Basketball, baseball showcased in Jasper52 Sports Memorabilia sale, Jan. 4
NEW YORK – An iconic Jackie Robinson portrait photograph, a Lew Alcindor basketball rookie card, and a press pass to Philadelphia home games for the 1915 World Series will battle for top lot status at Jasper52’s Sports Memorabilia auction, which will be conducted on Wednesday, January 4 at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale lineup, which includes 159 lots, is laden with tickets and passes to significant sporting events. These include a 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers press pass that admitted Samuel Scott to every home game of Jackie Robinson’s rookie year; a Monday, September 19, 1983 ticket to the Miami Dolphins-Los Angeles Raiders football game in which future Hall of Famer Dan Marino made his debut; a full ticket for LeBron James’s first NBA home game, dated Wednesday, November 5, 2003 and pitting the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Denver Nuggets; and an August 2000 pass for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, in which a 15-year-old Michael Phelps participated.
Desirable photographs on offer include an original period photo of Tris Speaker, taken by Paul Thompson, as well as a 1965 black-and-white of Mickey Mantle. Also worthy of mention is a limited edition piece of ephemera, styled as a six-dollar bill, featuring a portrait of Stan Musial where the presidential portrait would appear, and signed by the baseball player; and a 1939 uniform patch marking the centennial of the game of baseball, which has managed to retain its red, white and blue colors.
The first highlight is a signed and inscribed 1953 photograph of Jackie Robinson, estimated at $26,000-$31,000. The image is regarded as iconic because it served as the basis of his 1953 Topps baseball card. Robinson inscribed the black-and-white photo to a lucky person named Harold.
Certain to turn heads is a press pass for Philadelphia home games during the 1915 World Series, which appears to be a unique survivor. The 1915 World Series stands out for being the first World Series in which Babe Ruth played, though he did little more than pinch-hit. The pass has an estimate of $18,000-$22,000.
Rounding out the highlights is a 1969 Topps basketball rookie card depicting Lew Alcindor, but signed by him, in cursive, with the name under which he would become famous: “Abdul-Jabbar.” It carries an estimate of $3,500-$4,000.
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