Grey Flannel’s powerful Holiday Auction of sports memories and iconic Hollywood items closing Dec. 9 Highlights: Record-setting baseball slammed by Ty Cobb in 5-homer spree, Favre jersey, fan’s glove from controversial incident during ’96 AL Championship game
News-Sports.net - Nov 25,2015 - WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Bidding for Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction featuring important game-used memorabilia from all major sports is now officially under way. Clearly illustrated, expertly written descriptions for nearly 1,400 lots are now available to view online at www.greyflannelauctions.com.
Action from the batter’s box is led by Lot #183, an incredible Ty Cobb game-used and single-signed record-setting home run baseball from May 6, 1925. The ball is the very one that Ty Cobb hit to launch his fifth home run over a two-day period in a match-up pitting the Detroit Tigers against the St. Louis Browns. The backstory is well documented. After being constantly criticized by reporters for his inability to hit the long ball like Ruth, Gehrig and others, Cobb decided to show the reporters he could do just that. While talking to a reporter before the game on May 5th, he stated: "I'll show you something today. I'm going for home runs for the first time in my career." Cobb lived up to his words as he hit an astonishing five home runs in two consecutive days, a performance that has been equaled by a few, but never surpassed. The record-setting, fifth-home-run baseball comes fully documented by JSA and PSA/DNA and with a letter from the family of the fan who caught it and later had it signed by Cobb. Reserve: $5,000.
“This ball is a perfect example of how every piece of professional sports memorabilia comes with a story for the ages,” said Richard Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions. “Collectors don’t view what they acquire as being just tangible objects; they know that what they have puts them as close as they could ever get to the superstars and momentous events that shaped sports legend. There’s literally one degree of separation between the item and the athlete.”
Some of those momentous events have not been without controversy. Take Lot #27, for example. It’s Yankee fan Jeffrey Maier’s infamous glove from Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series. With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th and one out, AL Rookie of the Year Derek Jeter stepped to the plate against hard-throwing reliever Armando Benitez. Jeter swung at the first offering and sent it deep into right field, chasing Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco back to the wall. As Tarasco leaped to make the grab, 11-year-old Maier stuck his glove out into the field of play and brought the ball into the stands, ruling it a home run. The call stood and the Yankees went on to win Game 1 in 11 innings. The auction lot includes a letter of authenticity from Jeffrey Maier along with multiple photomatches of him wearing the glove. Reserve: $15,000.
Hall of Famer Lou “The Toe” Groza left no question as to how he earned his nickname. Groza was a 9-time Pro Bowler, 5-time NFL Field Goal Leader, 4-time First-Team All-Pro and the NFL Scoring leader in 1957. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in