It is hard to characterize any Lelands.com auction as carrying "the usual array," because as spectacular as the lots are, auction after auction, the company continues to come up with magnificent items with each new catalog.
This spring's online action, to be held Thursday and Friday, May 29-30 (Americana and pop culture on Thursday, Sports on Friday), will include no less than the only Babe Ruth home jersey offered on the market (two others are believed to exist, but are not expected to be sold). The pinstriped uniform circa 1925 (no NY, no number), bears "G.H. Ruth" stitching in the collar, and includes holes for a "fat strap," used to keep it tucked in. The reserve is $50,000.
There was a time not too long ago when certain "finds" would send shockwaves throughout the entire industry and dominate the hobby headlines. Subsequently, the few "new" finds that have surfaced have sold for astronomical prices due to their scarcity and enthusiasm spawned by their discovery. The "Philly Find" is one of those finds! Presented in Leland's latest auction is the M116 Sporting Life Collection of 315. Designated as the "Philly Find" the set boasts 50 different PSA 9's and even one PSA 10 !
Baseball Card Highlights:
1911 M116 Sporting Life "Philly Find" PSA Graded Complete Set ($25,000 reserve), Unknown 1924 Babe Ruth Proctor's Card ($1,000), 1887 Allen & Ginter Near Complete Graded Baseball Set ($2,000), 1966 Topps Batman Full Cello Pack Box ($3,000), 1951/52 Parkhurst High-Grade Complete Set ($8,000), T206 Collection of 375 ($2,500), 1954 Bowman Ted Williams PSA 8 NM-MT ($2,000), 1952 Topps Baseball Wax Pack ($2,500), 1960's Topps Baseball Wax Pack Run ($2,000), 1930's Goudey and Diamond Stars Collection ($5,000), and 1909 T206 Sherry Magee Error VG-EX ($5,000).
Other baseball headliners are Barry Bonds' 69th home run ball from 2001, ($15,000 reserve), Lou Gehrig's Sporting News MVP watch from 1936 ($15,000), a ball signed by the 1927 Yankees ($5,000), never before seen color home movie footage of Roger Maris's 61st home run ($5,000), a game used bat from Ty Cobb, (from the 1920s), ($10,000), and Roberto Clemente's final home run ball ($3,000).
Also: An1871 Stratford Large Team Photo with James O' Rourke ($1,500), 1857 Ashland v. Enterprise Trophy Baseball ($1,000), 19th Century Figural Baseball Theme Clock ($3,000), Two 1939 Hall of Fame Induction Signed Baseballs ($3,000), 1934 Tour of Japan Team Signed Baseball ($5,000), -1933 American League All Star Team Signed Baseball ($1,500), -1924 Baseball Tour of England Signed Photograph Album ($2,000), 1975 Paul Blair Gold Glove Award ($2,500), -1987 Emmy Award for the World Series Broadcast ($2,000), 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Trophy ($1,000), Fantastic 1906 Figural Baseball Trophy ($2,000), -The Ed Barrow Collection including his Hall of Fame Plaque ($1,000), 1950's Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat ($5,000), and the 1958 Gil Hodges Gold Glove Award ($3,500).
Also, 1955 Junior Gilliam Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Ring ($5,000), 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Yearbook Original Cover Artwork by Willard Mullin ($2,500), Polo Grounds Hot Dog Steamer ($300), Monte Irvin's Presentational Hall of Fame Plaque ($3,000), Historical 1920 World Series Game Five Program ($3,000), 1997 Enrique Wilson World Series Ring ($2,000), 1962 Richie Ashburn Game Worn NY Mets Jersey ($2,000), 1948 Hank Greenberg Game Worn Indians Jersey ($5,000), 1958 Willie Mays Game Worn Jersey ($5,000), Roger Maris 61st Homerun Painting by Bill Purdom ($3,500 1987 Mark McGwire Game Worn and Signed Rookie of the Year Athletic Supporter ($1,000), 1920's Baseball Slot Machine ($3,000), Vast Chicago Whales Federal League Collection ($1,500), 1962 Casey Stengel Game Worn Mets Jacket and Cap ($1,000), 1986 Mets World Series Trophy ($1,500), The Ozzie Sweet Original Sports Negatives Collection , Pop Lloyd Handwritten Letter ($750), 1899 Chicago Union Giants Advertising Calendar ($1,000), 1939 Negro League All Stars Team Signed Baseball with Josh Gibson ($2,000), 1919 World Series Photo of Joe Jackson ($500), 1938 All Star Game Press Pin ($2,000), very important 1954-55 Roberto Clemente Documents related to his purchase by Pittsburgh from the Dodgers, ($2,000), a 5 foot by 2 foot section of the Fenway Park Green Monster ($2,000), 1903 Boston Pilgrims First World Series Pin Back Button ($1,500), 1919 Reds Game Used and Signed Baseball ($1,500), 1961 Frank Robinson Game Used World Series Bat ($2,000), and Babe Ruth's Straw Hat ($1,200).
1945 Otto Graham Game Worn Football Jersey from the Otto Graham Collection ($7,500 reserve), 1983 Dan Marino Game Worn Rookie Era Jersey ($1,500), 1994 Marshall Faulk game worn rookie helmet ($2,000), 2002 Brett Farve Game Worn 40,000 Yard Jersey ($3,500), 1929 Red Grange Chicago Bears Advertising Display ($2,000) and the Joe Perry Collection including his Football Hall of Fame Ring ($2,000).
The Bill Sharman Collection including his First Celtics Championship Ring ($5,000 reserve) and 1955 NBA All Star Game MVP Trophy ($1,000), Earl Monroe Game Worn Knicks Uniform ($2,000), 1967 Wilt Chamberlain NBA Player's Contract ($2,000), and 1976 New York Nets ABA Championship Trophy ($1,000).
1893 Montreal AAA First Stanley Cup Ring ($10,000), The Charles Mulcahy Collection of Hockey Trophies including Conn Smythe ($2,000), George Vezina ($1,000), Art Ross ($1,000), Hart Memorial ($1,000), Calder Memorial ($1,000reserve), James Norris ($1,000), Lady Byng ($1,000) and Bill Masterson ($1,000), 1980 Winter Olympics Silver Hockey Medal ($3,000), Patrick Roy's 300th Win Award >From Koho ($3,000), Bryan Trottier's 1978-79 Hart Trophy Plaque ($3,000), 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup ($2,000), complete Set of Phoenix Coyotes Gretzky Retirement Game Worn Jerseys ($8,000), 1970-71 Glenn Hall Game Worn Jersey ($2,500), 2002-03 Mario Lemieux Game Worn Jersey ($2,500), 1995-96 Montreal Canadiens Team Set of 34 Game Worn Jerseys ($3,000), 1960's Gordie Howe Game Worn Jersey ($10,000), Bobby Orr's Last Boston Bruins Jersey with Photo of Him Wearing It ($10,000), 1978 Wayne Gretzky Game Used Oilers WHA Rookie Stick ($2,000), 1946-47 Rocket Richard Game Used, Team Signed Stick ($1,000), and 2002 Team Canada Olympic Hockey Training Camp Jerseys (33) ($3,000).
The collection of turn-of-the-century middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel ($750), 1986 Mike Tyson Fight Worn Trunks ($3,000), fabulous 1889 John L. Sullivan v. Jake Kilrain Silk ($7,500), Sugar Ray Robinson Fight Worn Golden Gloves Trunks ($5,000), 1976 Muhammad Ali Robe Worn for the Coopman Fight ($5,000), Ali photo taken by Frank Sinatra ($2,000), 1957 Cassius Clay Golden Gloves Trophy ($5,000), Ali Deer Lake Training Ring Bell ($3,500), 1972 Ali Trunks Worn in Fight with Mac Foster ($5,000), 1981 Ali "Three Time Champion" Worn Robe ($5,000), 1977 Ali Fight Worn Shoes from the Shavers Fight ($5,000), The Manny Seaman Collection of Joe Louis Memorabilia including Three Pairs of Fight Worn Trunks ($2,000 each), and a 1902 John L. Sullivan Large Signed Photo ($5,000).
Auto Racing Highlights
Jeff Gordon's Rear Bumper ($300), 1930 Bill Arnold Indy 500 Rickenbacker Trophy ($5,000), and original Artwork by Bill Purdom for Dale Earnhardt Card Set (80) ($10,000).
OPENING BID FOR A SIGNED 'SGT. PEPPER LP?"
How about $60,000; that's how rare it is to find one!
Leland.com presenting fabulous assortment of Beatles and other Entertainment Rarities in Online Auction Concluding May 29.
By the time the Beatles released their 1967 masterpiece, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the opportunity to find the Fab Four all together, while holding a copy of the album in your hand, was pretty slim. That is borne out by the few copies autographed by all four.
Thus, the reserve price for an LP signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo is $60,000, making it one of the focal points of the next auction of Americana, pop culture and entertainment from Lelands.com. The auction will conclude on Thursday, May 29, the first day of a two-day conclusion, with sports on Friday, May 30.
The Beatles, as always, are prominent in the list of offerings this time around (readers are urged to go to Lelands.com for full descriptions). Besides the Sgt. Pepper LP, one can find the John Lennon Mellotron used to record "Strawberry Fields Forever" (reserve $65,000), the original model for the "Yellow Submarine" ($25,000), Lennon's worn silver rimmed glasses ($17,000), a ticket stub from the Beatles last Ed Sullivan Show appearance ($700), Lennon's personal signed and annotated "Imagine" acetate ($31,000), McCartney's signature jacket, including photo documentation ($25,000), and McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Mary Hopkins' "Goodbye," ($28,000).
For fans of the classic "Monty Python's Flying Circus," offered in this auction are Graham Chapman's personal scripts from the program, 24 in number, with a reserve of $5,000. Chapman's movie script for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is available by itself with a reserve of $1000.
Elvis Presley is chiefly represented by a stage guitar, including photos of him using it, for a reserve of $65,000. The collector's market for guitars has always been strong, and this auction includes a circa 1958 Gretsch "White Penguin" model electric guitar, one of the rarest and most legendary guitars in the world, with a reserve of $66,000.
Other items of note include the original Flub-A-Dub marionette from the Howdy Doody Show ($50,000), Frank Sinatra's drivers license and three letters ($13,000), a pair of Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" gloves ($4,000), an early signed 8x10" photo of John F. Kennedy ($700), Jimi Hendrix "Woodstock" guitar strap ($28,000), and a movie costume of Austin Power's "Goldmember" along with a prop (3) ensemble ($500).
The auction also includes a collection of signed books, including works by Ernest Hemingway, Harry Houdini, P.T. Barnum, John F. Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and many others.
Lelands Auctions was founded in 1987. Joshua Leland Evans is Founder and Chairman; Michael Heffner is President. Simeon Lipman supervises the Americana, entertainment and pop culture division for the company. Leighton Sheldon supervises the Sports Card division for the company.