John Rogers Auction Could Jolt Memorabilia Community


John Rogers Auction Could Jolt Memorabilia Community
Infamous photo of Joe DiMaggio is among items proposed for auction. 

Did you know a proposed auction is taking shape to liquidate assets once owned by John Rogers?

July 10 is the proposed date to convert collectibles amassed by the embattled newspaper photo and memorabilia dealer into cash.

The proposed auctioneer to oversee the sale is Josh Evans, chairman of Lelands, which touts itself as the largest and most respected sports auction house in the world.

All of this is proposed because it’s subject to approval by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza.

Red Alert Media Matrix Inc. is objecting to the proposed sale and trying to resurrect its $59 million offer to buy all of the assets under the care of the court-appointed receiver, Michael McAfee.

You might recall the offer fell by the wayside on Feb. 27 after Red Alert’s funding was determined to be nonexistent.

Among the more than 200 items listed for proposed sale at the July auction is an infamous nude shower photo of Yankee great Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio. The picture is one of many sports-related items in the auction roster.

A top bidder could acquire an autographed Muhammad Ali poem along with a life-sized statue of the boxing legend.

An autographed scrapbook that once belonged to Sammy Davis Jr., with photos he gathered of famed entertainers during the 1950s and 1960s, is said to contain a rarity from a fellow Rat Packer: an autographed photo of Frank Sinatra.

Then there are curiosities such as an Al Capone toilet seat, a throne piece that even a non-kingpin can appreciate.