Game-used bats originating from the two most influential players of the 20th century were magnets for big spending collectors in Mastro Auctions’ Premier sports memorabilia sale.
A bat used by Babe Ruth during the 1932 "called shot" season, originating from former Yankee Stadium groundskeeper Isador DeAngelis, was sold for $89,639 in the catalog sale. Bidding closed early Friday morning for the item, sold in the first of back-to-back sessions by the Chicago-based auction company.
Historic bats from Hall of Famers highlighted the event which required two large catalogs. A Jackie Robinson game-used bat, dating from his MVP season of 1949, finished as a strong runner-up to the Babe, with a winning bid of $82,356. That bested a Ty Cobb gamer dating from 1917-21 which sold for a very respectable $45,960 and a 1923-31 Lou Gehrig which was hammered down at $41,781.
Other game-used equipment included a 1960s Bill Russell game-used jersey, which brought $47,163 and a 1960s Johnny Unitas autographed gamer which rose to $36,100.
A rare set of 1894 Mayo’s Cut Plug football sold for $76,279, highlighting a group of sports cards and sets that included a near set of T206 that sold for $62,753, two complete sets of T205, which went for a combined total of nearly $105,000 and an E90 American Caramel set of 120 cards which took a high bid of $54,207.
Among the premier individual vintage cards in the sale were a 1934 Goudey Hank Greenberg graded PSA 10 ($65,891), 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, PSA 8 ($55,739) a 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie PSA 8 ($45,960) and a T206 Walter Johnson graded PSA 9 ($37,023).
Two vintage basketball sets drew interest. A 1961-62 Fleer set, ranked number 3 on the PSA set registry, went for $54,207 while a 1957-58 Topps set, rated #2, went for $36,100. Even a modern basketball set took major cash to land. A 1969-70 Topps set, ranked third on the PSA registry, sold for $33,657. Among the single cards offered was a 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie in high grade, which brought $30,597.
A large quantity of unopened material was available including a group of 96 1975 Topps rack packs ($19, 704).
Two important baseballs drew serious interest. A Cap Anson single-signed ball sold for $61,187 while a Frank Chance signature adorning another vintage ball went for $32,818.
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