Press Release

For Immediate release!


“ICONS & IDOLS: SPORTS” ANNOUNCED

Home Run King and Baseball Icon Hank Aaron’s 1976 Storied Final Season Game Worn Milwaukee Brewers Full Uniform and Game Used Baseball Glove

Kobe Bryant Original 2000 Los Angeles Lakers Limited Edition Jeff Hamilton Signed Sportsman Jacket

Babe Ruth 1922-1924 Game Used Louisville Slugger Bat (Mears A7)

Michael Jordan’s 1986-1987 Fleer #57 Basketball Rookie Card, Graded PSA Mint 9

A Collection of Match Issue/Game Worn Jerseys, Shirts, Trading Cards and More from Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, as well as Iconography from Pelé, Muhammed Ali and the 1970 FIFA World Cup

Boxing Gloves, Trunks and Match Ephemera from “Sugar Ray” Robinson 1951 Middleweight Championship Fights Against Randy Turpin

Juliens Auctions Icons & Idols Sports Catalogue Cover

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021

Los Angeles, California – (November 24th, 2021) – Julien’s Auctions announced today their marquee roster of sports items heading to ICONS & IDOLS: SPORTS on Monday, December 6th, 2021 live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com.

This sports auction year end seasoner will feature over 600 treasured pieces of memorabilia, such as full uniforms, game worn jerseys and shirts, sneakers, baseballs and basketballs, trading cards and more, from the all-time greats of their games – Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan, Diego Maradona, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali, LeBron James, Sugar Ray Robinson, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pelé and more.

Milwaukee Brewers uniformHeading to the auction plate is a historic baseball uniform that represents the glorious 23-year career and ground breaking achievements of one of the greatest players ever to play the game: Hank Aaron. Offered here is a full Milwaukee Brewers uniform – complete with the blue Pro KM brand cap with a yellow “M,” Aaron’s number, 44, inscribed inside the brim, his light blue jersey stitched with “BREWERS” and “44” across the front, blue baseball pants, and a wool and cotton baseball undershirt - worn by the baseball icon, throughout his final big-league season in 1976 (photo left).

The Mobile, Alabama native kicked off his career as an elite hitter with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues before rising through the Minor League ranks in the Milwaukee Braves organization. After making his Major League Baseball debut with the Braves on April 13th, 1954, Aaron would go on to become one of the 20th century’s greatest athletes. From 1955-1975, Hank Aaron earned a record 25 All-Star selections, the most of any player in baseball history, won the National League MVP award and a World Series title in 1957, and was a two-time NL batting champion and a three-time Gold Glove winner in right field. After a 21-year MLB career with the Braves, instead of retiring, Aaron requested a trade to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 1974 season and signed a two-year contract, thereby returning Aaron to Milwaukee where he started his career. It was during this final two-year stretch that Aaron broke the all-time RBI record and earned his record 25th All-Star Game selection.

“Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron was crowned as the home run king after surpassing Babe Ruth’s record in 1974 and his 755 career home runs stood as the most in MLB history until 2007. He still holds the record for most RBIs (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), and total bases (6,856) – nearly 50 years after his retirement. Aaron also currently sits in third place for career hits (3,771) and fourth place in runs scored (2,174). MacGregor KC1 kangaroo leather baseball glove used by Hank AaronHis number, 44, was retired by both the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, he was voted onto the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, as one of just ten outfielders named to the team, having received the third most votes of any player behind only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, the first year he appeared on the ballot. In 1999, the Hank Aaron Award was created and is given annually to the best hitter in both the American League and National League. Off the field and throughout his career, Aaron was an activist for civil rights, who spoke out against racial inequalities and about the racism he faced during his career as one of the best baseball players of all time. The legendary slugger passed away on January 22, 2021 at the age of 86 in Atlanta, Georgia. This rare and exceptional piece of baseball history is photo matched and has an estimate of $100,000 - $300,000. Additionally, a MacGregor KC1 kangaroo leather baseball glove used by Hank Aaron in 1976 during his final big-league season with the Milwaukee Brewers will also be offered with an estimate of $20,000 - $40,000 (photo right).

Babe Ruth’s Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger Professional Model BatThe original home run king, Babe Ruth’s Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger Professional Model Bat, engraved “George ‘Babe’ Ruth” and used between 1922 and 1924 (estimate: $30,000 - $50,000), will swing once again at the auction plate. The legendary New York Yankees slugger made excellent use of the 35-ounce, 35-inch bat, which shows heavy use and visible ball marks, by hitting 41 home runs, collecting 130 RBIs, and batting .393 en route to his lone MVP award in 1923 (photo left). His unprecedented success at the plate helped the Yankees win their first World Series that season. Ruth backed up his impressive 1923 campaign with a league-leading 46 home runs and a .378 batting average in 1924. He would go on to win three additional World Series titles with the Yankees, giving him a total of seven for his career.

original limited edition 2000 Los Angeles Lakers sportsman jacketShooting from the world of basketball comes an original limited edition 2000 Los Angeles Lakers sportsman jacket made exclusively for Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, designed and signed by Jeff Hamilton (estimate: $30,000 - $50,000). The jacket (photo right) has a stitched-in “Los Angeles Lakers” leather applique, a “Champions 2000” applique and bears the image of the 2000 NBA Finals logo as well as six of the Lakers previous championship banner years (72, 80, 82, 85, 87, 88), a stitched-in leather Lakers team logo, and a NBA Western Conference logo and on the back of the jacket a “2000 champions” along with the Lakers team logo, surrounded by laurels - with silver-toned star studs mounted around the logo representing the amount of championships won by the Lakers organization. This championship was the first of three consecutive championship wins (2000-2002) for the Lakers.

One of the most sought-after modern trading cards of all time will appear in the sale of Michael Jordan’s 1986-1987 Fleer #57 basketball rookie card, graded PSA Mint 9 (estimate: $20,000 - $30,000). 1979 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card #18, graded NM-MT 8 by PSAPictured on the card is the legendary 14-time All-Star and five-time MVP gliding over defenders for a jam with hist rademark tongue out facial expression. The basketball giant led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the NBA Finals MVP award in each of those championships. Jordan and the ‘96 Bulls are widely considered the greatest team of all-time, breaking the record at the time for most wins in a season, finishing 72-10 and beating the Seattle Supersonics in six games to win the NBA Championship. Items from LA Lakers legend, Lebron James, will also be presented including a 2003 Upper Deck Collectibles brand limited-edition NBA GameBreaker LeBron James figurine, signed by the four-time NBA champion, a 17-time all-star, and 17-time All-NBA selection (only 23 total figurines signed by James in existence) (estimate: $6,000 - $8,000).

Other top game winning highlights include (with estimates): one of the most sought-after hockey cards of all time (photo above left)– a 1979 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card #18, graded NM-MT 8 by PSA ($6,000 - $8,000); items from Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona including an Adidas brand 1993 match-worn Argentina shirt signed and inscribed “con simpatia” by Maradona, match-worn Argentina shirt signed and inscribed “con simpatia” by Maradonawho gave this shirt to Santiago Saccol, the President of the Racing Club during a Centennial Cup match with Brazil on February 18th, 1993 ($10,000 - $20,000) (photo right); his 1978-1988 Player of the Decade South American Football Confederation Trophy ($10,000 - $20,000) and a Meyba brand FC Barcelona shirt match worn by Maradona in his first season with Barcelona during the 1982-1983 La Liga season ($20,000 - $30,000);

a Colin Kaepernick signed and inscribed #10 Nevada jersey – the first ever Nike manufactured road jersey Kaepernick ever wore – photo matched by Sports Investors Authentication to the September 13th, 2008 game at Missouri, with images of the quarterback and future Black Lives Matter activist wearing this jersey during many games that season ($20,000 - $30,000) (photo left);a Colin Kaepernick signed and inscribed #10 Nevada jersey a collection representing the extraordinary career of all-time football great, Pelé, including a 1970 Panini #93 Pelé Campioni Dello Sport card graded PSA 8 ($1,000 - $2,000); a Pelé signed and inscribed 1971 Athleta brand Santos FC shirt ($2,000 - $3,000); a June 23rd, 1975 edition of Sports Illustrated “Pelé’s Triumphant Debut” magazine with the cover signed by Pelé ($600 - $800); two Puma brand boots signed in black and silver markers by football legends Pelé and Diego Maradona ($800 - $1,200) and more; iconography from football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo including a Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2017 UEFA Champions League Final match issue shirt ($1,000 - $2,000) and a Cristiano Ronaldo signed 2021 Nations League match issue Portugal shirt ($4,000 - $6,000); artifacts from legendary forward, Lionel Messi such as a 2020-21 Champions League match worn FC Barcelona shirt ($4,000 - $6,000) and an Adidas brand Argentina shirt match worn by Messi during a Copa America match where Argentina beat Qatar 2-0 on June 23, 2019 ($2,000 - $3,000);

Baily’s brand brown leather boxing gloves worn by “Sugar Ray” RobinsonBaily’s brand brown leather boxing gloves worn by “Sugar Ray” Robinson (photo right) in his first Middleweight Championship bout against Randy Turpin on July 10th, 1951 in London, England which he lost ($2,000 - $4,000) as well as the Benlee brand boxing gloves worn by Robinson in his Middleweight Championship rematch with Turpin at the Polo Grounds in New York City on September 12, 1951 where he regained the World Middleweight title ($2,000 - $4,000) as well as the trunks he wore in that fight ($2,000 - $4,000) and a group of ephemera pertaining to Robinson and Turpin’s rivalry such as an original ticket to their Middleweight Championship bout on July 10th, 1951,

Ali’s fight worn “Ali shuffle” boxing boota 1951 picture book about Turpin and Robinson with analysis from “News of the World” Boxing Correspondent, Frank Butler, fight photographs, two letters from March 1953 exchanged between Robinson and Turpin and official programs from both bouts ($300 - $500); from the greatest boxer of all time, a limited edition “artist proof” numbered 2/10 giclee print on canvas of Muhammad Ali, created by artist, Stephen Holland and signed by Ali ($2,000 - $4,000); an Ali signed Everlast brand boxing glove ($800 - $1,200); an Adidas brand white leather boxing boot with red tassels custom made in the image of Ali’s fight worn “Ali shuffle” boxing boot (photo left) from his 1970 triumphant fight against Argentinian boxer Oscar Bonavena and signed by the boxing great ($1,000-$2000) and more.

“This spectacular collection of over 600 sports artifacts from the icons and idols of baseball, basketball, European football and beyond represent not only the golden marks of these champions’ careers but their far-reaching influence and cultural impact that exceed the world of sports,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “From Hank Aaron’s final big league season Milwaukee Brewers uniform to Colin Kaepernick’s Nevada #10 football jersey to iconography from Pelé, Kobe Bryant, Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and many other greats, these symbols of their record breaking and barrier breaking careers left an incredible legacy to society and the next generations of athletes to come.”

U.S. EXHIBITION & LIVE AUCTION LOCATION
Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills
257 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Exhibition: Monday, November 29th, 2021 – Friday, December 3rd, 2021 
Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the Public

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2021

ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD DAY 1
Session I (Lots 1-630): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2021

ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD DAY 2
Featuring Property From The Estate of Carl Reiner and
Property From The Estate of Mel Blanc

Session II (Lots 631-1222): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2021

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK
Session I (Lots 1-449): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 2021

PROPERTY FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF SYLVESTER STALLONE
Session I (Lots 1-487): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021

ICONS & IDOLS: SPORTS
Session I (Lots 1-652): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

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About Julien's Auctions

Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

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