Sports auction houses have their specialties. Some only deal in graded cards, others are geared toward a certain sport. And yet others focus on game-used memorabilia.
Other auction houses will offer a lineup of great vintage cards, some game-used pieces and then slide in some memorabilia you won't find anywhere else. The latter is the modus operandi of Lelands, and the company's current auction is now live at www.lelands.com, with an ending date of June 24.
In this auction, collectors will find baseball trophies dating back to 1867, turn-of-the-century photographs, championship rings and the usual quality lineup of autographs, game-used pieces and graded cards.
The auction kicks off with a wide-ranging selection of vintage baseball memorabilia, including numerous 19th and early 20th century trophies. Some examples are an 1867 Atlantics Trophy pitcher; an 1880s baseball trophy by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; and a collection of seven 1900s collegiate trophy balls that feature Holy Cross and Colby Tufts and more. This section also includes figurines (with numerous Hartland statues being offered), vintage scorecards, old advertising signs and testimonial programs – one featuring Christy Mathewson.
Lelands’ game-used selection is fantastic, with jerseys off the backs of Harmon Killebrew (1961 Twins home jersey), Nolan Ryan (signed, 1970 Mets road flannel), 1969 Don Drysdale (L.A. Dodgers home jersey), Gus Zernial (1951 Philadelphia A’s), Joe Morgan (signed, 1975 Cincinnati Reds uniform), Carl Yastrzemski (signed, 1974 Boston Red Sox home jersey) and Albert Pujols (signed, 2000 Midwest League All-Star jersey), among others.
Game-used bats in the auction include samples used by Jimmie Foxx (1939), Ted Williams (1960), Hank Aaron (1973-75), Pete Rose (for hit No. 4,255) and Stan Musial (1962 All-Star game).
Sal LaRocca Collection
The Lelands sale will also feature 74 items from the Sal LaRocca Collection, which features some amazing Brooklyn Dodgers collectibles. Heading that list is a 1952 Preacher Roe game-used home jersey, with the pitcher’s signature on the inside collar.
Enjoy team-signed baseballs? How about a run from 1958-2005 of Dodgers team-signed baseballs, totaling 80 in all? There is also a lot of seven Brooklyn Dodgers players signed contracts from the 1940s and ’50s that includes Ralph Branca, Carl Furillo and Carl Erskine. Another lot has more than 30 Brooklyn player contracts from the 1930s.
Other Dodger notables include a 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship ring, Gil Hodges game-worn jacket, 1981 Dodgers Championship ring and numerous items related to Jackie Robinson.
Yankees and more baseball
New York Yankee fans will enjoy a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig signed baseball, Ruth signed bat, Gehrig signed bat, 1956 Rip Coleman New York Yankees World Championship ring, 2009 New York Yankees World Championship ring, 1921 N.Y. Yankees World Series signed baseball with Ruth and a Roger Maris game-worn batting helmet.
There is a great selection of team-signed baseballs all dating to 1929 – Yankees, Cubs, N.Y. Giants, Senators, Philadelphia A’s, Brooklyn Robins, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Browns.
Stadium seats are available from Fenway Park and Yankees Stadium, along with signed cuts from Cy Young, Al Simmons, Dazzy Vance, Ed Walsh and many more.
Finally, Lelands will offer plenty of great cards, including a D304 Brunners Butter Krust Ty Cobb PSA 4, 1963 Topps Baseball complete set (Mantle, Koufax PSA 8), 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson PSA 8.5, 1910 E93 Honus Wagner PSA 4, numerous T206 examples, 1986 Fleer Basketball unopened near complete box, and a 1956 Topps Football complete set that sits at No. 8 on the PSA Set Registry.
Boxing and football
Among the boxing highlights is a very cool 1940s Jake LaMotta fight-used robe – a leopard skin robe! The robe comes from the collection of Jake’s wife Vikki and was used in numerous fights from that era.
Football big-ticket items include Joe Gilliam’s Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl X ring and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens World Championship ring of Marcus Nash.
For more information on this auction, visit www.lelands.com or call (631) 244-3604