The 1941-42 Joe DiMaggio bat that had a 27 percent chance of being used during his 56-game hitting streak led the way in the recent Vintage Authentics auctions. The bat, graded A8.5 by MEARS sold for $43,957 in the 682-lot auction that closed on Nov. 17.
Probably the rarest item in the auction was a 1972 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VII Championship ring, which sold for $10,521. The ring came from the estate of super scout Mike Rathet, who was the lead scout for Vince Lombardi prior to moving on to the Dolphins.
Babe Ruth was the feature name in two other significant lots. A single-signed Ruth baseball sold for $21,921, while a 1927 New York Yankees team-signed ball brought in slightly more than $8,600.
There was no shortage of game-used jerseys and bats in the Vintage Authentics' offering. Leading the way for jerseys were two circa 1973-74 Oakland Raiders jerseys, with Ken Stabler selling for $8,376 and Fred Biletnikoff selling for $4,951.
Other significant sales for game-used jerseys include: Nolan Ryan circa 1984-88 jersey ($3,694); Ray Lewis 2004 jersey ($4,112); Dan Marino 1997 autographed jersey ($5,265); Barry Bonds 2001 autographed home run No. 526 jersey ($5,875); Alex Rodriguez 1994 rookie jersey ($5,687); Roger Clemens 1995 jersey ($3,749); Albert Pujols 2001 rookie jersey ($3,050); 1975 Reggie Jackson jersey ($2,786); George Brett 1992 jersey ($3,407); and Don Mattingly 1992 jersey ($3,344).
Top game-used football jerseys included: Ben Roethlisberger 2004 rookie jersey ($4,394); Joe Montana 1990 jersey ($4,468); Walter Payton circa 1984-86 autographed jersey ($3,554); and Brett Favre 2002 autographed jersey ($3,317).
Top game-used basketball jerseys included: Pete Maravich 1979-80 jersey ($9,465); LeBron James 2003-04 rookie jersey ($3,548); Michael Jordan 1992-93 autographed jersey ($3,623); Kobe Bryant 2004-05 home jersey ($3,248); and a Magic Johnson 1995-96 autographed jersey ($3,057).
The game-used bat lineup was led by a 1930 Lou Gehrig A3, which sold for $12,350. Other significant sales for bats included: Eddie Collins game-used and autographed A6 ($3,137); Heinie Manush 1922-23 rookie era sidewritten bat ($2,334); Mickey Mantle 1965-68 graded A5 ($11,356); 1950-51 Joe DiMaggio A7 ($8,207); Jimmie Foxx post-1930 A3 ($9,462); Al Simmons 1920 A7 ($1,903); George Kelly 1921-30 A8 ($2,790); Albert Pujols 2001-05 autographed A7 ($2,105); Yogi Berra 1959-60 A4 ($2,346); Willie McCovey 1976 Bicentennial A7.5 ($2,755); Lou Brock 1965-68 autographed A8 ($2,756); and Mike Schmidt 1983-886 autographed A8 ($1,694).
Other highlights included: Dan Marino 1984 MVP game-used and autographed helmet ($6,582); Cal Ripken Jr. handwritten letter to high school sweetheart ($1,292); two Pele game-used jerseys - one from the late 1970s and one from 1982 - that both sold for $3,355; and Orville Wright's signed pilot's license ($1,997).
Vintage Authentics next auction is scheduled for March 2 and the company is currently taking consignments. For more information or for consignment details, call (866) 304-3090 or visit the website at vintageauthentics.at.truition.com.