Lelands is the largest and most respected Sports Auction House in the world. We have handled such landmark collections as The Mickey Mantle Auction of the Greer Johnson Collection ($1.3M), The Harry M. Stevens Auction ($1.8M), and the famed Boston Garden Auction ($2M total sales).
We have also auctioned important individual pieces like The Babe Ruth Sale Document ($99,000), Mickey Mantle's 1960 Jersey ($111,100) and perhaps the single most famous transaction in sports memorabilia history, the sale of the infamous "Mookie Ball" to the actor Charlie Sheen for $93,500.
Over the past five years, Lelands has sold over $40 million worth of vintage sports memorabilia and cards.
We have also handled important collections of all types, not just sports. This includes The Howdy Doody Auction featuring the collections of Buffalo Bob Smith, Lew "Clarabell" Anderson, propmaster Scott Brinker & producer Roger Muir. In this auction we sold one of the original Howdy Doody puppets for over $113,000.
Lelands has also conducted highly successful charity auctions for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), and Major League Baseball (where we auctioned "on-site" the uniforms worn in Baltimore's 1993 All-Star Game).
Joshua Leland Evans - Chairman & Founder
A pioneer in the field, he is acknowledged by his peers as being the most knowledgeable person in the field of sports memorabilia, founded the first sports memorabilia auction house (Lelands.com), and was the first sports memorabilia dealer in America.
A child of the antiques business though his parents Maxine and Stuart Evans, he started dealing in 1969 at the tender age of eight. The first legitimate sports memorabilia appraiser in America (Appraisers Association of America); he has handled such important collections as the Jackie Robinson Estate and the Charlie Sheen Collection.
He is single-handedly credited for promoting the dramatic rise of vintage sports memorabilia in America over the past three decades.
Michael Heffner - President
There is only one Michael Heffner. "Heff" as he is affectionately known throughout the industry, is recognized as one of the top experts in the field of sports memorabilia as well as being universally well liked.
His extensive work in the problems areas of autographs and uniforms has made this young man one of the most respected and knowledgeable people in the industry. He has authenticated tens of millions of dollars worth of sports memorabilia over the last two decades and has consulted for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on fakes and frauds as well as most of the top collectors and dealers in the industry.
Heff started his Lelands career upon entering college almost 20 years ago and worked his way up to President and a major partner in the firm. A pleasure to deal with and a straight shooter, he is known for his inscrutable ethics as well as his trained eye for quality and condition.
Universally respected veteran of the hobby, JDG boasts 30+ years experience as a high level dealer and passionate collector. Having worked with most of the biggest names in the business, but never the BEST, until now! You will never hear a discouraging word about JDG. You can bank on his super accurate grading and trust him with your beloved relics as many in the industry have, and with superior results. Joseph will manage all card consignments every step of the way. From original acceptance, handle any third-party grading requirements and through the complete, detailed catalog descriptions.
Jordan Gilroy combines youth and experience, sporting 11 years hands on experience in the field with specialization in autographs, game used and sports cards. His journey began in grade school, trading at local card shows and working his way up the ladder to handling some of the more treasured pieces in the hobby.
Studying signatures, spotting fakes and learning the material is something Jordan takes great pride in. His passion and expertise in the field is unique for a 22-year old. A recent graduate majoring in Economics at the State University of New York, Cortland, we are excited to have him on board.
A true hobby pioneer, Eric Lange is a veteran of over 50 years. A table holder at the first major sports card convention (1970 Detroit Cadillac Hilton), he is one of the chosen few to have set up and/or attended every National Sports Collectors Conventions since the first ever in Los Angeles 1980. One of the most important members of the lelands team, he brings to the firm an unbeatable combination of wisdom, experience, knowledge, perspective and a remarkable vitality. A beloved figure among his teammates, Eric Lange is our "Rookie of the Year."