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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 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 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 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.

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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