While crosstown rivals Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig garnered most of the New York and national headlines, New York Giants slugger Mel Ott was one of the most underappreciated stars of the 1920s-40s.
The diminutive Ott (5-9, 170 pounds), a 12-time All-Star, led the National League in home runs six times, hitting 511 career homers during his Hall of Fame career.
Ott memorabilia is rare, which makes his 1931 game-worn jersey one of the most impressive items in Lelands 2021 Fall Classic Auction.
The New York Giants jersey, which has been photomatched to Ott’s rare 1933 R300 George C Miller trading card, is one of fewer than five Ott jerseys known to exist and the first to be definitively photomatched.
The Ott jersey is one of many rare and valuable items in Leland’s fall auction, which closes Dec. 11.
Also available is the “Holy Grail” of Tom Brady cards — a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady Rookie Autograph card. The card is graded NM-MT 8 with an autograph grade of 9. Lelands has sold two record-setting examples of the valuable Brady card in the last year.
The auction also includes a 1933 Goudey complete set (240 cards), 15 which have been graded and encapsulated by SGC and PSA. The Goudey set is part of Troup’s Trove, an impressive collection of more than 100 hobby-fresh complete sets from the 1910s to the 1980s, including some of the most iconic sports card sets ever made.
Another centerpiece is a 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente signed rookie card, the most sought-after card in the famed 1955 set and arguably one of the greatest rookie cards to come out of the 1950s. The card is one of only nine ever graded by PSA.
Other auction highlights include:
• A 1983 Philadelphia 76ers NBA Championship ring given to guard Franklin Edwards.
• A Clemente Champ Ticket.
• A 1961 Los Angeles Dodgers Don Drysdale-signed, game-worn jersey.
• A hobby-fresh 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card, graded SGC 8.
• A circa 1913 Ty Cobb “holding out” letter.
• The earliest known Miguel Cabrera game-worn, photomatched Marlins rookie jersey.
• Paul Molitor’s 1998 Twins final career home run game-worn jersey.
• A Bear Bryant personally owned and worn houndstooth hat and his Crimson Tide baseball hat, both of which were found in the legendary coach’s 1972 Cadillac.
• Wayne Gretzky’s 1992 All-Star game-worn jersey.
Lelands also has many unique and odd collectibles, including:
• A pair of Michael Jordan’s personally worn underwear from the personal collection of “Last Dance” security guard John Michael Wozniak.
• A lock of hair from Secretariat.
• A 1940 Seabiscuit Santa Anita Handicap race-worn shoe.
• The only known Dr. Anthony Fauci-signed Washington Nationals Bobblehead.
• An Aaron Hernandez-signed handwritten letter inside of book from prison.
For more information about the Lelands 2021 Fall Classic Auction, visit https://lelands.com.
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