DiMaggio Bat, T5 Pinkertons Top Hunt Sale

Items from the collection of former big league player and manager Mickey Vernon were among the biggest hits in Hunt Auctions’ live sale.

The auction, conducted at the Crown Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA, included over 800 lots, some of them consigned by the family of the late Washington Senators’ icon.

A game-used Joe DiMaggio bat dating from the tail end of the Yankee Clipper’s career topped bidding at $35,650 including the 15% buyer’s premium. The bat was given to Vernon by DiMaggio and later autographed.

A signed baseball, personalized to Vernon from John F. Kennedy during one of the late president’s appearances at Opening Day in Washington, sold for $26,450. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at the Senators’ opener from 1961-63.

A collection of 1911 T5 Pinkerton cabinet cards drew intense bidding from well-financed collectors of rare vintage baseball cards. The lots included several Hall of Famers in generally solid condition for their age. Tops among the group was a Joe Jackson, graded SGC 40. One of just a few known examples, the card sold for $29,900 including the buyer’s premium.

Other Pinkerton cards sold included a Honus Wagner (SGC 50) that brought $11,500, a Nap Lajoie (SGC 80–$10,018), an Addie Joss (SGC 84–$9200) and a Cy Young (SGC 40–$8050).

Autographed memorabilia was a standout in the auction. A Babe Ruth single-signed ball in excellent condition and dating from the 1930s, brought $21,850, a 1930s photo signed by Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott and bill Terry went for $20,700 and a high-grade baseball signed by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris vaulted to $15,306.

Among the game-used jerseys offered were a 1958 Lou Burdette Milwaukee Braves road model that sold for $12,650 and a 1980s Mike Schmidt game-worn road jersey originating from a team auction brought $9200.

Other sales included:

  • 2001 New York Yankees ALCS championship ring $20,700
  • Eddie Collins signed photo & correspondence $13,225
  • Ty Cobb autographed photo $12,650
  • 1887 Kalamzaoo Bats Mike Dorgan (SGC 50) $12,075
  • Page Fence Giants cabinet photo $10,925
  • 1930 Yankees signed ball with Ruth, Gehrig $9200
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 3 $9045

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