Sports history served up at the SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic



2015-08-12 10:33:02

Bidding is now open in the SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic sale, featuring historic sporting memorabilia from baseball cards to Olympic medals.

Amongst the top lots is a rare Ernie Banks game-worn Chicago Cubs home jersey, dating from 1968. Having spent 40 years quietly hidden away in the collection of a Chicago family, who acquired it directly from 'Mr Cub' himself, the jersey has been photo-matched several times over and is expected to sell for more than $150,000.

Red Sox fans will also have the chance to bid on a Ted Williams game-worn Boston Red Sox home jersey. Dating from the 1950-51 season, and bearing Williams' autograph, the vintage jersey is valued at $75,000+.

Further baseball highlights will include the finest-known game-worn jersey of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, estimated at $10,000+, and the Johnny Murphy Estate Collection, featuring memorabilia from the former 1930s New York Yankees relief pitcher who won a record seven World Series championships during his career.

The sale will also offer a true rarity – a gold medal from the only winning British Ice Hockey team in Olympic history.

Not then known for its wealth of ice hockey talent, Britain's team for the 1936 Winter Olympic Games actually consisted of 11 British-Canadians, who had far more experience in the sport. The team beat Canada 2-1 in the final, ending the former champions' Olympic winning streak of 20 games undefeated, with goaltender Jimmy Foster conceding three goals in seven games. Foster's gold medal will be the one on offer at SCP, with an estimated value of $150,000+.

Elsewhere, notable lots include a complete 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder set of baseball cards, the second-finest known collection of its kind, estimated at $125,000+; and a custom golf bag and full set of clubs owned and used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the 1960s, estimated at $75,000+.

The SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic sale runs until Saturday August 22.

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2015-08-13 10:12:09

Banks' Jersey is already at over $50K-on target to reach that $150k estimate

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