Two of the hottest collecting categories in sports memorabilia will highlight the lineup at Albersheim’s June 6 sale. Rare Hall of Fame autographs and championship rings take center stage among more than 600 lots of quality sports memorabilia.
Leading the sale in current bidding is a 1992 Dallas Cowboys championship ring belonging to Curvin Richards. Die-hard fans might remember Richards was actually cut by the team after the regular season finale after fumbling twice in the last game.
Richards had to fight to get a ring the team went on to earn, and his version came without diamonds, in which he placed a full carat of faux diamonds.
In its January auction, Albersheim’s sold Erik Williams’ 1992 Cowboys championship ring for $33,910. Bidding for this ring is at $11,000 at press time.
Albersheim’s also has a selection of salesman sample rings, including the following:
– 1971 Dallas Cowboys championship ring, Roger Staubach
– 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers championship ring, Franco Harris
– 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers championship ring, Terry Bradshaw
– 1986 Boston Red Sox American League championship ring, Roger Clemens
– 1991 Chicago Bulls NBA championship ring, Michael Jordan
– 1995 Houston Rockets NBA championship ring, Clyde Drexler.
Those familiar with the hobby know Richard Albersheim is a foremost autograph expert and deals with high quality signatures across genres.
This auction will feature a number of important autographs, including a Middleweight championship fight contract signed by the combatants: Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Another coveted contract in the auction is a 1931 player’s contract with the Chicago Bears signed by Bronko Nagurski and George Halas.
Another gem is a cut signature of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Joe Carr. Carr was the president of the NFL from 1921 until his death in 1939. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1950 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and is the only non-player in both halls. Carr also served as president of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1925-28. According to Albersheim’s, Carr is considered among the top four rarest Pro Football Hall of Fame autographs, along with Hugh Shorty Ray, Charles Bidwill and Tim Mara.
Albersheim’s is also offering a photo of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, signed by all four members – Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher, Elmer Layden and Don Miller.
More autograph highlights include the following:
– Roberto Clemente single-signed ball
– Eddie Bennett signed photo
– Julius Erving signed, game-worn 1980s Converse basketball shoes converted into roller skates
– Christain Steinmetz (Basketball HOF) signed letterhead
– 1934 N.Y. Yankees team-signed ball with Ruth and Gehrig
– Lefty Grove single-signed ball
– 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball.
For more information on this auction that ends June 6, visit www.albersheims.com or call (855) 450-5500.