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1856 Base Ball laws fetch $3.26M

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — The Laws of Base Ball from 1856 and 1857, including the three-page document by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, sold for $3,263,246 during an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale that took 42 bids ended early Sunday.

The sale by the anonymous buyer is the third highest paid for a piece of sports memorabilia, falling short of Babe Ruth’s jersey in 2012 for $4.4 million and James Naismith’s Rules of Basket Ball in 2010 by Kansas Jayhawks benefactor David Booth  ($4.33 million).

Twelve bids took a Sandy Koufax jersey from 1956 to more than $300,000, but that total wasn’t high enough to send the signed item home with a new owner.

Don Drysdale uniforms, awards and championship jewelry fetched handsome prices. His 1963 world championship ring sold for $110,111; his 1962 Cy Young Award also topped six figures with a $100,100 winning bid.

Among other Drysdale items sold were his:

  • 1965 World championship ring for $91,000;
  • 1956 Brooklyn dodgers game-worn rookie home uniform for $82,727;
  • 1969 uniform for $41,372;
  • A 1965 game-worn uniform for $37,610, and a ’65 road uniform for $34,190;
  • A circa 1960s game-used glove for $30,343.

The 1989 agreement between Major League Baseball and Pete Rose that sealed Charlie Hustle’s ban from baseball sold for $85,602. It was signed by Commissioner Bart Giamatti, Fay Vincent, Rose, among others. It is the fully executed agreement received back from MLB, Rose stated in a accompanying letter.

Among other items that sold were:

  • Dallas Baker’s 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII ring for $62,152;
  • Duke Snider’s 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers National League championship ring for $50,062;
  • Harmon Killebrew’s 1965 American League championship ring for $46,772;
  • British oalie Jimmy Foster’s hockey gold medal from 1936 for $43,924;
  • Brooks Robinson’s 1963 Orioles game-worn home jersey for $40,388;
  • A Steve Carlton autographed Cardinals home jersey for $30,343;
  • Isiah Thomas’s 1992 All-Star game jersey, with a letter signed by David Stern, for $26,896;
  • Stan Musial’s 1947 road Cardinals jersey for $23,387;
  • Godfrey Myles’s 1993 Cowboys Super Bowl XXVIII ring for $23,351;
  • Vida Blue’s 2010 Giants World Series ring for $22,796; and
  • Kurt Flood’s 1968 Gold Glove Award trophy for $22,226.


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