The online bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2017 Fall Premier auction ended early Sunday morning with Lot #1 – an original 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound “Rocky” bronze statue, one of two identical examples created by noted sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg for use in the 1982 film “Rocky III” – leading the way with a final realized price of $403,657. Next up was a rare 1966-67 UCLA home jersey worn by Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he was still known as Lew Alcindor during the first of his three NCAA title-winning seasons with the Bruins, which went for $137,849.
The bronze Rocky statue includes a large, engraved gold plaque on its base that reads in part: “ROCKY BALBOA Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3.” A third copy of the Rocky Statue was created by Schomberg in 2006 and remains at the Schomberg Studios in Evergreen, Colorado.
Overall, the auction of 867 different lots brought in more than $3 million including the sale of Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971 Western Conference NBA All-Star game worn jersey for $121,304. Other top auction lots included Mel Ott’s 1948 New York Giants game worn manager’s uniform ($91,138); Michael Jordan’s 1984 dual signed and game worn Converse shoes (1 of 2 pairs) from Team USA’s gold medal run at the L.A. Summer Games ($88,644); a 1917-21 Ty Cobb H&B professional model game used bat ($75,320); John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA worn coach’s jacket ($58,460); and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 card graded EX MT 6 by PSA ($56,590). In June, SCP Auctions sold Jordan’s other pair of Converse shoes from the ’84 Games – the gold-medal-winning-game pair – for $190,373 to shatter the previous auction mark of $104,765 for game worn shoes.
The buyers of the items wish to remain anonymous at this time. All prices include a buyer’s premium. Full auction results are available at www.scpauctions.com. -Terry Melia
Hall of Famer Mel Ott was the Giants’ career home run leader and owned the National League homers record, at least until Willie Mays came along. Ott’s number 4 is retired, but his uniform still is around. At least a uniform he wore in 1948, the last year he managed the New York Giants. His jersey, pants and stirrups are being auctioned off as a set.
Various memorabilia pieces from the late Mel Ott are available in the upcoming SCP Auctions’ 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will be available, with each item accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.
SCP Auctions is proud to feature various memorabilia pieces from the late Mel Ott in its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18, at www.scpauctions.com, and each item will be accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.
The top Ott item to be auctioned will be his 1948 New York Giants game worn uniform from his final season of managing in the major leagues. The uniform, including jersey, pants and stirrups, was on loan to the Baseball Hall of Fame from 2013 to 2016 and comes with documentation of its time on display at Cooperstown. Other lots include his 1938 All-America Board of Baseball sweater; a pair of circa 1940 game-worn cleats; a pair of game worn pants for his managerial days with the Oakland Oaks of the PCL (1951-52); and his 1958 American League season pass in its original brown leather case.
Ott was a longtime right fielder for the New York Giants who played a total of 22 seasons (1926 to ’47). A perennial All-Star, he was selected to the National League squad 12 consecutive times from 1934 to 1945. A six-time N.L. home run champ, he finished his career with 511 round-trippers and was only the third player – and first National League slugger – to crack the magical 500 home run plateau behind fellow legends Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. A career .304 hitter, Ott tallied 2,876 hits including 488 doubles and 72 triples, and drove in 1,860 runs. During the latter part of his career, Ott became a player/manager for the Giants. He served in that dual capacity from 1942 through the ‘47 season and then simply served as manager in ’48. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1951 and served as a baseball broadcaster from 1955 to ’58. He died in 1958 following a car accident at the age of 49. Since 1959, the National League has honored its annual home run champion with the Mel Ott Award.
Bidding is open to registered bidders only at SCP Auctions beginning on Wed., Oct. 18, and closing on Sat., Nov. 4. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700 or visit www.scpauctions.com. – Terry Melia
Game-used memorabilia from one of baseball’s greatest sluggers is hitting the auction block next month. SCP Auctions will be handling the sale of several items from Mel Ott, a Hall of Famer who hit 511 home runs and led the National League in long balls six times during a 22-year career — all with the New York Giants.
SCP Auctions will offer several items from the career of Baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott in its 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18. Each item will be accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.