Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction March 31- April 25

One-Of-A-Kind Autographed Aston Martin Up for AuctionWhen the major leaguers take out fresh bats, balls, gloves, jerseys and hats for Opening Day, Goldin Auctions will be offering for sale a wide array of historic game used gear from many of the greats of the game. The Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction, scheduled for March 31-April 25, 2014, is headlined by a wide array of game used memorabilia from the likes of Ted Williams, Dizzy Dean, Sandy Koufax, Derek Jeter and many more. To register to bid, or for a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.

“The start of another baseball season brings back memories of the greats of the game and a renewed interest in these legends of yesteryear,” explained Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are thrilled to make these rare pieces of baseball history available for baseball fans and collectors.”

Among the highlights of the auction, which offers nearly 1,000 lots of sports, entertainment, pop-culture and historical artifacts are:

Lot #1 – 1960 Ted Williams Game Used Signed Fielder’s Glove (final MLB season) – The glove is signed twice in black marker on the inside of the pinky finger and on the outside of the web. The solid provenance is from John Donovan, who worked his way up in the Red Sox organization from a 14 year-old bat boy in 1946 all the way to Red Sox Counsel and Vice President. Given to him by Williams upon his retirement in 1960, it is the very last glove the baseball great ever used as a player and the only one ever authenticated by PSA/DNA.

Lot #2 – 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish – A one-of-a-kind 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish sports car produced exclusively for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 50th anniversary celebration. As an added bonus, the rare automobile, appraised at more than $1.25 million, is autographed by 50 basketball Hall of Famers including; Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Moses Malone, John Havlicek and many others

Lot #3 – Dizzy Dean Single Signed “Sweet Spot” Baseball — One of the most difficult single signed Hall of Fame baseballs to obtain on the sweet spot is that of Dizzy Dean. The last N.L. pitcher to win 30 games in a season usually penned his name on a side panel. The ONL Giles baseball is pure white comes with the original box and contains a bold blue ink signature. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, graded Mint 9. Highest graded ONL Sweet Spot Dean in existence

Lot #4 – Derek Jeter 1998 Fielder’s Glove – This 1998 Jeter game used Rawlings black leather glove from the championship season was obtained from Craig Kessler, who worked in Jeter’s apartment building and became friends with “The Captain.” The black Horween leather model Pro-5XXBCB 11.5 inch glove exhibits evidence of heavy use with most of the gold foil stamping worn away. The outer portion of the glove has a silver sharpie “Derek Jeter” signature. A Steiner Sports hologram sticker is affixed to the glove, attesting to the signature.

Lot #5 – 1967 Don Drysdale Game Used Jersey – The size 46 home white McAuliffe jersey is dated to the 1967-69 seasons, with its use most likely from 1967. The left sleeve has the 100th Anniversary of MLB patch worn during the 1969 season and added after this jersey’s original 1967 issue. Accompanied by a LOA from MEARS, a letter of provenance from Dodgers bat boy Rich Raya who obtained it from Drysdale, and letter of authenticity from jersey expert Dan Knoll.

Lot #6 – 1965 Sandy Koufax Game Used Cap – The only known game used L.A. Dodger Koufax cap in existence from 1965 — his penultimate season. The McAuliffe label is still sewn inside the cap as well as Pro KM and size 7 1/8 stamped into its band. The ace’s “32” is handwritten on the underneath the brim. Letter of Authenticity from MEARS, signed and notarized letter from former batboy Bob Case, who obtained it from Drysdale, and a Letter of Opinion from SCD.

Lots #8-14 – Beatles 1965 Shea Stadium Concert Lockers – These six lockers were used by the Beatles at Shea Stadium in preparation for their famous concert. They were removed and secured from the umpire’s locker room before Shea was demolished and authenticated by MLB. Due to the historical significance of potentially keeping the six lockers together as a lot, but also understanding the many Beatles collectors who may want to claim a locker for their collection, the six lockers are being offered both as a single lot of six lockers and as six individual lots.

Lot #15 – 1980 George Brett MVP Season Game Worn Road Uniform – Royals road jersey and pants were worn during the majestic summer that Brett batted .390, and was selected as the AL’s MVP. It shows moderate game use with the various stains and marks. Uniform set is accompanied by LOA from MEARS with a perfect grade of A10.

Lot #16 – 1980’s George Brett MVP Season Fielder’s Glove – Brett used this exact 1983 Wilson A2000 Model 1440 glove during his career. The name “GEORGE BRETT” is stamped on the inside of the pinky finger, and his player number “5” is written in period, faded black marker at the top of the outer ring finger. On the back of the wrist strap is written “GB 5” also in period marker. This glove likely saw multiple season use. Full LOA from PSA/DNA

Lot #17 – 1992 George Brett Game Used Bat – The C271 shows heavy use with a handle crack, many ball and stitch impressions along with blue ink transfers and cleat imprints. There are marks from a weighted batting donut and Brett’s number “5” is handwritten on both the knob and barrel end in black marker. Fittingly there is a lot of pine tar on the bat. The Hall of Famer add his signature in black marker. A PSA/DNA sticker is affixed to the barrel end. Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA graded GU 10.

Lot #18 – 1996 Derek Jeter Game Used and Signed Rookie Season Bat – The 22 year old batted .314 with 10 HR, 78 RBI, to earn the Rookie of the Year Award and win the Yankees first World Series since 1978. This un-cracked 33.5 inch, 31 ounce Louisville Slugger P72 block letter model bat shows evidence of outstanding game use. The sweet spot contains a bold, silver Sharpie “Derek Jeter ROY 96” signature and inscription. LOA from PSA/DNA.

Lot #19 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Game Used Bulls Road Jersey from 4/29/98 Playoff Game — The 1997-98 season saw the sixth and final NBA Championship of Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. This jersey was worn by Jordan during the only game played versus the Nets in New Jersey, a 116-101 victory which Jordan scored 38 points. It comes with a Chicago Bulls LOA, signed by Jeff Schultz from their Community Relations Dept, and a detailed LOA from the original purchaser indicating he obtained it directly from Mr. Schultz.

Lot #20 – 2008 Clayton Kershaw First MLB Dodgers Jersey – Toeing the rubber for the first time in Dodger Stadium, Kershaw threw 4 innings of a March 30, 2008 exhibition game. Size 50 Majestic label is located in the lower left front tail. Steiner holograms are affixed to the label. The ace has signed the “4” in white ink with the inscription “First Game Used Jersey.” LOA from Steiner-Dodgers and photo match LOA from MeiGray.

Lot #29 – 1926-33 Babe Ruth Single Signed Barnard Baseball – Perfectly scripted across the sweet spot in black fountain pen is that timeless Ruth autograph. What sets this particular ball apart is that it is on a Barnard Official A.L. Baseball, meaning this ball can be dated to the 1926-1933 period – the “sweet spot” of The Babe’s storied career. PSA/DNA graded 6.

Lot #33 – Andres Torres 2010 S.F. Giants World Series Ring – On of two rings ordered by Torres, to our knowledge, this is the only 2010 S.F. Giants player ring to have been made available for public sale. Designed and produced by Tiffany & Co, it is primarily made from white gold, also with some 14K gold. The ring top holds the “SF” logo set with round diamonds encircled by a bezel of yellow gold, flanked by two round diamonds. LOA from Andres Torres. Ring weighs approximately 75 grams.

Lot #66 – 1983 Carl Yastrzemski Game Worn Jersey -This button-down jersey has “BOSTON” across the chest with a simple “Wilson 42” manufacturer’s size tag with gray swatch below with a black chain-stitched “83” for the year. The reverse has the retired number “8” with a bold, blue sharpie “Carl Yastrzemski” below. Light evidence of game use from his final season. LOA from PSA/DNA for the signature. Full LOA from MEARS with a perfect A-10 grade.

Lot #167 – 1965 Pete Rose Game Used Bat -This may be the earliest Rose game used bat in existence. It was used by Pete during an August 27-29, 1965 weekend series against St. Louis at Crosley Field. He gave the bat to a young Reds fan who noted the dates of the games on the bat which are still visible below the facsimile signature on the barrel. Pete recently examined it and authenticated of the bat. Rose also signed the barrel in strong black marker adding “Hit King” and “4256 1965.” MEARS gave it a perfect grade of 10 as did PSA/DNA GU 10.

Lot#224 – 2011 Albert Pujols World Series Bat – According to our research Pujols used this Marucci AP5-M Albert Pujols Custom Cut model during Games 3-7 of the 2011 World Series, which includes the Game 3, three-home run game. An MLB Authenticated sticker is affixed to the barrel, indicating this bat was used by Pujols during Game 2 of the 2011 World Series. However, this is incorrect as a review of game film shows Marucci bats were not used by Pujols until Game 3. There is ample video evidence of Pujols using this type bat during that Games 3-7. Comes with full LOA from PSA/DNA with grade of GU 10.

Lot #329 – 1927 NY Yankees Signed Ball w/23 Signatures Including Gehrig – This creamy-white OAL Ban Johnson baseball has the desirable red and blue stitching with bold stampings plus 23 fountain pen signatures. The stampings indicate this ball is from 1927. Signature panel includes key Yankees: Herb Pennock, Bob Shawkey, Waite Hoyt, Bob Meusel, Earle Combs, Gehrig (“7”) and Joe Dugan. Full LOA from JSA.

Lot #863 – 2008 Kobe Bryant Olympic Game Worn Sneakers – These shoes were worn by Bryant during the 2008 Olympics, and are signed by Kobe and his Team USA teammates including: Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and more. The shoes show great wear and likely were worn for multiple games. They were obtained directly from the Bryant family’s housekeeper who was given the shoes as a gift. Documentation is provided as to her authenticity as well as full LOA from PSA/DNA for each shoe and LOA from MEARS.

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