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‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ring is Stolen

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Barthelemy Bosongo, manager of Tata Raphael Stadium, where “the Rumble in the Jungle” was held 40 years ago, reports that the ring used for the fight was stolen. A “leading” sports official of the country formerly known as Zaire, told...

Giants World Series artifacts added to HOF

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Artifacts from the 2014 World Series, won Wednesday night by the San Francisco Giants, are en route to baseball’s Hall of Fame to be part of its Autumn Glory exhibit. Among the items added to the annual display are: • Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the...

Meet, greet, sign

Sweet Spot features public autograph signings. If you want to promote an event, please email information to this website. NOVEMBER. 4-6, Santa Clara (972) 691-1715 Guests: Sebastian Janikowski, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Jim Otto, Vincent “Bo” Jackson, Warren Moon, Ray...

Mays glove fetches $21,675

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — Willie Mays’ fielders glove used in his 1965 MVP season sold for $21,675 in an auction organized by MEARS. The glove came autographed and personalized to to a Candlestick Park groundskeeper’s grandson, who was suffering from pneumonia. Mays verified the...

The cost of loving memorabilia

TORONTO — Mike Wilson, 59, a broker at GMP Securities, has played host to hockey Hall of Famers and others who’ve spent hours admiring his 2000-piece memorabilia collection. And while he can appreciate the growth of an equity, he approaches memorabilia with a different mindse...

Gehrig Day Jeter uniform: $19,103

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter’s pinstripe jersey and pants worn on Lou Gehrig Day in 2014 sold for $19,103 in an auction conducted by Steiner Sports. Proceeds from this and select other items benefited the ALS Association. Among other ALSA items were Ichiro Suzuki’s jersey for $5,948;...

‘Ruth’s Own Book . . .’: $5,185

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A first- and limited edition of “Babe Ruth’s Own Book of Baseball,” signed by the Bambino, sold for $5,185 in an auction organized by Iconic Auctions. The sale ended Oct. 18. The book was No. 449 out of 1,000. A single-signed ball with Jackie Robinson’s...

Ruth ball hammers for $32,500

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, circa 1940, sold for $32,500 in a Robert Edward Auction that closed Oct. 19. On item that did not sell was a 1946 Montreal Royals International League championship ring attributed to Jackie Robinson. It carried a minimum bid of...

Signing off on Peterson? Vike, Rice taking hits

Oscar Wilde had it right. Or was it Aristophanes? Art does imitate life. Well, now we know they were only partially correct. Neither writer lived during the time of the National Football League, the 2014 edition, in which domestic issues are center stage. With apologies to...

Big Ticket Items

PRICE / DESCRIPTION / (BUYER) $4,415,658, in 2012, Babe Ruth’s game-worn 1920 Yankees road jersey $4.3 million, James Naismith’s Rules of Basket Ball, (David Booth) $3.005 million, Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1999 (Todd McFarlane) $1.265 million, Babe Ruth...