Ruth, Mantle, Mathewson and other Hall of Fame names from a bygone era were driving bidders in New York this week.
Taking its act to New York..even on a Monday..proved to help Mastro Auctions move some Yankees memorabilia. The Legends sale featured a number of vintage Babe Ruth pieces, a 1952 Topps Mantle and other high end items that attracted five and six figure bids.
The sports memorabilia auction featured over 300 items.
A jersey worn by Mickey Mantle in game two of the 1958 World Series drew intense interest from the New York crowd, garnering eleven bids before finally selling for $216,000 including Mastro’s 20% buyer’s premium. A 1952 Topps #311 Mantle baseball card, graded PSA 8, brought $78,000.
Among the Ruth memorabilia was a signed photo display produced after his record-breaking 1927 season. The framed display was sourced from the family of a Ruth friend and listed all of his homers along with the autograph. It sold for $66,000.
A bat attributed to Ruth’s early big league career brought $48,000. A 1928 Fro-Joy ice Cream four-foot display piece featuring the Bambino’s likeness, sold for $32,400.
Topping a short list of high grade vintage baseball cards was a rare 1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Christy Mathewson that sold for $120,000.
Other highlights included:
- Charles White’s 1979 Heisman Trophy $216,000
- M110 Sporting Life complete set $78,000
- 1941 Lefty Grove Boston Red Sox game-worn uniform $51,000
- D322 Tip-Top Set $48,000
- D304 Brunner’s Bread Set $48,000
- Catfish Hunter 1977 World Series ring $39,000
- 1950s Jackie Robinson game-used bat $39,000
- 1876 NL Championship Game Chicago v Hartford final out ball $33,600
- 1977 Steve Carlton Cy Young Award $27,000