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Gil Hodges jersey from 1969

BOHEMIA, N.Y — Gil Hodges’s game-worn New York Mets jersey worn in the pennant-clinching gem in 1969 sold for $33,359 in an auction organized by Leland’s. The sale closed Oct. 28. Secretariat’s race-worn shoe from 1972-’73 sold for $33,359 as well. A 1985 Kentucky Derby trophy...

Mike ‘King’ Kelly cabinet photo ignites six-figure hit parade

NEW YORK — An original studio cabinet style photograph of Mike “King” Kelly, signed, from 1887 sold for a hammer price of $199,500 during a sale of works from the National Pastime Museum. The collection on display by the National Pastime Museum was the life work of Judge Frank...

Robinson rookie bat sells for $478,000

NEW YORK — Jackie Robinson’s bat “definitively attributed” to his 1947 rookie season sold for $478,000 during Heritage Auction’s sale that ended Aug. 28. Herb Pennock’s 1927 World Series ring with the 1927 New York Yankees fetched $203,150. Eight other six-figure purchases were...

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...