NEW YORK — Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee’s historic baseball collection comes to market at Christie’s on Thursday, December 7, along with a near-complete collection of World Series programs. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.
Lee’s collection is focused on historic baseballs from important and milestone games, single-player signed All Star Game baseballs, and a collection of U.S. presidential signed first-pitch balls. He began collecting while touring the United States with Rush in the 1970s, and frequented sports memorabilia shops as part of his travel.
Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers legend Gil Hodges hit his 200th career home run in the major leagues on August 15, 1954. In those days, fans would return the balls from the stands to the players, so Hodges ended up with no. 200 in his personal collection, and even posed with his wife showing off the ball. This photo-matched lot is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
A pair of home run balls hit by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez are another star lot. The balls represent nos. 534 and 536 for A-Rod, the latter of which he embellished with the phrase “Tying Mantle.” The set is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
A near-complete collection of World Series programs is a rarely seen assemblage at auction. The 1911 program, estimated at $1,000-$3,000, features the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics. (The As went on to win.)
The top-estimated lot of the sale is an 11 by 14 photograph of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson sliding in safe at home as Gil Hodges looks on. The image has amazing clarity for sports photography of the day and is an original print without attribution. It comes with a PSA letter of authenticity, and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.