Mastro Sets Lineup for Live Auction

Mastro Auctions will conduct a high end live sports memorabilia auction in Cleveland next month, with high rollers bidding on some rare pieces.

Mastro Auctions will host its first live sports memorabilia sale in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland Friday, August 3. Don’t plan on coming, though, unless you’re a serious bidder. It’ll cost you $100 just to get in the door, but the gate proceeds are designated for charity.

80 high-end pieces of current and vintage sports memorabilia will be up for bid including several that have never been available before to the public. Collectively, Mastro says the auction items "represent the most unprecedented assembly of valuable, high-end sports memorabilia ever offered in one sale."

A few of the items available include:

• Mickey Mantle’s 500th home run baseball
• Casey Stengel’s 1958 World Series ring
• Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s 1978 New York Yankees World Championship ring
• The 1915 contract for Rupert’s purchase of the Yankees
• Thurman Munson’s first pilot’s license
• Miller Huggins’ 1927 Yankees Championship ring
• Barry Bonds’ 70th home run ball from 1998
• A 1912 T215 Pirates Tobacco near set of SGC graded baseball cards – no one knew it existed!
• A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card – SGC 10 PR 1
• A 1921-23 Babe Ruth game used bat
• An early 80s Wayne Gretzky Edmonton jersey with pants

Other baseball items include:

Baseball Bats
• A circa 1907-08 Ty Cobb game used bat – MEARS A-8, PSA 7
• A rookie era Joe DiMaggio game used bat – MEARS A-8
• A 1961 Mickey Mantle bat – MEARS A-10
• A “Momen” Clemente rookie era game used bat – MEARS A-8, PSA 9
• A Mike Schmidt 2 home run game used bat – MEARS A-9, PSA 9.5

Baseball Cards and Sets
• A 1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb – PSA NM/MT 8
• A 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson – SGC 88 NM/MT 8
• A 1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson – SGC 70 EX+ 5.5
• A 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie – once owned by Jefferson Burdick – SGC 88 NM/MT 8
• An E-90-I Joe Jackson – PSA 4
• An 1903 E107 Breisch Williams Cy Young – SGC 40 VG 3
• A 1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb back – SGC 30 GD 2
• A T3 Turkey Red Cabinets PSA Graded complete set
• A Glendale Meats PSA Graded complete set
• A 1911 T217 PSA Graded complete set
• A 1914 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson – SGC 40 VG 3
• A 1915 Babe Ruth M101-5 Sporting News rookie #151 – PSA NM 7
• A 1948 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige rookie – GAI NM-MT 8
• A 1952 Topps #407 Eddie Mathews rookie – PSA NM-MT 8
• A 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie – PSA NM-MT 8
• A 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie – PSA MINT 9
• A 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #9 Ty Cobb – PSA EX 5
• An 1887 N28 Allen and Ginter PSA Graded complete set
• A 1936 World Wide Gum #51 Joe DiMaggio rookie – SGC 84 NM 7
• A 1934 Goudey set – Housed in Lionel Carter’s original scrapbooks
• A 1912 E270 Colgan’s Chip Joe Jackson – SGC 20 FAIR 1.5
• A 1914 Cracker Jack #99 Frank Chance – SGC 84 NM 7
• An 1896-97 Page Fence Giants Ad Card – SGC50 VG-EX 4
• A 1910 E99 PSA Graded complete set
• An 1871 Carte De Visite Chicago BBC – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
• A 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig rookie – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
• A 1910 E90-2 American Caramel Honus Wagner – PSA VG-EX 4
• An 1911 E100 PSA Graded complete set
• A PCL Exhibit set

Baseball Jerseys/Uniforms/Game Gear
• A 1969 Hank Aaron home game used jersey – MEARS A-10
• A Ted Williams uniform
• A 1969 Frank Robinson road jersey – MEARS A-10
• A Dutch Reuther 1927 Yankees World Series uniform

Baseball Memorabilia
• A complete 1952 Bowman set on uncut sheets
• A Ty Cobb tobacco tin
• A 1960 Topps Baseball wax box
• A 1934 Diamond Stars Manush original artwork
• A 1920’s silver baseball music box
• A 1910 Jay Meyers “Baseball Snap Shots” uncut box with four W555 cards
• A Circa 1910 Charles Comiskey Port White Sox pennant

Baseball Photographs
• Ty Cobb sliding photo by Charles Conlon
• A 1928 Yankees panorama
• A Boston Grounds panorama – featuring Boston and Washington

Baseball Autographs
• A Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig signed baseball
• A Babe Ruth single signed baseball
• A Lou Gehrig signed check
• Hank Aaron’s 1954 rookie contract
• A Christy Mathewson handwritten letter
• C. Williams & Ed Cicotte payroll checks
• A 1955 Hall of Fame induction baseball
• A Johnny Evers letter with 1908 Merkle content
• A Grover Cleveland Alexander 1944 handwritten letter
• A 1938 Walter Johnson holographic letter
• A 1938 Bid McPhee handwritten letter

Other football items include:

• A 1971/72 Dick Butkus game used helmet
• A 1937 Mayfair Candies complete set – #2 on the PSA Registry
• A 1955 Topps #16 All American Knute Rockne card – PSA GEM MT 10
• A 1940 College Football All-Star signed ball with Kinnick

Other basketball items:

• A mid 1970s “Pistol” Pete Maravich Jazz game used jersey
• A 1970 Topps #123 Pete Maravich – PSA 10 GEM MT
• A Gail Goodrich 1968/69 Phoenix Suns game worn home jersey

Other hockey items include:

• Henri Richard Montreal Canadians home jersey
• A 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice” collection.

Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions expects that bidding on a number of the
auction items will go well into the six-figure range. Allen also anticipates that the average selling price per lot will exceed $25,000, more than five times what an average top sports lot generates.

“This isn’t just an auction, it is a major sports event,” said Allen. “It’s unlikely we’ll see this much fresh, high caliber sports history offered together again any time in near future.”

Mastro Auctions is teaming up with avid sports memorabilia collector and cancer survivor, Jeff Rosenberg of Tri Star Productions, to raise money for LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Rosenberg will be donating some of his personal sports memorabilia for auction. The proceeds of this portion of the auction as well as 100% of the $100 Live Auction entrance fee will be donated to LIVESTRONG.

Rosenberg was diagnosed with testicular cancer on January 9, 2006. After
discovering the cancer had spread, Rosenberg was treated and given a very good

"There is nothing like surviving cancer to make you realize the most important
things in life are those closest to you and doing the things you love,” said Rosenberg.

Passionate about sports collecting most of his life, Rosenberg has embraced the
opportunity to raise funds through his beloved hobby to assist others battling cancer. “Collecting while contributing to a greater good,” said Rosenberg. “This is the kind of evening I live for.”

Prior to the auction on the evening of Friday, August 3, all items to be auctioned
will be on display at the Mastro Auctions booth at the National Sports Convention at Cleveland’s International Exposition Center. The Mastro Auctions Live Sports Auction will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland’s House of Blues located at 30 Euclid Avenue.