Beginning with the upcoming Summer 2006 auction, every Lelands.com auction from this point forward will truly be two auctions in one. After the historic purchase earlier this spring of nearly one million photographs from the archives of the San Francisco Examiner, every Lelands.com auction will also include a second catalog offering thousands of historic photographs and Wire photo images from that extensive accumulation.
“We are proud to have acquired a select portion of the Examiner’s archival collection of more than one million photographs that truly chronicle the history of America since 1887,” said Josh Evans, founder of Lelands.com. “We look forward to making these historic images available to collectors in our auctions for years to come.” (More about the collection is featured in an interview with Evans in the Out of Left Field column on page 24).
Lelands.com 2006 Summer Auction began on July 31 and closes on Aug. 24-25. It includes more than 1,000 items of sports and Americana memorabilia, plus 1,000 lots from the Hearst Photo Collection. All bidding can be done at www.Lelands.com. All of the Hearst photos and lots carry a $100 reserve.
In this first offering of the Hearst Collection, there is an extensive offering of baseball photographs and Wire images including: a collection of Joe DiMaggio photographs from his minor league days with the San Francisco Seals of the PCL; Casey Stengel as first-year manager of the Oakland Oaks (1946); Rogers Hornsby and Pie Traynor at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles (1931); one of the finest PCL photo collections ever unearthed, with 68 images from 1920-50; the dedication of Seals Stadium, with Ty Cobb (1931); Joe Jackson at the Black Sox Trial; Arnold Rothstein, the man who “fixed” the 1919 World Series; Jimmy Foxx and Babe Didrikson (1934); 18-year-old Bob Feller (1938); and Paul Waner’s 3,000th hit (1942).
There are also extensive collections of Reggie Jackson, Joe Torre; Juan Marichal, Roger Maris from 1961; plus photos of Eddie Plank, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Home Run Baker, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Willie Mays, and many other MLB legends.
The collection offers much more than just baseball photographs including: Joe Namath assuming the reins for Alabama; Dave Myers negro football trailblazer (1929); Johnny Unitas and the Colts celebrate their 1959 championship; a 33-image Glenn Davis collection; five lots of golfing legend Bobby Jones; golfer France Ouimet from 1913; the Bobby Hull collection of 24 images; NHL California Seals vintage photo collection (78); plus an historic San Francisco Seals WHL Wire photo collection (206); original six NHL Wire photo collection (177); plus numerous horse racing lots, including Seabiscuit.
From the world of Hollywood, collectors can pick from hundreds of lots with the likes of Buster Keaton, Lon Chaney, Burns & Allen, Harry Houdini, Humphrey Bogart, Amos n’ Andy’s first talkie, Judy Garland from the “Wizard of Oz,” Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante, Betty Grable, Robert Duvall, Marilyn Monroe – with and without Joe DiMaggio – and Frank Sinatra – with and without the Rat Pack and JFK.
Historical images include: the suffragettes; Rosie the Riveter; Big Bill Thompson and Prohibition; Malcom X; Dr. Martin Luther King; Albert Einstein; Ernest Hemmingway; John F Kennedy from the Cuban Missile Crisis; Teddy Roosevelt; Lee Harvey Oswald’s family file; and a 400-photo Robert Kennedy file.
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In the Fall 2006 auction, Lelands.com will bring to market another possible record-setting football jersey. This 1945 home flannel jersey of New York Giants slugger Mel Ott may even have been the one he wore on Aug. 1, 1945, when he connected off Johnny Hutchings of the Braves at the Polo Grounds to join Babe Ruth and Jimmy Foxx as the lone members of the 500 Home Run Club. The jersey, which was on display at the recent National Convention in Anaheim, includes a letter of provenance from Bruce Erickson, whose dad was assigned the uniform in spring training the following season (minimum bid: $25,000).
Other rare game-worn items up for bid include: 1957 Stan Musial gray road jersey ($10,000) and a 1950s Willie Mays glove given by Mays to the consigner early in the 1955 season. Mays reportedly told the consigner it was his glove from the previous year of 1954 – the year he earned MVP honors and made the most famous catch in World Series history. The consigner also claims Mays told him it was the glove he wore for “The Catch,” although Lelands.com officials couldn’t verify that. The glove also includes an LOA from the Susskind family ($10,000).
Other highlights: a 1958 Willie Mays game-worn jersey from the year he collected his 1,000th hit ($5,000); 1959-62 Raymond Berry Colts game-worn jersey ($7,500); 1969 Don Drysdale signed game jersey from his final season ($5,000); 1965 Jim Brown game jersey from his final season initially purchased in 1966 at a charity auction after being donated by Art Modell ($5,000); Mark Messier Oct. 11, 2000, “Return To New York” game-worn jersey ($3,500); Pete Gray game-worn cap from the first one-armed player in MLB history ($3,000); 1971 Fergie Jenkins game-worn Cy Young Award year jersey ($2,500); and a 1963-64 Phil Esposito game-worn Chicago Blackhawks rookie jersey with LOA from Spirit of the Game ($2,500).
Lelands.com is also touting a 2000 Barry Bonds jersey worn to hit his first home run at Pac Bell Park. Originally obtained by collector Jeff Kranz, it was later confiscated by the FBI during their investigations into Bonds’ memorabilia. Two years after it was removed from his home, the jersey was returned to Kranz ($3,000).
Additional memorabilia highlights: Don Larsen perfect game-used and signed ball signed directly on the sweet spot ($5,000); 1933 American League All-Star Team signed ball; Mel Ott single-signed ball ($5,000); 1933 New York Yankees team-signed ball with 18 signatures ($3,000); Pete Rose game-used, record-breaking 10th time 5-for-5 bat; Mickey Mantle game-used and signed 1960 World Series bat ($2,000); a 1987 Barry Bonds game-used glove ($2,000); 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring from the Dodgers PA announcer “Tex” Rickard ($5,000); 1998 Chicago Bulls NBA World Championship Trophy ($5,000); 2000 New Jersery Devils Stanley Cup ring ($5,000); 1998 Denver Broncos World Champions ring in presentational box ($3,000); a 1976 Ken Coleman Cincinnati Reds World Championship ring with LOA from Coleman family ($2,000); Howdy Doody puppet with original clothes, obtained directly from Rufus and Margo Rose, the puppeteers who handled Howdy Doody ($2,500); the last home plate from the Polo Grounds, with newspaper photo of consigner leaving the stadium with it ($2,000); and a Fenway Park home dugout toilet (1986-2003).
The auction also features more than 100 lots of trading cards: a complete 1935 National Chicle graded set ($2,500); 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie ($2,500); a collection of five 1906 Ullman postcards ($1,000); and many high-grade sets and cards.
For more information, call (516) 409-9700, or go to: www.lelands.com.