A vintage signed baseball from two members of the 1919 "Black Sox" drew plenty of attention in Huggins & Scott’s latest catalog auction, which closed early Friday morning with a grand total of $2.475 million worth of bids.
Obtained by an old-time private detective not long after the infamous 1919 World Series, a baseball autographed by Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver turned out to be a major drawing card for Huggins & Scott.
The auction company sold the ball for a descendant of long-time Cleveland resident Jake Mintz, and it brought $60,000 early Thursday morning. With the 15% buyer’s premium, the final realized price was $69,000.
99% of the items in the auction sold and the $2.475 million figure was the best to date for the Maryland-based company.
Rare regional sports cards were another highlight of the sale with a 1953-54 Briggs Meats Jensen/Masterson rare panel selling for $20,700 including the buyer’s fee. A 1953 Hunters Weiners box featuring Red Schoendienst brought $17,250.
Other sales included:
- 1987 Washington Redskins Super Bowl Ring $18,400
- 1987-88 Michael Jordan game-worn jersey $14,950
- 2 2006 Exquisite Material Babe Ruth game-used signature cards $14,375
- E106 American Caramel Honus Wagner PSA 5 $11,500
- 1964 Topps baseball unopened series 6-7 vendor box $10,925
- 1959 Topps football series two vendor box $8050
The second part of the auction closed early Friday morning, highlighted by the sale of a piece of the goal post from the 1958 NFL Championship game signed by 69 players that brought $13,800. More realized prices and the latter half of the auction can be found on the Huggins and Scott web site.