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Spend a Buck owner’s trophy fetches $187,521; Moe Berg ball

JRplaqueBOHEMIA, N.Y. — Spend A Buck owner Dennis Diaz trophy for the 1985 Kentucky Derby winner sold for $187,521 in a Leland’s auction that ended Jan. 8. The Baccarat Crystal piece honoring Spend a Buck sold for $10,585. The Derby winner that year skipped both the Preakness and Belmont to prepare for the Jersey Derby, which was won and earned the champion Eclipse Horse of the Year. The bronze trophy for that honor sold for $17,047.

Meanwhile, 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s halter sold for $19,326.

Among baseball items, a single-signed Moe Berg ball for $35,458; a game-used Babe Ruth bat from 1930-’31 sold for $70,738; and Jackie Robinson’s 1962 Hall of Fame plaque from Rachel Robinson sold for $72,600.

Among other items that sold were:

  • A Seabiscuit horseshoe presentation silver ashtray from 1936 for nearly $12,000;
  • Ruffian/Forego’s workout saddle for $21,780;
  • Ruffian jockey Jacinto Vasquez’s Sorority Stakes trophy for $22,785;
  • Sherluck’s 1961 Belmont Stakes trophy for $12,000;
  • Pid Purdy’s 1927 Cincinnati Reds game-worn uniform for $27,570;
  • A total of 26 Yankees world championship tickets from 1923 to 2000, framed, for $21,490;
  • A single-signed Roger Maris ball for $4,143;
  • A full 1909 World Series ticket (Game 7) for $26,003;
  • A Charles Conlon photograph of Lou Gehrig from 1927, used in Baseball Magazine, for $13,002;
  • Brian Piccolo’s Chicago Bears jacket from the 1960s for $5,798;
  • Raymond Berry’s jersey from the East-West Game in 1955 for $2,572;
  • Roman Gabriel’s 1970 game-used helmet, the “concussion” helmet used in government hearings for $7,339;
  • Jack Twyman’s Cincinnati Royals game-worn warmup jacket from the early 1960s for $14,148;

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