Huggins and Scott’s fourth Masterpiece Auction of 2012 begins on Monday July 30 at noon eastern time. Bidding will be available until Thursday night August 9th with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm eastern time.
Many of the pieces listed below will be available for viewing at the H&S booth #325P at the National Convention in Baltimore, MD from August 1-5. The company’s offices are located only 45 minutes from the Baltimore Convention Center and if you would like to come preview any lot in the auction, their offices are open for appointments to view as many items as you would like.
As usual, you’ll find a huge variety of items aimed at virtually every level of collector but there are several highlight pieces in this auction. Lot number one is the earliest known Edson Pele game-worn and signed Santos FC jersey ever publicly offered. The jersey dates to a specific 12-month period from August 1962 to August 1963, when Pele was just 21-22 years old. The jersey was exchanged with an opponent named Luis Catharina when they opposed each other in a club match in Brazil, just after he led Brazil to it’s second World Cup Championship.
Card collectors will pick from an abundance of 19th and 20th century rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including an extremely tough N566 Newsboy Cabinet of John Ward (Arms Folded) SGC 50; a 1907 Ty Cobb Rookie Wolverine Postcard SGC 60 (highest graded); the largest collection of high grade and low pop T206 cards the company has ever offered. Several highest graded Southern Leaguers and high grade Hall of Famers are on the block including a SGC 84 Christy Mathewson (Portrait); an E92 Dockman and Sons Honus Wagner PSA 6 and many, many more. The collection of 1950s material is tremendous, with a 1952 Topps Mantle SGC 60, 1951 Bowman Mantle PSA 6, 5 and 4, 1952 Topps Andy Pafko #1 PSA 7 and an incredible number of PSA and SGC graded 1952 Topps cards ranging from NM 7 to Mint 9; the only graded example of a 1958 Hires Root Beer Test card of Jim Busby and two different 1990 Topps George Bush cards (of only 100 total made).
The recent Black Swamp Find of E98 cards has brought the set to the forefront and Huggins and Scott will feature a near complete set of this 1910 issue in the auction. The set is missing only one of the 30 cards.
There are several Master and Near Master sets from the 1950s with many key cards graded; the #6 and #9 registered complete sets on the PSA registry for 1962 and 1965 Topps Football, respectively; along with numerous “shoebox” collections (always a crowd favorite).
With the National in Baltimore, it’s appropriate that among the game-worn items in the sale is a 1970 Brooks Robinson signed Orioles home jersey (and a matching game-used cap). Yankee fans will gaze on a 1950 Tommy Henrich game jersey and pants, Cubs fans will see a 1963 Cuno Barragan flannel (graded MEARS A-10) and there will be an Al Corwin 1954 World Series bat and 1955 game-used road New York Giants jersey and pants.
Various years, styles and teams of game-used warm-up jackets up for bid include a 1940s New York Yankees Frankie Crosetti, 1971-74 Bob Forsch Houston Astros Shooting Stars, and a 1979 Lenny Randle New York Yankees.
There’s intrigue behind a silver cigarette case that is inscribed “To My Best Friend Lou – Yours Babe Ruth (possibly to Lou Gehrig). Bidders will also see one of the finest 1962 Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris Stellar Radios in the original box; a possibly unique Gibbs-Conner Philadelphia A’s Bank that is dated and has no hat; a tremendous 1906 Type 1 Chicago White Sox George Lawrence oversized photograph (only one of six known); a collection of game programs and tickets, including Mickey Mantle’s 1951 Major League debut ticket stub; Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit ticket stub and several World Series tickets from 1913-1986 and many more.
Moving to the gridiron, there is a 1954-1960 Jim Mutscheller game used Baltimore Colts helmet and a 1950s Championship Era Colts Sideline Cape.
There is a large number of autographed lots including baseballs, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country. Highlights include: a 1927 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig dual-signed baseball where they appear on the same panel; a 2010 Historic Autographs (1 of 1) Dual Autograph card of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris; a pair of Babe Ruth signed photographs; several team-signed baseballs from the 1920s-present day; possibly the very last check ever written to Cal Ripken Jr. from the Rochester Red Wings; and a pair of vintage boxing gloves signed twice by Rocky Marciano and other early boxing greats.
If political or Americana collecting is your hobby, this auction features a number of very early American historical autographs including Jeb Stuart, Ulysses Grant, Jefferson Davis, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison (PSA 10), Harry Houdini, Margaret Mitchell, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong and much more.
For a complete preview of the auction or to download the catalog, visit www.hugginsandscott.com.