Other highlights include a 1955 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie Jersey, a Joe DiMaggio Yankees Game-Worn Uniform, Willie Mays’ New York Giants Game-Used Jersey from his last Polo Grounds Game, Pete Rose’s Record-Breaking 4,192 Hit Baseball, and a 1939 Lou Gehrig Game-Used Bat and an Extremely Rare and Significant 1904 Olympic U.S. Golf Gold and Silver Medals
New York, NY (May 23, 2017) – Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Championship ring, the 1919 sale of Ruth from the Red Sox to Yankees contract (the Yankees copy of the deal) – the most important transaction in sports history and the day "The Curse of the Bambino" was born – headline the Lelands.com 1st Annual Invitational Auction, which closes June 30 and consists of a few hundred exceptional quality, high-value lots.
The Lelands.com auction also features a 1955 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey, a 1950-51 Joe DiMaggio Yankees game-used uniform, a 1957 Willie Mays New York Giants game-worn, signed jersey from his last Polo Grounds game, the ball from when Pete Rose became the all-time hit king with 4,192 career hits, and a 1939 Lou Gehrig game-used bat.
Additional auction highlights include a Ty Cobb game-used factory side-written bat, a high grade Babe Ruth single-signed baseball originally from actor Charlie Sheen, a Mickey Mantle game-used bat and cap, the jersey worn by San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner on April 2, 2017 when he became the first hurler to hit two home runs on Opening Day, a 1962-63 Stan Musial Cardinals game-worn glove, a 1969 Bob Gibson Cardinals game-used, signed uniform, a 1923 Tris Speaker game-used factory side-written bat, a 1962 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves game-worn jersey, and Hank Aaron’s 705th home run ball.
The Lelands.com Invitational Auction also boasts a priceless piece of golf history: the gold and silver medals won by pioneering U.S. golfer Chandler Egan at the 1904 Olympics – the last time the sport was played in the Games prior to its return last summer. The incredibly rare and significant medals were recently found in a bookcase in the former home of Egan's daughter in northeast Ohio.
Also on the auction block are a pair of 1965 Gordie Howe game-worn skates, a 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Trophy presented to Ralph Backstrom, a 1983-84 Bernard King Knicks game-worn jersey and King’s 1984-85 NBA Leading Scorer Award, as well as Teresa Edwards’ 1984 Olympic U.S. basketball gold medal, an 1892 Sullivan vs. Corbett official boxing program, and a 1974 Billie Jean King match-worn Philadelphia Freedom uniform.
Additionally, the auction features an exceptional collection of horse racing memorabilia headlined by a 1972 Secretariat horseshoe from his maiden race and first win as well as a full set of eight nails worn by the legendary thoroughbred in the Belmont Futurity that year.
Lelands.com will also be auctioning off an array of vintage music and Americana memorabilia including a Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” stage-used guitar, a 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band fedora worn on the iconic album, a 1967 Pete Townshend “smashed” tour guitar, a 1952 Salvador Dali “Spheres of Gali” original pen and ink, and a 1967 Peanuts original art daily with Jose Peterson baseball content.
“From Ruth's 1927 World Series ring to 'The Curse of the Bambino' pact, among other things, we believe this is the best quality sports auction since 'The Barry Halper Collection,'" said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com. “We are excited to bring these historic, one-of-a-kind collectibles to auction."
Auction is now open for bidding and closes June 30. For more information about the Lelands Invitational 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.”