Huggins and Scott’s second Masterpiece Auction of 2015 opened for bidding Monday.
Headlined by “The Good Book” Find of the first-offered complete 1887 Four Base Hits John Clarkson, the auction includes hundreds of vintage stars, sets, lots and singles from the 19th century to the current era.
The Clarkson card was found in an old Bible by an elderly couple from Montgomery County, PA and has been authenticated and encapsulated with a grade of Fair 20 by SGC.
The auction also includes a near T206 White Border set of (511/524) cards, a group of ten 1889 Cape May Baseball Player Cabinet Cards; several high grade E105 Mello-Mint cards including John McGraw, multiple Mickey Mantle rookie cards and a 1961 Topps uncut baseball card sheet.
Huggins and Scott has brought a few of the rare 1980 Orange Charlotte Orioles Cal Ripken Jr. minor league cards to auction over the years and this auction includes a PSA 4 example of the elusive card, issued two years before the Hall of Famer appeared on Topps rookie card.
Game-worn and game-used items in the auction include an early 1980s Kareem Abdul Jabbar game used jersey (MEARS A-10); an early 1930s Buck Weaver game-used side written bat (PSA/DNA 9); a 2009 Derek Jeter game used/signed bat (PSA/DNA 9.5); a 1998-1999 Peyton Manning game used rookie Colts helmet; a mid-1990s Junior Seau game used and signed Chargers helmet; 2001 Darrell Green game used Washington Redskins jersey; a 1974 Dave McNally game used Orioles jersey and a 1980 Earl Weaver game used Orioles jersey with an interior cigarette pouch sewn in.
Autographed items include autographed baseballs from Babe Ruth and Ty Cob, a 1959 ball signed by Ty Cobb and Roberto Clemente, a grouping of serial numbered signature cards from Historic Autographs Originals: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mel Ott; and others.
The first-ever football card was issued in 1888, when the Goodwin Champions series included Yal’s Harry Beecher. Huggins and Scott will offer not one, not two, not ten, but 16 Beecher cards. Another football icon is the rare 1894 Mayo Cut Plug John Dunlop card and collectors will find one in the auction along with more modern pigskin material including a 1957 Topps Football unopened cello pack with Johnny Unitas RC showing on the front (PSA 7) and a collection of high-grade 1950 Bowman football cards with multiple PSA MINT 9s.
Basketball items include a scarce 1950 Scott’s Potato Chips George Mikan (PSA 4.5) and a rare Dr. James Naismith signed World War 1 photograph.
Historic items up for bid include an 1865 military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln just five weeks before his assassination; autographs from James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Lindbergh, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Michael Jackson and more; an unusually large number of high-grade and valuable comic books including 1960 Justice League of America #1 and a large number of unread comic lots from the 1970s and 1980s with numerous #1 issues.
To take a look at the auction or download the catalog, visit the Huggins and Scott website.