Mastro Auctions rolls out it’s first Classic Collector catalog of 2007.
Over 1,800 lots in the February Classic Collector auction will open with a minimum bid of $100. Bidding, conducted entirely over the internet, will begin on February 5 and conclude on February 21. Specific highlights include:
Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball
Babe Ruth would sometimes embrace the autograph solicitor through a penned personalization. Such is illustrated in this single signed ball. One entire panel is consumed with his greeting and autograph cordially extending, "To My Pal Roger From Babe Ruth." The autograph is "6-7" in quality.
Connie Mack and Chief Bender Dual-Autographed Baseball
An ace on Connie Mack’s World Series titlist squads from 1910, 1911 and 1912, Native American hurler "Chief" Bender went on to log 208 career triumphs for his legendary skipper. This baseball is signed by both Bender and Mack. The lightly toned unofficial sphere features "Reach" stampings and showcases the black fountain tip scriptings of each Athletics staple. Mack penned the sweet spot and Bender signed on an adjacent panel. Both project "8-9" in strength.
Walter Johnson 1916 Single Signed, Game Used Victory Ball
This ball was used in a regular season game between the Cleveland Indians and the hosting Washington Senators. The OAL (Ban Johnson) reads, "This ball was used in a game at Washington D. C. July 15/16 (meaning ‘July 15, 1916’) between Cleveland and Washington score 3-2 favor of Washington … presented to … by Johnson who pitched and won with a clean single in last half of 9th with two men out. This is Walter Johnson’s personal signature. The game was witnessed by Papa, Mama + Frank." "The Big Train’s" autograph is "3" in strength.
1923 New York Yankees World Champion Multi Signed Ball – Miller Huggins
The ball is an OAL (Ban Johnson) example. An inscription, appearing on the north panel, declares "World Series Yankees 1923 Buster and Billy Putnam," suggesting the ball was likely a captured souvenir from that major event-the first World Series hosted in the brand new Yankee Stadium. The south panel holds the autograph of Yankee coach Charlie O’Leary. Finally, the east panel projects an outstanding Miller Huggins autograph. Signed "M. Huggins."
1916 M101-4 Sporting News #86 Joe Jackson – PSA NM 7
In 1916, when this card debuted, Joe Jackson had just been dealt to the White Sox (from Cleveland), and his date with destiny was now written in stone.
1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson – GAI NM 7
This card is above reproach. The rich red background to Jackson’s action likeness is perfectly uniform and the pinpoint register delivers the sharpest possible report of Shoeless Joe’s countenance. The corners on this card – all of them – are impeccably perfect.
Original 1928 Fro-Joy Babe Ruth Premium, Sheet and Mailing Envelope
Advanced collectors know that Fro-Joy cards and the uncut sheets have been heavily reproduced over the years. Originals such as this are very rare and, as in this case, are almost always accompanied by the blue tinted premium card. The premium is in EX/MT condition. The ultra-rare envelope, which bears the return address of the "General Ice Cream Corporation," is in Very Good condition.
Rogers Hornsby Signed 1928 R315 Card – PSA/DNA MINT 9
This is a clear and highly visual collectible from the anonymously produced R315 issue of 1928-1930. It is magnificently front-signed and inscribed by its subject in vintage blue ballpoint: "Rogers Hornsby – 1956."
Joe DiMaggio Limited Edition Signed H&B Bat (#294/361)
This limited edition Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat showcases DiMaggio’s bold signature. This unused 36" lumber is inscribed "Joe DiMaggio – ‘Yankee Clipper,’" the blue Sharpie signature projecting "9" in strength. A black marker notation of "294/361" reveals the item’s limited edition status.
Mike Schmidt 1984 Rawlings-Adirondack Signed "Home Run" Game Used Bat – MEARS A-7.5
This autographed Rawlings-Adirondack "154A" signature model bat was used by Schmidt in launching career round-tripper No. 424 in 1984. This 35", 33-oz. red-ring signature model showcases Schmidt’s black Sharpie signature, which shows "9-10" in strength. To the right of the latter detail, a handwritten notation of "#424" is likely an identifier for the Hall of Famer’s career home run total.
Hank Aaron 1973 Adirondack Signed Game Used Bat – MEARS A-8
As he inched ever closer to Babe Ruth’s mythical count of 714 home runs, Hank Aaron wielded and signed the offered Adirondack "229A" block-letter (full name) model weapon. This 35", 34-1/2-oz. white ash lumber hails from the 1971-1979 labeling period and, based on accompanying documentation, can be narrowed to the 1973 season. Between the centerbrand and barrel
stampings, Aaron’s blue marker signature shows "8" in strength.
Pete Rose 1965-1968 H&B Signed Game Used Bat – John Taube Graded GU 7, MEARS A-6.5
Employed by local hero Pete Rose during his early big league days, this Hillerich & Bradsby "S2" signature model bat is decorated with the Hits King’s black Sharpie signature, which projects "perfect 10" strength. With measurements of 36" and 34-oz., this white ash weapon hails from the1965-1968 labeling period and shows light use.
BASEBALL GAME GEAR
Jim Turner 1940 Cincinnati Reds Complete Game Used Home Uniform with
Cap, Glove and Cleats
This Cincinnati Reds home ensemble was worn by Jim Turner during the 1940 Fall Classic campaign in the Queen City. Includes: 1) Game Worn Home Jersey – of cream-colored flannel, features a "C-REDS" logo patch and number "34" sewn to the back. Graded A-7.5 by MEARS; 2) Game Worn Home Pants – matching pants; 3) Game Worn Cap – a blue wool cap with a red bill and a red felt "C" sewn to the front center – "7-1/8 – Turner" is embroidered in green on the sweatband; 4) Game Worn Cleats – black leather shoes-each with six metal cleats attached to the sole; and 5) Game Used Fielder’s Glove – a right-handed, leather fielder’s glove with "TURNER" stenciled in black characters and "REDS 1941" inscribed on the wrist backing. Moderate wear is evident on the uniform’s elements.
Scarce and Unusual Late 1940s/1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Spring Training Rookie Jersey
Jersey was worn during the club’s pre-season workouts during the late 1940s and early ’50s. This blue cotton pullover garment features "Dodgers" sewn across the
chest. On the back "2" is sewn in white twill. Issued to coaches and rookies, so as to distinguish them from the veteran players. Heavy wear is evident.
Joe DiMaggio 1968 Oakland A’s Game Worn Coach’s Cap
Resting comfortably on the laurels of a Hall of Fame career, Joe DiMaggio was summoned by owner Charlie Finley to serve as a coach and the Executive Vice President of an Athletics team that had been freshly transplanted near the Yankee Clipper’s Bay Area home in 1968. Here is an Athletics cap worn by Joltin’ Joe as he served in a mentor capacity for the "Swingin’ A’s." This cream-colored wool cap features the club’s olde English "A" logo embroidered to the front center in green. On the bill’s underside, DiMaggio’s number "5" is inscribed in black marker. Heavy wear is evident.
Phil Rizzuto Signed Game Used Glove
Phil Rizzuto used this right-handed fielder’s glove during his illustrious career with the New York Yankees. This "Rawlings G700" model has a manufacturer’s label sewn to the wrist backing. On both sides of the glove’s last finger, the Brooklyn-born Hall of Famer has signed in black marker. The autographs project about "7" in strength each. Phenomenal game use is evident.
Joe DiMaggio’s Personal Collection of Baseball Photographs (18)
These 18 photographs actually belonged to the Yankee Clipper himself. They are accompanied by a signed LOA (not a photocopy) from Paula DiMaggio Hamra and Kathie DiMaggio Stein, verifying that the grouping did indeed come directly from their grandfather’s personal collection.
1957 New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves World Series Wire Photographs Collection (50)
Mostly "in action" player shots, these 50 photos capture memorable moments of the 1957 World Series between the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves. Stars such as Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Whitey Ford, Red Schoendienst, Yogi Berra and Warren Spahn are pictured.
The First Football Card! – 1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" Beecher, Yale
– SGC 40 VG 3
This sought-after card hails from the N162 Goodwin "Champions" series-that marvelous period gallery of Base Ball players, Marksmen, Bicyclists, and other exemplars of 19th Century athleticism. Here is the pinnacle piece for an advanced football card collection, the very
first true insert card devoted specifically to a gridiron figure.
1963 NFL Championship Full Ticket – PSA Authentic
While the Chicago Bears have played more games at Wrigley Field than have any other NFL team at a single venue, the 1963 league title contest was their last at that site in a championship capacity. Offered here is a full ticket issued for that hard-fought battle with the New York Giants.
1966 Philadelphia Football Full Uncut Sheet (132 Cards) Including Sayers and Butkus Rookies
The highly coveted rookie cards of Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus are featured in the pane’s content, along with collectibles of Bart Starr, Deacon Jones, Bob Lilly, Mike Ditka, Ray Nitschke and numerous additional stars. About VG/EX.
1964 Dick Butkus Collegiate "All-American" and "Lineman of the Year" Awards (2)
Even at the collegiate level, it was easy to see that future Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus would amount to something special. Includes: 1) "Lineman of the Year" Award – the United Press International presented Dick Butkus with this "College Football Lineman of the Year" award in 1963; 2) "All-America" Award – this 7" x 10" plaque was presented by TV Guide and
celebrates Mr. Butkus as an "All-American" for the season of 1964.
1957/58 Topps #77 Bill Russell Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6
The short-printed rookie card of Bill Russell is the "key" piece in its celebrated production.
Abe Attell, Champion Boxer and "Black Sox" Figure, Signed and Inscribed Photo
Abe Attell (1884-1970), Featherweight Champion of the World from 1901-1912, was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955. After he retired in 1917, Attell was part of the entourage around gambler Arnold Rothstein. As Rothstein’s representative, Attell gave $10,000 each to eight Chicago White Sox ballplayers to throw the 1919 World Series. When the scandal broke in 1920, Attell went to Canada for a year to avoid being subpoenaed. He was never brought to trial. This Attell publicity photograph is captioned in white and reads: "Abe Attell/Former World’s Featherweight Champion." It is boldly inscribed in the upper right: "To A Real Fellow/Jack Werst/From the little/Champ/Abe Attell" ("10").
1888 N28 Allen & Ginter "The World’s Champions" John L. Sullivan – PSA NM-MT 8
Here’s a clean and responsibly well-preserved period treasure, featuring a pugilistic legend. The item is one of just two specimens holding its impressive, unqualified grade, and none has been
1962/63 Topps #33 Bobby Hull – PSA GEM MT 10 1 of 1