Lelands Winter Classic Auction Highlights: Clemente and Williams Memorabilia

The recent Lelands Winter Classic Auction has wrapped up, leaving collectors and sports enthusiasts buzzing with excitement over the spectacular sales of iconic sports memorabilia. Among the standout items that stole the show was a 1960 game-worn Roberto Clemente jersey, which fetched an impressive $256,714. This vest-style road flannel, donned during a remarkable year for Clemente, received a stellar grade from SGC, highlighting its exceptional quality and preservation.

Not to be outdone, a Ted Williams jersey from his exceptional 1942 season also garnered significant attention, commanding a price of $191,563. This unique piece, presented as a gift to a devoted Fenway Park fan and modified for a better fit, stands as the lone jersey known to exist from Williams’ 1942 campaign, making it a prized discovery for collectors. In addition, a Williams warm-up jacket from the 1940s fetched $40,920, further enhancing the allure of the auction.

A baseball autographed by legends Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, a cherished family heirloom adorned with signatures from Al Simmons and George Earnshaw, fetched impressive bids totaling $102,694. Additionally, a 1920s photo signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig brought in $131,066, while a 1949 Jackie Robinson card featuring a PSA grade of 9 autograph sold for $85,772, captivating bidders with its historical significance.

A notable highlight of the auction was the sale of a 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan card. Graded an 8 by PSA, this rare collectible sparked a heated bidding war, culminating in a sale price of $232,847, underscoring a significant moment in the auction market for PMG Championship cards.

The auction also featured unopened sports memorabilia, including a 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats box, a 1974 O-Pee-Chee Baseball box, and a 1991 Kentucky Derby owner’s trophy, which fetched $165,479, adding to the diverse array of coveted items offered.

Game-worn memorabilia garnered substantial interest, with a Sidney Crosby rookie season jersey and items from sports icons like Lynn Swann, Brian Leetch, and Jerry Lucas drawing fervent bidding and commanding top dollar at the auction.