Sports Memorabilia Live Auction and Appraisal Fair

September 14, 2010 4:57:05 AM PDT
Live bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.RARE COLLECTION OF WORLD SERIES PRESS PINS VALUED AT $100,000+ TO SELL AT SPORTS MEMORABILIA LIVE AUCTION & APPRAISAL FAIR IN CHICAGO

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tiger Woods game used or autographed items also up for grabs.

Appraisal Fair and Auction Preview begin Tuesday, Sept. 14 at National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

.Highlighted auction items include:

Rare 1916 Boston Red Sox World Series press pin. ($10,000-$12,000)

Rare 1915 Boston Red Sox World Series press pin. ($10,000-$12,000)

High grade Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris autographed baseball. ($7,500-$10,000)

1988 Oakland Athletics American League Championship ring. ($7,000-$10,000)

1996 Atlanta Braves National League Championship ring. ($7,000-$10,000)

LeBron James game used and auto. 2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers Hardwood Classics throwback jersey. ($5,000-$7,500)

LeBron James game used and autographed 2007-08 Cleveland Cavaliers home jersey. ($4,000-$6,000)

Michael Jordan autographed United Center floor board with original artwork. ($2,000-$4,000)

Many Chicago sports related items under $1,000.

Hunt Auctions, a sports memorabilia auction company based in Exton, Pa., will offer a collection of World Series press pins valued at $100,000 at the annual live auction and appraisal fair at the National Italian American Hall of Fame running Tuesday, September 14 - Thursday, September 16. Other popular items in the auction include highlights from Michael Jordan's baseball and golf career, as well as items from Tiger Woods and LeBron James and other great names in sports.

Press Pin Collection

Over 30 Baseball World Series and All-Star press pins will be sold individually with the most valuable pin being the 1915 and 1916 Boston Red Sox World Series Press Pins each expected to sell for $10,000-$12,000. A rare Chicago Cubs 1929 World Series Press Pin should realize $3,000-$3,500.

"Coveted press pins were given to sports writers beginning in 1911 as a measure to restrict press box access during World Series games. Years later press pins were used for All-Star games and Hall of Fame inductions and even other sports picked up on the tradition. While pins are no longer used for access, teams still honor the tradition and create press pins each year for World Series and All-Star Games. The collection being offer is a nicely filtered collection of the key rarities in the World Series press pin hobby," said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions.

Michael Jordan & Chicago Cubs Highlights

There is a piece of memorabilia at every price point for collectors of Michael Jordan artifacts. An Autograph United Center floor board with original artwork should bring $2,000-$4,000, a Birmingham Barons autographed jersey prepared for MJ's use in the motion picture Space Jam has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000, while a whole collection of golf equipment and clothes used by Michael Jordan individually ranges from $200-$2,000.

Chicago baseball fans can pick up a Chicago Cubs souvenir pennant for $1,000-$1,500, a 1906 Chicago Cubs photograph at $1,500-$2,500 or a 1932 'Called Shot' World Series group of items for $1,000-$2,000.

LeBron James & Tiger Woods

NBA modern day star LeBron James will have a presence in the auction with a game used autographed 2008 Cleveland Cavaliers home jersey vs Philadelphia with a price tag of $4,000-$6,000. A Lebron James Hardwood Classics throwback jersey from 2006-07 should fetch $5,000-$7,500 and a signed basketball and baseball should sell in the ballpark of $500-$1,250.

Tiger Woods memorabilia being offered in the auction include an autographed 2007 AT&T National Tournament worn shirt, a 2007 Bridgestone Tournament worn shirt and a tournament hat each expected to sell in the $3,000-$5,000 range.

Ring Shopping

For the more serious collector, a 1988 Oakland Athletics American League Championship ring and a 1996 Atlanta Braves National League Championship ring should fetch $7,000-$10,000 each and a 2002 San Francisco Giants National Championship ring could be a great buy at $5,000-$7,000.

Appraisal Fair and Live Auction Info

Prior to the live bidding beginning, a complementary appraisal fair will offer the public the opportunity to learn the value of the sports treasures they keep. Sports memorabilia experts will be on hand for the Hunt Auctions Appraisal Fair at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 14th and Wednesday, September 15th from 9:00am-5:00pm CT, and on Thursday September 16th from 9:00am to 1:00pm CT. All 240+ live auction items will be on display at that time for the public to preview. A preview cocktail reception at the museum will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 4:00-7:30pm CT.

Live bidding will begin at 7:30pm CT on Thursday, September 16 at the museum. Bidding can be done live in person at the auction, via the internet at www.huntauctions.com or via phone bidding at 610-524-0822. Online bidding will take place up until Wednesday, September 15th at 5p.m. More information as well as photos of the auctioned items can also be found at www.HuntAuctions.com .

Sports Memorabilia Live Auction and Appraisal Fair
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
1431 West Taylor Street in Chicago
Tuesday - Thursday

Bidding info: three ways to bid
Via Phone 610-524-0822
Via Internet at www.huntauctions.com
Live in person at the auction


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