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Vintage photos of Ruth, Gehrig big hits with bidders

DALLAS — Vintage Paul Thompson photographs of Babe Ruth and Ruth-era heroes fetched heroic prices in a Heritage Auctions sale that ended August 14. A photo of Ruth clutching three bats in his big paws sold for $20,315. That total was outdone by a 1923 Gehrig news photograph,...

Christy Mathewson 1905 bat: $218,700

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1905 Christy Mathewson game-used bat, signed and dated by John McGraw and other members of the New York Giants, sold for $218,700 in a Goldin Auction event that ended early Aug. 9. The sales price was twice the minimum bid. A Babe Ruth 1932 Yankees cap fell...

1966 Mantle jersey fetches $322,650 at 36th National

CHICAGO — A Mickey Mantle game-worn Yankees jersey reached Ruthian numbers at the National Sports Collector’s Convention auction at the end of July. The Mick’s 1966 road gamer fetched $322,650 in the sale organized through Heritage Auctions. Perhaps a bigger story is the massive...

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...