Huggins and Scott’s second of four Masterpiece Auctions of 2016 is underway, with bidding on more than 1,700 lots set to close Thursday, May 19 with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm ET.
Among the headline items is a rare T206 Hal Chase “Holding Trophy” card with an exceptionally rare Brown Lenox advertising back. Only a handful of T206 Brown Lenox reverses have surfaced in the hobby and even fewer have been made available for public sale.
Also up for grabs is a near set of T206s broken up into a number of lots, many with rare backs; a number of T205 and T207s in lots and singles.
There are dozens of complete sets, near sets and lots in the auction from all sports including the second-ranked 1967 O-Pee-Chee set on PSA’s registry; a completely graded 1952 Bowman Baseball set; a fresh-to-the-hobby collection of 1952 Tip-Top Bread Labels with the original album; a 1957 Topps baseball unopened wax pack graded PSA 7; two scarce 1960 Topps baseball unopened rack packs discovered in an east coast variety store not long ago, a 1921 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 5 Miscut.
This auction has a large number of baseball autographed items highlighted by the third installment of the “We Are The Champions” section featuring team-signed baseballs from a number of World Series Champions from 1940-1958 (the earlier years, going back to 1921, will follow in subsequent auctions); a Johnny Evers signed cut with a “Tinker, Evers & Chance” inscription; a 1933 Goudey signed Rogers Hornsby card; a nice Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig dual signed baseball; an impressive framed collage of 3000 Hit Club members with Cobb, Collins, Clemente, Honus Wagner and 20 others and several others.
Huggins and Scott is also offering a rare collection of 1914 Giants/White Sox World Tour ephemera; a 1927 World Series Press Pin; Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 National League Season Pass; a Forbes Field Stadium Sign; and a possibly one-of-a-kind 1960s Houston Astros “Astronaut” pennant. There are vintage publications and tickets from the turn-of-the 20th century to modern day including a tough 1927 World Series Game 1 Program from Pittsburgh.
The game-used section in this auction includes an Al Simmons game used Louisville Slugger bat, cut in half and signed by the entire 1940 American League All Star team; a 1962 Gaylord Perry game-used Giants jersey; a Cal Ripken Jr. signed game used Rawlings fielding glove; game used bats from Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Thurman Munson and Tony Conigliaro, each authenticated by PSA/DNA; plus a number of other game-used bats, jerseys, jackets, hats, shoes and equipment.
Higher-end pieces from other sports include the next installment of the Lew Lipset collection of vintage golf memorabilia; a 1940s game used Alex Wojciechowicz Detroit Lions helmet; a 1947 Green Bay Packers signed notebook; a Tom Brady signed LE Replica Lombardi trophy numbered to 12; a scarce 1961-62 Fleer Basketball advertising sheet; several autographs from Chamberlain, Russell and Michael Jordan, several vintage Topps and OPC hockey sets and unopened wax boxes and the #6 ranked PSA Graded T220 Mecca Boxing Champions set.
Among the other historic memorabilia is a Nelson Rockefeller Sr. signed check made out for $130,000; a Neil Armstrong vintage signed photograph with a rare “Apollo 11” inscription; signatures from James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Carnegie, James Garfield, Jacqueline Kennedy and the Dalai Lama.
Free catalogs are available through Huggins and Scott’s website. An online-only section of ‘Web Gems’, items not found in the printed catalog, is included in the auction.