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Press Release - February 25, 2014

Shoeless Joe Jackson, Muhammad Ali And Babe Ruth Lead $7.6+ Million Heritage Sports Auction

Jackson's rookie season bat sets Heritage house record for sports memorabilia; Muhammad Ali's 1964 fight-worn gloves from first title bout with Sonny Liston bring $836,000; Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series pocket watch realized $717,000, Feb. 22 in New York

NEW YORK — "Shoeless Joe" Jackson's game-used bat from his 1911 rookie season brought cheers and applause from the assembled audience at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in Manhattan on Saturday night, Feb. 22, as it realized $956,000 to set a Heritage house price record for Sports Collectibles.

Shoeless Joe Jackson's game-used bat
"There can be no argument that 'Shoeless Joe' is one of the most intriguing and compelling of all major league players, of any era," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions, "and there can be no argument that this is the most significant piece of Jackson memorabilia and one of the hobby's great treasures."

The bat is a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby that leading expert John Taube confirms to be "the only Joe Jackson bat in existence that is factory documented as being game used by Jackson during his Major League career." While this distinction alone would be more than enough to justify the claim, the factory sidewriting assigns use to the greatest rookie season in the Major League record books, the only one in history to conclude north of the fabled .400 mark.

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Fight Worn Gloves from First Liston Bout
The boxing gloves that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wore as he faced Sonny Liston in the ring on Feb. 25, 1964, and subsequently won his first Heavyweight Championship, brought $836,500 in the auction, bringing another round of applause from the gallery.

"These are the very gloves that Ali wore when he claimed his first Heavyweight Championship 50 years ago," said Ivy. "Given the attention these received from media and fans all over the world, and the spectacular price they achieved, it's clear that Ali is just as loved and respected today as he's ever been."

1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch Presented to Babe Ruth
The 1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch presented to Babe Ruth, the most iconic American athlete of all, realized $717,000 in the auction as the centerpiece of the auction, after attracting massive worldwide media interest.

Also of significant interest was the barrel of the baseball bat thrown at Mike Piazza by Roger "The Rocket" Clemens on Oct. 22, 2000, which realized $47,800, almost five times its' $10,000+ pre-auction estimate.

"The Piazza-Clemens incident is one of the most infamous in modern baseball history and this bat shard was central to the entire episode," said Chris Ivy. "The Rocket lost his cool in the game and hurled this at Piazza in what is likely the most famous throw of his entire career."

The bat was consigned by Yankees strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold, who retrieved it from the corner of the clubhouse steps after it had been tossed by a bat boy. A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated by Mangold to a charity benefitting families that have survived the death of child due to SIDS.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

1931 Lou Gehrig United States Passport--Signed Three Times: Realized $262,900.

1996 Derek Jeter World Series Game Used Rookie Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10: Realized $155,350.

1920 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9: Realized $95,600.

Circa 1965 Jim Brown Game Worn Cleveland Browns Jersey, MEARS A10: Realized $95,600.

Circa 1958 Sandy Koufax Game Used Fielder's Glove: Realized: $83,650.

1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Photograph: Realized $56,763.

The Most Thoroughly Documented Civil War Soldiers' Game Used Baseball in the Hobby: Realized $41,825.

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