Leland's, a Manhattan collectibles dealer, will be putting $2 million worth of sports memorabilia on the auction block this weekend, including the four-room house in Commerce, Okla., in which Mickey Mantle grew up (bid range: $30,000 to $40,000). But several of the lots are souvenirs of far more dubious people or moments in sports history.
1 1919 Black Sox World Series ticket. Say it ain't sold! Shoeless Joe and the boys beat Cincy in this contest, Game 3, on their way into the tank. Bid range: $1,200 to $1,500.
2 Heidi Game signed program. NBC may have cut away early from that 1968 Jet-Raider epic, but whoever owned this item was plenty tenacious: It's signed by 41 members of the losers, who went on to win the Super Bowl. As the Raider owner might say, Just bid, baby—$500 to $600.
3 June 12, 1994, dance recital ticket autographed by O.J. Simpson. The Juice signed this on the night of the murder of his estranged wife, Nicole, who also attended their daughter's performance. With bids starting at $1,200 to $1,500, here's evidence that—for some, anyway—crime pays.
4 Dwight Gooden's 1987 Tidewater International League championship ring. It was Doc's for having pitched a few games in Triple A after drug rehab; it's yours for a bid starting at four to five K's.
5 James Ward oil portrait. This 19th-century heavyweight champ was the first titleholder known to have thrown a fight. Take a dive into the bidding at $3,000 to $4,000.
6 Two autographed Pete Rose bats. Personalized gifts to bookmaker Ron Peters, this lumber helped establish Charlie Hustle's gambling and ensured that he'd be going once, going twice, gone from baseball. A $2,000 to $3,000 play.
7 Wade Boggs's gift to Margo Adams. A "lot" of fun! The uniform number of the randy Bosox third-sacker graces this pendant, which Boggs gave his mistress on their first, uh, anniversary, and which Adams once ripped off in a snit when she thought her Boggsy had been untrue. This bit of silverwork is yours for $1,200 to $1,500.
8 Anti-Semitic letter from Ty Cobb. Discussing offers from Hollywood, Cobb refers to "jew picture guys." With Tommy Lee Jones's portrayal of the Georgia Peach about to hit the cineplexes, this could be a steal at $2,000 to $2,500.