A copy of the program from baseball’s first World Series in 1903 will hit the auction block Friday as part of Huggins and Scott’s Fall Auction.
The Game 7 program from the matchup between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates is one of just three known to exist from the Pittsburgh contests and is expected to sell for $150,000-$200,000. The last one to enter the market sold for $250,000 at the 2011 Louisville Slugger Museum auction. The other copy is part of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s collection.
The program Huggins and Scott is offering is owned by longtime collector Ben Cavallo. Several other items from his collection have also been consigned including a rare 1871 Mort Rodgers scorecard featuring Albert Spalding and a 1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie graded SGC 60.
The auction includes hundreds of lots featuring singles, complete sets and partial sets from the 19th century to present. Among the other top pre-War lots: a T206 El Pincipe De Gales Ty Cobb Red Portrait (SGC 50)and a large Zeenut PCL collection.
Those who prefer post-War issues will have a crack at three different 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie cards, a 1952 Topps PSA 3.5, a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card (SGC 7)and a 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy complete set.
Memorabilia pieces in the auction include a collection of original 1950s contact proof photos including a 1951 image of Mantle; a 1949 VitaVision 3D display with Ted Williams and a Roberto Clemente game-used bat graded 9 by PSA/DNA.
There are numerous autographed pieces including a Yankees Old-Timers ball with Mantle and Roger Maris sharing the sweet spot, a near complete 1965 Topps baseball set offered in 11 lots; a Roy Campanella letter with a rare “Campy” signature and a Walter Johnson signed photo from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series.
Basketball collectors will find two higher-grade 1986-87 Fleer sets with the Michael Jordan rookie card; a 1988-89 Fleer unopened box; four LeBron James signed cards including two rookies and a 1996 NBA “50 Greatest Players” artist proof lithograph.
The football category will offer complete and partial sets, unopened boxes and packs and autographs. Highlights including a publication archive featuring an extensive collection of AAFC and AFL programs; a complete run of Super Bowl programs, a 1934 NFL Championship Game program; several 1950s Gibbs-Conner banks, a 1924 Notre Dame “Four Horsemen” signed photo and a group of 190 Goal Line Art autographed cards.
Match-worn soccer jerseys include a pair of Diego Maradona shirts; a 2016 Lionel Messi Argentina jersey, a 2014 Neymar Jr. shirt and a 2014 World Cup semi-final Phillip Lahm German National Team jersey.
Printed auction catalogs will arrive shortly. If you’re not on the company mailing list, you can sign up at HugginsandScott.com or call them.
Web Gems include items not found in the printed catalog. Those lots start with #1445.
The auction is set to close on November 15.