Oscar Robertson had a long and storied basketball career and now collectors have an opportunity to obtain items that once belonged to the Hall of Famer. The Oscar Robertson Collection will be prominent in The Invitational Auction hosted by Lelands Auctions.
Robertson’s 1971 NBA Championship ring, received when he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, highlights the Oscar Robertson Collection lots. Other items include: Robertson’s Basketball Hall of Fame ring, Basketball Hall of Fame trophy, 11 of his NBA All-Star rings, and several game worn jerseys and uniforms from his time with the Bucks and the University of Cincinnati, where he attended college.
Other highlighted items in the auction include:
• Late 1960s Johnny Unitas game worn jersey
• Guy Lafleur’s 1976-77 Hart Trophy
• 1920s Tris Speaker game used bat
• 1959 Mickey Mantle All-Star game used bat
• 1941 Ted Williams game worn Red Sox cap.
Sports cards also have a place in the auction. Hundreds of T206 baseball cards will be available as part of the Charles Bray Collection. A large collection of high-grade baseball and sports cards from the 1950s to the 1980s are also available.
A unique item in the auction is an 1871 Eagle Baseball Club poster. The item description for the poster is as follows:
“Though not as well known as their contemporaries the New York Knickerbockers, the Eagles Base Ball Club were pioneers of the sport of baseball. The team inhabited the same hallowed ground as the Knickerbockers, the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the two clubs often played one another. Like the Knickerbockers, the Eagles were one of the first baseball teams ever assembled in New York and America at large. This magnificent poster commemorates the 18th anniversary of the early Manhattan-based baseball team, advertising a game played at Landman’s Hamilton Park on Friday, August 25, 1871 and stating that ‘dancing will commence at 2 P. M.’ The poster, featuring a very early scene of baseball at its center, was printed by Palmer & Corse and is framed to 31” x 44” (the poster itself is 28” x 42”). It was obtained directly from the family/descendants of Henry Bellows, the treasurer of the Eagles Base Ball Club, and Bellows’ name can be found on the broadside. The rarity of this offering cannot be understated.
“There is only one other example of this poster known to exist and it resides at the National Baseball Library. The icing on the cake is that this one is in EX condition overall. This is an unparalleled opportunity to obtain an awe-inspiring piece of memorabilia from the earliest days of baseball in America.”
In all more than 1,000 lots will be part of the auction, which opened for bidding on July 15. Bidding in the auction ends Aug. 17.
For a complete listing of items available, or to make a bid, visit www.lelands.com.