Mastro Auctions rolls out the heavy lumber in its upcoming sale.
A group of Hall of Famer game-used bats including a Babe Ruth home run bat top the list of items to be sold in Mastro Auctions’ upcoming Premier catalog sale.
An array of high grade and rare baseball cards, game worn jerseys and rare football cards also highlight the always-anticipated full-color catalog.
“While all our Premier sales have an inherent quality of variety, this one goes a step further by adding an impressive vertical dimension in many areas,” said company president and chief operating officer Doug Allen. “Our clients are used to our well-rounded auctions, but this one is especially unique because it is so volume rich in many of the most popular items individuals collect.”
Bidding will begin on April 14 and conclude on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.
Specific highlights courtesy of the company’s public relations department include:
Game Used Bats
Historic Babe Ruth 1934 Game Used Bat Used to Hit His 702nd Home Run and Signed by Ruth, Gehrig and 16 Other Yankee Teammates.
Ruth launched this home run on July 22, 1934 in Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. The bat signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and 16 other New York Yankees was originally given to Albert V. Ott, an Equitable Life Insurance salesman with the New York Yankees at a pub in Chicago after the game.
Some eleven years following its acquisition, Ott awarded gave the bat (and along with it, an autographed ball from that same occasion) to his nephew, Jon Flamming, in South Dakota.
Headline news in Flamming’s rustic surroundings, the bat and its origins were documented in detail in the October 4, 1945 edition of the Tyndall Tribune and Register. The bat remained in family hands until 2002, when it was released into the hobby.
The 35”, 37 oz. bat was turned to the specifications of the “R43” model which Ruth had begun ordering in 1933. This bat’s attributes date it to 1934. The black ink pennings still resonate mostly in "4-6" strength. The scriptings include: Babe Ruth, Ben Chapman, Earle Combs, Frank Crosetti, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Chas Ruffing, Joe Sewell (coach), Russ Van Atta and Dixie Walker. Added shortly thereafter, the pennings of former Yankees Jimmy Burke (coach), Eddie Farrell and Herb Pennock appear—as does the signature of former National League hurler Cy Moore. The minimum bid is $25,000.
Lou Gehrig Game Used Bat: It has been described as one of the finest game used Gehrig bats in existence. Gehrig used this bat to wreak havoc on American League pitchers during the early portion of a remarkable run. The weighty, 36-1/2-ounce weapon measures 35-3/4 inches in length. The rich, brown patina is accented by a pronounced centerbrand and well-defined barrel stampings. The smooth surface is interrupted only by scattered cleat marks. Uncracked, the high-grade ash treasure shows phenomenal game use. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Rare 1920 Walter Johnson Side Written Game Used Bat – PSA 8
A prominent collector originally obtained this war club from the Hillerich & Bradsby vault in 1982. The fact that it is the only bat to have been used by Johnson that has been offered at public auction (there is one signature model known) puts it in a league of its own. The relic hails from the 1917-1921 labeling period and its side-writing pinpoints its use to the 1920 spring training session. At 34-3/4", 37-oz., this sizable weapon flaunts a deep brown, furniture-like patina with a pronounced, legible centerbrand and equally defined, block-letter (last name only) barrel stampings. Extending from the lower left of "dash-dot-dash" centerbrand to just beyond the barrel stamping, a grease pencil notation of "3-13-20 – 39 oz – Walter Johnson – 3-13-20" places the item directly in The Big Train’s hands. The side-writing is the equivalent of a request for the shipment of identical models from this one’s Kentucky birthplace. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Jimmie Foxx Bat: This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model batwielded by the appropriately nicknamed "Double X" during the latter portion of his remarkable career. Turned during the 1944-1945 labeling period, this 35", 35-1/2 oz. white ash weapon is "Ruthian" in its dimensions-especially so among post 1920s and 1930s examples. Minimum bid $5,000.
Roy Campanella Game Used Bat – PSA 6 Hillerich & Bradsby "G80" block-letter (last name only) bat brandished by Roy Campanella during his spectacular and abbreviated career. The offered weapon was turned during the 1950-1960 labeling period and can be narrowed to 1950-1957, as Campanella was paralyzed in an automobile wreck shortly after the latter season thus, robbing the 36-year-old—and Major League Baseball—of additional seasons of stellar play. Minimum bid $2,500.
1930s Rogers Hornsby Game Used Bat: Hornsby used this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat during the twilight of his storied career. Turned during the 1934-1944 labeling period, this particular white ash lumber can be narrowed to the first four seasons of that span. The item shows heavy use, with ball, bat-rack, cleat and surface marks throughout. Minimum bid $2,500.
Graded Single Cards and Sets
1912 E270 Colgan’s Chips Tin Top Joe Jackson – SGC 86 NM+ 7.5
During the brief period of this piece’s circulation, "Shoeless Joe" was among the most idolized and successful baseball players in the sport. This fabled rarity, measuring about 1-1/2" in diameter, devotes the entirety of its obverse to Jackson’s likeness, background, and caption. This is one of just two copies, in total, documented by major third-party grading services. This amazing collectible is from the Skydash Collection. The minimum bid is $10,000.
1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle – PSA GEM MT 10 "1 of 2"
Just one other example is confirmed at this level. Minimum bid $5,000.
1936 World Wide Gum #51 Joe DiMaggio Rookie – SGC 84 NM7
Produced in Canada for distribution solely in that country. Minimum bid $2,500.
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie – PSA EX 5
Minimum bid $2,500.
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie – PSA NM-MT 8
Minimum bid $2,500.
1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson – White Cap Proof Card – SGC “Authentic”
Minimum bid $2,500.
1923-24 "Billiken" Oscar Charleston – SGC 60 EX 5
This is a "1 of 1" at its tier with just two higher-graded copies extant. Distributed as insert pieces and sponsored by Billiken Cigars, the issue appeared in 1923. Minimum bid $2,500.
1953 Stahl Meyer PSA-Graded Complete Set – #1 on the PSA Set Registry
Stahl-Meyer baseball cards, the regionally confined, 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" collectibles picturing selected Giants, Dodgers and Yankees, are guaranteed to provoke nostalgia-fests among serious hobbyists. The set includes: PSA MINT 9: 4 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 3 cards; PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card. The minimum bid is $5,000.
1956 Topps PSA NM 7 Complete Master Set (354)
The offered 1956 Topps complete master set is clearly the product of a long series of very careful selections. Many cards have been meticulously hand-picked for centering and aesthetic eye-appeal. The set merits significant accolades for condition and preservation qualities throughout. Minimum bid $5,000.
1951 Bowman PSA NM-MT 8 Partial Set (169/252)
Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 169 cards. The cards’ aggregate SMR value is more than $17,000. Minimum bid $5,000.
1941 Play Ball Low Number PSA NM-MT 8 Collection (39 Different)
Minimum bid $2,500.
1951 Bowman PSA MINT 9 Collection (21)
Every card in this assembly has a population no higher than six; almost every card equals the highest grade level known with none graded higher. The cards’ combined SMR value exceeds $8,500. Minimum bid $2,500.
1951 Bowman Low Number PSA MINT 9 Collection (32)
Almost two-thirds of this assembly equals the highest grade level known with no like example graded higher. The cards’ combined SMR value exceeds $13,500. Minimum bid $2,500.
1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Complete Set (25) – #3 on the PSA Set Registry
This edition is the first of two card sets issued by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. beginning in 1909. The E95 series is considered one of the finest looking early candy/caramel issues. Includes PSA EX-MT 6: 7 cards; PSA EX 5: 12 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 4 cards; PSA VG 3: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1948 Leaf SGC-Graded Complete Master Set (101)
Set is replete with 49 difficult single-prints, comprising half the basic 98-card set. This presentation also offers all three of the cataloged variation cards (#102 Gene Hermanski/"Hermansk" #136 Alberson short sleeve and #142 Peterson/Red Cap) for "master set" status. Includes: SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 1 card; SGC 84 NM 7: 18 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 17 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 21 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 14 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 18 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 4 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 4 cards; SGC Authentic: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1921 E253 Oxford Confectionery PSA-Graded Complete Set (20)
Judging by the lack of surviving examples, and no known redemption offer of any type, these cards probably saw very limited distribution.Includes PSA NM-MT 8: 2 cards; PSA NM 7: 4 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 5 cards; PSA EX 5: 3 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 4 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card; PSA GD 2: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1910 D322 Tip Top Bread Pittsburgh Pirates SGC-Graded Near Set (24/25)
Tip Top Bakery has long been a franchised operation. On three separate occasions during the 20th Century, the company promoted itself with baseball "card" productions. Presented is a 24-card near set of that earliest effort, which became available in western Pennsylvania in 1910 and specifically celebrated the World Champions Pittsburgh Pirates. The method of distribution for the issue is uncertain. Includes: Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 1 card; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 11 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 4 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 5 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1911 T9 Turkey Red Boxers Complete Set (26) – #6 on the PSA Set Registry
Includes: Graded PSA EX 5: 15 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 6 cards; PSA GD 2: 2 cards; and PSA PR-FR 1: 3 cards. Minimum bid $1,000.
Partially Graded or Ungraded Single Cards and Sets
1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (518/524)
The 1909-11 T206 White Border tobacco insert series is undoubtedly the most immediately recognizable and widely collected issue in our industry. Included in this assembly are the great names of Cobb, Johnson, Young, Lajoie, and a significant number of their contemporaries. In total, 129 cards have been graded by SGC. Minimum bid $5,000.
1911 T205 Gold Border Near Master Set (219/220)
In total, 104 cards have been graded by a third party service. Includes: PSA EX 5: 5 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 1 card; PSA VG-EX 4: 34 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 4 cards; PSA VG 3: 22 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 10 cards; GAI G-VG 2.5: 1 card; PSA GD 2: 12 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 4 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 6 cards; GAI FR 1.5: 1 card; PSA PR-FR 1: 2 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1949-1951 Bowman Complete Sets (3)
In total, 36 Hall of Famers, stars, "key" rookie cards, and some higher grade commons have been graded by SGC. Includes: 1949 Bowman (240) – Complete set of 240 cards; 1950 Bowman (252) – Complete set of 252 cards; 1951 Bowman (324) – Complete set of 324 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1922 E120 American Caramel Complete Set (240)
This 240-card project of all Major League players was one of the first sets produced utilizing two distinct motifs depending on the league. Sepia-tone cards portray American League players while a greenish-blue hue was reserved for National League representatives. In total, 32 cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 1 card; SGC 60 EX 5: 6 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 6 cards: SGC 40 VG 3: 13 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 3 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 2 cards; SGC Authentic: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1909-11 T206 White Border Partial Set (440/521)
From the Skydash Collection. The three-year T206 White Border production is without a doubt the building block of most, if not all, vintage card collections. This is the first time the following group is being offered at public auction. In total, 97 cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 2 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 20 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 41 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 29 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 5 cards. The minimum bid is $2,500.
1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders Complete Set (132)
This popular tobacco issue is one of the most ingenious sets ever produced. The set boasts an abundance of Hall of Famers, including multiple cards of Cobb, Mathewson, Johnson, Speaker and others. In total, 87 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card; PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 11 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 6 cards; PSA EX 5: 32 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 20 cards; PSA VG 3: 2 cards; PSA FR 1.5: 1 card; PSA PR 1: 4 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
GAME USED JERSEYS AND EQUIPMENT
Mickey Mantle’s 1958 New York Yankees Road Jersey
The gray flannel button-down garment features "NEW YORK" arched across the chest in blue felt characters—completely original in their block-style arrangement. Within the collar, a felt strip tag reads: "Mantle – 1958," which is embroidered in blue cursive. The tapered left front tail features a "Wilson" size "42" manufacturer’s label. The latter identifier bears a handwritten (black marker) notation of "59." This is undoubtedly an indication that the jersey was subsequently worn at the minor league level. On the back, the outline of Mantle’s famed number "7" is very clear, filled right down to the serifed borders with the bluish tint from the since-removed felt. Sewn atop the aforementioned remnants, "57" appears in blue felt, with the latter number a different style than the jersey’s original "7." The jersey shows evidence of heavy wear. Minimum bid $25,000.
Earl Averill Early to Mid 1930s Cleveland Indians Jersey
The Hall of Famer wore this Cleveland Indians road jersey during the 1937 season. Having not debuted until the age of 27, Averill was 35 as he performed in this flannel/wool blend button-down garment. Averill’s ’37 jersey features a blue pinstripe pattern and blue-and-white-striped piping along the neck line and button path. In black felt characters, "CLEVELAND" is arched across the chest, while Averill’s since-retired number "3" is sewn to the back. Heavy wear is evident. Minimum bid $2,500.
Fred Toney Late 1910s – Early 1920s New York Giants Game Worn Ensemble Including Jersey
This gray flannel button-down garment features an embroidered "NY" on the left sleeve. Within the collar, a vintage "A.G. SPALDING" manufacturer’s label is sewn just below a chain-stitched cursive notation of "Toney." The latter feature suggests use by former pitcher Fred Toney, who was not to debut (with the Chicago Cubs) until the year following the completion of this style’s run. Recalled almost exclusively as one of the principals in baseball’s only "double no-hit" game, Toney may have reported to the Giants spring camp during this era and simply never made the opening day roster. Original and unaltered, the jersey shows medium wear. Minimum bid $2,500.
Reggie Jackson 1968 Oakland Athletics Game Worn Uniform
This Oakland A’s home jersey was worn by Jackson during the team’s inaugural campaign in the Bay Area. Like Jackson, this gold-colored flannel button-down vest is truly "one of a kind," as its particular design was used in 1968 only. Arched across the chest green-on-white, "OAKLAND" is stitched in upper case characters. On the back, the Hall of Famer’s since-retired number "9" is sewn in green-on-white double twill. Completely original and unaltered, this prized apparel shows medium wear. Minimum bid $2,500.
Babe Ruth Single Signed Ball – PSA/DNA NM+ 7.5 The unmarked ball hails from the 1940s and carries a muted effect in its manufacturer’s stampings. Minimum bid $10,000.
Mint Condition Babe Ruth Single Signed Ball The "star" beneath President Harridge’s facsimile signature—and with it, Ruth’s signature—dates the ball to sometime between opening day of 1946 and August 16, 1948. It was during the former year that Ruth complained of severe pain above his left eye. The source of this discomfort was a malignant tumor on the left side of his neck—a growth that almost completely encircled his artery. His cancer well advanced, Ruth could only endure radiation treatments and occasional remission—but by and large, he dealt with a horribly painful bout during which his once-massive frame was reduced to a mere shell. Once his days became numbered, Ruth was the recipient of hundreds of letters daily. Most contained autograph requests, prompting Ruth to gesture for "My cards"—a stack of picture postcards that he signed, usually 100 at a time. That compliant and giving spirit is evidenced on the offered ball. Minimum bid $10,000.
Roberto Clemente Single Signed Ball
Clemente "singles" of this quality are quite desirable and rarely offered. Clemente passed away in 1972 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Minimum bid $1,000.
1929 Jimmy Foxx’s First World Series Home Run Ball
Here is a chance to own a one-of-a-kind October and Cooperstown relic: the actual ball hit by Foxx for his first World Series home run, autographed by 20 members of the World Series champions. This OAL (Barnard) example features black ink signatures that project "7-9" overall strength (with a few lesser). The pennings include: Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Connie Mack (Mgr), and Al Simmons, Minimum bid $1,000.
Ruth, Gehrig, W. Johnson and Cronin Signed Ball
The unusual quartet of black ink, fountain tip pennings includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, and Walter Johnson. The medium hails from the early portion of Harridge’s presidency, most likely, from 1932. Ruth has assumed occupancy of the sweet spot, where his trademark sizable scripting projects "9" strength. Ever the co-star, Lou Gehrig has signed an adjacent panel, his signature showing "8" strength. Walter Johnson and Joe Cronin signed on opposite panels. Executed just above Harridge’s facsimile signature, Cronin’s autograph shows "7-8" quality. Johnson’s penmanship warrants a "3" assessment. Minimum bid $1,000.
1918 Cincinnati Reds Team Signed Ball with Mathewson
In 1918, Cincinnati Reds skipper Christy Mathewson enlisted in the U.S. Army—with 10 games remaining in a season that was abbreviated by order of the government. Stationed in France with the Chemical Service unit, the Hall of Fame pitcher was accidentally gassed during a training exercise, causing him to contract tuberculosis that was to fell him less than seven years later. Here offered is an ONL (Heydler) ball signed by Mathewson and his Reds charges during that 1918 campaign—Matty’s last as a big league pilot. Executed in black ink, 18 steel tip fountain pen signatures average about "4-6" strength. Includes: Haines ("5-6"), Mathewson (Mgr, "5-6"), and Roush ("3-4"). Minimum bid $1,000.
1930s Multi Signed Official NL Ball with Johnson, Ruth, Cobb and Numerous Others
Includes: Ty Cobb (sweet spot, ("5-6"), Frankie Frisch, Bucky Harris ("9"), Travis Jackson ("3"), Hugh Jennings, George Kelly ("5-6"), Walter Johnson ("8"), Babe Ruth ("9"), Bill Terry, Hack Wilson, and Ross Youngs. Minimum bid $1,000.
George Burke Significant Negative Collection
3,721 different original negatives. Taken by either noted photographer George Burke or his partner George Brace, numerous vivid depictions of baseball’s greatest names are contained within this significant archive. These pieces are well-preserved, and each moment captured on these primarily 5" x 7" items (54 images measure 3-1/2" x 4-3/4") can be transferred onto modern photographic paper. Within the array of film images that picture one or more superstars (a very small percentage of items feature multiple players), are 81 different Cooperstown inductees. Includes: Chief Bender, Kiki Cuyler (9), Dizzy Dean (7), Joe DiMaggio (5), Leo Durocher (7), Johnny Evers, Jimmie Foxx (20), Lou Gehrig (5), Rogers Hornsby (7), Walter Johnson (3), Connie Mack (2), Rabbit Marranville (4), Stan Musial, Mel Ott (6), Pee Wee Reese, Sam Rice (2), Babe Ruth (7), Casey Stengel (4), Pie Traynor (4), Honus Wagner, Lloyd Waner (8), Paul Waner (8), and Ted Williams (4). Minimum bid $5,000.
1910s-1980s Hall of Famers Photographs Collection (712) Including Clemente, DiMaggio and Ott
712 photos—with virtually no duplication—covers individuals and groups, close-ups and full-length depictions of nearly 100 different Cooperstown enshrinees, the vast majority of whom were captured during their playing career. Many of the (mostly) first-generation news service photographs (only a small number are second generation or photographers shots) were made famous through books, national periodicals, and publications such as The Sporting News. The Hall of Famers captured include Aaron (2), Clemente (2), Cuyler (2), Dean (17), DiMaggio (3), Durocher (10), Foxx (4), Greenberg (29), Hornsby (9), Koufax (20), Lajoie (3), Landis (5), Lazzeri (3), Ott (7), Paige (12), Veeck (15), L. Waner (4), and P. Waner (5), Minimum bid $5,000.
1920s-1940s Original George Burke 4" x 6" Photographic Archive (2,500+) Including More Than 180 Hall of Famer Images
This is the largest and finest George Burke/George Brace photo collection ever presented at auction. It is a thoroughly engrossing gathering of more than 2,500 pictures produced by the Windy City outfit. As the official photographers for the Chicago Cubs, the tandem quickly became renowned for their candid pre-game photos and thought-provoking portrait depictions. These are mainly first-generation, 4" x 6" photos.
Showcased within this collection are a number of single-subject, multi-subject, and team shots made iconic by various card sets and publications such as Who’s Who in the Major Leagues, The Sporting News, and Baseball Digest. Among the ballplayers pictured—many of whom appear multiple times in differing poses—are Earl Averill, Jim Bottomley, Earle Combs, Kiki Cuyler, Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Red Faber, Bob Feller, Rick Ferrell, Jimmie Foxx, Frank Frisch, Lou Gehrig, Chas. Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg, Burleigh Grimes, Chick Haffey, Jesse Haines, Gabby Hartnett, Bill Herman, Rogers Hornsby, Waite Hoyt, Travis Jackson, Walter Johnson, George Kelley, Chuck Klein, Freddie Lindstrom, Ernie Lombardi, Al Lopez, Heinie Manush, Rabbit Maranville, Joe McCarthy, Bill McKechnie, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Hal Newhouser, Mel Ott, Edd Roush, Red Ruffing, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Casey Stengel, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner and Hack Wilson. Minimum bid $5,000.
OTHER BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHS
1931 Josh Gibson Twice-Signed Harrison Studios Photo Postcard – PSA “Authentic”
The foremost authorities of Negro League history unanimously agree that its mightiest slugger was Josh Gibson. The prodigious output of his home run performances (said to be as many as 800 in his 16-year career) is the stuff of legend. Much like his very sudden home runs, Josh Gibson didn’t slowly graduate into a career of professional baseball. Ultimately, he served the Homestead Grays for the majority of his career, but did so by way of three separate tenures. It was during the first of these (1930-33) that his image was recorded for this photo postcard. This is the only card known of Gibson shown alone during his playing days. Incredibly, there appears his autograph on the reverse as well. This one is personalized "To my pal Joe Lewis From Joshua Gibson." Minimum bid $5,000.
Rare 1930s Jud Wilson Signed Photo Postcard – PSA “Authentic”
The only known card of Wilson. A third baseman by trade, Wilson plied his career chiefly with the Baltimore Black Sox and the Philadelphia Stars. In two separate tenures, however, he contracted with the Homestead Grays (1931-32, and again toward his autumn years). And it was during the former period, it is thought, that his image was conveyed in this postcard. Wilson signed this postcard in its broad lower border. Penned simply "J. Wilson." Minimum bid $2,500.
Babe Ruth Autographed Bat
The offered bat was turned during the 1933-1934 labeling period to "imitation" specifications, but its retail status is quickly disregarded when beholding the bold and distinct signature of Ruth, himself. This white ash weapon was meant for use by a player not quite up to Ruth’s everyday strength, as its 32-oz weight is decidedly less than that of the models to which Ruth was accustomed. Bad includes high quality Ruth autograph. Minimum bid $1,500.
1901 Pittsburgh Pirates Oversized Team Photo Signed by Harry Pulliam
An original team photograph of the pennant-winning Pirates of 1901 including Harry Pulliam. This studio-orchestrated assembly was posed very late in the season (most likely shortly after Pittsburgh clinched the circuit’s title). Featured are: Jack Chesbro, Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Signings penned by Harry Pulliam are rare. Minimum bid $1,000.
BASEBALL TROPHIES AND AWARDS
Luis Aparicio’s 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series Champion Ring
Following Chicago’s 2005 World Series victory, ex-Sox shortstop and Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio—who starred for the ballclub from 1956-1962, and again from 1968-1970—was awarded this World Series ring. Minimum bid $5,000.
1996 World Champion New York Yankees World Series Ring
Minimum bid $2,500.
1998 World Champion New York Yankees World Series Ring (Executive)
This Yankees World Series ring was awarded to team executive Eddie Robinson following the Bombers’ 1998 Fall Classic triumph. Minimum bid $2,500.
RARE FOOTBALL CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
1894 N302 Mayo Cut Plug Football PSA-Graded Complete Set (35) – #1 Set on the Registry the Last 4 Years
The excruciatingly scarce N302 Mayo 19th Century sepia-photo football cards are the true foundation pieces of that sport’s collecting hobby. The 1-5/8" x 2-7/8", black-bordered tobacco inserts feature an array of the era’s outstanding Ivy League players, and the issue was the first ever made to showcase exclusively gridiron subjects. This is without question one of the most significant football card offerings to emerge in recent memory. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Water Color Artwork of Notre Dame’s "Touchdown Jesus"
Minimum bid $2,500.
1955 Through 1976 Topps Complete Set Run (23 Different) mid to high-grade assembly encompasses just over two decades of Topps issues. Showcasing this collection are the rookie appearances of the grid-iron greats; Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Paul Hornung, Jim Brown, Mike Ditka, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Namath, O.J. Simpson, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Walter Payton. 150 cards have been graded by PSA. Minimum bid $1,500.
Tiger Woods Signed 2006 Masters Tournament Final Round Worn Nike Polo
Tiger’s iconic shirt from that fateful Sunday, April 9, 2006, displays the white Nike "swoosh" on the left chest, and stitched on the back, just below the collar, is the integrated "TW" emblem that designates Woods’ own brand of links regalia. Tiger graced the front of the piece with a carefully executed, black Sharpie signature, "Tiger Woods" (perfect "10"). Woods himself acknowledged the singularity of the item by adding "1/1" to note that this shirt is the only such example of its kind. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Phenomenal Tiger Woods Signed Buick Match Used Golf Bag
Two of Tiger Woods’ closest relationships in the world of golf began in 1999, when the budding superstar was enjoying his fourth season on the PGA Tour. First came his caddy and confidant Steve Williams. Next, his ubiquitous sponsor Buick. In the past nearly ten years, both of those relationships have endured and expanded. All the while, Tiger’s Buick golf bag on Williams’ shoulders has become part of Tiger Woods’ Identity. Presented here is one of those very golf bags, produced and match-issued for Tiger Woods himself. The black-marker autograph measures 5" wide by 6" tall (!) and rating no less than "10" in strength. Minimum bid $5,000.
Jack Nicklaus’ Twice-Signed, Tournament Used MacGregor Golf Bag
Following the 1988 Ronald McDonald House charity event held at the Brookridge Country Club in Overland Park, Kansas, Nicklaus contributed this item, which was one of three tournament-used bags donated for the major event (the other two were bags used by Lee Trevino and Ray Floyd). The green-and-white bag displays "Jack Nicklaus" embossed on the front in white lettering, and the sides exhibit "MacGregor" in green characters. Nicklaus added a pair of signatures to the sides of the bag. The neatly penned, black marker inscriptions project "9" strength. Minimum bid $900.
VINTAGE BASKETBALL CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
1969/70 Topps Complete Set (99 Cards) Full Uncut Sheet – One of Only Two Known Examples
Just one surviving counterpart of this item has been confirmed to exist. The sheet’s content, presented in a 9-card-by-11-card arrangement, includes the rookie card of Lew Alcindor, as well as collectibles of Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and other stars. Minimum bid $2,500.
Connie Hawkins 1967-68 Pittsburgh Pipers ABA Warm-Up Jacket
Making his mark in the inaugural season (1967-68) of the upstart ABA, Hawkins poured in a league-best 26.8 points per game and earned MVP laurels as he led the Pittsburgh Pipers to the championship. Offered is a Pittsburgh Pipers warm-up jacket worn by the 6-foot-8 forward/center during that auspicious showing. This white fleece (snap) button-down garment features a 14"-diameter ABA logo patch on the back, with "ALL LEAGUE" and "1967 1968" flanking the badge-style logo in white characters. Atop that feature, a blue name plate is home to "HAWKINS." Moderate wear is evident. Minimum bid $1,500.
Extremely Scarce 1970/71 Topps Full Uncut Sheet (99 Cards) Including Three Pete Maravich Rookie Cards – The Only Known Example This is the only sheet of its kind that’s been confirmed to exist in fully intact form. The attention-grabbing survivor measures 28” x 43”, and its content are spectacular! Three Pete Maravich rookie cards are present, plus collectibles of West (3), Frazier (3), Robertson AS (3), Baylor AS (3), Havlicek AS (3) and Cunningham (3). Minimum bid $1,500.
GAME WORN HOCKEY JERSEYS
Wayne Gretzky Early 1980s Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Home Uniform
Includes: Jersey – a blue-mesh, pullover garment with team logo patch sewn to the front center. On a white, satin-like backing, "OILERS" is embroidered in blue. In orange-on-white double satin twill, the legend’s since-retired (league-wide) number "99" decorates the back and three-quarter length sleeves. On a name plate atop the number on the back, "GRETZKY" is chain stitched in white characters. The jersey exhibits solid wear. Pants – tailored from blue nylon, the leg wear features multiple pads sewn within the thighs and throughout the waistline. The pants exhibit expected wear, as well, with war-induced scuff marks throughout. Minimum bid $2,500.
Mark Messier 1984/85 Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Road Jersey
Minimum bid $1,500.
1991 NHL All-Star Steve Yerzman ‘s Signed Game Worn Western Conference Jersey
Minimum bid $1,000.
VINTAGE BOXING CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
Extensive 1920s Thru 1950s Boxing Exhibit Card Collection (685)
This amazing hoard is among the largest and most comprehensive collection of 1920’s-50’s boxing exhibit cards that Mastro Auctions has ever offered. Almost every card is different. Totals include: 1921 (47), 1922 (16), 1923 (36), 1925 (45), 1926 (18), 1927 (46), 1928 various colors (142), 1920’s-30’s anonymous (141) and 1940’s-50’s (192). Some of the champions include: James Corbett, Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries (2), Stanley Ketchel, John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey (15), Jess Willard (4), Gene Tunney (11), Georges Carpentier (5), Max Schmeling (7), Rocky Marciano (2 – one is graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6), Ray Robinson (4 – one is graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6), Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston (2), Joe Louis, Floyd Patterson (3) and many, many other champions from all weight classes. Minimum bid $1,500.
1890 N310 Mayo’s Cut Plug Boxers SGC-Graded Matched "Type A/Name At Top" Complete Set (35) – #1 on the SGC Set Registry
35-card complete set of one of the earliest and most significant 19th Century tobacco insert card series dedicated to the sport of boxing. Its members include such prizefighting champions as John L. Sullivan, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jake Kilrain and Jas. J. Corbett, as well as some of the earliest portrayals of African-American athletes, all depicted in flattering "fists-up" or portrait poses in a pleasing, sepia-photo medium. Includes: SGC 60 EX 5: 1 card; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 7 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 10 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 10 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 3 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 3 cards; SGC Authentic: 1 card. A key fact about the offered set is that these 35 cards constitute a "matched set" of the issue’s challenging Type A variety—wherein the name of each fighter appears at the top of the obverse illustration. Minimum bid $1,000.
MEMORABILIA FROM OTHER SPORTS
1887 N184 Kimball "Champions of Games and Sports" SGC-Graded Complete Set (50) – Matched Set of Rare "Without Ad" Varieties
To remain competitive with Goodwin’s and Allen & Ginter’s popular Champions series (N162 and N28, respectively), Kimball introduced their own series of "Champions of Games and Sports," which showcased 50 stars of various athletic fields including four representatives from America’s newest pastime—baseball. Includes: Graded SGC 84 NM 7: 2 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 1 card; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 12 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 9 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 15 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 4 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 3 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 1 card; SGC Authentic: 1 card. Minimum bid $1,500.