Huggins and Scott’s fourth Masterpiece Auction of 2014 gets underway Monday, July 28 with an 1869 Peck and Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings team card among the hundreds of items up for bid.
The card is a recent discovery, having been located by a collector in Ohio who has consigned it to the auction. The card is one of only eight 'small' versions of the Peck and Snyder promotional piece known to exist and has been graded SGC 10 (poor).
Featuring baseball pioneers George and Harry Wright, the card carries a $2,500 opening bid.
The auction also includes the third installment of the Baltimore area collection from long time collector, Robert Franklin, which will include a salesman's sample Super Bowl V ring from former Colts General Manager Don Klosterman; a scarce 1961 Baltimore Colts “Jumbo” (15-Inch) promotional bobblehead, an 1894 N142 Duke Cabinet card of baseball Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson; Baltimore Orioles Championship pins from 1894 and 1896 and John Mackey’s 1963 “Colts Rookie of the Year” Trophy.
Pre-War cards up for bid will include the first publically offered 1908 Rose Company Postcard of Walter Johnson; a rare 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie #106; a 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb PSA 5 and cards featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson and others.
The post-war collection features a large number of singles, lots, complete and near sets from 1948 to present; Hall of Fame rookie cards including a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card PSA 5, a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie card (PSA 6), ‘The Ultimate 1974 Topps Collection’ and a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card (SGC 92). Those who love scarce 1990’s baseball card issues will see a 1992 Donruss Diamond Kings Supers Completely Graded PSA Set. Only a small number of cards from this promotional set were issued.
Dozens of autographed items are included including a 1924 Spalding Bat signed by the World Series Champion Washington Senators and President Calvin Coolidge, plus baseballs and flats and others consigned by collectors from all across the country. There is a 1931 New York Yankees team-signed ball with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the largest collection of team-signed baseballs from the 1960s-1980s the company says it has ever auctioned and a Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris dual signed bat.
An extremely rare 1914 Baseball Grand World Tour Oversized photograph signed by Thomas Lipton (founder of Lipton Tea) will be offered. The photo shows numerous Hall of Famers from that famous jaunt, posing in front of an Australian hotel. There is a trio of rare 1920s Penn Studio original photographs of the Baltimore Black Sox from the Negro Leagues; a turn-of-the-century Pirates Cigarettes Advertising Display; a unique 1949 VitaVision 3D Glass Plate fully functional Point-of-Sale Ad with Bill Veeck; a number of vintage publications, tickets and press pins from the turn-of-the-century to modern day.
Game used memorabilia lots will include a 1941 Lefty Gomez Yankees jersey; a 1950s Roberto Clemente batting helmet; a 1956 San Antonio Missions Brooks Robinson game worn minor league cap; a 1994 Kirby Puckett jersey; a 1994 Ken Griffey Jr. jersey; a 2009 Andrew McCutchen rookie jersey; the batting helmet worn by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop, Hanley Ramirez for the 2013 National League Division Series, a 1966 Sonny Jurgensen home Redskins jersey; a 1958 Baltimore Colts World Champions jacket from Johnny Sample; a 1991-92 Larry Bird Celtics jersey; a pair of Kobe Bryant shoes and more.
There are football, basketball and hockey sets and near sets and a collection of memorabilia that includes Jim Brown’s 1957 rookie NFL contract; a 1933 signed letter from former NFL President Joe Carr (PSA 9) as well as team-signed footballs from the 1949 Eagles (with “Greasy” Neal) and 1966 Super Bowl 1 Champions Green Bay Packers (with Vince Lombardi).
If you are a vintage basketball card collector, you might be stunned to see a new-to-the-hobby collection of never before seen sets and singles including an ultra-rare 1961 Bell Brand Lakers Jerry West rookie card; a 1950 Bread for Health Near Set of basketball bread labels with George Mikan; 1952 Royal Desserts basketball complete set; a run of Kahn’s Wieners complete sets from 1957 to 1966 and several un-catalogued, never-before-seen cards.
Vintage hockey collectors will see the only known set of 1933-34 V357 Ice Kings in 12 six-card uncut panels.
One item that will cut across both entertainment and history is a scrap of paper, signed by all four Beatles the night of their Ed Sullivan Show performance (February 9, 1964).
There is an “Internet Only” section of auction lots that are not found in the printed catalog.
Bidding will close on Thursday, August 7 with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time.
To browse the auction for the rest of the pieces being auctioned, or to download the catalog, visit HugginsandScott.com.