A young African-American boy’s trip to the east coast led him to the locker room of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers where he was given something he cherished for decades. Now, that well preserved piece of baseball history is about to be sold by Memory Lane.
The National Convention is always full of treasures. This year, many auction houses are bringing in great memorabilia to display, including SCP Auctions’ announcement of The Abrams Family Collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia.
Goldin Auctions got press with Kobe Bryant memorabilia, but the auction is filled with cards, game-used beauties and tough signatures. A T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb back, Jackie Robinson bat from 1949 and a Yogi Berra mitt are just some of the treasures to be found.
Steiner Sports knew it had the goods with Jackie Robinson game-used items, including his last glove ($373,000) and bat ($114,000). Other top items include a Mickey Mantle signed contract and a 1924 World Series ticket signed by numerous Hall of Famers.
The last known glove worn by Jackie Robinson isn’t the only game-used artifact drawing attention from Steiner Sports. The firm’s “Ground-Breaking” Auction also hosts jerseys from Stan Musial, Gil Hodges and Walter Payton, along with some memorable balls linked to Babe Ruth.
When Steiner Sports puts on an auction, they don’t mess around. The latest lineup features 1,866 lots, headlined by a Jackie Robinson game-used glove, but includes price points to satisfy nearly any collector.
With ‘42’ making headlines, we take a trip to Jackie Robinson’s early stomping grounds at Rickwood Field and in Cairo, Ga. To find some of the landmarks, you need to do your homework, or have a trusty guide.
Carl Erskine, still with a spring in his step at age 86, shares stories about his career, sports memorabilia and playing with Al Hirt. Guess who he was most afraid would hit a home run off him?
Attention to detail, three major stars and “chase” cards proved to be a winning formula for Topps in its battle with Bowman in 1953. The portrait artwork is another high selling point for this set.
MLB historian John Thorn is immersed in baseball’s past, yet his personal collection is about heritage and not star appeal. Come along with an exclusive interview with Thorn as he describes his collection and how the hobby is still in its infancy.