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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.

1913 Earl Yingling Game Worn Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers Home Jersey 1913 Earl Yingling Game Worn Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers Road Jersey

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 hobby.

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 highly-anticipated auction.

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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 event

1927-28 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees JerseyThe 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 collectors."

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.

Early to Mid-1930's Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees CapFor 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.

'The Bloody Sock' Worn by Curt Schilling in Game Two of the 2004 World SeriesThe 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 - realized $95,600.

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.

Lew 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.

Wayne 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 Recap

For those who couldn't attend in person, you can enjoy this highlight video of the Heritage Sports Winter Platinum Night event:

Heritage Sports Winter Platinum Night Recap

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Meet Dirk Nowitzki And Help Fight Childhood Hunger

Meet Dirk Nowitzki!

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 include:

  • 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 autographs!
  • 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

Meet Dirk Nowitzki!

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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 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

If you are participating in our Make Offer to Owner program, we 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 and/or set your own Buy Now price", a window on the page will open up, allowing you to either add/change the Buy Now price, or to add/change a minimum offer. This allows you, if you like, to specify both a Buy Now price and a Minimum Offer price; for instance, you can set a Buy Now price of $1,500, but can still choose to be notified of any offers above $1,300.

Items with both a Buy Now price and a Minimum Offer price are distinguished in the search results by having both the Buy Now from Owner icon and the Make Offer to Owner icon visible. Once on the item page, the would-be buyer can choose between Buying Now at the designated price or Making an Offer.

A desirable side-effect of this change is that it is now 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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  Consign Today

Top quality collectibles will also be given featured placement in print ads within such trade publications as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report and Beckett Elite, providing maximum hobby exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.

Chris Ivy
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Peter Calderon
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Jonathan Scheier
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1314
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Chris Nerat
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1615
or email at ChrisN@HA.com

Rob Rosen
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1767
or email at RRosen@HA.com

Tony Giese
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1997
or email at TonyG@HA.com

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Personal property of Marlon Brando highlights Entertainment Auction

A Marilyn Monroe Rare Black and White Cheesecake Photograph, Circa 1949Marlon Brando's 1954 'Best Actor' Golden Globe award for his performance in On the Waterfront is expected to bring $10,000+ to highlight a never-before-offered selection of his personal property in Heritage's Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction March 30. The award is one of two of Brando's Golden Globes offered — the second one which was won by the actor for being named World Film Favorite a year later in 1955. For a now unknown reason but in a classic Brando-esque move, he threw this second award against the wall at his home, breaking off the top female statuette and scratching the placard — and the piece was not repaired until decades later. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $6,000+.

The awards join a headshot signed shortly after Norma Jean Baker changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, expected to fetch $8,000+, and highlights a large selection of Monroe photographs and autographs, including a trove of never-before-seen snapshots, estimated to bring $4,000+.

A Marlon Brando Costume from 'The Ugly American'Brando's Golden Globe awards were gifted to his longtime personal assistant, who kept a number of personal items the actor gave her ranging from his costume worn in The Ugly American, expected to bring $1,600+, to an oil painting created by Stanley Kubrick's wife Christiane, expected to bring $1,200+, and even his Gucci and Chanel neckties, expected to bring $600+.

"For having such an incredible impact on American film, very few personally-owned items of Marlon Brando's ever come to market which makes this auction a rare opportunity to have something the man himself touched," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "We're not sure what made Brando throw his 1955 Golden Globe against the wall, but the move wasn't out of character for him. He was passionate about everything he did and to have the chance to bid on and win something he deemed important is exciting."

A Marlon Brando Native American Decorative Canteen, Circa 1970sThat passion is well documented in Brando's own file copy of the letter he wrote rejecting his 1973 Academy Award for his role in The Godfather. Brando famously boycotted the ceremony and instead sent Sacheen Littlefeather to read a statement the two drafted objecting to the depiction of American Indians in film and on television. The letter is expected to bring $600+. The auction also features a Native American decorative canteen, monogramed 'MB' and gifted to Brando during a visit to the Window Rock, Ariz., reservation in the 1970s, expected to bring $600+.

Additional collections of rare personally-owned items comes from the estate of Hollywood icon Glenn Ford, including never before offered correspondence such as a handwritten break-up letter from Judy Garland penned in 1963, expected to bring $1,600+, a handwritten letter from Rita Hayworth, expected to bring $1,000+, and a letter from Charlie Chaplin, expected to fetch $600+, among several awards, documents and even a twice-signed , expected to cross the block for $800+.

A Walter Matthau Group of Hats, Circa 1960s-1970sThe Ford Collection joins personal property of Walter Matthau, consigned for the first time by the Academy Award-winner's son, Charlie Matthau. The collection includes an original 1978 drawing of Matthau by celebrity caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, which may bring $1,600+, and scripts from Grumpy Old Men, expected to bring $1,000+, and The Odd Couple II, expected to sail away for $800+. Along with Hollywood mementos, a number of Matthau's personal items are offered as well, such as a selection of Gucci suitcases, expected to bring $1,200+, and a lot of four hats he wore in various films as well as in life, which are expected to bring $1,000+.

"We're honored to assist the families of Glenn Ford and Walter Matthau to make these treasures available to fans," Barrett said. "How fun to have something these two extraordinary actors had in their own homes and lived with on a daily basis."

More information about Entertainment auctions.

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Doodle for Hunger

Doodle for Hunger"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online auction of original signed works of art by comic and illustration artists. These artists put their creative skills to good use by doodling to support St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events for those in need. Each location has customized its program according to the needs of the local community.

John Reiner and Bunny Hoest
Matthew Van Fleet
Matthew Van Fleet

Working together with the staff and volunteers at various locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers, and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.

The auction is offered on the internet only. Bidding will open March 24 at 10 PM CT and will close Friday April 14 at 10 PM CT. For more information, contact Jeri Carroll, 800.872.6476 x1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

Shannon Stirnweis
Shannon Stirnweis
Tom Wilson
Jerry Scott
Jerry Scott

More information about Charity auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

Answer this quick question and see how you stack up against your peers.

What player holds the record for most three pointers in one game?

       A) Danny Ainge
       B) Reggie Miller
       C) Michael Jordan
       D) Larry Bird
       E) None of the above

If you are on Outlook 2007 take the Quiz online

Look for the answer, results and more details in the next issue of Heritage Sports News.

Last issue's question:

What player has the most career blocked shots in NBA history?

A) Hakeem Olajuwon (26%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
March 15 Kroger GIVE & GO Auction Benefiting North Texas Food Bank #533
March 15 Kroger GIVE & GO Auction Benefiting North Texas Food Bank #533
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151311
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151312
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Other Signature Auctions
March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132 March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132
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March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183 March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183
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March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072 March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072
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March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143 March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143
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March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121311
Closes March 17
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161311
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131312
Closes March 17
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171312
Closes March 19
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131312
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141312
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251312
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201312
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231312
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241312
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