The auction, conducted at the Crown Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA, included over 800 lots, some of them consigned by the family of the late Washington Senators’ icon.
A game-used Joe DiMaggio bat dating from the tail end of the Yankee Clipper’s career topped bidding at $35,650 including the 15% buyer’s premium. The bat was given to Vernon by DiMaggio and later autographed.
A signed baseball, personalized to Vernon from John F. Kennedy during one of the late president’s appearances at Opening Day in Washington, sold for $26,450. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at the Senators’ opener from 1961-63.
A collection of 1911 T5 Pinkerton cabinet cards drew intense bidding from well-financed collectors of rare vintage baseball cards. The lots included several Hall of Famers in generally solid condition for their age. Tops among the group was a Joe Jackson, graded SGC 40. One of just a few known examples, the card sold for $29,900 including the buyer’s premium.
Other Pinkerton cards sold included a Honus Wagner (SGC 50) that brought $11,500, a Nap Lajoie (SGC 80–$10,018), an Addie Joss (SGC 84–$9200) and a Cy Young (SGC 40–$8050).
Autographed memorabilia was a standout in the auction. A Babe Ruth single-signed ball in excellent condition and dating from the 1930s, brought $21,850, a 1930s photo signed by Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott and bill Terry went for $20,700 and a high-grade baseball signed by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris vaulted to $15,306.
Among the game-used jerseys offered were a 1958 Lou Burdette Milwaukee Braves road model that sold for $12,650 and a 1980s Mike Schmidt game-worn road jersey originating from a team auction brought $9200.
Other sales included:
- 2001 New York Yankees ALCS championship ring $20,700
- Eddie Collins signed photo & correspondence $13,225
- Ty Cobb autographed photo $12,650
- 1887 Kalamzaoo Bats Mike Dorgan (SGC 50) $12,075
- Page Fence Giants cabinet photo $10,925
- 1930 Yankees signed ball with Ruth, Gehrig $9200
- 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 3 $9045