CHICAGO – On June 6 and 7, Hindman will offer 610 lots of trading cards and memorabilia from many of the sports world’s most cherished luminaries in the firm’s Sports Memorabilia auction. The sale will be offered in two sessions, beginning with trading cards on Monday, June 6 and concluding with memorabilia on Tuesday, June 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The highlight of the trading card session is expected to be a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card No. 253, graded by SGC to be in Good condition. It is estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Mantle was a 19-year-old kid from Oklahoma when he was called up from the minor leagues to join the reigning World Champion New York Yankees in 1951, but weighty expectations were already being heaped upon his shoulders.
Mantle was initially given #6, as seen on this card, to signify that he was the next great Yankee after Babe Ruth (#3), Lou Gehrig (#4), and his 1951 teammate Joe DiMaggio (#5). After a mid-summer slump saw Mantle sent back to the minors, however, he switched to what would become his iconic #7 upon his return to the big leagues in the fall. The 1951 Bowman is the only card that shows Mantle wearing #6, making it, in many collectors’ eyes, the most desirable Mantle rookie card.
From the boxing world come a pair of lots used by Muhammad Ali while training in Chicago’s Southside in the 1970s: a set of Everlast training gloves, estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and Everlast headgear with an identical estimate. Both have “Made Expressly For Muhammad Ali” printed on the label and are fresh to the market.
The 1970s marked the triumphant return of Ali to the ring after being barred from professional fights in the latter half of the 1960s for his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War and refusal to be drafted into the United States Army. During the decade he trained for many of his most iconic bouts including The Rumble in the Jungle and The Thrilla in Manilla, possibly while wearing the gloves and headgear.
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