Ali – Mary Jo Kopechne / Kennedy Letter

Inquire today about a free non-binding auction estimate + advanced catalog placement

Muhammad Ali Handwritten & Dual-Signed Letter With Controversial Chappaquiddick Incident & Kennedy Content

In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy careened a car off a bridge, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy was impacted both personally and politically as the story of the night’s events remain unclear today. The story gathered national headlines and the controversial matter captivated some of the country’s biggest stars. Following the tragic event, the iconic Muhammad Ali personally reached out to the Kopechne family to offer not only his condolences, but also his personal thoughts regarding the story. Offered is Ali’s handwritten letter to the Kopechne family that details his distaste with the Kennedy’s and the totality of the events that occurred. Ali signed the bottom of the letter as both Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay. An incredibly rare insight into the thoughts of one of the greatest athletes regarding a controversial event.

Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & Uni-Watch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, which means it’s time for me to showcase some of the most interesting items they’re selling. Here we go:

• I always like leagues that deviate from the standard black/white zebra-striped officiating uniforms. The World Football League’s blue/gold jerseys (shown at right, click to enlarge) are a prime example. Bid on it here.

• Love love love the striped collar on this 1891 (!) Cy Young baseball card. Scroll over the thumbnail to get the full effect.

• With Willie McCovey’s recent death, a bunch of his memorabilia is now up for auction. McCovey was left-handed, so it seems odd that this trophy for his 500th home run shows a right-handed batter figurine (and a righty glove to boot).

• Speaking of McCovey, I really like this 1971 All-Star Game platter. Never seen that type of item before!

• One last McCovey entry: The Giants usually styled his NOB with a raised “c,” as seen here and here, but this one has a base-aligned “c.”

• I never really noticed before how the Astros’ 1972 road jerseys had matching radially arched chest lettering and NOBs, while the ’73 design had matching vertically arched chest lettering and NOBs.

• This 1980 Reds jacket design, with the team logo down toward the bottom, is one of the oddest jacket formats I’ve ever seen.

• Speaking of jackets, check out this 1967 Earl Monroe College Division championship beauty.

• Oh baby, it doesn’t get much better than this century-old Yankees dugout sweater!

• It’s rare enough for a MLB team to have TV numbers on one sleeve. But in 1979 and ’80, the Cardinals had them on both sleeves!

• Attention, Brinke Guthrie! We don’t often see tennis gear come up for auction, but here’s a 1991 autographed Jimmy Connors warm-up top.

• I love everything about the lettering styles on this mid-1970s 76ers warm-up jacket.

Want to see more? You can click through all of the auction listings — more than 500 of them — here.

Overtime! 450+ Lots Just Posted

In addition to the 563 lots highlighted in the printed catalog, our July 17th auction also features 450+ lots that are available online-only.

These late additions can be viewed in our overtime section by clicking here.

Just Added

Grey Flannel Auctions Notable Consignors

Unparalleled References Including the NBRPA, MLBPAA, NFL Alumni & More

Recent consignors include Hall of Famers Rick Barry, Pistol Pete Maravich (family), Bob Pettit, Joe Morgan, George Gervin, Gary Carter, Orel Hershiser, and Evander Holyfield!

More information can be found at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com

 

CHRISTOPHER TORGUSEN

Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association

“Grey Flannel Auctions’ honesty and professionalism has made the decision by our members to consign their memorabilia much easier. The MLBPAA would recommend Grey Flannel’s services to anyone looking for a trustworthy company to consign their collectibles.”


 

JACKIE MARAVICH

Wife of Hall of Famer “Pistol” Pete Maravich

“I want to thank you for all the hard work you did in promoting and selling memorabilia for my late husband “Pistol” Pete… The auction was done so professionally and was absolutely first class. You have restored our faith and trust in people.”


 

SEAN MAHONEY

EVP at Steiner Sports

“Yankees-Steiner Collectibles would like to thank you for being a valuable partner of our company since its inception… We also would like to thank you for your persistence and diligence in identifying and fighting against potential fraudulent items, as this in the long run will only help everyone in our industry.”


 

DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

Chudacoff, Simon and Friedman, LLP

“I wish to thank Michael, Debbie and Richie for their incredible attention to detail, patience with my numerous phone calls and overall level of professionalism that only served to reinforce my belief that regardless of our nearly 40 year personal relationship, that Grey Flannel Auctions was the right time, right place and right auction house to handle my collection.”


 

DONNA JOHNSON

Wife of Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson

“When I first made the decision to auction Dennis’s memorabilia, I did have second thoughts. When I wasn’t sure about what to do, you put my mind at ease… Everything included on your site and catalogue was extraordinary & I really enjoyed working with you (Richard), Michael and Debbie. I look forward to future auctions and the continued success to everyone at Grey Flannel.”


 

WALT L.

Satisfied Bidder & Consignor

“I really appreciate the way Grey Flannel has treated me… Not once have I been disappointed with the results, in fact I have been totally impressed with the prices realized… I feel really comfortable letting you handle my consignments because I know that they will receive the finest care, receive the best prices and you pay on time.”


 

DEVIN H.

Satisfied Consignor

“I just wanted to thank you for your help in selling our Bird and Maravich jerseys. We really appreciate all of your help and consultation, and hope to work again with Grey Flannel Auctions one day again in the near future.”


 

BARRY HALPER

Baseball Collector Extraordinaire

“I have known Grey Flannel for many, many years. Nobody has studied their craft any harder than GF. They are the finest authenticators of game-used uniforms in the hobby today. Their knowledge and integrity are indisputable.”


 

CHRISTY CARTER

Daughter of Hall of Famer Gary Carter

“We are so thrilled to see dads items going for so much!!!! Everything looks just wonderful. I really feel dad would be so proud of us, how letting some of these things go will help the family along with furthering our foundation. The presentation is just beautiful. You really outdid yourselves and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to you (Michael) and the entire Grey Flannel Auctions team.”

Collection Of Historic Championship Jewelry Sells For Over 300k!

Contact us today about a free non-binding auction estimate + advanced catalog placement.

Larry Gardner played most of his prime in the dead-ball era, as the third baseman on several successful Red Sox teams. He helped the Red Sox to victories in the 1912, 1915, and 1916 World Series. He led Boston with 5 RBIs in the 1912 Series and hit his team’s only home run. In the famous 10th inning of the final game, the same inning that included Fred Snodgrass and Chief Meyers making critical fielding mistakes and giving the Red Sox two extra outs to work with, it was Gardner who drove in Steve Yerkes with the series-winning sacrifice fly. Gardner homered in consecutive games of the ’16 Series, including a three-run inside-the-park homer in Game 4. The two home runs matched his regular season total. Gardner played a key role on the pennant-winning 1920 Indians, leading the team in RBIs (118), games played (154) and at-bats (597). He went 5-for-24 in the 1920 World Series, which Cleveland won, 5 games to 2. Gardner was on the winning side in all four of his World Series appearances.

Initial bids must be placed by 9:00 PM MST

Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach our extended bidding cutoff and we recommend not waiting until the last-minute to place your bids.

INITIAL BID(S) REMINDER: Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 PM MST (11:00 EST) tonight if you wish to participate in the extended bidding portion of our auction. Once in Extended Bidding, bidding on each lot will be limited to only those bidders who have previously placed their initial bids on that specific lot. The auction will not end until there are no bids for the entire auction for a period of 10 minutes. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

The Larry Gardner Collection

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: