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Joe Jackson bat coming to Christie’s in October

NEW YORK — A source close to Christie’s auction says a collection of memorabilia from the late Frank Ceresi, a most passionate collector of vintage baseball memorabilia, founder of the National Pastime Museum and a very dear friend of Sweet Spot, comes to the auction block...

Ken Stabler gems

Ken Stabler’s S. Rae Hickok belt, with its 84 ounce gold belt buckle with 5.5 carats of diamonds as well as a 3-carat diamond, a 3-carat sapphire and a 3-carat ruby, is on the block with Pristine Auctions. Auction officials say the belt is the first to come to auction. The...

Barnstorming items from Japan tours

DALLAS — Items from various barnstorming teams that toured Japan in the 1920s and 1930s, notably a team-signed ball from 1922 and a team-signed photograph from 1931, are being sold through Heritage Auctions.  The sale ends Aug. 28. The team-signed ball features signatures by Amos...

Ruth contract hammers at $360,000

RUNNEMEDE, N.J. — Babe Ruth’s 1935 Boston Braves contract fetched $360,000 during Goldin Auctions’ sale that closed Aug. 5. Ruth’s farewell letter to Yankees owner Dan Topping sold for $60,000. Meanwhile, Michael Jordan’s 1998 playoff jersey for the Chicago Bulls sold for...

Sports museum reopens

LOS ANGELES — The Sports Museum of Los Angeles, which houses the immense collection amassed over more than three decades by Gary Cypres, has reopened to the public at 1900 S. Main St. The museum filled 32,000 square feet in one of real estate developer’s buildings. It was open to...

Wilt Chamberlain awards

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Wilt Chamberlain’s 1959-’60 Outstanding NBA Player Award trophy and a game-worn 1971-’72 Lakers Game-worn warmup jacket are among top items at an online auction being organized by SCP Auctions in conjunction with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of...

Aug. 11: Gehrig illustration from ’33

SILVER SPRING, Md. — An original Lou Gehrig newspaper illustration from 1933, celebrating his consecutive game streak and other sports cartoons by such legends as Willard Mullin, Art Brewster and Burris Jenkins are for sale in an Aug. 11 auction organized by Huggins & Scott....

Mickey Mantle cap: $25,640

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A Mickey Mantle game-worn cap from the 1961-’62 season sold for $25,640 in an auction ended July 30 by MEARS. The Mick’s hat was worn during the Yankees’ world championship season. LeBron James’ game-worn Cavs jersey sold for $21,190, and Yogi Berra’s...

Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard sweater: $108,378

DELSON, Quebec — Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s 1949-’50 Montreal Canadiens game-worn wool jersey, with more than 25 team repears, sold for $108,378 in a sale by Classic Auctions that ended June 15. Ron Ellis’s 1972 Canada-Russia series-signed Team Canada away jersey sold for...

Jim Craig mask fetches $137,849; bigger ticket items fall short of reserve

Four iconic Jim Craig items may have been part of the “Miracle on Ice” with the 1980 Olympics, but they proved not to be miracles on the auction block at Leland’s. The items made reached impressive bidding levels, but failed to meet reserves. Craig’s U.S....