News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - HISTORIC HEISMAN CENTER STAGE AT DEC. 6 GREY FLANNEL AUCTION
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. — A Heisman Trophy, the most famous trophy in American sport, grabs center stage at the December 6 Holiday Auction by Grey Flannel
Auctions. The trophy initially was presented to USC tailback Charles White, whose long, darting runs were the stuff of college football and Trojan legend.
The minimum bid for the trophy is $250,000. In recent years, prices for the handful of Heismans that have come to market have topped that mark. The most
recent Heisman to sell was Bruce Smith, the Minnesota running back from 1941, whose trophy sold for more than $426,000.
"The Heisman is not only a symbol of the best college football player of a particular year, it is an incredible work of art," said Richard Russek, president and CEO of Grey Flannel Auctions. "Charles White was clearly an amazing, exciting runner, just one in an impressive, decades-long line of USC running backs, from Mike Garrett to Reggie Bush."
Sticking with football, the Grey Flannel sale features a complete run of Super Bowl tickets. The 39-ticket collection, going into its 40th anniversary game, carries a minimum bid of $25,000.
Among other football items in the sale are:
* A Y.A. Tittle San Francisco 49ers home flannel jersey from the late 1950s;
* A game-used and signed Johnny Unitas San Diego Chargers helmet;
* Don Meredith's blue durene Dallas Cowboys jersey from the early 1960s;
* Gale Sayers' blue durene Chicago Bears jersey from the late 1960s;
The baseball inventory in the Grey Flannel sale is equally impressive. A game-used Pirates hat worn by Roberto Clemente, with a letter of authenticity from
the Clemente family, is a marquee item, along with a road flannel jersey by former New York Giants manager Leo Durocher.
Maury Allen's New York Mets championship ring from 1969 is remarkable item from one of baseball's most amazing World Series. Also from the pages of Mets
history is a game-used Tom Seaver road jersey from 1977.
Card collectors will no doubt line up for a complete 1952 Topps set of baseball cards, many of which are graded.
From the mid-1950s is a Ted Williams game-used home flannel Red Sox jersey. Reaching deep into baseball history, the auction offers collectors a program from the first opening day at Yankee Stadium. In that game on April 18, 1923, Babe Ruth crowned that first game with a home run.
Other major sports are represented, as always, with historic items. Fight-worn trunks by The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, are on the block. These trunks, white
field with red trim, are signed by both Ali and legendary trainer and corner man, Angelo Dundee. Below Ali's signature is a unique drawing of a boxing ring.
Among basketball items are game-used road jerseys worn by Magic Johnson (Lakers), LeBron James (Cavaliers) and Michael Jordan (Bulls). James' jersey is
autographed. In hockey, a New York Rangers bench that held some of the game's greatest players from 1968 to 1998