Marilyn Monroe-Kissed Baseball, Lou Gehrig Uniform, Shoeless Joe's Bat in Impressive Sports Auction

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"Shoeless Joe" Jackson’s "Black Betsy" baseball bat, Bobby Jones' personal Augusta National green jacket, a 1908 Cy Young Boston Red Sox Uniform, and a 1952 Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe-signed and kissed baseball highlight a vintage sports memorabilia auction, August 4, 2011.

The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig during a 1934 baseball tour of Japan is expected to sell for $300,000 or more in an auction by Heritage Auctions, Aug. 4, 2011.

One of the finest groupings of sports memorabilia the hobby has ever seen.

Heritage Auctions (http://www.HA.com) will offer "one of the finest groupings of sports memorabilia the hobby has ever seen" in a public auction online and in-person, August 4, 2011, in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. Highlights include:

  •     The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig during a 1934 baseball tour of Japan that was saved by Gehrig's mother and willed to Gehrig's former girlfriend who unsuspectingly stored it in an attic until recently. It has a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 or more.
  •     Gehrig's 1928 New York Yankees World Championship wristwatch, estimated at $20,000 or more.
  •     A lipstick-marked baseball kissed and autographed by Marilyn Monroe, and also signed by Joe DiMaggio and the 1952 World Series champion New York Yankees team. Given as a prize to a Hollywood sound engineer in 1952, it is estimated at $20,000 or more.
  •     A baseball mistakenly autographed "Reagan Reagan" by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 is estimated at $10,000 or more.
  •     One of the world's most famous baseball cards, a T206 Honus Wagner card estimated at $250,000 or more.
  •     One of the most important collectibles from the history of golf, Bobby Jones' personal 1937 Augusta National green Master's jacket that is expected to sell for $100,000 or more.
  •     The 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Championship ring presented to Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston that is being sold to help pay the popular Packer's unpaid federal taxes. The pre-sale estimate is $20,000 or more.
  •     The Chicago Bears jersey worn by Walter Payton in his last regular season game in 1987. It is estimated at $40,000 or more.
  •     The basketball net in which Michael Jordan made the game-winning shot for North Carolina to win the 1982 NCAA Basketball Championship and a ball signed by Jordan and his 1983-84 Tarheels teammates. The pre-sale estimate is $10,000 or more.
  •     One of baseball's most famous and important game-used bats, "Black Betsy," that was used by the legendary "Shoeless Joe" Jackson throughout his career. It has a pre-auction estimate of $300,000 or more.
  •     The baseball bat used by Jackie Robinson in 1949 in the first integrated All-Star Game. Directly from the Robinson estate, it has a pre-sale estimate of $75,000 or more.
  •     A game-used bat from Derek Jeter's first order for bats as a New York Yankees player in 1994. Estimated at $10,000 or more.
  •     A 1908 game-worn Cy Young Boston Red Sox uniform and described by Heritage Auctions as "the most important Cy Young artifact ever offered at auction." It is estimated at $350,000 or more.

"There are dozens of items in this auction that would, individually, be the lead lot on their own in any other auction," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. "Needless to say, it's an issue that we're happy to have. This is easily one of the finest groupings of sports memorabilia that the hobby has ever seen."

For additional information about Heritage Auctions' Thursday, August 14, 2011, Signature® Sports Collectible Platinum Auction, visit online at http://www.HA.com or call (800) 872-6467.

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