“THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS ARCHIVE OF EXCEPTIONAL JERSEYS” HEADLINES LELANDS.COM 2017 WINTER AUCTION
Auction, Which Closes March 17, also Features Historic Babe Ruth Game-Used Bat, a Roberto Clemente 1960 World Series Game-Used Bat, Secretariat Owner’s Iconic Dress from the 1973 Belmont and Preakness Triple Crown Wins, and Important Game-Worn Jerseys from the Legendary 1970s Knicks Teams
New York, NY (Feb. 16, 2017) – Lelands is excited to announce a partnership with the Steelers to serve as the team’s official auction house of game-worn jerseys and memorabilia, and the first official auction of game-worn Steelers jerseys – “The Pittsburgh Steelers Archive of Exceptional Jerseys – will headline the Lelands.com 2017 Winter Auction, which closes March 17, 2017.
Portions of the proceeds from the sale of Steelers Archive Jerseys will be donated to the Chuck Noll Foundation, which was launched last November and supports continued research and education regarding brain injuries and treatment of sports-related concussions.
Game-worn jerseys available for auction at Lelands.com and via catalog include Steelers Hall of Famers and legends: Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Blount, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson, defensive ends L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White, running back Rocky Bleier, tight end Heath Miller and wide receiver Hines Ward.
All items will come with a letter of authenticity from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Lelands.
“The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sport, and their game-worn jerseys are the NFL’s rarest and most desirable,” said Lelands founder and chairman Joshua Evans. “We are honored to partner with the Steelers and to offer up for auction ‘The Pittsburgh Steelers Archive of Exceptional Jerseys.’”
The Lelands.com Winter Auction also features a 1931 Babe Ruth signed game-used bat, a Roberto Clemente 1960 World Series game-used bat, Secretariat owner Penny Chenery Tweedy’s dress that she wore to the legendary racehorse’s Belmont and Preakness Triple Crown victories, a Walt Frazier circa 1971 Knicks game-worn jersey, a 1970s Dave Debusschere signed Knicks warm-up top, a 1970s Earl Monroe Knicks game-used jersey, a piece of the 1972-73 Madison Square Garden parquet floor signed by Knicks players, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series “Perfect Game” rosin bag, 1976 George Foreman fight-worn trunks from Frazier II, and the 1976 Olympics basketball gold medal and World Championship medals from Natalya Klimova.
The auction also includes a 1960-61 Ernie Davis Heisman Trophy-winning Syracuse University game-used jersey and a game-used football from Syracuse’s 1959 National Championship season, Tony Casillas’ 1992 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring, a 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl ring, Patriots star Rob Gronkowski’s signed game-worn “Deflategate” gloves, and a 1972 Don Maynard New York Jets game-worn jersey.
The Lelands.com auction also boasts an early 1940s Mel Ott game-used bat, a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers great Pedro Guerrero’s 1981 World Series MVP Trophy, Babe Ruth’s first Major League game program, a Mickey Mantle signed “I Still Love You” baseball to Playboy Bunny ex-girlfriend with bunny suit, a 1921 Yankees team panoramic photo, 1970s game-worn jerseys from Yankees greats Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Graig Nettles and Willie Randolph, a 1972 Oakland Athletics Team Presentation Trophy, a 1926-29 Grover Cleveland Alexander game-used glove, new Busch Stadium’s first home run ball, and a 1945 Detroit Tigers game-worn uniform.
Lelands.com will also be auctioning off Boston Celtics great Frank Ramsey’s 1982 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Trophy, his 1964 Celtics seven time world champs sterling tray and his 1958-59 Celtics team-signed photo, as well as a pair of 1993 Michael Jordan signed game-worn Eastern Conference Finals shoes, and a 2003-04 Lebron James signed game-issued rookie jersey.
Additional horse racing memorabilia up for auction include Triple Crown winner Citation’s 1948 Belmont Stakes-winning Triple Crown horseshoe, 1938-58 Eddie Arcaro Kentucky Derby Silver Mint Julep Trophy Cups, Foolish Pleasure’s 1975 Kentucky Derby-winning horseshoe, Battleship Gray’s 1930 Wilson Stakes at Saratoga Silver Trophy, and a 19th century horse racing gaming wheel with rare original counter.
The Lelands.com auction also features an impressive lineup of hockey memorabilia headlined by 1970s game-worn jerseys from New York Rangers greats Brad Park and Jean Ratelle, Gordie Howe circa 1966 game-worn skates gifted to fellow Hall of Famer Leo Boivin, and a Wayne Gretzky 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers signed game-used stick.
Lelands.com will also be auctioning off a wide variety of vintage music and Americana memorabilia including a 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival uncut poster sheet with two Janis Joplins, a 1935 Frank Sinatra “Hoboken Four” set list from Major Bowers Amateur Hour – “American Treasures” Library of Congress missing link, a John F. Kennedy signed “Profiles in Courage” book gifted by JFK with signed letter, an in-person signed President George H.W. Bush collection from PVT Signings, a 1960 Democratic National Convention ticket signed by JFK, LBJ and Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan’s personally used pipe and tobacco pouch with signed letter.
For more information about the auction, please visit www.lelands.com.
Lelands (www.lelands.com) is the industry leader in sports and Americana memorabilia. Founded in 1969 as the world’s first sports auction house, Lelands pioneered the move into high-end, Internet-based catalogue auctions in 1988. In the 1990s, Lelands opened its offices in Manhattan, where it held the first- ever live sports auctions, generating star-studded crowds and major news including the sale of the Buckner ball. In 2000, Lelands auctioned the Charlie Sheen Collection, considered the finest “quality” baseball collection ever assembled. In 2012, Lelands purchased and sold a 1920 Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey for a world record for a sports piece – more than $4.5 million. Two years later, Lelands became the dominant player in horse racing memorabilia beginning with the sale of the Seabiscuit collection of Christopher Lowe. In 2015, Lelands offered for private sale the personal collection of 1980 Olympic hockey star Jim Craig, including his gold medal, jerseys from the Soviet and Finland games, and the iconic flag he wore on his shoulders after the “Miracle on Ice.”