New Rochelle, NY – October 10, 2018 – Steiner Auctions has announced the 2018 Fall Classic Auction featuring more than 800 lots of sports, entertainment and unique memorabilia is officially open for bidding at Steiner Auctions through November 10.
The auction event features an array of incredible memorabilia items for collectors of rare Michael Jordan items including eight pairs of sneakers and one game jersey worn by the NBA legend. Also included are Jordan brand sneakers worn by NBA greats including Jason Kidd, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Steve Kerr and others.
Additionally, the auction will offer a pair of fight trunks worn by the iconic Muhammad Ali from a 1972 match against George Chuvalo. Baseball artifacts include a Babe Ruth game used Louisville Slugger professional model bat, an original 1932 Ebbets Field Lease to Brooklyn Dodgers with team financial records, Lou Gehrig signed payroll check from 1930, Pre-War Tobacco Pack Collections and much more.
The following marquee items are now open for bidding. To view the entire auction, please visit Steiner Auctions.
Lot #1:1972 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Trunks vs. George Chuvalo (Referee Davey Brown Family Provenance)
Trunks worn by Muhammad Ali in his second 15-round battle with Canadian George Chuvalo on May 1, 1972. Ali was arrested for draft evasion in 1967 and didn’t fight for four years until his conviction was overturned and he had become a hero to a new, mostly anti-war generation. He was battling his way back to the top when he faced Chuvalo in Vancouver in 1972. Ali vowed to be the first to knock Chuvalo down, only to see the Toronto fighter he once called the Washerwoman absorb his blows without falling for another 12 rounds.
These fight-worn Everlast trunks were given to referee Davey Brown and are signed by Ali in blue felt-tip marker and trainer Angelo Dundee in black felt-tip marker. Ali’s trunks worn in battle with Joe Frazier recently sold at auction for $150,000.
Lot #12: Michael Jordan Game Worn & Autographed Nike Air Alpha Force Sneakers vs. Bucks (February 12, 1988)
It is widely known that NBA legend Michael Jordan has had his own iconic shoe company since the mid 1980's and has only worn a non-Jordan brand shoe less than a handful of times! In 1988 in the midst of a clash with the design team at Nike was one of those times! Offered here is one of the MOST RARE and sought after Michael Jordan Game worn shoes of all time. The Nike Air alpha force! Michael was not happy with the designer on some of his sneakers and decided to dawn the AIR ALPHA FORCE sneakers for a select few games during the 1988 season.
The Air Alpha Force was an iconic shoe, gorgeous design and a main reason MJ decided to stay with Nike. These beautiful shoes are some of if not the most rare early MJ game worn sneakers to come up for auction. This pair was worn February 12, 1988 when Michael and the Chicago Bulls took on eastern conference Rival the Milwaukee Bucks. The shoes show great use and are accompanied by an LOA.
Lot #13:1989 Michael Jordan Game Worn Jordan IV Fire Red Dual Signed Sneakers
The Jordan IV is one of the most gorgeous and sought after of all MJ designs! This particular pair is the FIRE RED colorway, which is the most RARE and the original colorway of the iconic Jordan IV's. The sneaker show great use and were worn in 1989, Michael's fifth year in the league and are a must have for any game used or MJ collector.
Jordan led the NBA in scoring that year averaging 32.5 points per game. He led the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals where they eventually lost to the Detroit Pistons in 6 games. Amazing pair of shoes and true piece of NBA history here accompanied by an LOA from PSA.
Lot #14:1989-1990 Michael Jordan Signed Game Used & Signed Sneakers (Jordan V Size 13)
Presented is an original 1989-1990 pair of Michael Jordan game used and autographed Nike Air Jordan V sneakers. The offered Nike Air Jordan V sneaker features (what at the time was a) futuristic styling that was made exclusively for and only worn by Michael Jordan during the 1990 season. This pair of his Nike Air Jordan V shoes exhibit game wear throughout the surface, with scuffmarks to the toe and sole. As is typical with Jordan game users, the foam in the sole has begun breakdown due to wear and age. Jordan added a special flair to this pair with his signature in blue felt tip marker on the ankle of each shoe. The sleek red-and-white pair was originally obtained by our consignor directly from Jordan in the early 1990's. The 1990 version, featured the number had been printed or embroidered on. The offered pair of [size] “13” shoes were heavily worn by MJ during the 1990 season. Great wear is exhibited with scuffmarks. Both tips and the bottom soles also have great wear. Traditionally, Jordan wore a new pair of shoes for each game, but this pair shows outstanding wear. The inside tongue includes a Nike manufacturer’s tag (900608FT1) which is the indicator that these were issued in 1990.
Lot #45:1997 Michel Jordan Game Worn Jordan XII Sneaker from Eastern Conference Finals 5/24/1997
1997 Michael Jordan game worn Jordan XII sneaker from the Eastern Conference Finals 5/24/1997 In late May of 1997 the Chicago Bulls were at it again, led by the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan! Chicago was on their way to another NBA championship and along the way Michael Jordan was wearing another signature shoe! The Jordan XII was a super-hot release that year and Michael wore them thru the Bulls 5th title! Offered here is an EXTREMELY RARE sneaker worn by his airness Michael Jordan in game 3 of The Eastern Conference Finals!
The Jordan XII sneaker shows great use and was worn by Michael while he dropped 34 points and added 8 rebounds and 1 assist! They come accompanied by an LOA.
Lot #9: Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger Professional Model 40K Kork Grip Bat
Rare Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger 40K “Kork Grip” Bat. This tremendous bat is very special and as Ruth historians and collectors know, Louisville Slugger's Professional Bat Ordering Record (PBOR) lists a request from Ruth on April 10, 1923 for a 40K-model "Kork Grip" bat based. Famously, Ruth was pictured during pre-game festivities at Yankee Stadium's first Opening Day, April 18, 1923, with just such a Kork Grip in hand. This 40K model is consistent with the 40K order appearing on Ruth’s PBOR, the length of the bat is perfect at 36” and the weight today (39.8 oz.) is an acceptable range for bats used by Babe Ruth during the historic 1923 season. Cork-handled bats are the stuff of legend in collecting circles. They were invented by Ty Cobb, wielded by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Uncracked with excellent use including several ball marks make this Babe Ruth bat a must have for any serious collector.
Lot #10: Lou Gehrig Signed "Henry Louis" NY Yankees Baseball Club of New York Payroll Check (June 30, 1930)
A Lou Gehrig autographed check is one of the most sought after checks in the baseball marketplace. Over the course of the past year Steiner Auctions had the pleasure of auctioning off three Autographed Lou Gehrig NY Yankees Baseball Club payroll checks, which are even more desirable than a personal check. The last check sold in our Mid-Summer Classic for Auction for $35,800 was believed to be one of the last that would surface in the market for a while, however, by good fortune as a result of the prior sale, we have been lucky enough to offer one of the finest Lou Gehrig Payroll checks we have ever received to date.
Not only does this check date to mid-season of June 30, 1930, but the check also features a very rare and hardly ever seen before full name "Henry Louis Gehrig" Signature in a mint condition black ink.
Lot #16: Original 1932 Ebbets Field Lease to Brooklyn Dodgers (25 Year/Final Lease) with Team Financial Records 1933-39 & 1924 Directors Meeting Minutes
Offered for auction is the Final lease of Ebbets Field to the Brooklyn Dodgers. This 1932 Ebbets Field Lease to the Brooklyn Dodgers is a 25-year lease that ended after the 1957 season, the Dodgers final in Brooklyn. This is the only known copy of the lease that is offered with Dodgers team financial records from 1933-39 and a copy of the 1924 Directors Meeting Minutes. This may be the most significant baseball contract in the history of New York baseball and is without doubt the most important contract a Dodgers fan could own. Along with the lease are team Financial Records from 1933-39 including player salaries, payments for equipment, payments to other teams, umpires, etc. Additionally, included are the minutes of the 1924 Board of directors meeting of the Ebbets McKeever Co. where Charles Ebbets is elected President of the Dodgers for the very last time. Ebbets would pass away in 1925.
Dated, December 27, 1932 the 25-Year Lease from Ebbets-McKeever Exhibition Company Incorporated (Owners of Ebbets Field) to Brooklyn National League Baseball Club Incorporated is a historically significant document that belongs in the archives of Cooperstown or the Smithsonian. The lease is signed by team owner Stephen W. McKeever. We have checked with both the Dodgers organization and the Hall of Fame, neither has a copy of this document, further supporting our findings that this is the only known copy of the lease to still exist 86 years later
Lot #7:1976 Thurman Munson Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby S44 Model Bicentennial Bat NY Yankees legend Thurman Munson Hillerich & Bradsby S44 Model Bicentennial Game Bat used during the 1976 To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the United States. Bat maker Hillerich & Bradsby marked each bat ordered in 1976 with a special 1776-1976 Liberty Bell design stamped into the barrel between the oval brand and facsimile signature. The bat shows bat rack marks, ball marks, is uncracked and is authenticated by PSA/DNA.
Lot #102:Unopened 1910 Old Mill Cigarette Pack - Potential T210 Shoeless Joe Jackson Rookie Baseball Card
Presented is an original unopened pack of Old Mill cigarettes (Factory 25, Dist. VA.) dating from the era of T206 and T210 tobacco cards! An unopened T206/T210-era pack is far more rare than collectors realize. This very special discovery is still “Carton Fresh” after 108 years.
This is the first unopened Old Mill pack that we have ever seen that actually dates from the proper era and may contain the scarce the T210 Joe Jackson rookie! The T210 Joe Jackson rookie card may very well be inside this pack and the current market value in a low-grade is $100,000 - $250,000. In near-mint condition the card could fetch over $2,000,000 at auction! The pack could also contain a different superior card, the current hottest card on the pre-war market, the T206 Ty Cobb. Current high sale prices for the T206 Cobb are $250,000+
The pack is one of three from the same estate find. All three are being offered in this auction and all three have been shrink-wrapped to preserve the integrity of the pack.
This is an enthralling and exciting item for any advanced pre-war baseball or unopened-pack collector.
Lot #110:1910 Sweet Caporal Cigarette Pack Unopened with Original Wrapper (Factory 30 NY) -Potential T206 Ty Cobb Baseball Card
Lot #123:1910 Polar Bear Unopened Tobacco Pouch (Factory 6 OH) - Possible T205 or T206 Ty Cobb Baseball Card
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