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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31863195 Wayne Gretzky Wayne+Gretzky CBK

The hockey stick Wayne Gretzky used when he was 13 years old to score the 1,000th goal of his life will be put up for auction. The stick had belonged to Ron St. Amand, who was Gretzky's coach in 1974. He died last year at age 73. Rather than decide which one of her children should inherit the stick, which has Gretzky's signature, St. Amand's widow decided to put it up for auction through Heritage Auctions. Bidding is set to close Aug. 1, 2013. The value of the stick isn't clear because Gretzky memorabilia generally doesn't go back that far, but the New York-based auction house expects it to fetch $20,000 or more.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31863196 Vince Young Vince+Young CBK

KHOU 11 News in Young's native Houston says the ex-football star has been ordered by a judge to auction off most of his possessions to pay back debts. Specifically, Young is required to pay back $1.7 million he borrowed during the 2011 NFL lockout. Young says he was duped by a financial adviser and unsuccessfully attempted to persuade the judge to keep the cops out of his home. After they took inventory, Young was allowed to keep about $60,000 in personal property. The third pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Young's first contract guaranteed him $26 million.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31845756 Sam Snead's family Sam+Snead%27s+family CBK

The Sam Snead Collection will be the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' offerings in August 2013 in Chicago. It includes: the Masters trophy Sam Snead won in 1954 after the epic playoff with Ben Hogan, the claret jug from his only British Open at St. Andrews, the gold medal for the 1942 PGA Championship — the first of his seven major championships. Snead, who died in 2002, was the most prolific winner in PGA Tour history with 82 victories. Jack Snead, his son, said the trophies and memorabilia for years have been displayed at The Greenbrier Resort, the restaurant chain called Sam Snead's Taverns, the occasional museum and at home in Hot Springs, Va. This is the first time the items have been offered at auction. "We just thought maybe it was time to share it with golf fans and historians," Snead said. The Masters' trophy and silver claret jug are each expected to bring in $100,000 or more. The entire collection should garner several million dollars. Snead said the proceeds would likely to go charity.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31839560 Warren Spahn's family Warren+Spahn%27s+family CBK

Greg Spahn has decided to sell mementos from his father Warren's illustrious MLB career, saying he didn't have a way to keep them secure or maintain their condition. He will sell off more than 400 items as part of Hunt Auctions' five-day auction, which takes place over 2013's All-Star weekend. The collection includes Spahn's 1952 Boston Braves road jersey, his 1958 Milwaukee Braves NL Championship ring and Hall of Fame induction ring, 1961 Hank Aaron and 1954 Stan Musial All-Star Game used bats and a Harley Davidson bullpen motorcycle. Based on estimates, those six items alone could fetch up to $170,000. But the crown jewel of the collection will be Spahn's 1957 Cy Young Award, which he won while pitching in Milwaukee.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31719455 Aaron Rodgers' draft coat Aaron+Rodgers%27+draft+coat CBK

An astute thrift shopper stumbled upon the suit coat that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wore on draft day in 2005 just sitting on the rack at a Green Bay Goodwill store. The tag that it read, "Aaron Rogers (sic), 4/18/05" and also had a tag from Elevee Custom Clothing of Van Nuys, Calif., a company that has tailored suits for Rodgers. The coat went on sale through Heritage Auctions and on April 26, 2013, the bids quickly jumped from $600 to $1,300. Online bidding continuing through May 3. Rodgers' blue, vertically pinstriped suit coat spent plenty of time in front of cameras on draft day in 2005 as he waited, and waited, for a team to draft him.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31719453 Mickey Mantle's family Mickey+Mantle%27s+family CBK

The original contract signed by Mickey Mantle for the 1960 season will be auctioned off and proceeds from the sale will be donated to a New Jersey relief fund for Hurricane Sandy, according to the Associated Press. Danny Mantle, the son of the Yankees' Hall of Fame outfielder says his mom kept the contract along with other artifacts, and that it looks ''brand new.'' The auction will be conducted by Steiner Sports on its website starting May 1, 2013.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31718490 Bret Saberhagen Bret+Saberhagen CBK

The two-time Cy Young Award winner and former World Series MVP put 77 items up for auction because it had been gathering dust in a storage shed and the proceeds would benefit others. The auction, conducted at SCPAuctions.com, concludes April 28, 2013, and includes Saberhagan's 1985 Cy Young Award and his 1985 World Series MVP trophy. The proceeds will go to his foundation and four children.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31684891 Reggie Jackson Reggie+Jackson CBK

Reggie Jackson will be auctioning off the jersey he wore during Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, in which he hit three home runs and came to be known as Mr. October. He plans to use the funds to provide financial support to his family and his charity, the Mr. October Foundation for Kids. The auction is being held April 10-27, 2013, and includes items from Jackson's collection, including memorabilia from Joe DiMaggio, Thurman Munson, Wayne Gretzky and LeBron James.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31595550 Estate of Walter Johnson Estate+of+Walter+Johnson CBK

A ticket Game 7 of the 1924 World Series is one of several gems from Johnson's career up for bids in February at Heritage Auctions in New York. Other items include the personalized framed copy of Johnson's plaque from his Hall of Fame induction, a handwritten congratulatory letter from Ty Cobb, the ''Notice to Player of Release or Transfer'' signed by Senators owner Clark Griffith after Johnson's final season in 1927, and an engraved six-piece tea set celebrating the 20th anniversary of Johnson's signing with the team. Johnson's daughter, Carolyn Thomas, who just turned 90, has been the keeper of the memorabilia but she and her son, Hank Thomas, said it was simply time to start parting with it. The World Series ticket, placed in a scrapbook by Johnson's wife is for Row 1, Section B, Seat 7 of the Lower Grand Stand at Griffith Stadium. The perforations are still intact — it was never torn in two by a ticket-taker. It's the only one of its kind known to still exist.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31540550 Curt Schilling Curt+Schilling CBK

Curt Schilling held an estate sale at his former Medfield, MA home Saturday.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31553678 Mike Eruzione Mike+Eruzione CBK

The jersey worn by hockey great Mike Eruzione in the United States' Miracle on Ice victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was auctioned for almost $660,000 on Feb. 23, 2013. Other items like the stick he used to score the winning goal ($262,900) and a jersey he wore in the gold medal game two days later ($286,800) pushed the overall sale to more than $1.3 million. Gloves he wore throughout the Olympic tournament sold for $53,775, more than 10 times their pre-auction estimates. Even his warm-up suit sold for $26,290 while his red pants went for $28,680. Eruzione, who was the team captain, sold the items the day after the 33rd anniversary of the historic game. He has stated that he will not auction off his gold medal.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31453477 Angelo Dundee's estate Angelo+Dundee%27s+estate CBK

In November 2012, gloves from two of Muhammad Ali's biggest fights were sold at auction by the estate of his former trainer, Angelo Dundee for a combined $771,696. One set of gloves was worn by Ali when he won the title from Sonny Liston in a huge upset in 1964, while the other set is from his ''Fight of the Century'' loss at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to Joe Frazier. Dundee's son, Jim, said the sale is bittersweet. Angelo Dundee died Feb. 1, 2012 at the age of 90. The auction, which also featured gloves from Sugar Ray Leonard's infamous ''No mas'' fight with Roberto Duran in 1980 and other Ali memorabilia, fetched a total of $1.3 million. Proceeds will benefit the Muhammad Ali Foundation and pay for the care of Dundee's daughter, Terri, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31379308 Bob Knight Bob+Knight CBK

The legendary college hoops coach put up for auction several items including the three national championship rings he won at Indiana (1976, '81 and '87) and the gold medal he won as coach of the Olympic team in 1984. Knight said he did it to help pay for his grandkids' education, but there are some things he refuses to part with: mementos given to him by baseball great Ted Williams.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375687 Andre Agassi Andre+Agassi CBK

Agassi raised the most eyebrows with what he put up for auction: the chance to see a naked picture of his wife, fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf. The winner, whose bid of more than $4,000 went to charity, got to glimpse a pic on Agassi's phone, but later said he couldn't be sure the nude back belonged to Graf.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375688 Kirk Gibson Kirk+Gibson CBK

The Arizona Diamondbacks manager auctioned several items, including the bat with which he hit his legendary home run to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and with the MVP award he won that year, to benefit his foundation, which supports Michigan State athletics and helps fund partial scholarships at the two Michigan high schools where his parents taught. He raised $1.2 million. Interestingly, nothing from Gibson's days with the Tigers is for sale. ''I have my reasons,'' Gibson said. ''We'll just leave it at that.''

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31379307 Metta World Peace Metta+World+Peace CBK

Metta World Peace, raffled off his Lakers championship ring to benefit — what else? — mental health. He came up with the idea after putting a spotlight on mental health by thanking his psychiatrist after Game 7 of the Lakers' triumph over Boston in 2010. The raffle raised more than $500,000 for his charity and said it motivated him to win another, but he has yet to accomplish that.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31473444 Dmitri Young Dmitri+Young CBK

A high-end baseball card collection belonging to former big league All-Star Dmitri Young was auctioned off to help Young begin a foundation to help kids and student athletes near his home in Ventura County, Calif., SCP Auctions said. Top prices were for a 1954 Hank Aaron rookie card ($537,954) and a 1955 Roberto Clemente rookie card ($432,690).

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375689 Tommy Hearns Tommy+Hearns CBK

The Hitman had to auction off personal items and memorabilia from his boxing career to pay a $448,000 IRS debt. Hearns said only that the auction went "very well."

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375685 Serena Williams Serena+Williams CBK

The tennis star launched an online auction of clothing and memorabilia to aid Haiti earthquake victims, schools and charities by raising $92,500 — just over the $82,500 she was fined for her profanity-laced outburst at the 2009 US Open. "The purpose of the mission is to turn a negative into a positive," she wrote on her website.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375686 Jeremy Mayfield Jeremy+Mayfield CBK

Mayfield, banned from driving by NASCAR after testing positive for methamphetamines, auctioned off personal items to help fund his legal battle, which cost Mayfield his race team and put him into debt. "I love it, man. I buy a lot of stuff," Mayfield said of auctions, and indicated he goes to an auction every couple of weeks. "That's how I got all this stuff." Maybe not. Mayfield was arrested in 2011 and police said they found more than $100,000 worth of stolen goods in his home — along with meth. Mayfield has not raced in NASCAR again.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375672 Don Larsen Don+Larsen CBK

Larsen, who threw a perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series, auctioned the jersey he wore in that game to pay for his grandkids' education. Asked if he could fathom that his uniform could draw more in an auction than he made in his career as a major leaguer, Larsen replied, ''It wouldn't take much. Because I didn't make much.'' The pinstriped uniform with No. 18 on the back received 22 bids in an online auction on Steinersports.com. The winning bidder, who paid $756,000, was not identified. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's fee above the final bid of $630,000.


 

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375673 Pete Rose Pete+Rose CBK

Pete Rose has hawked a lot of signed stuff for money, but this takes the cake: The document that Rose signed when he was banned from baseball was put up for auction. Believe it or not, Rose has sold copies before (at $500 a pop), but this is an original. "Nothing surprises me anymore," former MLB deputy commissioner Fay Vincent told ESPN. "But there is a certain sense of the absurd in turning an agreement about the abuse of our great game into cash for the miscreant." The document failed to sell.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375674 Jim Palmer Jim+Palmer CBK

The Hall of Fame pitcher auctioned his three Cy Young awards and two Gold Gloves. "I would rather concern myself with the education of my grandchildren,'' Palmer said. ''I also have a stepson, (15-year-old) Spencer, who is autistic and will need special care for the rest of his life." Palmer won Cys in 1973, 1975 and 1976, as well as the Gold Gloves in 1976 and 1979.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375676 Jose Reyes Jose+Reyes CBK

Reyes, who sported dreadlocks as an All-Star shortstop for the New York Mets, had to cut them off when he signed with Miami, so he auctioned them for charity and raised $10,200. Reyes traveled to Secaucus, NJ, for the buzz, which was performed by a barber from the Bronx, and aired live on television.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375680 Ray Guy Ray+Guy CBK

The former All-Pro punter auctioned three Super Bowl rings he won with the Raiders to satisfy bankruptcy court. The rings, tokens of the Raiders' Super Bowl victories in 1977, 1981 and 1984, fetched $96,216, according to a report. "I don't want to talk about it," Guy told The San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not trying to be hateful, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do."

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375682 Darko Milicic Darko+Milicic CBK

The NBA 7-footer auctioned the championship ring he won with the Pistons in 2004 to raise money and awareness for children dealing with the terminal illness Batten's disease. He got the idea from Ron Artest, who auctioned off his Lakers championship ring to raise money for mental health programs in schools. When asked if it was a tough decision, Milicic said ''no, especially saving the kid's life. A ring is a ring."

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375681 Julius Erving Julius+Erving CBK

The NBA legend's memorabilia, including two championship rings, fetched a record $3.5 million at auction, with the 76ers buying much of their former star's items. The memorabilia is now on display at the Wells Fargo Center and the team's practice facility. ''We want him to know that the Sixers care about him in every dimension,'' team CEO Adam Aron said. Erving said he planned to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Salvation Army.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375683 James Ellington James+Ellington CBK

The British sprinter, in a bid to make the 2012 Olympics, put something unusual up for auction: himself. Describing himself as his country’s “top sprinter without a sponsor,” Ellington turned to eBay to find a sponsor to cover his travel, accommodation and kit costs. The winning bid was £32,550, but was not genuine. Ellington eventually attracted sponsorship from skincare company King of Shaves, and he made the Olympic team, but he finished sixth in his heat in the 200 meters and failed to advance.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31375684 Earl Weaver Earl+Weaver CBK

The Hall of Fame manager auctioned off his baseball memorabilia, including his Hall induction ring and 1966 World Series ring, to avoid any conflict among his heirs when he dies — which unfortunately happened on Jan. 19, 2013. "The smartest thing I can do is to sell (the memorabilia), take the money and divide it equally, so they can do what they want — whether it's to set up a college fund for a grandchild, or take a trip around the world," he said in 2011. "That way, I'll get to watch them enjoy the money, too."

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31377526 Ozzie Smith Ozzie+Smith CBK

The St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Fame shortstop auctioned his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for $519,203 via SCP Auctions on Dec. 2, 2012. Smith decided on the auction, which also included 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning. His 2011 St. Louis Cardinals' World Series ring sold for $51,364 and his 2006 ring went for $42,448. Both were gifts from the team.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31425376 Paul Hornung Paul+Hornung+ CBK

NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung auctioned off a reissue of his Heisman Trophy, an exact duplicate of the one he earned 56 years ago, for $173,102. The SCP-run auction ran through Dec. 1, 2012. Hornung said the auction was part of his "family planning" and had nothing to do with health or financial concerns.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31423901 Oscar Robertson Oscar+Robertson+ CBK

NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson sold his NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and his 1960 US Olympic team jersey for $121,324 as part of a multi-athlete online auction run by SCP that finished on Dec. 1, 2012.


Former Boston star Bob Cousy sold his 1957 trophy at auction in 2003 for $51,673, and Philadelphia legend Julius Erving got $177,632 last year at auction for his 1981 award. SCP president David Kohler had predicted that Robertson’s award should fetch about the same as Erving’s in the online auction — and he was spot on.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31459878 Babe Ruth Babe+Ruth CBK

The Bambino equals big bucks. Various items owned by the legendary Yankee have sold at auction: a team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642; a baseball jersey worn by The Bambino (which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore) sold for more than $4.4 million, a record for any item of sports memorabilia; Ruth's 1934 New York Yankees cap that was owned by former major league pitcher David Wells sold for $537,278; a 1924-28 Babe Ruth H&B professional model game-used bat  sold for $591,007.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31959192 Stan Musial Stan+Musial CBK

On Nov. 11, 2013, Heritage Auctions in Dallas announced it took in more than $1.2 million in an auction of Stan Musial memorabilia. Items ranging from game-worn jerseys and World Series rings to Musial's legendary harmonicas were put up for auction by The Man's family, as, according to The Associated Press, 'grandson Brian Schwarze said Musial's four-bedroom Ladue home was stuffed with so many things he'd collected over the years that relatives decided on an auction.' Musial died in January 2013 at age 92. Among the big-ticket items were a 2011 World Series ring given to Musial by the Cardinals (went for $191.200) and a letter written by Ty Cobb to Musial in 1952 ($71,700).

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31958034 SCP Auctions (Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson & more) SCP+Auctions+%28Jesse+Owens%2C+Jackie+Robinson+%26amp%3B+more%29 CBK

In early November, SPC Auctions announced a nearly three-week long online auction involving memorabilia from some of the biggest legends in sports. Among the goods: One of Jesse Owens' four gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics (he is pictured during those games), Boston outfielder Shane Victorino's grand slam home run ball from the 2013 ALCS clincher, and items from Jackie Robinson, Goose Gossage and Warren Moon. But before you grab your checkbooks, SPC Auctions said it expects to net upward of $1 million just for the Owens medal, which, according to SPC, is unidentifiable to a specific event.

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CBK 99 43 Athletes and auctions 31959207 Looking for that perfect gift? Looking+for+that+perfect+gift%3F CBK

The holiday shopping season may not technically be upon us yet, but it's never too early to start budgeting for that big gift. And the sports world is no different. With the holidays just around the corner, word came down in early November that SPC Auctions is hosting on online bonanza from Nov. 20-Dec. 7, during which you can bid on items from a Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic gold medal to Shane Victorino's grand slam ball that clinched the ALCS against the Tigers (Victorino and his Red Sox would go on to win the World Series). It's just the latest in what is becoming quite a lucrative partnership between sports and auction houses. And some of our sports' greatest names have seen their names up for bids. So if you are looking for that special something for that special sports nut in your life, click through here for some ideas.

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