An autographed photo of the 1927 New York Yankees’ World Series champions sold at auction for $275,706, while a game-used bat from the team’s Hall of Fame outfielder Babe Ruth went for $171,190.
Also, the personal collection of eight-time National Basketball Association champion John Havlicek sold for more than $1 million. The top lots in that collection were his NBA 50 Greatest Players autographed lithograph ($80,750) and his 1973 Boston Celtics championship ring ($68,481).
The items were all part of Laguna Niguel, California-based SCP Auctions Inc.’s April sale, which included about 1,000 sports memorabilia items and brought in more than $5.1 million, according to an e-mailed release. Dan Imler, the company’s vice president, said it drew the most collectors and bids in SCP’s 34-year history.
“The passion that collectors have for top-quality sports memorabilia and cards, particularly items with direct athlete provenance, is at an all-time high,” Imler said in the release.
The winning bidders wish to remain anonymous at this time, SCP said in the release.
The 1927 Yankees featured a lineup nicknamed Murderer’s Row, which included future Hall of Fame members Ruth, Earle Combs, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri. The photo is signed by all 28 players from the team, in addition to Hall of Fame manager Miller Huggins and a team trainer.
Ruth became the first player to hit at least 60 home runs in a season that year, and finished his career with a .342 batting average, 714 home runs and 2,220 runs batted in. The bat sold in the auction dates to the 1921-31 period, when he was a member of the Yankees.
Other items from the auction include a Wayne Gretzky game-used jersey from his time with the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, sold for $110,293; and Ray Nitschke’s 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ring, which went for $91,151.
A pair of sneakers that three-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James wore in a game as a tribute to those affected by the December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, sold for $27,584. Proceeds from that sale will go to those affected through the LeBron James Family Foundation, according to the release.
The auction was to include the jersey that Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson wore when he hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. The item was pulled this month, when SCP said further research was needed to determine its authenticity.