Grey Flannel Auctions’ Summer Games Auction, with bidding going on now through April 14, is packed with desirable game-worn apparel, jewelry, trophies, and game-used equipment autographed by superstars of baseball, football, basketball and hockey. The centerpiece of the nearly 1,100 lots to be sold is the New York Yankees pinstriped jersey Yogi Berra wore as catcher during the World Series “perfect game” pitched by Don Larsen on Oct. 8, 1956.
Many coveted jerseys are entered in the current auction. A 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates home jersey that was game-worn by the great Roberto Clemente during the last season before his tragic death is accompanied by a team letter of authenticity. The jersey, with the now-retired number “21” and “Pirates” emblazoned on the front, requires a minimum auction bid of $5,000.
The appeal of a Derek Jeter 2008 New York Yankees game-used road jersey is enhanced by the “Yankee Stadium Final Season” patch on its left sleeve and “2008 All-Star Game patch” on its right sleeve. Accompanied by a Yankees-Steiner letter of authenticity, and with Steiner and Major League Baseball holograms present, this coveted jersey worn by the popular Yankees team captain is entered in the sale with a minimum-bid requirement of $9,000.
As hockey jerseys go, few can match the cachet of a circa-1986 example game-worn by Mark “the Moose” Messier as center for the Edmonton Oilers. On the front of the bright blue, orange and white jersey is the large “OILERS” logo, and on each sleeve and on the back is the player number “11.” Across the back is the name “MESSIER.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Rich Ellis, Spirit of The Game, its minimum bid is $2,500.
A mid-1970s Dallas Cowboys jersey game-used by star quarterback Roger Staubach has the player number “12 on its front, back and both shoulders, while the name “STAUBACH” appears across the back. With a MEARS letter of authenticity and graded A10, it had an opening-bid requirement of $2,500.
One of the most important jewelry lots in the sale is Ben Kelly’s 2001 New England Patriots Super bowl Championship ring with original wooden presentation box. A big, solid 14K white gold ring weighing 2-1/2 ounces, it features a total of 145 diamonds plus a red and blue Patriots logo and the words “SUPER BOWL” and “WORLD CHAMPIONS.” Minimum bid: $10,000.
Another important piece of professional sports jewelry is Dennis Johnson’s 1986 Boston Celtics Championship player’s ring with presentation box and family letter of authenticity. The 14K gold ring with a beautiful green Celtics logo, 16 inlaid diamonds and one large central diamond representing a basketball was given to Johnson for playing in what would be his third and final career World Championship. Minimum bid: $5,000.
Yet another eye-catching item is the New York Yankees 1996 World Championship ring given to Ray Quinones of the team’s front office. The ring’s design includes 23 brilliant-cut diamonds and a large man-made sapphire, a large “NY” Yankees logo and the words “WORLD CHAMPIONS 1996,” “COURAGE,” “HEART,” “TRADITION,” and “QUINONES.” With its original felt-lined presentation box, it requires a minimum bid of $5,000.
An imposing team-size replica trophy commemorating the 2007 Boston Red Sox World Championship measures over 2 feet in height, with a 14K yellow gold base surmounting a chrome base that measures 10½ inches across. Featuring a two-tone chrome baseball “stitched” in 14K yellow gold and with 30 flags representing all of the Major League Baseball teams, the trophy is engraved: “2007 BOSTON RED SOX WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS” alongside the MLB logo. Minimum bid: $5,000.
As a follow-up to her original artwork titled “NBA Fifty Greatest Players,” artist Erika King created a follow-up collage titled “LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL – WE MADE THIS GAME.” The limited edition, which was unveiled during the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, incorporates personally autographed action photos of 60 of the NBA’s greatest players, including many superstars of the last decade such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson. Numbered 1/60, the 40-inch by 60-inch photographic collage comes with a JSA letter of authenticity. Minimum bid: $10,000.
Bidding in Grey Flannel’s Summer Games Auction will close on April 14, 2010. All forms of absentee bids will be accepted during the auction, including by phone and online through Grey Flannel’s Web site at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com . Printed catalogs are free to all registered bidders. The fully illustrated electronic version of the catalog is available to view online at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. For additional information, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.