Lelands.com Looks for a Spring Fling

With the major find of an 1889 baseball advertising poster already calling attention to Lelands.com spring catalog auction, the company has released its full listing of lots for an auction that’s live now and will conclude on June 12.

Attention has been drawn to the 1889 find, which advertises the Goodwin Round Album, available by sending in coupons from Goodwin Tobacco. Cap Anson is the most prominent player on the poster, of which only two others have been identified, with this size in particular making it a unique find. The reserve is $45,000. Other players featured include Mike “King” Kelly, Charles Comiskey, Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, John Ward, “Orator Jim” O’Rourke and Charles Comiskey.

The poster was discovered by a family combing through an estate sale near Albany, N.Y., in March. Two other dealers had been through the estate but had either missed the poster or failed to recognize its value. This family recognized that a 19th century baseball item might have auction value, discovering it atop a dresser, and atop some books, rolled up. The poster will be featured in the spring catalog auction to be held by Lelands, which will close in May. There is a $45,000 reserve on the item.

“We always get excited about finds like this,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands. “The American antiques and collectibles field is still a great treasure hunt.”

There are two original Leroy Neiman paintings, one of Super Bowl MVP John Riggins (reserve, $100,000) and one of fellow Redskin Larry Brown, used for a Newsweek cover (reserve $50,000), both of which are important pieces of sports memorabilia from the preeminent sports artist of his time.

Attention will soon turn to the sale of the dismantled Shea Stadium in New York, but two important pieces are already available in this auction – the lockers used by Nolan Ryan ($5,000 reserve) and Willie Mays ($5,000). While both were more associated with other teams, Ryan’s only World Series came as a Mets phenom, and Mays wrapped up his career and hit his final home runs while with the Mets, in the city where it all began for him.

Other highlights
Any Babe Ruth signed legal document always commands interest, and Lelands.com is offering a signed receipt for the September 1918 payment of his contract for that year, which includes acknowledgment of his being reserved for 1919, which would be his last year with the Red Sox. The piece has a $5,000 reserve.

Ty Cobb is represented in the auction with a never-before auctioned lot from his 1917 Somewhere in Georgia movie appearance, including stock in the production company and two-sided lobby cards, seven of them with his image ($5,000 reserve).
A Jackie Robinson game-used bat, certified with a superb provenance trail from Jackie’s widow Rachel, carries a reserve of $5,000.

The popularity of game-worn apparel continues with a 1940s Ted Williams Red Sox jacket, a 1974 Pele-autographed Santos jersey, Johnny Bench’s jersey from his retirement night when he hit his 389th record-setting home run for catchers, Leroy Goldsworthy’s 1937-38 Boston Bruins sweater and Walter Payton’s last regular-season game-worn jersey, in which he set the all-time rushing record. All have $5,000 reserves in this auction.

There is also an ungraded, 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson trading card, accepted as the only contemporary trading card ever issued of him. Also in the sale is a bat from the 1910s used by Negro League star Louis Santop, ($10,000 reserve) and a 1930s game-worn jacket from Negro League pitching star “Bullet Joe” Rogan ($10,000 reserve).

Postseason hardware
Rings and trophies from elite events are offered, including Lou Whitaker’s full-size 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series championship trophy, along with championship rings from Guy LeFleur (1976 Canadiens), Marvis Nash (2000 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl), Anthony Jones (Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII), Godfrey Myles (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII), Klaus Wilmsmeyer (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXLX), Larry Brown (Redskins, Super Bowl XXX), Michael Carter (49ers, Super Bowl XXIV) and rings from the 2007 Boston Red Sox and 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (all at $5,000 reserve).

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The complete auction contains more than 1,000 lots, and full descriptions may be viewed online at www.Lelands.com. For more information on the sale, call (516) 409-9700.

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