Milwaukee-based MEARS has loaded up its largest sale since entering the auction arena late last year.
They’ve authenticated some pricey pieces over the years, but Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services (MEARS) is trying to reach out to collectors of all budget levels with its monthy online auctions. The company announced the start of its auction division last year, offering sports memorabilia from its own inventory, with an eye on continued growth and expansion.
Its third sale is now live and includes a large number of vintage items with $10 minimum bids, but also a recently-authenticated 1923-26 era Babe Ruth professional model bat with a cork grip.
The bat highlights an 800-item sale that continues through February 26.
Other items available include:
-High grade examples of decal bats of Hank Gowdy & Harry Davis.
-1957 Cleveland Indians Sohio Gas Premium Set in Original Panel Form (3 panels) including Roger Maris and Rocky Colavito rookie cards.
-1962 signed playing card exhibits featuring Ford, Burdette, Mathews, Kiner, Drysdale, Musial, Groat, Etc.
-Newly elected baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice 1988 Boston Red Sox road jersey.
-1987 Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers road jersey
– High Grade example of a 1920s Babe Ruth 125 store model bat.
-1935 Dixie Premium’s of Jimmy Foxx, Bob Feller, Charlie Gehringer, and Ducky Medwick
-1945 thru 1966 original Boston Celtics team photos.
-Vintage Board games including featuring Mickey Mantle, Rube Bressler, Roger Maris, Walter Johnson & Bob Feller.
-25+ star player game used bats
-High grade gloves, including some in boxed, mint condition
-Vintage collection of football wire photos including Joe Namath, Don Hutson, and Red Grange
-12 high grade and hard to find leather football helmets from 1920-1940 including a high grade Knute Rockne model.
-Many hard to find pinback buttons and pennants from baseball, football and basketball.
MEARS also has announced that Chris Nerat, who joined the company late last year as Director of Auction Operations, has left the company. “Chris did a fantastic job helping to get MEARS Auctions off the ground, but opted to move in another direction personally and professionally," said MEARS’ Troy Kinunen.
MEARS plans to stick to a monthly auction cycle and for now, is not accepting outside consignments. This is due in large measure to their desire to move existing inventory as opposed to having to having to relocate it to the new Corporate Research and Conference Center, now in the final stages of renovation.
MEARS promises that there are no hidden reserves on any of its items and since launch, has made touted its position of not allowing shill bids on any of its items. The company’s buyer’s premium is 10%.