He won’t show up in the Baseball Encyclopedia but that doesn’t mean an auction house known primarily for sports memorabilia will shy away from anything relating to Abraham Lincoln. Huggins and Scott’s third Masterpiece Auction of 2012 begins on Monday May 28 with a piece of American history stealing the headline thunder. It’s an 1862 autograph book featuring signatures of Lincoln, virtually every member of his cabinet and 200+ members of the 37th Congress. Huggins and Scott describes the book as “absolutely incredible”.
Found in remarkable condition, with the book signed almost in order of importance to the country at the time, Lincoln appears on the first page, followed by his Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin and subsequent pages featuring: William Seward, Salmon Chase, Edward Bates, Simon Cameron, Gideon Welles, Caleb Smith and Andrew Johnson among others.
The rest of the auction includes the company’s usual wide variety, with lots designed to appeal to collectors at every level.
Sports card collectors will enjoy an abundance of 19th and 20th century rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including a collection of N173 Old Judge Cabinet cards (PSA 3-4); an uncatalogued, previously unknown “J=K Frank Baker” Type card; a high-grade 1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth (GAI 7.5); the highest graded 1939 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio (SGC 96); a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card (BVG 4); a pair of very tough 1952 Royal Desert hockey cards; and a collection of modern insert cards with numerous autographed 1 of 1’s, relic cards and other “shiny” cards for the new-card collector and investor. As always, there will be a plethora of complete and near sets from 1948-present, along with numerous “shoebox” collections–all found in the pages of its full color catalog set to hit mailboxes this week.
Other highlights in the auction include a major selection of game-used items with Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton’s 1983 World Series Phillies jerseys; a game-used bat from the Class A minor league career of Alex Rodriguez; Richie Allen (1976 Bi-Centennial); Johnny Bench; Hanley Ramirez; Evan Longoria; Barry Bonds; Miguel Cabrera; Matt Wieters; Ryan Zimmerman and many more. Game-used warm-up jackets include a 1950s New York Yankees, 1952 St. Louis Browns, 1970s Walt Alston (Dodgers), 1976 Cito Gaston (Braves) and a 1980s Dennis Eckersley (Athletics).
Hockey collectors will find a Gordie Howe 1965-66 game-used and Red Wings team-signed stick; a 1968-69 Pete Mahovlich game-used and Red Wings team-signed stick; and a Ron Francis 1990 game-used and Penguins team-signed stick.
If you’re looking for something unique, how about a one-of-a-kind custom-made bracelet featuring 17 press-pins from the World Series and All Star games from 1952-1957; a scarce 1906 World Series game-program (Cubs vs White Sox); tickets from the Major League debut’s of Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Don Drysdale; full tickets from Buckner’s error game, Jeter’s 3000th hit and more.
As with all of Huggins and Scott Auctions, there will be a large number of autographed lots including baseballs, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country. Highlights include: a high-grade 1928 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig dual-signed baseball; a Roberto Clemente signed 1963 Topps card; a 1951 original photograph signed by Mantle, Williams and DiMaggio; a 1987 Mike Schmidt signed and inscribed record-breaking game-used homerun baseball; a 1972 Roberto Clemente signed personal check; and a unique 1946 World Series scorebook signed by Speaker, Foxx, Cochrane and Dean; and many other historic pieces.
Along with the Lincoln autograph book, Huggins and Scott will offer other Americana including a 1975 Elvis Presley signed personal check; a single page with hand-written lyrics signed by Michael Jackson to his hit song, “Billie Jean”; a 1934 $500 bill; a collection of high-grade coins and bullion including a MS-70 $20 Gold Double Eagle coin and a 1904 Teddy Roosevelt signed cabinet photo (as President).
Bidding will be available until Thursday night June 7 with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm eastern time.
For a complete preview of the auction or to download the catalog, please visit the website: www.hugginsandscott.com