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Steel Curtain team items top encyclopedic sale

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Leland’s March 17 auction, with 1,278 lots, but a ton of lots in what must be a three-pound catalog, features a vast collection of Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys from the Terry Bradshaw era. Dwight White, Rocky Bleier, L.C. Greenwood, Rod Woodson — they’re all there. Staying with the Pittsburgh theme, Roberto Clemente items are featured as well as a wide range of vintage items from the ’20s and ’30s. Evans, Heff and the others have produced another gem, with jewelry ranging from championship rings to gold medals.

Leland’s found an interesting way to thread several unique items by “firsts.” Thus, collectors may take a lingering look at Babe Ruth’s first major league program from July 11, 1914, at Fenway Park. Ruth pitched seven innings and went 0-2 in a 4-3 win. Then there’s Mickey Mantle’s “first ever” game ticket on Sept. 17, 1950, as a New York Yankee, back when he wore No. 6. Finally, a first home run at the inaugural game at the new Busch Stadium on April 10, 2006.

Another cluster of interesting items are old images of boxer Jack Johnson.

Among other items in the sale are:

• A game-used Mel Ott bat from the early 1940s;

• A game-used, signed Babe Ruth bat from 1931;

• A wall sconce from the rotunda of Ebbets Field in 1913;

• Former Cardinal Mike Shannon’s collection, including a ball signed by Mantle and Roger Maris;

• A game-used glove attributed to Grover Cleveland Alexander from 1926-’29; and

• Items from Secretariat owner Penny Chenery.




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