Lelands is the original sports auction house and the premier appraisers and auctioneers in the hobby. Whether selling your collection or seeking to buy an important piece of sports history, we invite you to experience the best team in all of sports memorabilia – Lelands.
Chairman, Founding Partner
The son of hard-working antiques dealers, Joshua Leland Evans applied the knowledge and experience he gained from thousands of hours of combing the U.S. for antique and collectible treasures, to the joy of finding vintage sports cards and memorabilia tracing the roots of the sports he loved. Josh did not buy, collect or sell sports memorabilia for the money – it simply was not lucrative in the late 60s and early 1970’s. He was in it for the love of “the stuff” and the pure satisfaction of “the find”. Unearthing invaluable treasure in the unlikeliest of places, or on the doorstep of a former athlete whose memory he cherished, he found a magical quest. By the time Joshua had graduated from a top business school in 1983, he coined the term “sports memorabilia” and knew more about the hobby than anyone.
Michael Heffner was a young man who started working with Josh Evans in the mid-1980s, when “Heff” was only 17 years old. Sharing the same great passion for the stuff and the find, Heffner spent countless hours working with Josh to build a knowledge base that now rivals Mr. Evans. Heff literally worked his way up from the bottom, and today is an equal partner with Josh in the firm. Michael Heffner has become one of the most respected and knowledgeable figures in the hobby. In addition, Heff is a most valued consultant to the biggest sports collectors worldwide.