Grey Flannel's Jan. 22 Auction To Present Elite Game-Used Sports Memorabilia

Baltimore Orioles 1902 Road Jersey Is Earliest Uniform Company Has Offered In Its 30-Year History

January 10, 2020

More than 750 lots of premium-quality sports memorabilia items, including important game-used apparel and autographed material, are now available to view and bid on at Grey Flannel Auctions’ website. All major sports are represented, with an emphasis on provenance, authenticity and rarity throughout. Bidding will close on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The sale will open with an exceedingly rare 1902 Baltimore Orioles game-used jersey described by Michael Russek, director of operations, as the earliest of all professional baseball jerseys handled by Grey Flannel over its 30-year history. “It is a little-known fact that the iconic New York Yankees franchise began play in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, with no relation to the current Orioles organization,” noted Russek. “The team was purchased and renamed the New York Yankees in 1913. This jersey is an extraordinary relic from baseball’s most storied franchise.” The jersey is accompanied by a Photo-Match.com LOA grading the jersey a near-perfect 9+.
One of the last baseballs signed by Babe Ruth is entered as Lot 3. The Bambino’s autograph is graded a MINT 10 from PSA/DNA. “This is the best example of Babe Ruth’s autograph we have ever seen. It’s at the pinnacle of PSA/DNA grading,” said Russek. The story behind the ball adds an endearing footnote to the mighty legend’s life story. In 1948, when his health was failing, Ruth was at a restaurant where he was approached by a waiter, asking if he would autograph a ball for his daughter's birthday. Ruth declined but later came back and asked the waiter for the girl’s name, which was “Loraine.” Ruth signed the ball, then left. He passed away the very next day. It is accompanied by a full PSA/DNA LOA grading the baseball overall at NM-MT+ 8.5 and with a notarized letter detailing the story of Ruth’s signing of the ball for the waiter’s daughter.
Lot 236 features Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s race-worn fire suit from his 1993 victory at Talladega. Earnhardt is regarded as among the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, and this fire suit was originally headed to Planet Hollywood as a display. It is accompanied by a Photo-Match.com LOA, a full LOA from JSA, and photos of Earnhardt signing it.
Lot 237 offers an incredibly rare insight into the thoughts of one of history’s greatest athletes, Muhammad Ali, with respect to a controversial event from 50 years ago. In 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy was driving a car that careened off a bridge at the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. The story garnered national headlines and drew various opinions from high-profile people, including Muhammad Ali. Following the tragedy at Chappaquiddick Island, Ali personally reached out to the Kopechne family to offer his condolences, as well as his personal thoughts regarding the event. Ali’s handwritten letter to the Kopechne family details his distaste both for the Kennedys and the totality of the events that occurred. Ali wrote the letter in cursive style and signed the bottom of the letter as both Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay. It is accompanied by a Beckett LOA.
Tom Brady’s photo-matched rookie-era practice jersey is offered in Lot 349. Brady’s primary red QB jersey from his first three seasons with the Patriots, during which time he became the starter, has extensive wear, showing multiple-season use. An extremely rare offering from one of football’s greatest, the jersey is accompanied by a Patriots LOA and a Photo-Match.com LOA.
The fully illustrated catalog is available for viewing and bidding at www.greyflannelauctions.com. For additional information on any item in the auction or to make an appointment to inspect auction goods in person at Grey Flannel’s Scottsdale, Ariz., showroom, call 631-288-7800 or email info@greyflannelauctions.com.
All images courtesy Grey Flannel Auctions.





 

More Articles