A trove of historical documents that shed fresh light on the origins of baseball sold at auction on Sunday for more than $3.2 million, a record auction price for papers related to the sport that became America’s “national pastime.” The 23 pages of yellowed documents included original notes about the setting of official rules of the then-emerging sport of base ball, which evolved in the 19th century from earlier games using bats and balls.
Since his rookie season in 2011, every time Cam Newton has scored a touchdown he has rewarded a young fan in the first row of the end zone seats with the football he used. These moments are as pure as a Norman Rockwell painting and as sweet as Mean Joe Greene giving away his jersey in the classic Coke TV commercial. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is on the brink of making a few lucky little devils at Super Bowl 50 happier and richer. Last summer, Lelands, a premiere auction house based in the New York City area, sold a ball from the Patriots so-called deflategate game for $43,740.
In a recent post I took a break from my upbeat coverage of the bullish market in baseball cards and memorabilia to step back, play the devil’s advocate, and give the bears their day. My column provoked more reaction than any other I have written for Forbes.
A pair of Nikes that were the earliest NBA-worn shoes of Michael Jordan’s that have ever come to market have sold for $71,553. That’s the second-highest price paid for game-worn Jordan shoes. In 2013, the shoes that Jordan wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals sold for $104,765. Terry Melia, a spokesman for SCP Auctions, which sold the shoes, said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.