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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...

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 —...

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...

Jim Craig mask fetches $137,849; bigger ticket items fall short of reserve

Four iconic Jim Craig items may have been part of the “Miracle on Ice” with the 1980 Olympics, but they proved not to be miracles on the auction block at Leland’s. The items made reached impressive bidding levels, but failed to meet reserves. Craig’s U.S....

Secretariat ’73 shoe fetches $36,653

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Secretariat’s race-worn horseshoe from 1973 sold for $36,653 in Leland’s July 17 auction. The racing shoe was sent to Buck Peters, official photographer for Phillip Morris at the 1973 Marlboro Cup by Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery. The shoe was likely worn...

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....