A high grade Babe Ruth autographed baseball, a Christy Mathewson signed book and over 1400 other lots will comprise the first major catalog sale from a new auction company.
After a decade of working for and with others in the sports memorabilia auction business, Jeff Woolf decided it was time to venture out on his own.
Upon dissolving the partnership that made up Universal Rarities in January, Woolf is christening his own new venture, Iconic Memorabilia this month. The first auction, set to close on Friday, May 30th, features approximately 1,400 lots with autographs and memorabilia from the fields of sports, entertainment, history and music.
Woolf says autographed material offered will be accompanied by at least one Certificate of Authenticity from an industry recognized third-party authenticator such as James Spence Authentication (JSA), PSA/DNA, Global Authentication, Justin Priddy/ACE Authentication, Upper Deck Authenticated, or Steiner Sports. In many cases lots will be accompanied by multiple authentication letters.
“I’ve had great success with my past auction ventures and the many experience from the last seven years of running auction companies has prepared me for this day,” says Woolf, who prior to Universal Rarities served as Auction Director for Odyssey Auctions (now the Entertainment Memorabilia division of Heritage Auction Galleries).
“I’m truly excited and confident about running an auction company on my own. We’ve put together a tremendous inaugural offering with this first Iconic Memorabilia auction. My main goal was to have something for everyone—whether you are the high-end collector looking for a museum-caliber relic or the casual collector looking for an affordable addition to the collection. I feel this auction is representative of that idea and think that no matter what the collectible interest or economic threshold, we’ve got something for everyone in this auction.”
Featuring an array of pieces from Christy Mathewson to Marilyn Monroe and everything in between, highlights for the May 30th sale include a Babe Ruth Signed official American League baseball with Certificates of Authenticity from James Spence Authentication, PSA/DNA, Global Authentication and Justin Priddy/ACE Authentication.
“Signed baseballs from Ruth of this caliber are a true rarity these days,” said Woolf. “The Ruth signature is so bold. While you see Ruth signed balls in just about every auction, you only see specimens like this once in a great while.”
Rare sports autographs are always in demand and Iconic also offers a Christy Mathewson signed presentation copy of his book “Won in the Ninth” (1910). The book is signed by Mathewson on a custom book plate on the inside front cover. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from PSA/DNA and Justin Priddy/ACE Authentication.
-1998 Brett Favre Game Used Jersey. Worn by Favre during the 1998 NFL season, this jersey features "FAVRE" applied to a dazzle cloth nameplate on the verso and exhibits light puckering. A "98-48" (year/size) swatch is present in the collar. Both shoulders display many heavy helmet burns and are deep in the nylon. To the right of the "4" on the front we find a 1" tear that was team repaired. Accompanied by COAs from Brett Favre Authenticated and Bernie Gernay/Expert Sports Authentication.
Other prominent items featured in the upcoming sale include:
– 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 GAI graded EX-MT 6
– Thomas Edison Signed & Framed 8" x 10" Portrait Photograph
– Josh Beckett Signed Red Sox 2007 Game Used Pitching Rubber Main Field 9-20 thru ALCS w/ "07 ALCS MVP" Inscription (Steiner Sports)
– Babe Ruth Signed & Inscribed 8" x 10" Photograph w/PSA Graded 9 MINT Autograph
– Henry Ford Rare Signed Letter circa 1938
– 2005-06 Kobe Bryant Game Worn & Signed Basketball Sneakers
– Vintage Autograph Album (c.1937) w/170+ Signatures Including Gehrig, Foxx, DiMaggio, Collins, etc.
– John Wayne Signed 8" x 10" Color Photograph
– Babe Ruth Framed Display with Double Signed Bank Check & One-of-a-Kind Original Christopher Paluso Artwork
– Theodore Roosevelt Signed Presidential Appointment
All lots in the sale are currently available for viewing and registration is also open at IconicMemorabilia.com. Woolf notes that previous Universal Rarities clients will now be served under the Iconic Memorabilia brand and are automatically registered for the upcoming sale.
Iconic has produced a full color catalog for the auction which is available free.