Pair of 1913 Brooklyn Dodgers Jerseys to Make
Debut in May Sports Auction
In the history of twenty-first century sports collectibles
auctions, the offerings of authentic Major League game-worn jerseys
that date to the early 1900's could be counted on Mordecai Brown's
pitching hand. Dead Ball Era uniforms just simply don't exist
anymore, so one could imagine the skepticism Heritage Auction
representatives felt when a polite gentleman telephoned to inform
us that he was in possession of not one, but two gamers from an
early Brooklyn Dodger.
An email with digital photographs quickly turned our skepticism
to giddiness, however, as the images served to validate the
outrageous claim. For exactly one hundred years, the home white
jersey, and road grey 1913 Brooklyn flannels that will be featured
in our May catalog auction, have been carefully preserved in the
family of Earl Hershey Yingling, a southpaw pitcher that supplied
two of his five seasons of Big League service to the Brooklyn
cause. It would appear that, upon his transfer to the Cincinnati
Reds for the 1914 campaign, Yingling simply bundled up his jerseys
and took them home, where they apparently were left to languish in
a chest filled with mothballs. The result is two of the finest
pre-1920 Major League jerseys ever to surface in the collecting
The preview for our May sports card and memorabilia is now
viewable at HA.com, with bidding to begin in the next couple weeks.
Please click here to view the preview of this
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Lou Gehrig's 1927-28 New York Yankees game worn
jersey brings $717,000 in $5.95+ million New York City sports
great names of New York Yankees history dominated the night on Feb.
23 when Heritage Auctions held its' winter Platinum Night Sports auction, which
realized more than $5.95 million, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
(Ukrainian Institute of America) with Lou Gehrig's 1927-28 game worn jersey leading
the offerings with a final price realized of $717,000, followed by
Mickey Mantle's signed and endorsed 1949 Yankees
signing bonus check, which soared to almost 30 times its
pre-auction estimate to finish the night at $286,800 (all prices
include Buyer's Premium).
"Minus Babe Ruth, who was also well-represented in this auction,
there are no Yankee legends greater than Gehrig and Mantle," said
Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Memorabilia at Heritage. "Clearly
prime material related to the greatest team of baseball's greatest
era still commands the utmost respect and best prices from
The auction made national and international news as the
jersey that was worn by team captain Mike Eruzione in the 1980 U.S.
Men's Olympic Hockey Team "Miracle on Ice" 4-3 victory over the
dreaded and feared Soviet Union team —
voted Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century by Sports
Illustrated — and the
stick that Eruzione used to score the eventual game-winning
goal realized $657,250 and $262,900, respectively, to lead the
$1.4+ million Mike Eruzione Collection.
hardcore collectors, however, it was baseball that commanded the
attention and the Yankee hits continue to roll in, especially items
attached to Gehrig and Mantle, as an
early-to-mid-1930s Gehrig game worn New York Yankees cap
realized $191,200 in complement to the '27-28 jersey, while
a 1965 Mickey Mantle original painting by LeRoy Neiman, a
lifelong Yankees fan, brought $131,450. Another Mantle highlight of
the night was the
1956 Home Run baseball off "The Mick's" bat that nearly escaped
Yankee Stadium, the closest any baseball ever came to leaving
the confines of the legendary ball park, which soared in bidding to
finish the auction at $95,600.
Finest 1927 New York Yankees team signed baseball on Earth —
representing what is, arguably, the greatest team to ever take the
field — was the subject of spirited bidding before garnering
$149,375, while two
checks related to the New York Yankees' purchase of Babe Ruth from
the Boston Red Sox — the most famous transaction in baseball
history, seen as the beginning of the Curse of the Bambino -
Not lost on the crowd, or auction watchers, was the inclusion in
the auction of
"The Bloody Sock" worn by Curt Schilling in Game Two of the 2004
World Series, which ended 86 years of Red Sox futility, was
seen as the end of Ruth's curse, and realized $92,613.
Alcindor's — who would become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 —
1969-1971 game worn Milwaukee Bucks Jersey, also worn in the Bucks
only championship, brought $95,600, and found the perfect
complement two lots later in the form of Oscar
Robertson's '70-'71 NBA Championship season game worn Milwaukee
Bucks jersey, which realized $65,725.
Gretzky's 1991-1992 game worn Los Angeles Kings jersey was
another hockey highlight of the night, bringing $77,675 amidst
spirited bidding, while a 1939
Masters Championship Gold Medal presented to Ralph Guldahl, the
best golfer on the planet at the time, was a big hit with golf
collectors at a $65,725 price realized. Modern-era collectibles got
a jolt when the jersey,
cleat and gloves worn by Colin Kaepernick in his record setting
2013 game against Green Bay realized $22,705.
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Heritage Sports Winter Platinum Night
For those who couldn't attend in person, you can enjoy this
highlight video of the Heritage Sports Winter Platinum Night
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Meet Dirk Nowitzki And Help Fight Childhood
Dirk Nowitzki is giving you a chance to meet him! Bid in the
Kroger "Give & Go" online auction benefiting
North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Program. You can win two
tickets in a suite, an autographed jersey, tour of the Mavericks
facility and meet the 2011 NBA Finals MVP — Dirk Nowitzki! Proceeds
go to the North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids program that feeds
12,000 chronically hungry children in North Texas each weekend
during the school-year.
Now through March 15th, you can bid on twenty (20) packages that
- Invitation for two (2) for a special meet & greet with Dirk
Nowitzki, including a tour of Mavs practice facility and locker
room after Mavs-Bulls game on March 30. With photos and
- Two (2) tickets inside a catered suite for the Mavs-Bulls game
on March 30 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas
- One (1) Mavs player jersey autographed by Dirk Nowitzki
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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports
memorabilia and trading cards.
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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Website Tips: Buy Now and Minimum Offer for Make
Offer to Owner Lots
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have now made it possible for you to select both a Buy Now amount
and a Minimum Offer amount on items that are eligible for the Make
Offer to Owner program. You can set the minimum offer to anything
you want, as long as it is at or above the minimum.
By clicking on the link to "Change the Minimum Offer amount
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specify both a Buy Now price and a Minimum Offer price; for
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choose to be notified of any offers above $1,300.
Items with both a Buy Now price and a Minimum Offer price are
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designated price or Making an Offer.
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possible to remove a lot from Buy Now status. To do this, just
blank out the Buy Now amount, and add a minimum offer amount if you
choose. If both the Buy Now and Minimum Offer boxes are blank, then
you will be notified of any offers above the default minimum.
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