Mastro Auctions has released some of the highlights of the company’s upcoming Classic Collector Auction.
Over 2,100 auction lots will open in the next Mastro Classic Collector sale. All carry a minimum bid of $100.
“Due to the sheer volume of consignments we had received by that time, we knew our June sale would be off the charts in terms of material,” said COO and president Doug Allen. “The auction is literally busting at the seams with great items.
Bidding, conducted entirely over the internet, will begin on June 9 and conclude on June 25 and 26. Specific highlights from the company press release include:
1916 D329 Weil Baking Co. #39 Ty Cobb – PSA VG-EX 4 "1 of 1"
This is the lone copy at its tier with none graded higher. Presented is one of the key cards from the 1916 D329 Weil Baking set. This issue shares its checklist with the M101-4 Blank Back series and related issues that were sold during the same year. H. Weil Baking brand cards are among the more difficult brand backs for modern hobbyists to obtain, as the cards’ distribution was limited to the New Orleans area.
1930 Baguer Chocolate Rogers Hornsby – SGC 60 EX 5
This rare and diminutive Cuban-issued piece features a vivid black-and-white photo of the American Hall of Famer on the obverse and a red-inked inscription, "Chocolate Baguer – El mas popular," on its back.
1914 T213 Type 2 Coupon Cigarettes Christy Mathewson – SGC 40 VG 3
Although T213’s are capable of generating confusion through their reuse of player likenesses similar to those in the earlier T206 release they bear unmistakable distinguishing features. The appearance of the cardstock and subtle differences in print, margins, texture, and even its size, will make this exceptional piece immediately recognizable and exciting to the specialist collector. On its white reverse, the "20 for 5 cts." and Coupon-brand advertisement targeted consumers in certain areas of Louisiana and Texas.
1909-12 PX7 Sweet Caporal Domino Discs John McGraw – PSA MINT 9 "1 of 1"
This one of the key entries in the release. The PX7 are closely associated with the P2 pins that were also distributed with Sweet Caporal Cigarettes. The discs feature black-and-white portraits set against solid backgrounds of red, green, blue or brown. The backs of the discs bear an image of a domino, hence their name.
1907-09 PC805 Novelty Cutlery Postcard Three Finger Brown – PSA VG 3 "1 of 2"
Featuring a classic pose of the period superstar, this black-and-white image is from the series sponsored by a knife company headquartered in Canton, Ohio. The ornately designed Novelty Cutlery postcards are very difficult to find in top condition.
Scarce 1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Card Hal Chase – SGC Authentic
This visually dramatic full-color premium boasts a magnificent, pastel-toned portrayal framed by a wide, grey-toned border. The offered example of Chase displays beautiful hues. The reverse side’s "Sporting Life" advertisement is bold and unblemished.
1911 T205 Gold Border George Bell, Rare "Broad Leaf" Back – SGC 60 EX 5
There is only one other example of this subject—featuring the scarce and desirable "Broad Leaf" back design—holdered by SGC. Mild touches affect three of the piece’s corners and its important and distinctive reverse-side text is strongly printed.
1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb, Portrait, Green Background – PSA VG-EX 4
This attractive portrayal features a crystal-clear image of the Hall of Fame legend placed inside snow-white borders. The well-shaped corners reveal meaningful wear only at their outermost tips.
1952 Topps #404 Dick Brodowski – PSA NM-MT+ 8.5
This is the lone example at its tier (with only two graded higher) among a total of 196 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1910 E90-3 American Caramel Joe Tinker – SGC 40 VG 3
This card originates from the Lionel Carter Collection. It features the coveted Hall of Famer from an especially scarce, regional issue. The card is one of just five examples at its tier (with six graded higher) among a total of eighteen copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting.
1935 R321 Goudey 4-in-1 Brandt, Maranville, McManus, Ruth – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
From the waning days of the great Babe Ruth’s career comes this scarce Goudey collectible, an item whose obverse he shares with fellow Braves Ed Brandt, Rabbit Maranville and Marty McManus. This example features attractive clarity in each of its four likenesses. The card’s black-and-white, "Picture 3 – Card A" reverse reveals the face of Frankie Frisch.
1948 Leaf Short Print #104 Edward Stewart – PSA NM 7
This is one of just nine examples at its tier (with four at a higher, unqualified level) among a total of 57 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1962 Topps #200 Mickey Mantle – PSA NM-MT 8
This collectible captures the great Yankee outfielder in his prime, and it delivers a more-than-worthy tribute to the incomparable Mantle. The card presents beautifully, with remarkable intensity of color on both the front and reverse. The exceptionally vivid overall cast of the piece is complemented by incredibly bright wood-tones in the borders and a pack-fresh appearance. The card is extremely well centered.
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #36 Tris Speaker – PSA VG-EX+ 4.5
This is the lone copy at its tier with only eight graded higher. This attractive piece concedes mild, almost imperceptible wear at the corners, with a somewhat heavier "bump" at the lower right.
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #9 Ty Cobb – SGC 50 VG/EX 4
This is only one of two copies at its tier. Here is a classic T3 with a nice illustration. The offered collectible displays its issue’s Checklist/"Offer" reverse (#’s 1-75).
1909-11 T206 White Border Miller Huggins, Portrait, "Broad Leaf – 350 Subjects" Back – PSA VG-EX 4
This Hall of Fame collectible carries a solidly printed and fully legible brown-ink rendering of the T206 issue’s very scarce "Broad Leaf – 350 Subjects" reverse side advertising design.
1910 E93 Standard Caramel Johnny Evers – SGC 50 VG/EX 4
This is just one of four copies at its tier. The card front illustration is bright and unblemished.
1910-11 M116 Sporting Life John McGraw – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
There are just two cards like this one graded higher. Here is a very desirable, "key" piece from one of its time’s most scarce and challenging issues. The depiction of John McGraw boasts a bright and clean, blue-printed reverse.
1887 N184 Kimball "Champions Of Games and Sports" Dell Darling – SGC 50 VG/EX 4
Desirable and scarce depiction of the 19th Century catcher from the N184 release. Front and back surfaces of this sensitive piece are outstanding in their preservation and freshness.
1953 Bowman Color #33 "Pee Wee" Reese – PSA MINT 9
This is one of just fifteen examples at its tier (with one graded higher) among a total of nearly 850 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
This always challenging "high number" entry showcases the youthful likeness of one of the game’s greats. .
1968 Topps Test 3-D Willie Davis – PSA GEM MT 10
1954 Red Heart Mickey Mantle – SGC 88 NM/MT 8
1909-10 E97 Briggs Co. Lozenge Cy Young, Cleveland American – SGC 20 FR 1.5
From the Lionel Carter Collection. Cy Young is certainly the "key" card in E97, and his entry is highly prized by advanced hobbyists. Astute collectors will recognize that the image on the piece actually pictures Irv Young, a left-handed pitcher from the time.
1911 E94 George Close "Hans Wagner" – SGC 20 FR 1.5
Rare 1910-Era Ty Cobb "Card" – Hand Cut from Promotional Piece
A visually engaging and rare "mystery" piece! The beautifully hued Ty Cobb collectible looks like a cross between a period tobacco insert and an "E"-card. The back is blank and vestiges of red-color surround can be seen at spots along the slightly irregular, hand-cut edges.
1928 Babe Ruth Uncataloged Japanese-Issue Card
This delicate and extremely scarce piece is printed on both sides in the Japanese language. It presents a sepia-toned image of the larger-than-life Babe Ruth participating in a rodeo-themed exhibition. So rare, the piece remains unreported in specialized hobby references.
1951 Topps Red Backs High Grade Complete Master Set (54) Including 17 Cards Graded PSA MINT 9
In total, 24 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes PSA MINT 9: 17 cards; and PSA NM-MT 8: 7 cards.
1984 Topps Nestlé #8 Don Mattingly Rookie Cards Collection (8) – All SGC 98 GEM 10
These scarce Don Mattingly rookie cards were only available on uncut sheets through mail order.
1959 Topps Complete Set (572)
In total, 22 cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: SGC 96 MINT 9: 1 card; SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5: 1 card; SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 4 cards; SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 2 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 4 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 4 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 1 card; and SGC 40 VG 3: 1 card.
1968 Topps High Grade Complete Set (598)
In total, 25 cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: SGC 96 MINT 9: 5 cards; SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5: 4 cards; SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 7 cards; SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 5 cards; and SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 2 cards.
1909-11 T206 White Border Collection (184) Including Hofers
From the Skydash Collection. Here is a content driven collection of mostly different 1909-11 T206 White Border tobacco insert cards. Sixteen collectibles have been graded by SGC. Includes: SGC 60 EX 5: 1 card; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 1 card; SGC 40 VG 3: 8 cards; and SGC 30 GD 2: 6 cards.
1924 New York Yankees Signed Ball (6 Signatures) – Including Babe Ruth
The offered OAL (Johnson) ball is signed by six of 1924’s Bronx principals. The sweet spot signature of Babe Ruth manages about "5-6" in strength. Consistent with Ruth scriptings of the era, this one is accented by quotation marks around "Babe." On an adjacent panel, the pennings of Benny Bengough, Milt Gaston, Shags Horan, Mike McNally and Bob Meusel have faded, but remain legible enough to show "2" in quality.
1999 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Ball (30 Signatures)
This official 1999 World Series (Selig) ball is signed by thirty members of the franchise’s 25th World Championship roster. This snow white example showcases blue ballpoint pennings that project "9-10" strength throughout (with a few lesser, as noted). Includes: Cone, Jeter ("6-7"), Rivera, Strawberry, and Torre.
UNOPENED PACKS, CASES AND BOXES
1965 Topps Five-Cent Display Box
1969/70 Topps Ten-Cent Display Box
MLB Hall of Famers Signed Commemorative Bat (52 Signatures) Including Aaron, Mays and Musial
This 34"-long, Hall of Fame commemorative lumber bears the signatures of 52 different Cooperstown enshrinees. The blue Sharpie scriptings decorating the barrel boast "8-10" strength and clarity (mostly "9-10"). Represented inductees include: Aaron, Berra, Drysdale, Ford, Leonard, Mays, McCovey, Musial, B. Robinson, Snider and Spahn.
Alex Rodriguez 1997-1998 Louisville Slugger Game Used Bat
This Louisville Slugger "C271" signature model bat was used by the perennial All-Star during his days with the Seattle Mariners. Turned during the 1997-1998 labeling period, this 34", 30-oz. white ash weapon features a glossy black "Smith" finish, which is highlighted by a silver-hued centerbrand and barrel stampings. The uncracked bat shows picture-perfect game use.
1938 Detroit Tigers Multi Signed Mickey Cochrane Store Model Bat (29 Signatures) Including Gehringer and Greenberg
H&B bat signed by 28 members of Detroit’s 1938 roster. The 36" Mickey Cochrane signature model lumber is of the retail variety The "OIL TEMPERED" designator atop the centerbrand suggests a 1933 manufacture, but in black paint, "DETROIT TIGERS – 1938" is meticulously executed along the handle, dating the signatures to that year—likely just after Cochrane’s 4-1/2-year managerial stint. Opposite the hitting surface, the signatures include: Gehringer ("8") and Greenberg ("7").
Satchel Paige Circa 1948 Signed Real Photo Postcard
Satchel Paige used black felt tip to sign this 3-1/2" x 5-3/8" black-and-white, real photo postcard. His scripting of "Satchel Paige" projects "7" strength. The vintage postcard, likely dates to the late 1940s and his early major league playing days (as the "youthful" pitcher is shown wearing an Indians jersey).
Circa 1960 Yoo-Hoo Advertising Clock – Signed by Yogi Berra
This is a highly visual and electrically lighted, 12" x 29" advertising display clock featuring number "8" of the Yankees, Yoo-Hoo spokesman Yogi Berra. Likely displayed in a retail store during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The clockface’s plastic shell has been signed and inscribed by Berra at the upper left corner.
Pristine 1946 "The Detroit Tigers" Hardcover Book – Signed by Tiger Legends
The first page of this 276-page volume displays vintage signatures from Tigers legends Charles Gehringer and Harry Heilmann, as well as the author. All three of the autographs were obtained at a notable book signing done at The Boston Store in Detroit.
1950s-2000s Signed Envelopes, Cachets and First Day Covers Collection (1,450+) Including Bill Buckner, Don Larsen and Ron Santo
More than 1,450 signed envelopes, cachets and First Day Covers. The signatures provide a sizable representation of diamond stars from the 1950s through the present (with several key multiples). The autographs have been penned in a variety of ink types and colors and average "8-9" strength.
Oversized Toledo Mud Hens 1924 and 1925 Original Team Photographs (2)
Their famed mascot derived from marsh birds that frequented the swamp-like terrain surrounding Bay View Stadium, the Toledo Mud Hens have been one of the American Association’s most colorful teams for more than a century. These two vintage oversized photographs respectively depicting the franchise’s 1924 and 1925 versions.
Cincinnati Reds 1941 Team Signed Oversized Photo (34 Signatures) Including Warren Giles, Lombardi, McKechnie, Lloyd Waner and Johnny Vander Meer
Oversized photograph signed by 34 members of that Queen City squad. This vintage black-and-white photograph reveals the team in a three-tier pose at its Crosley Field venue. Below the image, a sizable white border is the canvas for black ink signatures that show "8-10" overall strength.
1950s-1980s News Service Photographs and Wire Photographs Collection (279) Including Berra, Durocher and Ford
The overwhelming majority of these photos are "action" shots. The compilation of mostly 8" x 10" photos average EX condition. Nearly all of the photographs have editorial notations, news service stampings, or caption information on the reverse. Player highlights include: Tony Armas, Sal Bando, Don Baylor, Yogi Berra, Bobby Bonds, Ron Cey, Leo Durocher, Carlton Fisk, Nellie Fox, Steve Garvey, Rickey Henderson, Keith Hernandez, Dick Howser, Bo Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Joe McCarthy, Gil McDougald, Bill McKechnie, Rick Monday, Jack Morris, Mike Norris, Charles O’Finley, Raphael Ramirez, Bob Richardson, Cookie Rojas, Pete Rose, Jerry Ruess, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ted Sizemore, Moose Skowron, Darryl Strawberry, Casey Stengel, Gary Templeton, Joe Torre, Manny Trillo, and Robin Yount.
MISCELLANEOUS BASEBALL ITEMS
Rick Barry 1965-66 Philadelphia Sports Writers NBA Rookie of the Year Award
Named one of the "50 Greatest Players" ever by the NBA, the talented forward was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. The Philadelphia Sports Writers following the 1965-66 season awarded this NBA Rookie of the Year award to the sensational athlete. The award is topped by the gold-plated figure of a basketball player, and an ornate column connects the detailed sculpture to the base. A pair of gold-plated plaques situated at the base respectively proclaims, "PHILA. SPORTS WRITERS BASKETBALL CLUB," and "1965-66 N.B.A. ROOKIE OF YEAR – RICK BARRY – SAN FRANCISCO."
LeRoy Neiman "The Shot Heard ‘Round the World" Lithograph (3 Signatures) Including Thomson, Branca and Neiman – Serial Numbered "243" in a Limited Edition of 600 Pieces
BASEBALL GAME WORN EQUIPMENT
Willie Horton 1975 Detroit Tigers Game Worn Home Jersey
The sizable righthanded power hitter wore this Detroit Tigers home jersey during the 1975 campaign. The white knit button-down garment features the club’s famed olde English "D" sewn to the left breast in navy tackle twill. Sewn to the back in block-style characters, "HORTON" is arched atop his since-retired number "23."
1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath SP Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6
1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana Rookie Cards SGC-Graded High Grade Collection (40)
Each card has been graded 88 NM/MT 8 or higher by SGC.
1956 Ohio State Football Jersey and Letterman’s Jacket (2 Items)
Historic NFL Legends Signed 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Print (109 Signatures) Including Namath and Walsh – Serial-Numbered "55" in a Limited Edition of 120 Pieces
1903 Univ. of Michigan vs. Univ. of Wisconsin Football Program
1919 Univ. of Michigan vs. Ohio State Football Program
Historic Oct. 18, 1924 Univ. of Michigan at Univ. of Illinois Football Program – The Red Grange Game
The official program citing the school’s Homecoming and Dedication of the Stadium. Grange scored seven touchdowns.
Oct. 22, 1927 Ohio State at Univ. of Michigan Football Program and Ticket Stub for dedication of Michigan Stadium
1934 Univ. of Michigan Football Programs Collection (8 Different)
1986/87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – BGS MINT 9
1986/87 Fleer High Grade Complete Set (132) Plus Stickers (11) – Including Six PSA GEM MT 10
Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Signed Basketballs (2 Items)
Michael Jordan UDA Signed 1998 NBA Finals Game Used Floor Segments Display – Serial-Numbered "68" in a Limited Edition of 223 Pieces
These three framed pieces of hardwood from the Delta Center were used during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals—Michael Jordan’s final game.
1972/73 to 1981/82 Topps Sets Hoard (68)
1984-85 Philadelphia 76ers Team Signed Basketball (11 Signatures) Including Barkley, Erving and Malone
Joe Louis and Max Schmeling Signed Print – Serial-Numbered "268" in a Limited Edition of 1,500
1950s Joe Louis Portrait Photograph
Johnson vs. Jeffries 1909 "Fight Signing" George Bain News Service Photograph
Rare 1910 T223 Dixie Queen SGC-Graded Collection (10 Different)
Boxing Legends Signed Gloves Collection (6) Including Ali, Frazier and "Cassius Clay"