The Finest Ever 1919 Black Sox Scandal Collection to Hit the Market and Charlie Sheen’s Iconic “Major League” Cap and Final Pitch Ball, Closes Dec. 6
New York, NY, Nov. 4, 2019 – A 1915 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team-signed baseball signed by Babe Ruth for his roommate, the personal collection of Steelers great and decorated Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier, and a multi-million dollar card collection including rare Ruth cards headline the Lelands Fall 2019 Classic Auction, which is open for bidding and runs through Dec. 6.
The remarkable 1915 Red Sox team signed baseball from Ruth’s roommate Dick Hoblitzell features 28 autographs including the aforementioned Ruth, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Duffy Lewis, Everett Scott, Hoblitzell and others. This fantastic ball anchors a collection from Hoblitzell’s family that also includes game balls and Hoblitzell’s personal World Series programs.
For the first time ever, Steelers icon and true American hero Rocky Bleier has made available his vast collection of memorabilia, which tells the story of his extraordinary life, from the football field, battlefield of Vietnam and back. Wounded in battle and told he’d never walk again, Bleier, who was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his military service, defied the odds and became a four-time Super Bowl winner with the Steelers. Headlining the collection is Bleier’s 1979 Super Bowl XIII Steelers game-worn helmet, his 1980 Super Bowl XIV game-used, signed jersey and an early to mid-1970s Bleier game-worn helmet.
The magnificent multi-million dollar card collection up for bid features rare Ruth cards and a stunning, fresh to the market 1917 Collins-McCarthy (E135) complete set. Among the spectacular Ruth cards is a 1916 M101-5 Sporting News blank back #151 rookie that is the only recognized Ruth rookie. Considered one of the most prized possessions in the card collecting hobby, the card depicts Ruth in pitching follow-through from his stint with the Red Sox. The Collins-McCarthy set, which comes with 20 PSA-graded, is believed to be the first complete set sold publicly. Also featured in the auction is an amazing 1911-36 Zeenut collection.
Another centerpiece of the auction is the greatest ever 1919 Black Sox Scandal to hit the auction block. Marking the 100th anniversary of the infamous scandal, the collection is headlined by a Holy Grail of baseball autographs: a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson signed voucher. Jackson was illiterate and rarely signed anything, making his autographs among the scarcest in sports. Also up for bid are 1919 World Series tickets, a 1919 White Sox season pass, Type 1 photos, handwritten letters, autographs and more.
Directly from actor Charlie Sheen, the auction also serves up the famed Cleveland Indians cap worn by Sheen’s Ricky Vaughan character in “Major League” and the actual screen and game-used pitched ball from the climactic scene where Vaughn strikes out his nemesis with a 101 mph fastball. Another timeless Sheen collectible up for auction is the standard military issue Timex watch worn by his Chris Taylor character in “Platoon.”
Other signature baseball memorabilia on the auction block includes the 1911 Philadelphia Athletics World Champions gold medallion and 1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Champions pocket watch presented to star player Rube Oldring, a circa 1909 Honus Wagner Horner cabinet, Jesse Haines’ Hall of Fame Induction Plaque, a 1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction signed baseball, Ricky Ledee’s 1999 Yankees World Championship ring, a 1927 World Champion Yankees team-signed ball and a 2019 Pete Alonso New York Mets signed, game-used bat.
The Lelands.com auction also boasts fantastic football memorabilia including a 1982 “Dawg Pound Bound” van signed by over 500 Cleveland Browns players and football luminaries, including the entire 1964 Browns championship team. Other highlights include a helmet worn by Ernie Davis in 1951 when he played in Elmira, NY’s Small Fry Football League, a 1956 Davis high school practice jersey, a 1962 Davis single-signed football, a 1959 Syracuse Football national championship ring and a 1949 Colts Silber’s Bakery Y.A. Tittle trading card.
Another auction centerpiece is a tremendous horse racing trophy collection featuring trophies from several of the sport’s greatest horses. The Hirsch Jacobs collection of 39 trophies dates back to the early 1940s and comes from the estate of the legendary horse owner and trainer. The auction also includes a Secretariat 1973 Man o’War Stakes race-worn shoe and a 1973 Secretariat-used whip signed by Penny Tweedy.
Also up for auction is an early 1970s Walt Frazier Knicks game-worn jersey. The offering comes on the heels of Lelands previously auctioning Frazier’s 1970 NBA Finals Game 7 game-worn jersey.
The Lelands Fall 2019 Classic Auction also features a wide array of vintage pop culture memorabilia, including a full set of AFA graded 1978 Star Wars Kenner action figures, a 1961 John F. Kennedy “Camelot” signed document, a John Lennon owned and played accordion, and Whitey Bulger handwritten letters.
For more information about the Lelands Fall 2019 Classic Auction, visit https://lelands.com/.
Established in 1985, Lelands is the first sports auction house and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports collectible hobby. Founder Joshua Leland Evans is a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless iconic items including Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2,093, 927), his 1919 “Curse of the Bambino” signed contract ($2,303,320) and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit https://lelands.com/.