A rare and genuine piece of American history, the Jackie Robinson worn 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey generated 21 bids and ultimately sold for $401,968 in Leland’s winter auction. The first ever African-American player in major league baseball, Jackie opened the door for all minority players and left a legacy that lives on. Lelands.com’s winter auction contained over seven hundred lots of sports memorabilia, pop culture and Americana memorabilia and vintage photographs.
Another notable sports highlight are three Don Newcombe awards which realized over $300,000: 1956 Don Newcombe Cy Young Award ($103,136.58), 1956 Don Newcombe National League Most Valuable Player Award ($166,102.49), and 1949 Don Newcombe National League Rookie of the Year Award ($30,995.23).
The Bob Watt Olympic Hockey Collection featured a number of pieces from the family of Robert McDonald Watt, a member of the Edmonton Mercury’s amateur senior team during their win at the 1950 World Championships in London and the 1952 Canadian Olympic Hockey team that went undefeated in Oslo, bringing home the gold (a feat that wouldn’t occur again for fifty years.) Bob Watt’s 1952 Canadian Olympic Hockey Gold Medal ($37,438.57), 1952 Bob Watt Edmonton Mercurys (Team Canada) Olympics Game Worn Sweater ($26,529.86), 1950 Bob Watt Edmonton Mercurys World Championship Game Worn Sweater ($9,076.01).
Another popular hockey item was the 1968-69 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Game-Worn Jersey. One of the finest Orr jerseys to be auctioned, this photo-matched jersey came from Orr’s third NHL season and is the one he wore on the cover of Sports Illustrated February 3, 1969 issue. (Price realized $137,274.79)
Sports and non-sports cards are always in high demand. This auction featured a 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie (PSA 9 MINT) ($103,136.58), a T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank (PSA 5 EX) ($85,236.84), and Horrors of War 1938 Christmas Box Set Many In Original Cellophane (240) ($56,869.12).
Additional Auction Items of Note and Prices Realized:
- 1951 Satchel Paige St. Louis Browns Game Worn Jersey: $93,760
- Exceptional Lou Gehrig Signed George Burke: $21,925
- 1927 NY Yankees World Championship Team-signed Baseball: $58,217
- 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie Card: $103,136
- T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank Card: $85,236
- Guy Lafleur’s Hockey Hall of Fame Ring: $36,542
- 1975-76 Guy Lafleur Art Ross Trophy: $44,216
- 1986 NY Giants George S. Halas Trophy: $18,752
- Very Rare 1926 Pottsville Maroons Real Photo Postcards: $10,426
- 1962 Cassius Clay- Archie Moore On Site Poster: $8,523
- Wilt Chamberlain Historic 100 Point Game Program: $6,351
- 1964 Peanuts Original Artwork by Charles Schultz: $12,807
- 1938 Horrors of War Christmas Box Set: $56,869
- Richard Nixon’s Presidential Seal Ring: $35,311
Founded more than twenty-four years ago, Lelands.com is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected auction houses specializing in vintage sports and pop culture memorabilia, collectibles, cards and photos. For more information, visit Lelands.com at www.Lelands.com.
Lelands.com has handled such landmark collections as The Mickey Mantle Auction of the Greer Johnson Collection ($1.3M), The Harry M. Stevens Auction ($1.8M), and the famed Boston Garden Auction ($2M total sales), along with individual pieces like The Babe Ruth Sale Document ($99,000), Mickey Mantle’s 1960 Jersey ($111,100) and the sale of the infamous “Mookie Ball” to actor Charlie Sheen for $93,500. Over the past ten years, Lelands.com has sold over $100 million worth of vintage sports memorabilia and cards.