1993 Nolan Ryan game-used Texas Rangers uniform - front
1993 Nolan Ryan game-used Texas Rangers uniform - front

Ron Oser prides himself on having something for everyone in his auctions and this sale was no exception. From bats to comic books or PSA graded gems to celebrity autographs, Ron Oser satisfies just about every collector with every focus. When the bidding was over, the wide variety of lots produced over $2.6 million of action. Here is a look at some of the auction highlights:

Four Horseman signed Notre Dame print
1960 NBA All-Star Game signed basketball
Michael Jordan signed high school yearbook
1996 Wayne Gretzky signed/game-used hockey stick
1964 Clay/Liston fight program
Bobby Jones signed hardcover book
Tiger Woods signed baseball
1893 N142 Honest (Duke) Wilbert Cabinet card
Ross Youngs signed album page with photo
Walter Johnson handwritten letter
Mickey Mantle Hartland Lamp
1950's Stan Musial game-used H&B bat
1955 Ted Williams game-used H&B bat
1961-67 Hank Aaron game-used Adirondack bat
1971-79 Mike Schmidt game-used Adirondack bat
1997 Greg Maddux signed/game-used Louisville Slugger bat
Mark McGwire's 553rd home run baseball from 2000
1993 Nolan Ryan game-used Texas Rangers uniform
1999 Randy Johnson game-used All-Star jersey
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA NM 7
1933 Goudey Roy Johnson #8 PSA NM-MT 8
1961 Topps Dice Game Stan Musial PSA NM 7
1918 World Series program at Boston
1929 Wire Photo of Ruth, Lazzeri and Gehrig (unsigned)
1959 Bobby Shantz Gold Glove Award
1969 New York Mets team signed baseball
1980 Philadelphia Phillies team signed baseball
Mark McGwire signed AL baseball
1989 Mark McGwire signed/game-used Adirondack bat
1914 Providence Baseball Club photo with Babe/Ruth

After a strong auction, Oser was pleased to see the great participation from so many bidders and he believed it was the variety of items that made it happen. "That's where we come in," Oser said in regards to the variety in his catalogue. "We have something for everyone. Some auction houses only feature the high-end material, but we have the ability to appeal to almost any collector. All but 13 lots, in an auction of approximately 2,200, sold. We use low reserves, which helps us create a fun atmosphere for bidders. Everyone can get involved."

Oser was also took notice of a very interesting trend that has emerged over the last year. "While nearly everything performed well, the team signed baseballs did incredibly well," Oser explained. "Baseballs that might sell for $300-$400 in average condition are now selling for $3000-$4000 in high-grade. Collectors are starting to assemble collections of championship teams and the market is competitive for these gems."

Even when it came to non-sports items, Oser felt a surge in interest. "We are seeing a great crossover from sports to non-sports items," Oser said. "We featured some 1930's Indian Gum cards that the PSA crowd gobbled up. The cards were doing well but, when the PSA guys started to bid, the prices skyrocketed because those collectors are looking for quality and a nice value. Some early non-sports material seems really undervalued right now in comparison to sports issues. Whether it's political autographs or Disney art, all Americana is hot right now."

Ron Oser will be holding a pure Americana or non-sports auction some time in October 2001.

Lelands Shoots and Scores with Latest Auction

Armed with an incredible assortment of hockey memorabilia, care of hockey legend Guy Lafleur, Lelands.com was able to present another quality auction to the collecting public. At the end of the sale, total bids amounted to $2.45 million, making it one of the year's most significant auctions. One of the most interesting lots featured a racing helmet used by the late Dale Earnhardt, which sold for $11,205. Let's take a look at some of the other highlights:

The Guy Lafleur highlights include his: Conn Smyth Trophy ($26,423), 1979 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring ($15,555), last Canadiens jersey ($7,538), 1978-79 Stanley Cup Trophy ($14,791), 1976-77 Hart Trophy ($21,839), game-used WHA hockey stick ($3,579), 1974-75 5Oth Goal Stick ($4,074), 1977 All Star Game ring ($4,600) and 500th goal puck ($11,344). Other hockey highlights include: Wayne Gretzky's WHA game-used rookie hockey stick ($5,357), Bobby Clarke's game-used jersey ($10,102), Bobby Orr's game-used skates ($13,120), Wayne Gretzky's game-used 1851 point stick ($9,860), Patrick Roy's game-used hockey stick ($2,455), and Tony Esposito's game-used hockey stick ($2,812).

Game-used memorabilia was also very hot, the highlights include: 1970 Johnny Bench game-used jersey ($11,764), 1995 Paul O'Neil All Star jersey ($3,705), 2000 Chipper Jones game-used jersey ($3,611), 2000 Andruw Jones game-used jersey ($2,024), 1993 Greg Maddux game-used jersey ($4,423), Barry Bonds game-used rookie era bat ($1,390), 1986-1989 Nolan Ryan game-used bat ($2,780), Mike Schmidt 400th home run uniform ($6,563), 1986 Nolan Ryan game-used Houston Astros jersey ($9,741), and a 1994 Frank Thomas game-used jersey ($2,780).

Lelands will be holding another high-quality auction sometime in the late summer; we will keep you posted on the latest results.

1993 Nolan Ryan game-used Texas Rangers uniform - pants
1993 Nolan Ryan game-used Texas Rangers uniform - pants
1955 Ted Williams game-used H&B bat
1955 Ted Williams game-used H&B bat

Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 30 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last sixteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on numerous radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines, HBO's Real Sports and the Fox Business Network, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release. Recently, Orlando helped put together a new hobby book entitled The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, which was released in the summer of 2016.