The catalogs have been prepared and Huggins & Scott is psyched about it's upcoming sports card and memorabilia auction. Rare and vintage baseball cards and a Christy Mathewson autographed baseball will be among the items offered.
Fresh off of it's best-ever sale late last year, Huggins and Scott returns with it's first auction of 2007 later this month. The company's last catalog sale topped $1.4 million.
Among the items the fast growing H&S will feature beginning February 21 is one of the finest single-signed Christy Mathewson baseballs ever offered. The autograph is on an official National League Heydler ball and comes with letters of authenticity from both PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentication.
The auction concludes over two days: March 7 & 8, 2007 with the 30-minute rule in effect beginning at 11:00pm EST.
Additional highlights include several professionally graded single cards including a beautiful E105 Mello Mint Cy Young PSA 5, N162’s of Anson, Brouthers, Glasscock, Keefe and Kelly, E97 Briggs Dennis Sullivan (Boston Variation) SGC 40, 1954 Topps Look ‘N See Babe Ruth PSA 9 (1 of only 2), E95’s of Cobb and Wagner, each PSA 3, N28’s of Anson, Clarkson, Caruthers, Comiskey, Keefe, Kelly and Ewing. Mid-to-higher graded T206’s include a Lenox back Walter Johnson, Cobb Green PSA 5, PSA 6’s of Johnson, Speaker, Young, Mathewson and many more. A large number of complete and near card sets from the 20th century will be offered including a T200 Fatima set, T201 Mecca Double Folders, 1948-49 Leaf (Near Set), 1949 Bowman, 1950 Bowman Baseball completely graded, and literally hundreds, in varying grades, of 1953-1975 Topps Baseball complete and near sets.
What's a first class auction without a first class Babe Ruth autographed ball? H&S will have one as well as a 2004 Prime Cuts Ruth Signature Card (1/1); a Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball; a game used baseball from Cal Ripken’s legendary 2131 game, signed by Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro and an umpire; signed replica jerseys from the likes of Mantle, Musial, Williams, Aaron, MJ and Lebron James; a 1934 souvenir bat signed by over 100 baseball greats including Gehrig, W. Johnson, Hornsby and more.
The first installment of the Aaron Dodek baseball and boxing autograph collection consigned to the company features arguably the single greatest assemblage of boxing autographs and memorabilia ever offered. The boxing highlights include autographed pieces on a variety of mediums featuring Ali (and Clay), Marciano, Louis, Braddock, Hurricane Carter, Dempsey, Schmelling and more. Signed fight contracts, tickets, gloves, lithographs, wire photos, cuts, and even a rare Francis Ouimet signed index card are also included in this remarkable collection. Baseball highlights include a Roberto Clemente signed check (PSA 9), Walter Johnson signed check (PSA 9), autographed album pages including one featuring James Collins, Cy Young and Roger Bresnahan, single-signed bats of Mantle, Williams, DiMaggio and more.
For the non-sport card collector, H&S is offering what it calls the finest selection ever of extremely rare 1970 Topps Hee Haw cards. Many collectors have never even seen a single example of these “test issue” cards, let alone a near set of 40 of the 55 cards produced. 38 of the 40 offered have been encapsulated by PSA with all (7) MINT 9’s that exist on the PSA population report and (6) NM-MT 8’s. Apparently, the “test issue” designation resulted in very few of these cards available for grading due to miscuts at the factory. Two different near sets of another difficult Topps Test Issue will be up for grabs including 1965 Flash Gordon. Limited test market distribution by Topps makes Flash Gordon cards nearly impossible to locate. There are perhaps no more than 2-3 complete sets known to exist. Rumor has it that these cards never actually made it to the "test market" phase and that any cards in existence were ones that only got as far as the "early development" phase.
Bidders will have the opportunity to preview the entire auction as they are loaded into the system. Bidders can check back daily to see what has been added and browse the site, in its entirety at any time. Catalogs will mail around February 17, 2007. Bidding begins February 21.