Huggins & Scott has launched its latest catalog auction with more than 850 consigned lots of vintage and modern sports cards and memorabilia. The two week auction opens today.
519 of the 524-card subjects in the set are included. The approximate condition breakdown is as follows: 5% (VG-EX to EX), 15% (VG), 35% (GD), 25% (FR) and 20% (PR).
Following “The Monster” is the “Mount Rushmore” of autographed cards with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt signatures on a 2008 Upper Deck insert card.
The auction includes a quantity of unique, rare and vintage baseball memorabilia highlighted by the second installment of the Richie Ashburn Collection. This section of the catalog includes Ashburn’s 1993 NL Championship ring given to him as half of the announcer team, the original Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard artwork that hung at the Hall of Fame during his induction and Ashburn’s game-worn 1948 rookie year cap.
Highlighting the autographed items in the auction is a 1979 Thurman Munson single-signed baseball, likely the last autograph the late Yankee captain ever signed. On a Yankees off day in early August of that year, Munson paid a visit to a real estate office in North Canton, Oh., where a friend from his Kent State days worked. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Munson was departing for the Akron-Canton Airport to practice takeoffs and landings in his Cessna Citation jet. As he began to exit, his friend asked for an autographed baseball for her son, prompting Munson to open the trunk of his Mercedes 450, take out and sign this very ball and present it to his friend. Approximately one hour later, Munson’s aircraft skidded through an uncultivated field and slammed into a massive tree stump. Two passengers miraculously survived the wreck, but Munson perished, engulfed in the flames.
A PSA 6-graded Babe Ruth signed ball, a Willie Stargell game-worn and signed pillbox Pirates cap and a 1968 Chicago Bears team signed football with Halas, Piccolo and Sayers are also up for bid. All autographs have been examined and authenticated by either James Spence Authentications or Professional Sports Authenticators.
Other rare artifacts in this auction include a selection of rare to unique Willie Mays cards with the only known 1966 Topps Punch-outs, a 1958 Hires Root Beer with the tab, an uncut Briggs Meats panel and several other test issues, prototypes and Mays memorabilia.
Game-used items include a 1989 Old-Timers Mickey Mantle Yankees worn jersey; a Joe Namath 1977 Los Angeles Rams jersey; game-used bats of Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Richie Ashburn, Harmon Killebrew, a very difficult Wayne Gretzky brushed aluminum 1989 stick; a Jerry Rice Raiders helmet and a Super Bowl worn Dallas Cowboys helmet.
A former bat boy from the 1964-1966 Baltimore Orioles has consigned a collection that contains jerseys, photographs, signatures and bats from the team’s ’66 World Series championship club.
As with most of Huggins and Scott auctions, they will have a large number of vintage cards from all sports, as well as some of the higher-end modern insert/relic cards with complete autographed sets and a variety of other (1 of 1) cards and parallels.
The graded card lots are topped by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie PSA 7 (oc), 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8, 1955 Sandy Koufax rookie PSA 8, T206 Sherry Magie (error) PSA 3, T207 Louis Lowdermilk PSA 5 (mc) and a collection of high-grade 1923 Walter Mails card game with a Walter Johnson (SGC 96).
The auction concludes over a two-day period, March 30 and 31 with bids being taken on the company’s website or via phone (866) 462-2273.