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Sultan of Sales: Ruth items fetch $4.5M

BOHEMIA, New York — Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring sold for about $2.1 million and his contract that moved him from the Red to the Yankees for more than $2.3 million in a Leland’s auction that ended July 1. The items were consigned by bad boy “Wild Thing” actor...

Bustin’ / Larrupin’ photo closes Dec. 7

A photo of Babe Ruth with his arm draped around his pal, Lou Gehrig during the Bustin’ Bates Larrupin’ Lou barnstorming tour leads Grey Flannel Auction’s sale that closes Dec. 7. A few Christy Mathewson items from the 1910 Manhattan Championship, a latter day Subway Series...

Bill Buckner’s glove won for $106,575

RUNNEMEDE. N.J. — Bill Buckner’s 1986 World Series glove, the one he wore when Mookie Wilson’s ground ball trickled through his legs, sold for $106,575 in an auction recently conducted by Goldin Auctions. Buckner later gave the glove to Barry Halper with the notation, “To My Pal...

Gil Hodges jersey from 1969

BOHEMIA, N.Y — Gil Hodges’s game-worn New York Mets jersey worn in the pennant-clinching gem in 1969 sold for $33,359 in an auction organized by Leland’s. The sale closed Oct. 28. Secretariat’s race-worn shoe from 1972-’73 sold for $33,359 as well. A 1985 Kentucky Derby trophy...

Deaths come in 3’s: Ali, Howe and . . .

Despite challenges to the concept that “deaths come in threes,” three athletic icons in the world died in June — Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe and Manohar Aich . . . aka champion weightlifter “Pocket Hercules.” Okay, let’s not kid ourselves. The autograph market for the late Pocket...

Champ’s death elevates Ali auction items

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — The undercard of Lelands’ June 17 auction featuring “Miracle on Ice” items includes more than 20 Muhammad Ali items. It gains more attention with the passing of the champ. Meanwhile, Leland’s is already assembling inventory for a large collection focused on...

Mays jersey at $222,036

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Willie Mays’ New York Giants home flannel jersey from 1957 sold for $222,036 in Grey Flannel Auctions’ summer sale, which ended June 8. Roy Campanella’s home Brooklyn Dodgers jersey is at $90,000 on 17 bids; and Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” fight...

Hero Jim Craig’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ items

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Next to Mike Eruzione, captain of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team of 1980, goalie Jim Craig was the poster boy of that gold medal team. Draped in an American flag after the upset victory over Russia in the semifinal game, Craig was the heroic Jack...

Hank Aaron jersey: $36,547

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – A game-worn Hank Aaron road Atlanta Braves jersey from 1972 sold for $36,547 in a recent auctions organized by MEARS. The sale ended Aug. 29. Warren Spahn’s 1949 Boston Braves game-worn road jersey sold for $30,202. Among other items that sold were:...

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...
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