Sports memorabilia auction features personal collection from Sid Stern

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He was the pharmacist to the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears. And during his life, Sid Stern has spent 49 years collecting sports memorabilia through his personal experiences. Now, some of that memorabilia is going up for auction.

800 items from Stern's personal lifetime sports memorabilia collection will be auctioned off at the J. Levine Auction House.

One of the items is expected to create a frenzy. It's a baseball glove Signed by Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker and others, and is valued between $5,000 and $10,000. He also has boxing trunks signed by Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

Stern always had a great love for sports. He has vivid memories of growing up in Chicago where fans would stand on Waveland Ave. and fight for the home run baseballs coming out of Wrigley Field. “When I was 12, I figured out how to catch a bunch of foul balls standing on the railroad tracks,'' he said.

He played baseball and tennis in high school and college, but credits his wife, Sherry, for helping him start his collection. “We were at Wrigley Field on June 25, 1977, and there was an old-timers game there. I had a program signed by various Hall of Famers, including Warren Spahn, Lou Boudreau and Bob Feller. Sherry had it framed and gave it to me for Father's Day,” he recalled.

In addition to Stern's collection, the sports memorabilia auction includes close to 200 additional collectibles for a total of nearly 1,000 items representing baseball, football, basketball, hockey, boxing, golf, tennis, horse racing and more.

Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, said the auction house is buzzing with excitement about the upcoming event. “In nearly two decades as an auctioneer, I've never seen a single owner sports memorabilia collection this extensive,” Levine said.

The auction takes place at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal

10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale.

(SE corner of Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd.) (480) 496-2212

Wed., March 18

Free Public Preview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noon to 2 p.m. - Autograph signing with Hall of Famer and former Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins

Thursday and Friday, March 19 & 20

Free public preview from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Auction: Begins at 11 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday

Here are some of the items that are up for auction:

-Baseball Glove Signed by Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker and others: Includes photos. Estimated value between $5,000 and $10,000.

-Heavyweight champion boxing trunks signed by Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman and Larry Holmes: Estimated value between $6,000 and $8,000. 

-1998 Yankees World Series team-signed baseball: Signed by Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre, Mel Stottlemyre, José Cardenal and others. Estimated value between $1,000 and $2,000. 

-1951 Brooklyn Dodgers baseball: Signed by Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Don Newcombe and others. Estimated value between $800 and $1,200.

-Vintage Chicago Blackhawks Travel Duffel Bag: Official NHL travel duffel bag with shoulder pads, shin guards and pants. Estimated value between $800 and $1,200. 

-1992 Chicago Bulls Autographed Basketball: Official NBA Spalding basketball autographed by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, B.J. Armstrong, Horace Grant, John Paxson, and Will Perdue. Estimated value between $800 and $1,200. 

-Autographed 1966 Chicago Bears Football: Official Wilson football autographed by some members of the 1966 Chicago Bears, including Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, Ed O'Bradovich, Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, and others. Estimated value between $800 and $1,200.

-Cubs Player Bat with Multiple Autographs: Genuine Louisville Slugger 125, Model s44 Pro Stock. Circa 1977, Autographs include: Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Dennis Lamp, and others. Estimated value between $300 and $500. 

-Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote Autographed Blackhawks Jersey: Official NHL CCM Chicago Blackhawks size XL Jersey. Autographed by Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote #3. Estimated value between $300 and $500.