Historic Miracle On Ice Artifacts, Schilling
Bloody Sock Highlight Heritage Platinum Night Sports
Eruzione, the leader of the scrappy band of amateur American hockey
players that upset the seemingly invincible Soviet Union team at
the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, is putting his
keepsakes from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" on the auction
block, the anchor collection of Heritage Auctions "Platinum
Night" event, now open for bidding at HA.com/Sports. The auction will
conclude with live bidding on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2
East. 79th Street (at 5th Ave).
"Widely considered the greatest moment in American sports
history, the 'Miracle on Ice' victory over a Russian team that had
dominated international competition for decades came during a
particularly tense period of the Cold War," said Chris Ivy,
Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, "just months before
President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games
in Moscow. The positioning of the victory in the greater historical
context only served to amplify the patriotic response to the
record prices are anticipated as Eruzione's
and pants worn in the February 22, 1980, upset are sold without
reserve. Also on the auction block are Eruzione's
jersey from the subsequent Gold Medal game victory over Finland
warm-up suit he wore during the memorable medal presentation
ceremony when he famously called his entire team up to the podium
to share the moment.
theme of improbable, glorious victory is continued with perhaps the
most famous baseball relic of the twenty-first century, the
Bloody Sock worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in Game two of the
2004 World Series as he led the Boston Red Sox to the franchise's
first championship in 86 years, finally exorcising "The Curse of
A key relic from the beginning of the "Curse" shares space
within the Platinum Night auction, two
checks made payable to former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee by the New
York Yankees franchise for the purchase of a young slugger named
Babe Ruth, a transaction that was believed by many to doom the
Boston club to decades of failure.
The Ruth checks represent one of several lots that shaped the
future of New York City baseball, joined by the
1949 signing bonus check made payable to a 17-year old Mickey
Mantle upon the finalization of his New York Yankees contract.
Also up for bidding is the
silver Tiffany baseball presented to Mayor Robert Wagner in
gratitude for his efforts in securing new stadium funding necessary
to bring a new National League franchise, the Mets, to New York
noteworthy Big Apple offerings include a
jersey and cap
worn by Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, the
Louisville Slugger used by Mickey Mantle in his final career
at-bat, and the
jersey Yankees outfielder Chris Chambliss was wearing when he
clubbed his dramatic walk-off home run to win the 1976 American
The daughter and grandson of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter
Johnson, who is second only to Cy Young in career victories with
417, supply the auction with a selection of artifacts from the
career of the iconic "Big Train," including his retirement
paperwork and his
personal Hall of Fame plaque presented to him as a member of the
inaugural induction class of 1939. Also offered is a
1927 handwritten letter from Cy Young and one
to Walter Johnson from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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Heritage's Upcoming Platinum Night Auction to
Highlight Multiple 'Super' Pieces from the Gridiron
With Super Bowl XLVII right around the corner, Heritage Auctions'
"Big Event" is also slated for February, and it includes some of
the rarest and most significant high-end items ever to hit the
auction block. While it's no secret that the extreme popularity of
America's favorite sport has transcended to the hobby and
football-related memorabilia, we would like to take this
opportunity to highlight a
selection of impressive football pieces
that will be sold in
our highly anticipated Platinum Night Auction. The auction is now
open for bidding at HA.com/Sports
with the live auction to be held February 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
in New York.
Below are just some of the great football pieces in our 2013
February Platinum Auction:
1968 New York Jets Championship Ring Issued to Earl Christy –
to view the auction preview to this special piece, which
is "guaranteed" to stand out in any collection.
1971 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Ring – Est.
1960-61 Green Bay Packers Oversized Promotional Nodder (14"
tall) – Est. $15,000+
The first of its kind ever sold publically and representing the
Cowboys' first Super Bowl victory, click
here for the lot preview.
A true "Holy Grail" in the eyes of any high-end Green Bay Packers
collector, this amazing Promo nodder is one of only a handful of
similar examples ever offered at auction. Please click
for the auction preview.
1987-89 Joe Montana Game Worn San Francisco 49'ers Jersey,
MEARS A10 – Est. $10,000+
Originally received as a gift from Montana to the president of the
Boston Celtics, hobby experts consider this beauty is as the best
Montana gamer ever offered. Please click
here to view the auction preview.
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Heritage Sports Taking in Consignments at February
Long Beach Show
With our highly anticipated February
Platinum Night Auction under way, we are still actively
accepting high quality vintage card and memorabilia consignments
for our 2013
April Sports Collectibles Auction.
Collectors in the Long Beach, California area will have a chance
to visit with Heritage sports representative Mark Jordan at the
"Long Beach Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Expo" from February
7-9. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact
Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or
In addition, Lee Iskowitz will be at our New York City office on
Thursday, February 7 and Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 AM to
4:00 PM to view potential sports consignments. If you have vintage
sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please make an appointment
to stop by our 445 Park Ave. office by contacting at LeeI@HA.com or (214) 409-1601 to discuss your
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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
HA.com/Sports is the place to
be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and
Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a
lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid
on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there
are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot
during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended
Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on
previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that
lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45,
the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing
your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending
phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).
No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its
clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason
why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.
Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport
collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.
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