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Rare Vintage Cards, Ruth Autographs Among Highlights in Auction Opening Monday

Huggins and Scott’s third Masterpiece Auction of 2014 begins Monday with the bidding closing on Thursday night June 12 with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm eastern time.

The auction is headlined by multiple Babe Ruth autographs, an assortment of high-grade vintage publications and the second installment of the Robert Franklin collection including a 1956 Baltimore Orioles game-used road jersey.

1931 Doble Aguila #197 Concordia vs York Martin DihigoVintage card collectors will see an abundance of pre-and- post war rarities including Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig, Mathewson and other legendary stars; a number of graded and ungraded tobacco and candy cards offered as singles and in lots, and much more. Highlights include a rare Cuban 1931 Doble Aguila with Martin Dihigo (SGC 45) and several  T206’s including a Factory 42 Red Portrait Cobb.

1980 Charlotte O’s Police Orange Border Cal Ripken JrPost-War baseball cards up for grabs include singles, lots, complete and near sets from 1948-1973; Hall of Fame rookie cards including three different Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps and a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie card (PSA 7). Additional highlights include a couple of complete Esskay Meats Orioles boxes; a scarce 1980 Charlotte Orioles Orange Border Cal Ripken Minor League card found in a junk box at a North Carolina flea market; a 1990 Topps George Bush Glossy White House version (BGS 8.5) and more.

Babe Ruth autographed baseballH&S says it has “an unusually large number of autographed items” in the auction with multiple Babe Ruth signed items including baseballs and flats and others consigned by collectors from across the country.

Highlights include: 1927 and 1929 New York Yankees team-signed baseballs; single-signed balls from Ruth, Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris and a dual-signed Ty Cobb/Stan Musial ball.  Numerous autographed flats will be  offered including a 1944 Ruth NBC contract, a single-signed Ruth photograph, a Roberto Clemente signed 1967 Dexter Press premium, and others.

High grade publications dating back decades are up for grabs including programs from long ago World Series, All-Star Games, team yearbooks, programs from all four major sports and media guides.

Additional items include a very scarce original large-format 1924 World Series Game 7 photograph; several Don Wingfield original photos and a 1920’s John Beckwith Baltimore Black Sox Studio photo.

The final lot in the auction catalog should create a “humm” – it’s a low mileage 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible, painted with Yankee pinstripes and numbered #42/60 as a limited edition series tribute to Mariano Rivera, signed 6-times by the future Hall of Famer.

Pete Rose game used bat 1968 All-Star GameLook for a 1968 Pete Rose All-Star bat, game-used and signed shoes from LeBron James, John Wall, Gary Payton and more; a 1968 New York Yankees Jim Bouton jersey; a 2003 Jason Garrett game-used NY Giants jersey and even a game-used cleat from Colts’ legend Big Daddy Lipscomb.

Otto Graham’s 1955 Cleveland Brown’s final season contract, a group of highest and only graded 1950-51 Washington Capitols 7-Up Basketball cards and the usual array of lots, near sets and sets from dozens of popular vintage card issues from all four major sports.

To browse the auction or to download the catalog, visit www.hugginsandscott.com.

There is an “Internet Only” section of auction lots that are not found in the printed catalog.

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