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The Excel forms have been filed, invoices sent and deposits made. Mastro Auctions’ December sale went well into 7 figures.

Mastro Auctions’ December Premier sports card and memorabilia auction generated over $12.5 million boosting the firm’s 2006 auction revenue to over $43.5 million.

Among the more notable sports items was a bat used by Jackie Robinson during his MVP year. The bat sold for $98,827 – a record for a Robinson gamer. Another bat that scored well was a Babe Ruth gamer used during his “called shot” season. That piece of prized lumber went for $89,639. Also significant was a complete set of 1894 N302 Mayo’s Cut Plug SCG-graded football cards that sold for $91,535.

“Sports memorabilia is our bread and butter,” said President Doug Allen. “Every auction produces numerous records due to the exceptional quality and range of material we consistently offer.”

Gem Mint 1934 Goudey #62 Hank Greenberg – A Phenomenal “1 of 1”
This is the highest graded example of Greenberg’s card in existence, with no others graded at this tier. The price for perfection was $79,069.

1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (519 different)
A total of 113 cards, including most of the Hall of Famers and rare variations, have been graded by SGC. The collection went for $75,304.

Lou Gehrig 1923-1931 H&B Game Used Bat – PSA/DNA 7
Humility and class personified, Lou Gehrig left behind a legacy comprised of far more than his diamond prowess. Fortunately he also left behind some great game used memorabilia. This bat went for $73,744.

The Only Known Cap Anson Single Signed Baseball
Cap Anson (1852-1922) towered over the entire history of 19th Century baseball and is generally regarded as its foremost player. The significance of this baseball cannot be overstated. It commanded $73,424.

1911 T205 Gold Border Complete Set (208) Plus Dougherty Variation
Many of this issue’s biggest stars have been PSA graded in this spectacular set. The final price was $68,302.

1909-1911 T206 White Border Partial Set (443)
A total of 67 cards in this popular vintage set are PSA graded. The collection went for $68,302.

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
Desired by most, possessed by few, the quintessential Mantle card is always in demand. This auction was no exception. The card commanded $66,887.

1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Complete Set (120)
This offering is a rare opportunity to acquire a complete 120-card set of these cornerstone early candy/caramel cards. Of the numerous candy/caramel issues appearing prior to World War I, this release is by far the most highly sought after issue by modern hobbyists. The final price was $65,048.

1961/62 Fleer PSA-Graded Complete Set (66) – #3 on the PSA Set Registry
Collectors were given the opportunity to bid on the cards individually in this set or on the set as whole. In the end, the desire to keep the set together won out. The entire set sold for $65,048.

Giant 1912 T202 Ty Cobb Hassan Triple-Folder Advertising Display
Only two of these rare display pieces are known to exist. Like those small-sized triptych cards designated as T202, this Cobb display also was initially constructed as one-third of a three-panel production—Cobb on the left, Christy Mathewson on the right and the famed Charles Conlon photo of "Cobb sliding" in the center. The display realized a final price of $59,135.

1952 Topps Graded Near Set (400/407)
In 1952, the Topps Company, plotting a frontal assault on Bowman, the card-establishment monolith, conceived a set of baseball cards that would capture the market, once and for all. It did then and still does now. The near set went for $59,135.

1911 T205 Gold Border Complete Set (208) Plus 4 Variations
A cornerstone to many vintage tobacco collections, the T205 release is a virtual feast for the eyes. The set sold for $57,660.

Other Notable Sports Items

• 1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" SGC graded baseball players complete set (8) – min. bid $2,500 – sold for $43,320.
• Bart Starr circa 1960 Green Bay Packers game worn home jersey – min. bid $2,500 – went for $39,382.
• 1959 Topps complete set (572) – min. bid $1,000 – commanded $33,845.
• 1952 Topps low number master set (392) – min. bid $1,500 – sold for $31,474.
• Exceptional Larry Lajoie single signed ball – min. bid $1,000 – sold for $25,428.
• 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson – PSA EX 5 – min. bid $1,000 – went for $23,116.
• 1912/13 C57 Hockey partial set – all PSA graded (38/50) – min. bid $500 – went for $22,602.
• 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #9 Ty Cobb – PSA EX 5 – min. bid $1,000 – went for $21,013.
• Extremely rare Hack Wilson single signed ball – PSA/DNA VG/EX4 – min. bid $500 – sold for $20,546.

1933 Goudey #79 Red Faber – PSA MINT 9 "1 of 1!" – min. bid $500 – sold for $20,546.
• 1952 Topps #403 Bill Miller – PSA MINT 9 "1 of 1!" – min. bid $500 – commanded $20,546.
• 1974 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes (12) – min. bid $1,000 – sold for $19,103.
• 1914 E224 "Texas Tommy" Type 2 PSA graded trio – min. bid $500 – sold for $16,980.
• 1934 Goudey #16 Joe Kuhel – PSA MINT 9 "1 of 1!" – min. bid $500 – went for $14,032.
• 1971 Topps Baseball 1st Series unopened vending box – min. bid $500 – sold for $14,032.

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BASEBALL CARDS

Graded Cards and Sets
A 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie – PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $55,152; a 1953 Stahl-Meyer PSA-graded complete set (9) – #1 on the PSA Set Registry – sold for $44,428; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Walter Johnson Portrait – PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $ 44,428; a key rarity 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank – PSA VG 3 sold for $43,988; a 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig – SGC 96 MINT 9 went for $43,988; a 1952 Bowman PSA graded complete set (252) – #5 on the PSA Set Registry – went for $40,388; a 1959 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) – #11 on the PSA Set Registry – commanded $40,388; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Cy Young Glove Shows – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $37,230; a 1956 Topps complete set plus checklists and team variation (343) – #12 on the PSA Set Registry – sold for $36,716; a 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie – PSA EX-MT 6 sold for $36,716; a 1912 E300 Plow’s Candy Christy Mathewson – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $35,801; a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card – PSA NM 7 sold for $30,343; a PSA 10 Gem Mint 1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente realized a final price of $30,343; a 1914 E224 Texas Tommy Type 2 Christy Mathewson – PSA EX-MT 6 – went for $29,586; a 1952 Topps "High Numbers" PSA NM-MT 8 collection (21) sold for $28,612; a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth – PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $27,584; a 1951 Bowman "Low Numbers" PSA NM-MT 8 collection (212 different) went for $26,896; a 1933 R338 Goudey Sport Kings SGC-graded near set (45/48) went for $26,896; a 1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $26,896; a 1962 Topps PSA-graded complete set (598) – #6 on the PSA Set Registry – sold for $25,076; a 1958 Topps PSA-graded near set (464/494) plus variations sold for $24,450; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Bat On Shoulder – PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $23,645; a 1952 Topps #407 Ed Mathews – PSA NM-MT 8 – sold for $22,796; a 1961 Topps PSA-graded complete set (587) – #13 on the PSA Set Registry – commanded $22,796; a 1914 E224 "Texas Tommy" Type 2 Honus Wagner – PSA EX 5 commanded $22,226; a 1934-36 R327 National Chicle Diamond Stars PSA graded complete set (108) – #7 on the PSA Set Registry – went for $22,226; a 1952 Topps "High Numbers" PSA NM-MT 8 collection (20) sold for $21,494; a 1941 Play Ball #14 Ted Williams – PSA MINT 9 – sold for $20,724; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets PSA EX 5 collection (16 different) sold for $20,206; a 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams rookie card – PSA MINT 9 – sold for $20,206; a 1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio – SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 – sold for $20,206; a 1951 Bowman PSA MINT 9 collection (30 different) went for $19,540; a 1915 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson – SGC 92 NM-MT+ 8.5 – went for $19,540; a 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron rookie card – PSA MINT 9 sold for $18,368, 1960 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) – #12 on the PSA Set Registry – went for $18,368; a 1935 Diamond Stars #1 Lefty Grove – PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $18,368; an 1888 N43 Allen & Ginter "World’s Champions – 2nd Series large cards SGC-graded complete set (50) went for $18,368; a 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth – PSA NM-MT 8 – sold for $18,368; and a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $18,368.

Ungraded and Partially Graded Cards and Sets

A 1933 R319 Goudey complete set (240) including #106 Napoleon Lajoie sold for $44,428; a 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders complete set (132) sold for $22,226; a 1939 R334 Play Ball high grade complete set (161) went for $21,494; a 1948/49 Leaf partial set (80/98) plus Aberson variation commanded $21,013; a 1933 R319 Goudey complete set (239) sold for $19,540; a superb 1956 Topps uncut sheet of 110 cards with 13 Hall of Famers commanded $19,103; a 1951 Bowman complete set (324) sold for $17,762; a 1933 R319 Goudey complete set (239) sold for $17,365; a 1954 Topps complete set (250) realized a final price of $17,365; a 1912 T207 Brown background complete set (200) plus Livingston variation sold for $15,786; a 1954 Topps high grade complete set (250) went for $14,678; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank (restored) commanded $14,351; a 1949 Bowman complete set (240) plus 12 variations sold for $13,045; a 1951 Bowman complete set (324) commanded $13,045; a 1952 Bowman complete set (252) sold for $13,045; a 1933 R305 Tatoo Orbit complete set (60) went for $12,756; a 1934-36 R327 National Chicle Diamond Stars complete set (108) plus wrapper sold for $11,858; a 1956 Topps high grade complete set (340) plus checklists (2) and team variations (9) commanded $11,858; a 1957 Topps high grade complete set (407) plus checklists (2) sold for $11,858; and a late 19th and early 20th century tobacco grab-bag collection (147 items) sold for $11,596.

The Mark Friedland Autographed Baseball Card Collection
An autographed 1955 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (204/206) sold for $26,896; an autographed 1954 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (245 different signatures) went for $20,206; an autographed 1961 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (483 different signatures) commanded $14,678; an autographed 1969 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (645 different signatures) went for $9,113; an autographed 1971 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (702 different signatures) sold for $8,234; and an autographed 1965 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (593 different signatures) went for $7,530.

From the Fritsch Warehouse….
A 1970/71 Topps Basketball 2nd Series unopened vending box – GAI MINT 9.5 – sold for $9,799; three 1976/77 Topps Basketball unopened vending boxes sold for $8,312; a 1968 Topps Baseball 4th Series unopened vending box – SGC NM 7 went for $7,919; a 1971 Topps Baseball 4th Series unopened vending box – GAI NM+ 7.5 – sold for $7,919; a 1971 Topps Baseball 2nd Series unopened vending box – GAI NM-MT 8 – went for $5,948; and a 1971 Topps Baseball 3rd Series unopened vending box – GAI NM-MT 8 – went for $5,407.

More Unopened Packs, Boxes and Cases
A 1975 Topps Baseball unopened rack pack hoard (96) all GAI-graded sold for $23,645, four 1971 Topps Baseball 4th-6th Series unopened vending boxes sold for $19,549; 1954 Topps Baseball unopened and high grade five-cent wax packs (11) with display box sold for $18,368; a 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending case sold for $17,635; eight 1975 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes went for $13,045; six 1972 Topps Baseball 1st and 2nd Series unopened vending boxes sold for $11,028; a 1968 Topps Baseball unopened wax box went for $10,780; twenty-six 1974 Topps Baseball unopened rack packs sold for $9,582; a 1954 Topps Baseball unopened five-cent wax pack collection sold for $8,284; four 1972 Topps Baseball unopened wax boxes went for $7,530; and a 1960 Topps Baseball 1st Series unopened vending box went for $6,691.

AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS
The only known example of a Frank Chance single signed baseball commanded $39,382; an extremely rare Jesse Burkett single signed ball – PSA/DNA EX/MT 6.5+ – sold for $29,586; the only known Amos Rusie single signed ball – PSA/DNA VG+ 3.5 went for $24,450; a Cy Young single signed ball dated 1907 went for $22,226; a 1933 All-Star Game A.L. and N.L. team signed ball with 17 HOFers including Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx commanded $17,762; a striking Babe Ruth 1926 single signed ball sold for $15,786; a bold Tris Speaker single signed ball – PSA/DNA EX/MT+ 6.5 went for $14,351; a Ty Cobb single signed ball sold for $13,800; a Babe Ruth single signed MacGregor ball sold for $13,800; and an exceptional Jackie Robinson single signed ball – highest graded on the PSA Registry – PSA/DNA NM/MT 8 – went for $12,131.

BASEBALL BATS
A Lou Gehrig 1923-1931 H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 7 – went for $55,152; a Babe Ruth 1924-1928 H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 7.5 – sold for $37,610; a Ted Williams 1947 Triple Crown season H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 10 – sold for $36,716; a Mel Ott 1934-1944 H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 8 – went for $20,724; a Mickey Mantle 1966 H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 9 – realized a final price of $16,698; a Ted Williams 1950-1960 H&B game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 8.5 sold for $15,180; an exceptional Hank Greenberg 1934 Spalding side written game used bat – MEARS A-10 – sold for $14,678; a Mel Ott 1934-1938 Kren’s hand-turned game used bat – John Taube/PSA DNA 7 – went for $13,800; and a Honus Wagner 1917-1921 H&B Professional model bat with "Honus Wagner 6-21-23" sidewriting – MEARS A-10 – commanded $12,545.

BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHS
A Lou Gehrig 1925 payroll check from the end of his rookie season – signed by Gehrig, Barrow and Ruppert sold for $39,382; a spectacular 1948 Babe Ruth signed 20" x 24" photograph commanded $29,586; a 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed barnstorming tour photograph went for $20,724; a 1933-1934 Babe Ruth store model H&B signed bat sold for $17,762; a spectacular Ty Cobb correspondence collection (20 items) went for $13,800; a Roberto Clemente signed 1958 Pittsburgh Pirates player contract went for $13,045; an exceedingly rare 1880 Alexander Cartwright signed check went for $11,404; and a Lou Gehrig 1938 signed photo taken from the famous George Burke image realized a final price of $11,404.

BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHS
Four different 1930s Babe Ruth batting "sequential" news service photographs sold for $12,389; a Walter Johnson Circa 1907 Minor League cabinet photograph – The Weiser Wonder – commanded $11,596; a 1907 St. Louis Cardinals panoramic photograph with Hall of Famer Jake Beckley realized a final price of $7,919; a 1913 Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson original photograph by Head Joplin sold for $7,530; a 1912 Boston Red Sox World Champions team panoramic photograph by Carl Horner went for $6,691; and a "The Babe Bows Out" 1948 news service photograph by Nat Fein went for $6,244.

BASEBALL GAME USED GEAR
"Sad Sam" Jones 1929-1931 Washington Senators game worn home jersey sold for $16,698; a Reggie Jackson 1968 Oakland Athletics signed game worn road vest went for $15,180; a Brooks Robinson 1977 Baltimore Orioles game worn road jersey commanded $8,098; a Jackie Hayes 1931 Washington Senators game worn road jersey went for $5,530; and a Brooks Robinson 1966 Baltimore Orioles signed game used batting helmet sold $5,407.

OTHER BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
A complete run of 1929 through 1991 World Series Press Pins (126 different) sold for $31,129; a spectacular circa 1910 Reach Co. catcher’s masks tin advertising sign went for $24,450; a Jim "Catfish" Hunter 1977 New York Yankees World Series Championship player’s ring commanded $24,450; a striking circa 1910 Reach Co. baseball tin advertising sign went for $22,226; a Yankee Stadium Opening Day April 18, 1923 Program – Yankees vs. Red Sox – sold for $15,786; a superb 1895 Police Gazette "Our Baseball Heroes" lithograph sold for $14,678; an extremely rare 1905 World Series Game 5 scored program at New York – Mathewson Shuts Out Athletics to Win Series Clincher – went for $14,351; and an 1882 Chicago Photographic Studios Cabinet – Chicago N.L. Champions commanded $14,351.

FOOTBALL
A 1952 Bowman Large football complete set (144) – #2 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $45,578; a Johnny Unitas late 1960s Baltimore Colts signed game worn jersey sold for $43,320; a Johnny Unitas circa 1969-1970 Baltimore Colts game used helmet commanded $29,586; Ray Nitschke’s 1961 Green Bay Packers championship ring sold for $22,796; a Roosevelt Brown 1990 New York Giants Super Bowl XXV championship ring sold for $20,789; a 1952 Bowman small high grade complete set (144) realized a final price of $15,786; a 1952 Bowman small PSA MINT 9 collection (14) – All "1 of 1’s!" sold for $15,618; a "Big Daddy" Lipscomb 1950s Baltimore Colts game worn road jersey realized a final price of $14,678; a Joe Namath early 1970s New York Jets game worn home jersey went for $12,545; a 1962 Topps unopened five-cent wax box (24 packs) – GAI NM-MT+ 8.5 – sold for $11,404; a 1962 Topps #28 Jim Brown – PSA MINT 9 – commanded $10,541; a Joe Greene late 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers game worn home jersey went for $9,799; and five 1970 Topps Football 1st Series unopened vending boxes went for $9,696.

BASKETBALL
A Bill Russell early 1960s Boston Celtics game worn home jersey sold for $56,596; George Mikan’s NBA "50 Greatest Players" signed lithograph went for $53,759; a 1957/58 Topps PSA-graded complete set (80) – #2 on the PSA Set Registry commanded $43,320; a 1969/70 Topps PSA-graded complete set (99) – #3 on the PSA Set Registry commanded $40,388; a 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan rookie card – PSA MINT 9 realized a price of $36,709; a Wilt Chamberlain 1967/68 Philadelphia 76ers game worn home jersey went for $22,796; a 1970/71 Topps PSA-graded complete set (175) – #2 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $22,226; a Bob Cousy late 1950s Boston Celtics game worn road jersey sold for $20,724; a George "Iceman" Gervin 2003 San Antonio Spurs championship ring commanded $20,206; a 1957/58 Topps PSA-graded collection (67) sold for $19,540; a 1986/87 Fleer PSA-graded complete set (132) plus stickers complete set (11) sold for $19,103; and a Dave Cowens mid-1970s Boston Celtics game worn road jersey went for $16,698.

HOCKEY
A 1911/12 C55 complete master set (46) – #1 "Master Set" on the PSA Set Registry – sold for $39,382; a 1951/52 Parkhurst PSA-graded complete set (105) went for $35,801; a 1910 C56 Hockey PSA-graded complete set (36) – #3 on the PSA Set Registry – commanded $31,546; a 1971/72 O-Pee-Chee complete set (264) – #1 All-Time Finest on the PSA Set Registry – went for $14,351; a 1954/55 Topps PSA-graded complete set (60) sold for $11,596; and a 1964/65 Topps "Tall Boys" PSA NM-MT 8 collection (26 different) sold for $9,582.

BOXING
A 1951 Topps Ringside PSA-graded complete set (96) – #2 on the PSA Set Registry – went for $18,368; a 1948 Leaf complete set (49) on uncut factory sheet sold for $12,545; a 1910 T220 Mecca "Champion Prizefighters" White Border PSA-graded complete set (50) – #1 on the PSA Set Registry – commanded $11,858; an 1887 N174 Old Judge Prizefighters SGC-graded collection (9) including John L. Sullivan went for $10,327; and an 1890 N310 Mayo’s Cut Plug Boxers SGC-graded complete set (35) – matched "Type A/Name At Top" Set – went for $8,908.

GOLF
A 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #38 Bobby Jones – SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 – sold for $8,098; a 1927 W.A. and A.C. Churchman "Famous Golfers – small PSA graded complete set (50) sold for $3,691; three official PGA Tour major championships multi-signed flags plus two Tiger Woods signed "Sports Illustrated" covers went for $2,963; and three Tiger Woods signed Upper Deck authenticated British Open flags went for $2,291.

OTHER SPORTS…
Sir Barton’s 1919 Belmont Trophy – The first Triple Crown winner – went for $17,126; an 1887 N184 Kimball "Champions of Games and Sports" SGC-graded partial set (25/50) – matched set of rare "With Ad" varieties sold for $10,780; a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #11 Charles Jewtraw – Ice Skating – PSA NM/MT 8 – went for $10,058; an 1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" SGC-graded near set (42/50) sold for $8,908; a spectacular 1949-1950 sports autograph album brimming with baseball Hall of Famers (147 signatures total) went for $8,711; and a 1933 R338 Goudey Sport Kings complete set (48) plus wrapper sold for $6,544.