseball’s most storied franchise is accompanied by a Photo-Match.com LOA grading the jersey a near perfect 9+. Lot #1 – Opening Bid $5,000
Offered in lot 3 is likely one of the last baseballs signed by Babe Ruth and features an unimprovable autograph, grading a MINT 10 from PSA/DNA. When Ruth was sick in 1948 he went to a restaurant, the waiter asked him if he would sign a ball for his daughter's birthday. Babe declined, but later came back and asked him for his daughter’s name, “Loraine”. Ruth signed the ball and left, and he passed away the very next day. This is the best example of the Ruth’s autograph we have ever seen. Accompanied by a Full PSA/DNA LOA grading the overall baseball NM-MT+ 8.5, and a notarized letter detailing the story of Ruth’s signing that day for the waiter’s daughter. Lot #3 – Opening Bid $5,000
Lot #236 features Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s race-worn fire suit from his 1993 victory at Talladega. Regarded as the most significant driver in NASCAR history, Earnhardt was taken from the sport he loved too early. This fire suit was originally headed to Planet Hollywood as a display and is accompanied by a Photo-Match.com LOA, a full LOA from JSA and photos of Earnhardt signing it. Lot #236 – Opening Bid $5,000
Lot #237 offers an incredibly rare insight into the thoughts of one of the greatest athletes regarding a controversial event, Muhammad Ali. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy careened a car off a bridge, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. The story gathered national headlines and the controversial matter captivated some of the country’s biggest stars. Following the tragic event, Ali personally reached out to the Kopechne family to offer not only his condolences, but also his personal thoughts regarding the story. Ali’s handwritten letter to the Kopechne family details his distaste with the Kennedy’s and the totality of the events that occurred. Ali wrote the letter in script style writing and some of the excerpts include “get yourself a good lawyer and sue that no good son of a bitch … for everything he’s got” and “His intent from start to finish was a forced illicit sexual intercourse and rape of your daughter, and since the accident was based thereon, he should be prosecuted and tried for murder”. Ali signed the bottom of the letter as both Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay. Accompanied by a Beckett LOA. Lot #237 – Opening Bid $5,000
Arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, Tom Brady’s photo-matched rookie era practice jersey is offered in lot #349. This is likely Brady’s primary red QB jersey from his first three seasons with the Patriots including when he became the starter. The extensive amount of wear shows multiple season use. An incredibly rare offering from one of football’s greatest. Accompanied by a Patriots LOA and a Photo-Match.com LOA confirming the match. Lot #349 – Opening Bid $5,000
Grey Flannel Auctions has been the Standard Of The Industry for over 30 years. Family owned and run out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Grey Flannel Auctions specializes in vintage game-used jerseys and high-end autographs. The 53nd edition of the fully illustrated catalog detailing all lots is now available for viewing at www.greyflannelauctions.com
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