For those who prefer their catalogs smaller and their items more affordable, Mastro Auctions offers up a preview of their next Classic Collector sale including a few more items from the Lionel Carter card collection.
Over 1,800 lots in the June Classic Collector auction will open with a minimum bid of $100. Bidding, conducted entirely over the internet, will begin on June 4 and conclude on June 20 and 21. Specific highlights include:
Circa 1930 New York Yankees Autographed baseball Featuring Ruth and Gehrig
With its red and black stitching, the specie of the ball defies conclusive identity because its surface is heavily soiled. Specifically, Babe Ruth has signed singularly on the sweet spot, and his penning projects at a quality of "7". Lou Gehrig appears on the south panel, and his signature merits an "8". Also discernible on the ball are the autographs of Benny Bengough, Sam Byrd, Bots Nekola, and Roy Sherid.
Dizzy Dean Signed Baseball
This ONL (Giles) ball was signed by the "Gashouse Gang" great. The near white sphere’s stampings date it to 1958-1969 and it is home to Dean’s side-panel scripting. In black ink, the former Cardinal’s staccato-like characters combine to resonate about "8" in strength.
1954 New York Giants World Champions Team Signed Ball
This 1954 New York Giants team signed ball is a rare treat. Projecting strongly from the surface of a near white ONL (Giles) ball, there are 26 signatures. Bill Taylor and Alex Konikowski have signed the ball –an important fact since 1954 was their only common season in the Polo Grounds. Other autographs include: Joe Amalfitano, Johnny Antonelli, Al Corwin, Alvin Dark, Paul Giel, Ruben Gomez, Marv Grissom, Larry Jansen, Ray Katt, Sal Maglie, Willie Mays, Windy McCall,Don Mueller, Dusty Rhodes, and Al Worthington.
1887 N172 Old Judge Ed Delahanty – SGC 40 VG 3
Ed Delahanty has become an iconic legend among 19th Century baseball enthusiasts. This card depicts Big Ed as a vibrant, young base baller, with most of his stellar career yet waiting.
1973 Topps #615 Mike Schmidt Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
1965 Topps #477 Steve Carlton Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
1934 R309-1 Goudey Cardboard Stand-up Premiums Team Photos (2 Different) with Original Mailing Envelopes
In a creative and ambitious 1934 promotion, Goudey Gum Co. released a selection of four delectable premiums that were available only by mail in exchange for Goudey baseball wrappers. Two of those 5-1/2" x 9" showpieces are here offered. Includes: National League All-Star Team and 1933 World Champion New York Giants. The seldom-seen "Goudey Gum Co." letterhead mailers are unaddressed.
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #9 Ty Cobb – SGC 40 VG 3
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet #43 “Out at Third” – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
1914 Cracker Jack #68 Honus Wagner – SGC 50 VG/EX
1911 E94 Close Candy Ty Cobb
Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb is captured in an action pose. The Close Candy Company used a multitude of background colors for its E94 cards, and chose a rich, dark green as the backdrop.
1952 Topps #227 Joe Garagiola – SGC 96 MINT 9 – “1 of 1”
This is the lone example at its tier with none graded higher.
1959 Fleer Ted Williams #68 “Ted Signs for 1959” – SGC 96 MINT 9
Card number 68 was withdrawn from production because Fleer did not have permission to use the image of Red Sox General Manager Bucky Harris, pictured with Ted as the future Hall of Famer signs his contract for the 1959 season. Williams was such a tremendous "draw" for a manufacturer’s baseball card set that companies continually fought over his contract status. But, an aggressive campaign by Fleer resulted in the slugger’s participation in the company’s 1959 offering.
1952 Bowman #217 Casey Stengel – PSA MINT 9 – “1 of 1”
1962 Topps #544 Willie McCovey Short Print – PSA MINT 9
A dominating presence at the plate from 1959 until his retirement in 1980, McCovey is featured in a portrait likeness on this memento from its production’s scarce "high number" series.
1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Near Set (45/50)
The T201 Mecca "Double Folders" fold-over configuration allows each card to picture two ballplayers. Because this 1911 release was intended to be repeatedly folded and unfolded, they are among the most condition-sensitive of all tobacco issues. A total of six cards have been graded by SGC.
1952 Bowman Complete Set
Their large-size Topps counterparts have often unfairly overshadowed the brightly colored small cards of the 1952 Bowman issue. During this set’s production, however, Bowman still ruled the baseball card world, and it took several decades of secondary collector interest to bring about the deserved shift in attention. A total of 27 cards have been graded. Includes: SGC 96 MINT 9: 1 card; SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card; SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 19 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card; SGC 60 EX 5: 1 card.
1953 Bowman Color Complete Set
Modern technology, in all of its sophisticated complexity, has not produced a card set that successfully rivals the ’53 Bowman Color in the stimulation of visual gratification. Thirteen cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5: 1 card; SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 3 cards; SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 1 card; SGC 84 NM 7: 7 cards; and SGC 60 EX 5: 1 card.
1955 Topps Complete Set (206)
This was Topps’ first horizontally oriented regular baseball issue. The format, with its dual portrait and in-action images embellished by the presence of facsimile player autographs and colorfully rendered team logos, was timelessly successful. Eight cards have been graded by SGC.
UNOPENED PACKS, CASES AND BOXES
1979 Topps Baseball Unopened 3-Box Rack Case
This sealed, factory case contains three 24-count rack-pack boxes, with each pack holding 39 factory-fresh cards: a total of 2,808 cards. Key items include the rookie card of Ozzie Smith.
MORE FROM THE LIONEL CARTER COLLECTION…
1910 E98 “Anonymous” Partial Set (20/30) Plus King Color Variation
Each card has been graded by SGC. The E98 "Anonymous" issue is prized by candy aficionados for its simple, but bold, appearance and abundance of Hall of Fame players. This particular edition holds the unique distinction of having a number of "common" players in far less supply than Hall of Fame representatives. Includes: SGC 40 VG 3: 2 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 1card; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 4 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 13 cards; and SGC Authentic: 1 card.
1959 Kahn’s Wieners Collection (17 Different) Including Clemente
1914 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson – SGC 30 GD 2
1938 Goudey Heads-Up #250 Joe DiMaggio Signed Card
William McCovey H&B Game Used Bat Including 8 HOF Signatures Including Williams – PSA GU 7
Pete Rose 1970-1972 H&B Signed Game Used Bat – MEARS A-4, PSA GU 7
Bill Mazeroski 1961-1964 H&B Game Used Bat – MEARS A-7, PSA GU 6
Roger Maris Signed Vintage Photograph
Iconic Joe DiMaggio 1940s Batting Photo from his Personal Collection
Chief Bender Circa 1910 News Service Photograph by George Bain
Chief Bender was an integral element of the formidable Athletics dynasty that manhandled the American League from 1910 through 1914. This George Bain original news service photograph depicts the Native American hurler during the height of his and the Athletics’ diamond prowess. This 3-7/16" x 5" sepia-toned photo shows a portrait image of Bender, whose striped pillbox A’s cap dates the likeness to sometime between 1909 and 1914.
Christy Mathewson Hand Circa 1911 Original Paul Thompson Photograph
Giants in their respective crafts, Christy Mathewson and Paul Thompson occupied newspaper space more so than did their contemporaries. In anticipation of an early World Series showdown, the latter figure captured this telling image of the Hall of Famer’s valuable pitching hand. Obviously captured after a full day’s mound chores, the likeness shows a palm and the accompanying digits covered in a dark soot-like substance. On the reverse, a grease pencil notation of “Christy Mathewson B.B.P” accompanies a “Paul Thompson” stamping.
Babe Ruth 1924 “Signing for the Troops” News Service Photograph
In this original photograph from the archives of Culver Pictures a nattily attired Babe Ruth wields his fountain pen to the tune of autographed mementos for all 28 U.S. training camps from Puerto Rico to California—among them Camp Knox, Fort Scott, and Camp Meade. The signing session came as part of a morale-boosting tour in which the Babe and General John J. Pershing toured training bases around the country during the 1920s. On its Culver-stamped reverse, the photo’s original paper caption states that Ruth would hit several dozen autographed balls into the audience for "the boys to scramble for."
MISCELLANEOUS BASEBALL ITEMS
1951 New York Yankees World Champions Salesman’s Sample Ring
The Balfour jewelry company used the offered 14K gold, 1951 New York Yankees championship ring as a salesman’s sample. A very clean-looking cubic zirconium rests at the center of the ring’s face, surrounded by a baseball-diamond design and an oval border with raised lettering proclaiming, "NEW YORK YANKEES – WORLD CHAMPIONS." Displayed on both shanks are the Yankees "top hat" logo with the year "1951," and engraved within the size 10 ring’s band is "Balfour 14K."
Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Baltimore Orioles Game Worn Jersey – MVP Season – MEARS A-6.5
BASEBALL ADVERTISING DISPLAYS
1950s Leo Durocher “Sugar Crisp” Die-Cut Advertising Display
From "Sugar Crisp" to "Super Sugar Crisp" to its current "Golden Crisp" name, the tasty breakfast treat has undergone several identity changes since hitting the grocery store shelves. This near pristine, in-store display ad features Hall of Famer Leo Durocher endorsing the product. Measuring approximately 31" x 20", this sturdy die-cut sign promises: "Get this Great BASEBALL BOOK – Only 15¢ – and 2 box tops from SUGAR CRISP." To the left of that proclamation, an image of Leo Durocher clad in his Giants apparel, highlights the display.
1953 New York Yankees World Champions “Ballantine Beer” Team Photographic Display
Ballantine & Sons produced this ad sign in 1954 to capitalize on the Yanks unbelievable run, and it is the 1953 Yankees that are pictured. Thirty-six individuals are included in the team shot, all but one in full pinstripes. Hall of Famers in this image include Berra, Ford, Mantle, Mize, Rizzuto, and Stengel.
1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
1933 Goudey Sport Kings #4 Red Grange – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
1969 Topps 4-in-1 PSA Graded Complete Set (66)
Building on the concept begun with the baseball sticker series of the same year, this elusive series derives its name from the four mini-portraits offered on each standard size 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" card. A highlight among the "4-in-1" subject roster is the second, and sadly last, appearance by Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo before his untimely death in the spring of 1970. The set includes: PSA MINT 9: 10 cards; PSA NM/MT 8: 52 cards; and PSA NM 7: 4 cards.
The Very First Football Card – 1888 N162 Goodwin “Champions” Ed Beecher, Yale – SGC 30 GD 2
This is the very first true insert card devoted specifically to a gridiron figure. In recognition of the Ivy League’s powerhouse stature at the time, Yale’s team captain Ed Beecher is depicted.
Shaquille O’Neal 1994/1995 Orlando Magic Game Worn Road Jersey
1970/71 Topps PSA-Graded Collection (81)
1948 Bowman #16 Sid Hertzberg – PSA MINT 9
1957/58 Topps #56 Bob Houbregs – PSA MINT 9
1911/1912 C55 Hockey Players Partial Set (28/45)
1954/55 Parkhurst Complete Set (100)
Following the same uncluttered format established two years earlier, Parkhurst’s one design change was to place the card number on the front side of the cards. The issue is prized by collectors for the rookie card of John Bower and several of the action scene cards (#s 89-100) that feature Jacques Plante in his first appearance on a trading card. A total of nine cards have been graded by SGC.