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’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...

Gretzky, Hull, 1,500 others salute Mr. Hockey

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — At a salute honoring hometown hero Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, Bobby Hull recalled being a youth and traveling with his father to Toronto to watch his hero with the Detroit Red Wings. In the game Howe zipped the puck past the Leafs’ goalie. The elder Hull...

Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston gloves from ‘Phantom Punch’ fight

NEW YORK — Did Ali just have lightning quick hands or did Sonny Liston take a dive? Heavily favored in the Big Bear’s fight with Muhammad Ali in 1965, the stunning first round KO in Lewiston, Me., produced one of the most unforgettable frozen moments in sports, certainly in the...

Sale to benefit family of late Oscar Taveras

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — Nine memorabilia items belonging to the late Oscar Taveras, a top St. Louis Cardinals prospect who was killed in a car accident last October in the Dominican Republic, will be sold Feb. 6 in an auction organized by Goldin Auctions. The consignor, a collector...

Mel Ott ’38 Giants flannel set for February

NEW YORK — Mel Ott’s 1938 road flannel Giants jersey, accented by 1939 Expo logo on the left sleeve, is the focus of Heritage Auctions’s auction in February. The two-day sale loaded with an assortment of vintage items will be completed Feb. 21 and 22. Online bidding begins the...

1927 Yankees-signed photo: $264,000

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A team-signed photograph of the legendary 1927 New York Yankees sold for $230,000 in a sale conducted by Hunt Auctions. With commission, the photo grossed $264,000. The sale ended Nov 15. The photo marked the 25th anniversary of the club and a team with high...

Giants World Series artifacts added to HOF

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Artifacts from the 2014 World Series, won Wednesday night by the San Francisco Giants, are en route to baseball’s Hall of Fame to be part of its Autumn Glory exhibit. Among the items added to the annual display are: • Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the...

Signing off on Peterson? Vike, Rice taking hits

Oscar Wilde had it right. Or was it Aristophanes? Art does imitate life. Well, now we know they were only partially correct. Neither writer lived during the time of the National Football League, the 2014 edition, in which domestic issues are center stage. With apologies to...