Reggie Jackson Sues Auction House Over Contested Jewelry Sale
"Mr. October" spent his entire Hall of Fame career coming through in the clutch. Now, Reggie Jackson hopes his lawyers can do the same.
Jackson is suing American Memorabilia, a Las Vegas auction site, for the return of several personal items being sold against his wishes. The items in question include a custom Cartier watch originally given to him by the Yankees in honor of his 400th home run and a near-replica of his 1977 World Championship ring.
According to the lawsuit, Jackson gave both items to his father with the understanding that they would be returned upon his father's death. They would then be treated as heirlooms and kept in the family. That agreement was not honored and Jackson's stepmother is now attempting to sell the memorabilia through the auction site.
Confusion has arisen regarding the rings because there was a second replica ring made after Jackson's father lost the first one. Jackson contends that the lost ring is the one that is being auctioned and that the other replica was returned to the family after his father passed. Further complicating matters, American Memorabilia asserts that the ring they are selling is, in fact, the original 1977 Championship ring and not a replica at all. Bidding on the ring is up to $28,533 and the auction will end on July 7th at 8 PM.
Reggie Jackson was a 14-time All-Star, five-time World Champion and two-time World Series MVP during his illustrious baseball career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.
The auction listing for the ring can be found at the American Memorabilia auction site. Other items provided by Jackson's stepmother include three black, game-used bats.