The rare Jackie Robinson game-worn glove, current high-bid at $310,835, is the lynchpin of the Steiner Sports “Ground Breaking Auction,” but such vintage artifacts as a signed Joe DiMaggio Time Magazine issue from 1948, and an Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus signed Masters Golf Flag present unique opportunities for every budget for bidding online at http://auction.steinersports.com through June 2. A total of 1,866 artifacts are consigned to the auction, mixing vintage pieces like Babe Ruth signed balls and a Stan Musial game-used jersey to current Yankees autographed memorabilia. .
A replica Yale jersey signed by 41st United States President George H. Bush from his days as captain of the College World Series champions, and a caché of artifacts from the collection of iconic basketball coach Bob Knight have also been consigned.
Such legendary sports names as Ty Cobb (Topps card), Ben Hogan (signed photograph), Max Schmeling (signed photograph), Mohammed Ali (autographed boxing trunks), and Gordie Howe (signed puck) are among the greats included in the auction.
Yankee Hall of Fame legend Mickey Mantle’s original signed contract for the 1960 season will go on the auction block with proceeds donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by Mary Pat Christie, wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
There’s game-used jerseys of Gil Hodges, Walter Payton, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and much more.Single-signed baseball, signed artwork, game-used material galore in multiple sports – log onto the website to see the complete lineup.
One of the most historic artifacts from the career of the immortal Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson – a newly-discovered, authentic game-worn baseball glove used during both the 1955 and ’56 World Series (his final season) – is the lead item in the Steiner auction.
The glove was authenticated by Dennis Esken, who is renowned in the industry. He said: “This rare gem is the only Jackie Robinson glove known to exist. It was discovered in NYC tucked away in a garage, wrapped in plastic.
“The glove shows extensive wear and aging on the leather attributed to three years of use. The photo match and the ability to see the Rawlings labels aided me in getting the exact date of the glove. One of the highlights in this BD model glove is Jackie’s iconic jersey number ‘42’ written in black felt tip on the intact wrist strap also, signifying that this glove belonged to him as proven by the ‘42’ pictured in the photo match.”But that’s not all.
Accompanying the game-used glove is another vintage item: a Louisville Slugger Jackie Robinson professional model bat, believed to be from the 1956 season. The bat is authenticated by John Taube and Vince Malta from PSA/DNA and is graded a GU 9. A letter of authenticity states the bat matches records of Robinson’s Louisville Slugger orders and even carries streaks of paint from the bat rack in the Dodger dugout at Ebbets Field.
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