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1954 Clemente Winter League Contract, Ruth, Young Autos Part of Auction

A 1954 Puerto Rican Winter League contract signed by Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth autographs and a notes on baseball from Cy Young to The Sporting News are among the items up for bid in Iconic Memorabilia’s Holiday Autographs & Memorabilia Auction.

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican Winter LeagueThe auction features over 700 lots of autographs and memorabilia spanning the fields of Sports, Hollywood, Music and History.

“Obviously most companies will promote that a current auction is their biggest and best auction yet, but that statement is truly accurate for our Holiday Auction. It’s really the culmination of a tremendous growth year for us,” says Jeff Woolf, Principal Managing Officer for Iconic Memorabilia. “From start to finish, this auction holds stellar material. Every category has several ‘wow factor’ lots.” Sporting News questionnaire Cy Young autograph

The contract pre-dates Clemente’s 1955 rookie cards.  Printed completely in Spanish, the pact states that the young Clemente will be paid $275 per month for the 1954-55 Winter League season.   It also contains Clemente’s fingerprint as well as the signature and fingerprint of his father.  Bidding starts at $2,500.

The Cy Young signature is Sporting News letterhead and is below his hand-written answers to one question posed by what was then the ‘Bible of Baseball’.  In it, he mentions Ruth, Ty Cobb (misspelled by the great pitcher) and Honus Wagner. Young died in 1955.

Other highlighMichael Jordan signed rookie cardts for the sale include:

  • Babe Ruth double-signed 1946 check
  • The Beatles Signed 1962 Parlaphone Promotional Photo  (Caiazzo LOA)
  • Michael Jordan Signed 1986 Fleer #57 Rookie Card PSA Graded NM-MT 8 (UDA & PSA/DNA Encapsulated)
  • Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong Signed 8″ x 10″ Color NASA Photograph with “Good Luck” Inscription (PSA/DNA)
  • John Lennon Personally Owned & Worn Wire Rim Glasses
  • Mickey Mantle Signed 1951 Style Mitchell & Ness #6 Rookie Era Jersey with RARE “No. 6, 1951″ Inscription (JSA & PSA/DNA)
  • Muhammad Ali Training Worn Everlast Boxing Trunks (ex. Wali Muhammad)Signed Mickey Mantle Yankees number 6 jersey
  • Rare Fidel Castro Vintage Signed Cuban Baseball (JSA)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.  Signed 11″ x 14″ Portrait Photograph (JSA & Reznikoff LOAs)

All lots will are now available for viewing and bidding online on the company’s website.  The auction will close on Saturday, December 15.

All autographed material featured in the Iconic Memorabilia auction will be accompanied by at least one Certificate of Authenticity from an industry recognized third-party authenticator such as PSA/DNA, James Spence Authentication (JSA), Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA), or Steiner Sports. In many cases lots will be accompanied by multiple authentications from the aforementioned companies.

For additional information and copies of the auction catalog, contact Iconic Memorabilia, 16413 N. 91st Street, Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260.  Phone: 1-800-325-7127.

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