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New York, NY, United States
DoneFri, Jun 10, 2005 1:15 PM GMT

Important Sports Memorabilia & Cards

Sotheby’s and SportsCards Plus are offering more than 350 lots of Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards, spanning the history of baseball, basketball, football, boxing, tennis and track & field. Highlighting the sale is a trove of Red Sox memorabilia, including the most important document in sports history, the 1919 contract selling Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees, which forever changed the course of baseball history (expected to bring more than half a million dollars), and the first baseball thrown at the 1912 Grand Opening of Fenway Park (est. $30/50,000). The sale features property from a number of private estates and collections, including that of Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics Hall of Fame pitcher, Lefty Grove; Hall of Fame catcher, Ernie Lombardi; the first American League umpire in the Hall of Fame, Tom Connolly; one of the most esteemed sports journalists in American history, Jim Murray; and tennis great, Arthur Ashe. Prior to the June 10th auction at Sotheby’s in New York, there will be a public exhibition of all of the items from June 4th to 9th. The sale is expected to bring in excess of $5 million.