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Photos, cards from Martin Dihigo

YORK, Pa. — Baseball keepsakes of Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo, including a photo album of “El Maestro” from his own possessions, are being auctioned by Hake’s auction house. Among the photos are a team shot of the Havana Lions issued in 1923 by La Discusion, a Cuban newspaper. It...

First Paige ring, Orr jersey at Leland’s

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Satchel Paige’s Hall of Fame ring from 1971, the first of two issued, is being offered by Leland’s in an auction that ends July 17. This ring was lost along with a photo album and other memorabilia. The items wound up in the hands of Bob Feller, then “made i...

Flashback: Vol. 18, No. 3 – Horse Fans Still Putting Money on Secretariat

First published in the December 2010/January December 2011 issue of Sweet Spot By Charles Kaufman Sports movies affect memorabilia collectors in many ways. Whatever this person accomplished in a moment or over a career is something collectors want to hold in their memories....

Winning wager: Uncashed Triple Crown tickets

Longshot tickets at the racetrack can offer big payoffs. Heavy favorites? Not so much. In fact, the uncashed little slips of paper from the Triple Crown races will give you a greater return on two bucks if the horse’s name is American Pharoah. Winning wagers of the first Triple...

Cassius Clay robe in Liston fight fetches $239,000

DALLAS — Cassius Clay’s robe for his 1964 fight against Sonny Liston sold for $239,000 in a Heritage Auctions sale that closed late May 16. Four bidders participated in this lot that basically met the estimate. Total sales for the three day sports auction were $8.2 million. Three...

When a collection becomes TOO BIG TO KEEP

PHOTO: Sports Museum of Los Angeles salutes Jackie Robinson in support of the Zimmer Children’s Museum From Volume 21, Number 3, December-January 2013-’14 Gary Cypres, a Los Angeles real estate tycoon who housed his massive collection in a spare, 32,000-square-foot...

Mantle’s first Yankees bat: $242,209

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A bat purported to be Mickey Mantle’s first as a member of the New York Yankees sold for $242,209 in an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale ended April 26. The bat was followed by a home Mantle pinstriped jersey from 1952, which sold fo...

’79 Thurman Munson uniform: $45,000

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A  1979 Thurman Munson home Yankees uniform, jersey and pants, sold for $45,000 in a Robert Edward Auctions event that closed April 25.  The lot, among other Munson lots, came from the Yankee great’s family. Collectors of player contracts found abundant...

FLASHBACK: The Joe Jackson Signature

From Volume 2, Number 3, December-January 1994-’95 UNTIL A HANDFUL OF YEARS AGO, few people paid attention to whether Joe Jackson could sign his name. The illiterate South Carolina mill worker, who later would compile the third highest career batting average in baseball...

Ali-Liston gloves near $1 million in sale with other big-ticket lots

NEW YORK — The fight-worn gloves of the famed “Phantom Punch” Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fight in 1965 sold for $956,000 in an auction organized by Heritage Auctions. The sale ended Feb. 21 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in Manhattan. It was one of two close-to million dollar...