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Steiner Sports offers unique items in company's first catalogue auction

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Imagine sitting in a seat from the original Yankee Stadium while watching a baseball game in the comforts of your own home.

You can think about everything that seat witnessed as it was part of a history that spans back into the 1920s.

No, not one of those hard blue seats that makes you numb after sitting for two hours.

You could own a huge fielding replica glove couch that sits six to eight people. The couch is 86 inches high and 115 inches across.

Hope you have room for this thing.

Just for good measure, you will also get a Yogi Berra signed game-model glove.

This is one of the lots up for bidding in Steiner Sports Collectibles first catalog auction, which ends November 17 and 18. The items can be viewed at SteinerSports.com.

See more photos  from various auctions after the jump.

Many of the pieces aren’t just regular signed memorabilia. There are hundreds of signed jerseys, balls, cleats and more that include inscriptions such as a Walter Payton signed Chicago Bears white jersey.

The jersey is signed by Payton with five inscriptions, which read: “Sweetness”, “16,726”, “Super Bowl XX”, “75-87”, and “HOF 1993.”

To a Bears fan, each one of those means something special. Payton was known by his nickname Sweetness around the league and to the fans.

The 16,726 represents the number of rushing yards he had in his career, which was once an NFL record. He was part of the Bears Super Bowl XX championships and 75-87 represents the years he was in the league. Payton was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Payton spent his entire 12-year career with the Chicago Bears and the prolific running back was named to the Pro Bowl nine times.

Payton died from a rare liver disease in 1999 at 45, which makes the jersey not only unique but perhaps rare as well.

Other items include the visitor’s bullpen phone from Yankee Stadium with Mariano Rivera’s signature with the inscription “Enter Sandman,” a Michael Jordan signed Laney High School jersey, a lot with Fenway Park loge seats, a Fenway Park Green Monster scoreboard number and a Carlton Fisk signed photo, and a New York Mets Dwight Gooden and Damion Easley locker.

Steiner Sports has an exclusive deal with the New York Yankees, so there are many auctions that feature the historic club.

Currently, the most expensive auction (though the reserve has not been met yet) is a collection of New York Yankees 2010 game-used home pinstripe jerseys of Phil Hughes, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter. The bidding is at $12,000.99.

There are also a number of vintage items including a Babe Ruth signed ball with the inscription “Murderer’s Row.”

Or if you’re looking for a little bit of everything, a Muhammad Ali, Jordan and Tigers Woods triple-signed sports collage.

The auction runs through Nov. 17 and 18.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.


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