Ali – Mary Jo Kopechne / Kennedy Letter

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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.

Collection Of Historic Championship Jewelry Sells For Over 300k!

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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.

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:

• Did you know Jackie Robinson had his own traveling All-Star team in the late 1940s and early ’50s? I didn’t, until I saw this gorgeous jacket. There’s no indication that Jackie himself wore this particular jacket, but whatever — it’s magnificent.

• I love, love, love this 1912 Red Sox championship watch fob. What a beauty! (And if you’re into championship jewelry, you’ll also like this 1915 Red Sox ribbon and medallion, this 1920 Indians championship pin, and this 1926 Asheville pendant.)

• Who knew that the Dodgers had separate jackets just for rookies? Not me! Probably from spring training. Love that Skinner tagging, too.

• What’s even better than a green-trimmed Johnny Bench jersey from the Reds’ first St. Patrick’s Day game? Having that jersey with the accompanying stirrups!

• Here’s an interesting one: a 1944 “U.S. All Stars” jersey worn by infielder Eddie Joost, apparently as part of military promotional team during World War II. Note that the periods are rotated so they appear as diamonds!

• If you liked that line of college football jerseys recently launched by Ebbets Field Flannels as much as I do, you’ll love this 1960s Princeton jersey.

• I was a little surprised to see that this 1977 Willie McCovey jersey showed a raised “c” on his McNOB. So I did a bit of checking and found that, sure enough, the Giants consistently styled his name that way on a variety of different jersey styles, as seen hereherehere, and here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any rear-view photos of him from his stints with the Padres and A’s. Anyone..?

• Here’s an inscription you won’t often see: Mickey Mantle disgustedly signed this ball at the end of a low-turnout autograph session in New Orleans with, “This is the last fuckin ball in N.O.”

• Mets fans might be interested in these two non-Mets gamers: a Jerry Koosman White Sox jersey and a Jon Matlack Rangers jersey.

Want to see more? You can see all of the auction lots here.

 

 

Bidding Is Now Open

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated December 19th Holiday catalog is officially underway!

As our loyal customers have come to expect, this sale will include a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare one-of-a-kind autographs. Auction Ends 12/19/2017. Physical catalogs are in the mail and should begin to arrive shortly.

eCatalog Now Online | Bidding Opens Monday 

Holiday Auction eCatalog | Bidding Opens Monday 

This is a browser-based and mobile-friendly digital edition of our printed catalog that is instantly available for your viewing pleasure. Physical catalogs are at the printer and Premier Bidders should start to receive their copies by late next week.

The Larry Gardner Collection | Just Consigned!

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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.

This material is being made available for the first time direct from the Gardner family! 

The Larry Gardner Collection

Auction Closes Tomorrow! Don’t Get Shut Out…

Bidding closes tomorrow. Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach auction day and we recommend not waiting to the last-minute to place your bids. 

INITIAL BID(S) REMINDER Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 pm MT (11:00 ESTtomorrow Wednesday, December 21st 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. For ongoing lots after the close of initial bidding, the 10-minute rule will be put into effect. The 10-minute rule means 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.

LOT #320:
1970-71 John Havlicek Boston Celtics Game-Used & Autographed Road Uniform (2)(Graded 10 • Apparent Photo-Match • Rare Full Uni w/ 25th Anniversary Patch)

Bidding Is Now Open

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated December 20th Holiday catalog is officially underway!

As our loyal customers have come to expect, this sale will include a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare one-of-a-kind autographs. Auction Ends 12/20/2017. Physical catalogs are in the mail and should begin to arrive shortly.

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