Huggins and Scott’s final auction of 2016, the November Auction, will open for bidding on Monday October 31st and close on Thursday night November 10th with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm ET.
A “Kork Grip” Babe Ruth bat that matches ordering records for the 1923 opening of Yankee Stadium is among hundreds of items in the new Huggins and Scott auction that opened Monday. While the 40K model bat can’t be conclusively determined to have been game used, PSA/DNA bat expert John Taube says it’s the first real match to Ruth’s own specifications among the four examples in the company’s database. Ruth’s Louisville Slugger order dated April 10,1923 included a 40K model bat. Auction officials say the bat does have wear consistent with game use.
“The length and weight, plus the quality of the wood, do qualify the bat as one that Ruth would have used,” Taube wrote in his letter of opinion.
The auction, which will close November 10, also includes vintage and important modern era single cards, unopened boxes, sets and lots.
Highlights from the pre-War section include a newly discovered, previously uncatalogued 1888 Stevens Cabinet card of Jimmy Ryan that is possibly his only known autograph; a rare T206 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis variation)graded SGC 50 and more.
The post-War offerings include high grade rookie cards including Mays, Clemente, Koufax, Maris, Rose, Carew, Ryan and others; high end unopened items including 1954 Topps and Bowman packs, a 1979 Topps Baseball sealed vending case; a 1986-87 Fleer basketball unopened box (BBCE authenticated); multiple certified autographed card complete sets, short prints, 1 of 1s, signed relic cards as well as dual and triple signed cards.
The memorabilia section includes a collection of 1899-1902 Cincinnati Reds sterling silver season passes; a run of New York Giants 1909-1931 sterling silver and leather season passes; a scarce 1906 Washington Senators pennant; Forbes Field seat and signage; several early publications and full tickets and stubs from World Series, All Star Games and other milestone events.
The auction catalog also features 1400 PSA/DNA encapsulated autographed cards, broken down into lots and singles from the 1940s-1980s; a single-signed Moe Berg baseball (one of two known); a couple of Babe Ruth signed balls; a rare Vic Willis autographed index card (PSA/DNA 9); a huge archive of Dexter Press postcards, negatives and original autographs including Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle and more.
Game-used and game-worn lots include a 1942 Don Heffner St. Louis Browns uniform and other vintage jerseys; modern gamers from Carlton Fisk, Ken Griffey Jr., Justin Verlander, Todd Frazier; a 1980s Cal Ripken Jr. Orioles hat; Ron Santo bat (PSA/DNA 10); 1957 Harmon Killebrew H&B bat and a 1986 Nolan Ryan Astros jacket.
Some high-end basketball items will be on the block including an autographed 1984-85 Star Company signed Michael rookie card, a 1984-85 unopened Star Bulls team set and numerous rare Jordan inserts from the 1990s; an autographed 1957-58 Topps Bill Russell rookie (PSA/DNA 10); a collection of signed Kobe Bryant sneakers, a 1980-81 Topps basketball unopened wax box (BBCE wrapped) and a 2011-12 Miami Heat championship ring.
The football category features vintage programs, tickets and ephemera from the turn of the century through the Super Bowl era with 1920s NFL programs, AAFC memorabilia; a high grade 1957 Topps Football set; a collection of vintage Baltimore Colts memorabilia; a 1967 Green Bay Packers team signed Football and other lots.
More details are available at www.hugginsandscott.com.