The 1992 Dream Team was the greatest basketball team ever assembled and a global phenomenon, and now Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen signed, game-worn shoes from the team’s historic run to the gold medal are up for bid in the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction, which is open for bidding and runs through June 19, 2020.
The incredible hobby fresh Dream Team sneakers, being offered for the first time, were worn by the NBA legends during the Tournament of Americas qualifying event for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The consignor was a Dream Team support staff member who received the sneakers directly from the players in the locker room after the tournament championship game. The Jordan shoes are the first Jordan photo-matched Dream Team items to ever be offered publicly, and the Magic shoes are photo-matched as well.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.
The auction also features a spectacular collection of Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James photo-matched, game-used gear and rare high-end autographed cards. The hobby fresh Jordan and LeBron cards are some of the rarest “His Airness” and “The King” signed, pack-pulled cards in circulation. Headlining the offerings is a 2005-06 Upper Deck Exquisite Dual Number Pieces Michael Jordan & LeBron James Patch Auto signed by both, a 2004-05 SP Authentic Dual Signatures #JJ Michael Jordan & LeBron James Auto 2/25, a 2003-04 LeBron James Rookie Collection, and a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA Mint 9.
Among the additional Jordan game-used gear up for sale is a pair of 1981-82 University of North Carolina signed sneakers and a 1994 Chicago White Sox warmup jersey and Sox wristbands.
The auction also boasts one of the earliest game-used autographed Bryant items ever to hit the auction block: a signed t-shirt worn by the late NBA great during the 1996 Magic Johnson Roundball Classic high school all-star game. Additional Bryant items up for sale include three pairs of signed game-worn shoes (a 2008 Western Conference Finals game, a 2007 playoff game and a 2006 regular season game,), his 2001 All-Star Game photo-matched practice jersey and a 2017-18 Panini Impeccable All-Stars Kobe Bryant Autograph.
Another auction centerpiece is a remarkable Joe DiMaggio Yankees signed, game-used bat with possible World Series use. One of the finest DiMaggio bats in existence, the Hillerich & Bradsby model D29L was photo-matched to Sept. 28, 1949, one week prior to the World Series.
Also featured in the auction is a magnificent collection of Babe Ruth items led by the finest known Ruth autographed photo, multiple Type 1 photos, several single-signed baseballs, a 1940s Ruth signed Hillerich & Bradsby bat, a 1933 Goudey#181 Babe Ruth signed by Ruth himself, and a 2019 Topps Transcendent Babe Ruth Bat Knob & Cut Signature 1/1 Card.
Another crown jewel of the auction is a Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card. This example has received a grade of EX+ 5.5 by SGC and is a true beauty.
Also featured in the auction is a treasure trove of Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn jerseys direct from the team’s archive. Among the jerseys are those by Hall of Famers and legends including Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, John Stallworth, Troy Polamalu (photo-matched to four games), Rod Woodson (photo-matched to three games) and Jerome Bettis (photo-matched to seven games including his 10,000th yard rushing game). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Steelers Archive Jerseys will be donated to the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research.
Additional auction highlights include:
- 1915 and 1916 Boston Red Sox championship awards (a pendant and pocket watch, respectively) presented to Babe Ruth’s Sox roommate, Dick Hoblitzell
- A pair of Lou Gehrig single signed baseballs and a fabulous Gehrig signed photo
- A complete run of race programs (21) from the career of iconic racehorse Secretariat
- Jeffrey Maier’s glove used to catch Derek Jeter’s 1996 ALCS Game 1 home run
- A 2018-19 National Treasures Luka Doncic RPA Rookie Auto Logo Patch
- A fantastic 2015-16 The Cup Connor McDavid NHL Rookie Patch Auto.
The auction also sports a wide variety of impressive pop culture and historical memorabilia including George Washington locks of hair from 1799, Whitey Bulger’s prison ID and actor Tom Hanks’ full set-worn baseball uniform from “A League of Their Own.”
For more information about the Lelands Spring 2020 Auction, visit https://lelands.com/.
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Established in 1985, Lelands is the first sports auction house and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports collectible hobby. Founder Joshua Leland Evans is a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless iconic items including Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2,093, 927), his 1919 “Curse of the Bambino” signed contract ($2,303,320) and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit https://lelands.com/.