Super Bowl rings and baseball jerseys top Heritage sale
Super Bowl rings and game-worn baseball jerseys were amongst the biggest highlights of the Heritage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction last week.
The Commerce Comet himself Mickey Mantle led the way in Chicago, as a rare New York Yankees road jersey went under the hammer. Dating from 1966, the game-worn jersey was preserved in remarkably original condition and realized $322,650, making it the third-most expensive Mantle jersey ever sold.
Further baseball jerseys to fetch top prices included a 1957 Roy Campanella game worn Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, dating from the team's final games at Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles, which sold for $101,575; and a 1969 Hank Aaron game worn Atlanta Braves Jersey, dating from baseball's centennial season in which Aaron hit 44 home runs, which brought $83,650.
Football fans had the opportunity to acquire a pair of Superbowl rings from two very different, but equally celebrated players.
The first was the biggest Superbowl ring ever made, for the sport's biggest player - William 'The Refrigerator' Perry. The gigantic Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle scored a 1-yard touchdown to help his team win Super Bowl XX in 1985, and was rewarded with a ring believed to be size 25 (although there are no tools large enough to measure the ring exactly).
Perry's ring brought a stunning final price of $203,150, making it the second-most expensive Super Bowl ring ever sold.
The second ring up for sale was that of Larry Brown, the Dallas Cowboys cornerback who inspired his team to victory in Super Bowl XXX. In 1995 Brown became the first cornerback ever to earn a Super Bowl MVP award, and the Cowboys won their third championship in four years, cementing their place amongst the greatest teams in football history. As a relic from a period of complete Cowboys dominance, the ring sold for an impressive $89,625.
Further top lots included Muhammad Ali's fight worn shoes from the 1975 ' Thrilla in Manila' bout against Joe Frazier, which sold for $119,500, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic torch carried by former decathlon gold medallist Caitlynn Jenner, which sold for $23,900.
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