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SCP Auctions is proud to announce that it will be showcasing hundreds of sports memorabilia items from the San Diego Hall of Champions (SDHOC) in its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier Auction. A total of 217 different lots from the recently closed Hall of Champions museum will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18, at www.scpauctions.com. Proceeds from the online auction, which runs through Sat., Nov. 4, will benefit the Hall’s ongoing awards and recognition programs, community outreach initiatives, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which was recently relocated to the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in Petco Park.

“The museum simply wasn’t a sustainable model, and closing it allows all other Hall programs to continue,” said SDHOC Executive Director Drew Moser, who cited rising costs and lack of attendance for its closure.gwynn 2919 (2)

One of the nation’s largest multi-sport museums, it boasted three levels’ worth of prized sports memorabilia displayed across 68,000 square feet. The Hall of Champions, which was located in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park, stemmed from the concept of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation. It was the brainchild of the late Bob Breitbard, who was a classmate of legendary baseball great Ted Williams at San Diego’s Herbert Hoover High School in the mid-1930s and himself a former football player and coach at San Diego State College (now San Diego State University).

The Breitbard Athletic Foundation was founded in 1946 to recognize significant athletes and their outstanding achievements and contributions to San Diego. In addition to Williams, amazing athletes such as Tony Gwynn, Junior Seau, Bill Walton, LaDainian Tomlinson, Gene Littler, Craig Stadler, Florence Chadwick, Dave Winfield, Greg Louganis, Rollie Fingers, Graig Nettles, and many more are honored inductees to the organization’s prestigious Breitbard Hall of Fame.

One of the largest – and heaviest – items featured in this month’s auction is an exact duplicate of the famed “Rocky” bronze statue that was featured in the 1982 film “Rocky III.” Standing nearly 13 Rock1feet tall and weighing close to 2,000 pounds, the statue’s presentation includes a large, engraved gold plaque that reads: “ROCKY BALBOA Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3 on Loan to the San Diego Hall of Champions from Robert Breitbard.” The statue is expected to fetch as much as half a million dollars or more.

Among some of the other top lots being offered are dozens of prestigious horse-racing trophies from the massive Eugene V. Klein Collection. Included in the vast assortment is the impressive 1985 Preakness Stakes Championship Trophy, which was won by “Tank’s Prospect,” a three-year-old stallion that was owned by the late Klein, who also was the former owner of the San Diego Chargers from 1966 to ‘84. Speaking of the Chargers, even though the team relocated to Los Angeles earlier this year, the history of the Bolts is captured as several pieces chronicling the team’s existence in San Diego are up for grabs including the team’s MVP award that covers more than three decades of play (1961 to ’92); its “Lineman of the Year” honors from 1971 to ’92; and its “Charger of the Year” trophy (1969 to ’75).

The San Diego Padres, meanwhile, were headlined for 20 seasons by the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (a.k.a. “Mr. Padre”) and many of Gwynn’s milestone mementoes are being auctioned including his autographed and notated 2,915th hit baseball and his game worn and signed uniform from career hit No. 2,919. He finished his career with 3,141 hits, which remains a team record.

Other important historical pieces offered within the SDHOC Collection are turn-of-the-last-century sterling silver football trophies chronicling the city’s longstanding relationship with the armed services; cherished game worn items from Ted Williams’ distinguished baseball career; San Diego Rockets’ memorabilia from the city’s original NBA franchise that now calls Houston home; and several original oil paintings by the late Ernie Barnes, a former Chargers offensive lineman who turned out be an acclaimed artist following his NFL career.

Breitbard, the Hall of Champions’ imaginative creator and visionary who passed away in 2010 at the age of 91, left behind an incredible legacy of celebrating outstanding athletic achievement within his community.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com 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

SCP Auctions’ 2015 “Mid-Summer Classic” begins today and runs through Saturday, August 22 at www.scpauctions.com. Top lots include Ernie Banks’ 1968 game-worn Chicago Cubs home jersey, Great Britain goaltender Jimmy Foster’s 1936 Winter Olympics hockey gold medal, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1960’s used custom golf bag and clubs, a complete 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder PSA-graded set currently ranked No. 2 on the PSA Set Registry, and Ted Williams’ 1950-51 game-worn and signed Boston Red Sox home jersey. The estate collections of former New York Yankees pitcher Johnny Murphy, a bullpen specialist during the ‘30s and ‘40s , and Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly – two-time NBA champion and orchestrator of the original “Dream Team” – are also being featured.

Ernie Banks’ 1968 Game-Worn Chicago Cubs Home Jersey
The impeccably preserved 1968 jersey’s technical details are breathtaking. In a season in which Banks ripped 32 home runs and knocked in 83 runs, it’s an especially coveted gamer that’s been photo-matched several times over. bank jersey2Completely unknown to the collecting community, it has rested quietly for more than 40 years in the possession of a Cubs-loving family by the name of the Bermans. Chicagoans who at one time lived right across the street from Wrigley Field, the family’s second son, Jeff, acquired the jersey directly from Banks in 1974. “Mr. Cub” handed it to the then 21-year-old as a token of his appreciation for coaching Ernie’s fraternal twin boys, Jerry and Joey, in basketball at a local Boys’ Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is where the Cubs used to play their spring training games. Berman then gifted the jersey four years later to his nephew, Randy “Boomer” Berman, on the latter’s actual birthday: Dec. 14, 1978. Early estimates price the jersey at more than $150,000.

1936 Winter Olympics Gold Medal Presented to Great Britain Goaltender Jimmy Foster
At the 1936 Winter Olympic Games, 11 British Canadians came together to make history by leading Great Britain to its only Olympic gold medal in ice hockey. 1936 medal2Between the pipes for the Brits was goaltender Jimmy Foster, who cemented the team’s legacy by allowing just three goals over seven games and posting four shutouts during the tournament. In addition to winning the gold medal, Great Britain stopped Canada’s undefeated Olympic winning streak at 20 games with a 2-1 victory in the final. Offered here is Foster’s gold medal from the ’36 Games, which boasted the largest and heaviest medals ever awarded to Olympic athletes: 100 millimeters in diameter, four millimeters thick, and 324 grams. The Winter Olympic were held in the neighboring villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen in Germany’s Bavarian Alps where Foster and company quickly became the talk of the town. Estimate: $150,000.

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder PSA Graded Complete Set
This is a magnificent 1912 Hassan Triple Folder PSA Graded complete set, the second finest listed on the PSA Set Registry with a 6.34 GPA. After completing and selling what was then considered the finest T206 PSA Graded set over 15 years ago, the consignor then turned his efforts toward building the finest T202 Hassan Triple Folder PSA Graded set. His efforts these past many years resulted in the offered set, with almost 50% of the cards PSA NM 7 or better and over 75% in PSA EX-MT 6 or better. Estimate: $125,000.

Important 1960’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Used Custom Golf Bag and Full Set
Offered here is Eisenhower’s used custom golf bag and full set of specially engraved “General Ike” Spalding clubs that he used and played with more than once at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, the home of the Masters Tournament. General Ike's Golf Bag and ClubsThe clubs were designed by the great Bobby Jones who customized them with built-up grips for Ike’s arthritic hands as Eisenhower suffered from bursitis. The red leather golf bag stands 35” tall and has “General Ike” emblazoned across the front in white and includes four red leather head covers. The four Spalding Hydro sealed woods – 1, 2, 3 and 4 – are all registered and engraved “General Ike” with five stars on the bottom and serial numbered in red 1AAAAAA. The accompanying irons – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – include pitching and sand wedges that are all similarly engraved on the back of the club heads with “General Ike” and the five stars. Estimate: $75,000+.

Ted Williams’ 1950-51 Boston Red Sox Autographed and Game-Worn Home Jersey
The 31-year-old Williams was enjoying another noteworthy season in 1950 and earned his eighth All-Star Game nod. Playing in the Mid-Summer Classic in Chicago on July 11, Williams found himself racing to catch a line drive by Pirates’ slugger Ralph Kiner with his momentum carrying him into the Comiskey Park scoreboard. Williams made the catch but suffered a broken left arm in the process. Despite missing 43% of the season, Williams still batted .317 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI. This lot features Williams’ autographed and game-worn Boston Red Sox home jersey from that memorable season. The left sleeve features a restored original American League Golden Anniversary Patch (1901-1951) that would not have been uncommon to find on a jersey originally issued in 1950. Estimate: $75,000.

The Johnny Murphy Estate Collection
Murphy, a 6’ 2” right-hander, was a closer before that role was even created. The New York Yankee clubs he played on were some of the most powerful teams of all time, winning consecutive World Series titles from 1936 to 1939, and again in 1941 and 1943. murphywatch1He led the A.L. in wins for a relief pitcher seven times. In eight World Series games, Murphy won two, lost none, saved four, and posted an ERA of 1.10. In all, he was on seven World Series winning teams, the most of any pitcher in history. Top items include his 1938 New York Yankees World Championship gold pocket watch, an incredible 1938 New York Yankees (World Champions) large format 19″ by 11″ team-signed photo, a 1937 American League All-Star team-signed baseball, and a couple of Babe Ruth autographed photos inscribed to Johnny Murphy.

The Chuck Daly Estate Collection
The late Chuck Daly was a former NBA head coach who led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive titles in 1989 and ‘90, and the United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team – nicknamed the “Dream Team” – to the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. During the course of his prolific coaching career, Daly picked up several mementoes and key pieces of sports memorabilia including a very important 1992 U.S. Men’s Basketball Dream Team signed and painted game-used ball from the historic Olympic gold medal clinching victory over Croatia. More than two dozen items are featured and every one comes with exceptional provenance.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only and concludes on Saturday, August 22. The auction will be conducted online at www.scpauctions.com. For more information on how to participate, visit SCP Auctions or call (949) 831-3700.                                                                                                                        -Terry Melia

SCP Auctions, one of the nation’s largest sports memorabilia auction houses, is excited to announce that it will be exhibiting several premium items at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention (July 29 to August 2) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Buyers, sellers, collectors sports fans are encouraged to swing by and peruse the firm’s assortment of top-notch lots and ask questions to its knowledgeable staff. SCP Auctions’ booth (#s 1013, 1015, 1112 and 1114) will be located just inside the convention center’s main entrance.

SCP Auctions Principals David Kohler and Dan Imler will be on hand buying and selling important sports memorabilia and cards, as well as providing generous cash advances to consignors of noteworthy pieces.

williams2Many high-end items featured in the company’s fast-approaching online 2015 Mid-Summer Classic Auction (August 5 to 22) will be on display including two rare pieces from the late, great Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks. The first is Banks’ impeccably preserved 1968 Chicago Cubs home jersey, while the second is an autographed bat the Hall of Famer used during the 1964 season in which he belted 23 home runs and drove in 95 runs. Other top items on display that are scheduled for SCP Auctions’ 2015 Mid-Summer Classic include:

• 1936 Winter Olympics Gold Medal presented to Great Britain hockey goalie Jimmy Foster;
• 1938 New York Yankees Championship Gold Medal Pocket Watch presented to Johnny Murphy (The Johnny Murphy Collection);
• 1950-51 Ted Williams Signed Boston Red Sox Game Worn Home Jersey (MEARS A5.5);
• 7/22/2014 Derek Jeter Signed New York Yankees Game Worn Home Uniform & Signed Second Base used to break Lou Gehrig’s franchise doubles record;
• 1973 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Game Worn Home Jersey (MEARS A10);
• 1981-82 Michael Jordan Dual-Signed and Inscribed Pair of UNC Tar Heels Game Worn Shoes from Freshman NCAA Championship Season;
• Historic 7/9/94 Alex Rodriguez Signed and Inscribed Louisville Slugger Bat Used to Get His First MLB Hit (A-Rod LOA);
• 1970 Nolan Ryan New York Mets Game Worn Home Flannel;
• Lawrence Taylor Super Bowl XXV (Giants vs. Bills, Jan. 27, 1991) Game Worn Nike Cleats;
• 1992 U.S. Men’s Basketball Dream Team Signed and Painted Game Used Ball from historic Olympic Gold Medal victory over Croatia (Chuck Daly Collection);
• 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder PSA Graded Set (No. 2 on PSA Set Registry); and
• Dwight D. Eisenhower Used Custom Golf Bag and Full Set of Specially Engraved “General Ike” Spalding Clubs

Online bidding is open to registered bidders and will begin Wednesday, August 5. The auction is being conducted online at www.scpauctions.com. For more information, call 949-831-3700.                                     -Terry Melia