CHICAGO – On June 8, Hindman will present its Sports Memorabilia auction, which will offer objects that reflect legendary athletes across multiple sports. Items will showcase athletes such as Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Tiger Woods. The 256-lot auction features property from the collection of acclaimed journalist and author Allen Abel. Spanning Abel’s career of over four decades, the collection includes on-site ephemera from some of the most celebrated moments in sporting history. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Standout lots spotlight baseball greats, such as a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card No. 311 that is PSA Authentic. The coveted card is considered by collectors to be among the most important cards ever printed; this example is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. A 1930s Spalding Babe Ruth Special baseball signed by Ruth and fellow Yankee legend Lou Gehrig. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. One more item of note for Yankee fans is the 1936 World Series Champion team signed baseball, estimated at $5,500-$7,500, which features Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, five future Hall of Famers, and 14 other members of the roster that won the Yankees their fifth title and their first without Babe Ruth.
Also on offer in the June auction will be an important 1955 Negro Baseball All Stars barnstorming tour signed program, including autographs from Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Larry Doby, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Willie Mays said the 1955 Mays-Don Newcombe team of African American Major League players might have been “the best team ever assembled.” The team compiled a 28-0 record as it courageously played games across a deeply segregated south and southwestern United States. This historically significant item would be a fantastic addition to any baseball collection.
Michael Jordan and other basketball icons will also be showcased in the auction. Highlights include a 1985 Interlake Boy Scout Michael Jordan rookie card, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a 1980 Topps Larry Bird / Julius Erving / Magic Johnson Rookie card, estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Bidders will also have the chance to bring a piece of United Center history into their homes through two Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan “Last Dance” era stadium chairs, including one that is from Jordan’s last season with the Bulls. The chairs have a collective estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
Other outstanding items include a Tiger Woods signed 2006 PGA Championship shirt in a limited-edition display, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and a signed 2005 British Open flag upper deck authenticated limited-edition display estimated at $1,500-$2,500. A Muhammad Ali “Athlete of the Century” LeRoy Neiman artist’s proof serigraph from 2001, with remarques and autographs of both, is another rare item, which carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
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