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Charles Conlon photo collection hammers for $1,792,500

DALLAS — Almost 7,500 original Charles Conlon negatives chronicling baseball from 1904 to 1942, including the famed “Cloud of Dust” classic showing Ty Cobb sliding into third base, sold Saturday for $1,792,500 in the first of a two-day auction by Heritage Auctions. Normally, the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$36 million? Ridiculous

Is this story the biggest whopper in sports memorabilia history? The biggest since someone said he unearthed Joe Jackson’s contract? Or the Shoeless one’s Black Betsy bat? Mykalai Kontilai, who is starting an auction business called Collectors Café, said he has unearthed...

Babe Ruth contract: $549,000; mitt $334,600

RUNNEMEDE, N.J. — Babe Ruth’s 1922 Yankees contract, his first before making them the Bronx Bombers, sold for $549,000 in a sale ended May 8 by Goldin Auctions. Ruth’s catcher’s mitt used during his day’s at St. Mary’s, circa 1912, sold for $334,600. Of course, this sale received...

Piazza jersey sells privately for $365,000

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, Tony Lauto and filmmaker Oliver Stone reportedly have teamed up to purchase the Mike Piazza jersey worn on Sept. 21, 2001, when the soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer slammed the first home run in New York following the 9/11...