Secretariat’s 1973 Belmont Stakes Presentation Blanket from Penny Chenery, Robinson’s Last Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Worn Jacket, Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” Championship Belt and a 1945 Mel Ott New York Giants Game-Worn Jersey Highlight Auction
New York, NY (Sept. 27, 2017) – The bat Pete Rose used for his record-breaking 4,192 hit in 1985 and the specially padded 1947-48 Brooklyn Dodgers cap worn by Jackie Robinson headline the Lelands.com Masters Auction, which closes Oct. 27and consists of a few hundred exceptional quality, high-value lots.
The Lelands.com auction also features the 1973 Secretariat Belmont Stakes Presentation Blanket from Penny Chenery, Robinson’s final Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jacket, the WBC Championship Belt awarded to Muhammad Ali for his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” win over George Foreman, a 1945 Mel Ott New York Giants game-used jersey, a 1936 Joe DiMaggio rookie year game-used bat, a 1960 Ted Williams game-used home run bat, Frank Robinson’s 500th home run game-used bat, a bat used by Mickey Mantle during the 1955-57 seasons and Mantle’s 1980s Texas driver’s license.
Additional auction highlights include a Ted Williams game-used glove circa 1955, a 2017 Aaron Judge game-worn “Derek Jeter Day” jersey and cap, game-used bats belonging to Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, George Sisler, Bill Terry and other Hall of Famers, a 1970 Brooks Robinson game-worn Orioles uniform, a 1969 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins game-worn uniform, Addie Joss Cleveland Naps game-worn pants circa 1909, a 1977 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals game-worn jersey, a signed “Ty Cobb “Sliding into Third” photo by Charles Conlon, Pete Rose’s 3,000 hit official lineup cards and a 1947-48 Babe Ruth single-signed baseball.
Lelands.com will also be auctioning off a complete unopened cello box of 1962 Topps First Series baseball cards, a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card, a 1911 T20B Gold Border Walter Johnson, a 1964 Topps #440 Roberto Clemente (PSA Gem Mint 10), a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseball that was used during a Bustin’ Babes & Larrapin Lou’s 1927 barnstorming game, a 1960s Roberto Clemente single-signed baseball with a perfect 10 autograph, an 1898 New York Giants Polo Grounds pass and a circa 1927 Lou Gehrig “Batting Hands” Type 1 photo by Conlon.
Additional horse racing memorabilia featured in the auction includes a 1973 Secretariat Kentucky Derby armband worn by Ron Turcotte, a 1973 Secretariat Belmont Stakes nail and Secretariat’s original Preakness winner’s circle garland from that year, as well as the 1969 Arts & Letters gold plated Travers Winning Trophy from Braulio Baeza’s personal collection.
The auction also boasts a 1985 Michael Jordan signed Nike Air Jordan I sneakers, a 1966 Topps USA Test Bobby Orr rookie card, the personally scored and signed scorecard from Bobby Jones’ 1926 British Open win, Ken Norton’s fight-worn gloves from his 1976 bout with Muhammad Ali, the 1909 Jack Johnson vs. Al Kaufman fight contract, 1977 Sugar Ray Leonard pro debut signed fight gloves,Isaac Berger’s 1956 U.S. Olympic weightlifting gold medal, Vince Lombardi’s final speech and a pristine 2006 “If I Did It” first edition by O.J. Simpson.
Other auction highlights include a terrific collection of vintage music and Americana memorabilia headlined by a Telecaster Fender guitar used by The Clash legend Joe Strummer during recording sessions, an 1863 officer commission document signed by Abraham Lincoln, a 1967 Colonel Sanders personally worn cotton suit, a 1975 Buffalo Bob Smith screen-worn Howdy Doody suit and a 1976 Nobel Prize Committee 23k gold medal.
“From Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192 hit bat to Jackie Robinson’s specially padded cap used to fend off racially motivated beanballs and Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” WBC Championship belt, this auction has it all,'" said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com.
The Lelands.com Masters Auction comes on the heels of this past summer’s Lelands.com Invitational Auction during which Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the historic “Curse of the Bambino” 1919 contract selling him from the Red Sox to the Yankees sold for a world-record $2,093,927 and $2,303,920, respectively – and Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192 hit baseball sold for $403,657.
For more information about the Masters Auction, please visit www.lelands.com
Lelands (www.lelands.com) are “The Originals.” With roots dating back to 1969, Lelands is the the world’s first sports auction house, Lelands pioneered the industry of high end sports memorabilia, taking “The Hobby” from small conventions in collectors’ basements to multimillion-dollar auctions. In the 1990s, Lelands held the first-ever live sports auctions, generating star-studded crowds and major news including the sale of the “Bill Buckner Ball” to actor Charlie Sheen. In 2012, Lelands set the still-current world record for the sale of any piece of sports memorabilia – a 1920 Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey for $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 July 2017, Lelands sold Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract sending him from the Red Sox to the Yankees – both belonging to Sheen – for a world-record $2,093,927 and $2,303,920, respectively.