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Koufax, Robinson items

PHOENIX — A Sandy Koufax Dodgers home jersey from 1966 and a Jackie Robinson game-used bat from the early 1950s lead featured items that are for sale by Hunt Auctions during the All-Star Game FanFest. Among the 436 live auction lots at the the San Diego Convention Center on July...

Deaths come in 3’s: Ali, Howe and . . .

Despite challenges to the concept that “deaths come in threes,” three athletic icons in the world died in June — Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe and Manohar Aich . . . aka champion weightlifter “Pocket Hercules.” Okay, let’s not kid ourselves. The autograph market for the late Pocket...

Pele possessions fetch $5.2 million

LONDON — Pele, whose athletic artistry revolutionized soccer, sold 2,000 possessions for $5.2 million in an auction managed by Julien’s Auction House. The sale ended June 9. The 75-year-old’s World Cup winner’s replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy from...

Champ’s death elevates Ali auction items

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — The undercard of Lelands’ June 17 auction featuring “Miracle on Ice” items includes more than 20 Muhammad Ali items. It gains more attention with the passing of the champ. Meanwhile, Leland’s is already assembling inventory for a large collection focused on...

Mays jersey at $222,036

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Willie Mays’ New York Giants home flannel jersey from 1957 sold for $222,036 in Grey Flannel Auctions’ summer sale, which ended June 8. Roy Campanella’s home Brooklyn Dodgers jersey is at $90,000 on 17 bids; and Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” fight...

Holtz Museum salutes Upper Ohio Valley

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Lou Holtz is known for his great one-liners and magic tricks. And, well, being a pretty good football coach. He is Hall of Fame material, but museum material? He didn’t think so. “I did not want a shrine dedicated to me,” he writes on the Lou Holtz...

Michael Jordan ‘Dream Team’ shoes: $52,580

DALLAS — A pair of Michael Jordan’s signed Dream Team shoes from the 1992 gold medal team in Barcelona, sold for $52,580 in a Heritage Auctions sale that ended May 13. The shoes were part of a collection offered by Dr. David Fischer, team physician of that U.S. Olympic...

Hero Jim Craig’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ items

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Next to Mike Eruzione, captain of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team of 1980, goalie Jim Craig was the poster boy of that gold medal team. Draped in an American flag after the upset victory over Russia in the semifinal game, Craig was the heroic Jack...

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...

Kobe ring better than the ‘apology ring’

There are souvenirs and then there are SOUVENIRS. With the end of the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, the collecting public now enters the era shrine building with signed photos, signed jerseys and signed basketballs. The product is plentiful in the foreseeable future. Then,...