Mastro’s Classic Collector sale will kick off a trio of auctions.
Mastro Auctions plans a busy final three months of 2008. First up is a Classic Collector sale, followed by a live auction in New York in early December and then a major catalog auction that will close before the end of the year.
Several vintage signed baseballs highlight the Classic Collector sale, which will begin early next month. The auction is designed to be affordable to most collectors. The company’s other two sales will include a number of lots reaching high into five figures and beyond.
“We are especially excited about our “Live Legends” auction at The Sports Museum of America—the new home of the Heisman Trophy—in New York City on Monday, December 8,” said Doug Allen, COO and President of Mastro Auctions. The auction will feature two sessions. The first will focus on “Legends of the Gridiron,” and this portion will take place on the morning of December 8. The second session, “Legends of the Diamond” will occur in the afternoon on the same day. Combined, the two-part unfolding of this unprecedented auction will include hundreds of artifacts, comprising some of the world’s most coveted pieces of vintage football and baseball memorabilia – including a Heisman Trophy.
The Classic Collector sale, the first auction of Mastro’s year end sales effort will begin on October 13 and conclude on October 30. The Classic Collector auction will feature 2,100 lots, each with an opening bid of $100.
Specific highlights, courtesy of Mastro’s PR Dept., include:
MULTI AND SINGLE-SIGNED BASEBALLS
Ty Cobb Single Signed Ball
This ball, signed by Cobb, displays a couple of the Tiger great’s traditions. The medium is a lightly toned unofficial sphere. On a side panel, Cobb has penned: "To Jeb – from Ty Cobb – 3/14/53." The signature shows "7-8" strength—and has been executed in Cobb’s trademark green ink. The handwritten calendar date was also a common feature on Cobb signed balls.
Babe Ruth 1928-1931 Signed and Inscribed Ball
All but robbed of his own childhood, legendary slugger Babe Ruth was forever compliant in meeting the requests of the millions of youngsters who clamored for an autograph. This OAL (Barnard) ball was signed and inscribed by Ruth—likely as a gift to a youthful admirer. This off-white sphere hails from Ernest S. Barnard’s presidency (1928-1931) and boasts bold stampings and alternating red and blue laces.
Roberto Clemente Single Signed Ball
The medium is a lightly toned sphere with an Eastern Airlines silhouette logo stamping. It dates to the late 1960s or early 1970s. Executed in black ballpoint, Clemente’s autograph has faded over time, but still manages about "6" strength.
1920s Hall of Famers and Superstars Multi Signed Ball (20 Signatures) Including Ruth, Cobb and Johnson
The enthusiast who acquired the signatures on the offered sphere was quite thorough in collecting the absolute cream of the crop! The medium is an off-white OAL (Johnson) orb from the 1910-1925 labeling period. The black ink signatures project from "2-7" strength. Includes: Nick Altos, Jimmy Austin, Ty Cobb ("6-7"), Eddie Collins ("7"), Stan Coveleski ("6-7"), Goose Goslin ("1-2"), Harry Hooper ("2-3"), Walter Johnson ("6"), Carl Mays, Stuffy McInnis, Steve O’Neill, Babe Ruth ("2"), Ray Schalk ("7"), Everett Scott and George Sisler ("5-6").
1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Ball
The legendary Hall of Fame pair signed this ball during a barnstorming tour. The off-white sphere is a 1926-1934 Official Western League (Dale D. Gear) example. The bold stampings include the facsimile signature of a circuit president who had toiled unsuccessfully for the Cleveland Spiders (1896-1897) and Washington Senators (1901). The sweet spot is home to Babe Ruth. His autograph is about a "7." On an adjacent panel, the signature of Lou Gehrig merits similar assessment.
1930s Hall of Famers and Stars Multi Signed Ball (25 Signatures) Including Ruth and Cobb
Showcasing the signatures of the brightest stars in the baseball firmament, this OAL (1926-1933) example represents a virtual "Who’s Who" of 1930s diamond icons. The medium-toned sphere features black fountain tip autographs that resonate about "6-8" overall strength. Includes: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jim Bottomley, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Hughie Critz, KiKi Cuyler, Taylor Douthit, Horace Ford, Frank Frisch, Lefty Grove, Gabby Hartnett, George Kelly, Rabbit Maranville, Val Picinich, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Lloyd Waner, Hack Wilson, and six others.
1929-1930 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel Signed "Pacific Coast League" Ball
This Official Pacific Coast League (Harry A. Williams) ball is signed by Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel. This off-white and lightly toned sphere showcases Ruth’s signature,"4-5" strength on the sweet spot. On an adjacent panel, Meusel’s penning shows "5-6" strength.
Interesting Circa 1933 All-Star Team Signed Ball Featuring Ruth and Gehrig on the Same Panel
Bridging the gap between the home run’s evolution and post-war barrage, the offered OAL (Harridge) keepsake is decorated with a most interesting blend of autographs. From the mid-1930s, the scriptings include those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig—which respectively project "6-7" and "6" strength on the same panel. Joining those Yankee sluggers are Heinie Manush and Joe Cronin. Opposite that panel, Mule Haas, Al Simmons and Ernie Banks have signed.
1961 New York Yankees Team Signed Ball (25 Signatures)
With its complement of 25 signatures, this unofficial ball holds the standard starting lineup that conducted the glorious Yankee season of 1961. Superstars Mickey Mantle (clubhouse) and Yogi Berra occupy the sweet spot. Also included are the signings of Luis Arroyo, Johnny Blanchard, Clete Boyer, Bob Cerv, Tex Clevenger, Jim Coates, Bud Daley, Joe DeMaestri, Whitey Ford, Billy Gardner, Elston Howard, Charlie Keller, Tony Kubek, Hector Lopez, Roger Maris ("7"), Jack Reed, Hal Reniff, Bobby Richardson, Rollie Sheldon, Bill Skowron, Bill Stafford, Ralph Terry, and Bob Turley.
Sept. 24, 1961 Bob Gibson vs. Sandy Koufax Game Used and Inscribed Victory Baseball (Gibson Win #12)
This ONL (Giles) ball was used as Gibson bested Los Angeles ace Sandy Koufax in the heat of the 1961 pennant chase. Throughout the season, a Cards clubhouse employee secured a ball from each Gibson victory—and decorated it with handwritten details regarding the game. The offered keepsake is one such sphere. Used during the second-ever Gibson-Koufax showdown, this one shows the expected signs of diamond use. In black or red marker, the ball proudly proclaims "#12 VICTORY" with that day’s line score inscribed on the sweet spot. Adjacent panels are home to additional highlights—including two-base hits by both Gibson and teammate Stan Musial.
BASEBALL CARDS – SINGLE CARDS
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA VG 3
There always seem to be fewer 1951 Bowman "High Number"-series Mantle rookies available than there are of the slugger’s 1952 Topps counterpart. This card delivers a satisfying level of aesthetic appeal on the basis of its vivid hues, generally favorable manner of presentation, and the instantly recognizable identity of its subject.
1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6
The Hall of Famer’s rookie cards are viewed as important cornerstones in any accomplished card collection. One of Robinson’s debut pieces is among the keys in the intriguing baseball series produced by Leaf Gum Co. in 1948-49, a notably scarce post-war issue. The offered example of that seldom-seen treasure will fit nicely in any nostalgic assembly.
1909-11 T206 White Border Jimmy Phelan – PSA NM-MT 8
This is one of eight examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of more than 100 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. The card displays a"Piedmont – 350 Subjects" reverse.
1909-11 T206 White Border Jake Pfeister, Throwing, "American Beauty" Back – PSA NM-MT 8 "1 of 1"
This is the lone example at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of just three copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. It features an "American Beauty – 350 Subjects" reverse. No specifically acknowledged "American Beauty"-branded T206—of any subject—has received a higher PSA grade.
1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Crawford/Cobb – PSA EX-MT 6
Here is the sought-after T201 that carries a single-surface image of Sam Crawford as well as an artfully bisected one featuring Ty Cobb. The item exhibits phenomenal colors.
1940 Play Ball #225 Joe Jackson – SGC 60 EX 5
"Shoeless Joe" was an exceptional player, but his banishment from the game made him even larger than life. The offered card, from its issue’s scarce high-number series, was produced exactly 20 years after Commissioner Landis found Jackson and the other Black Sox guilty of throwing the 1919 World Series.
1923 V117 Maple Crispette #8 Babe Ruth – SGC 40 VG 3
Here’s a very scarce Hall of Fame collectible in a highly desirable state of preservation. This sought-after, career-contemporary Babe Ruth item was distributed in Canada as part of a one-year-only advertising promotion.
1940 Play Ball #27 Ted Williams – SGC 80 EX/NM 6
The black-and-white, photographic design of Williams’ second-year card afforded collectors this appealing depiction of the future American icon. Reverent tribute is paid to the heroic Hall of Famer by this flattering, period collectible. Its cardfront image reveals deep, rich details.
1910 T206 White Border Ray Demmitt, St. Louis – PSA PR-FR 1
The T206 captioned, "Demmitt, St. Louis American," is one of the rarest 1910-era tobacco cards. All but one of the tobacco brands associated with the T206 White Border series pictured Demmitt with his 1909 team. Polar Bear was the only brand to create an "updated" caption placing Demmitt with his second team, the St. Louis’ American League franchise.
1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson – SGC 60 EX 5
This Hall of Fame depiction delivers a striking obverse presentation, with meaningful evidence of handling present only at the corners. It features a "Sweet Caporal"-branded reverse.
1910 T206 White Border Ray Demmitt, St. Louis – SGC 20 FR 1.5
This item’s clear caption, reading, "Demmitt, St. Louis American," was a very short-lived variation (reflecting the subject’s new team status) that occurred only in Polar Bear-brand inserts. The offered piece is easily one of the rarest 1910-era tobacco cards of all.
1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig – PSA VG-EX 4
A gratifying and inspiring smile from the legendary Lou Gehrig is the hallmark of this ever-popular ’34 Goudey entry. The offered card boasts superb color in its likeness of the fabled Yankee.
1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb, Bat On Shoulder – PSA VG-EX+ 4.5
The example features a "Piedmont"-branded reverse.
1913 WG5 National Game Joe Jackson – PSA NM-MT 8
The "National Game" baseball playing cards from 1913 have long been cherished in the hobby for their high-quality black-and-white photographic likenesses of the ballplayers, and their deep red, stylized cardbacks. The classic issue featured most of the time’s great stars, including the offered portrayal of Joe Jackson.
1952 Topps #195 Orestes Minoso Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
This is one of just eight examples at its tier (with only seven placed at a higher, unqualified level) among a total of more than 350 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1952 Topps #315 Leo Durocher – PSA NM-MT 8
This is one of just twenty-three examples at its tier (with only four placed at a higher, unqualified level) among a total of more than 250 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1952 Topps #370 Billy Hoeft – PSA NM-MT 8
This is one of just nineteen examples at its tier (with only one placed at a higher, unqualified level) among a total of more than 200 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1954 Topps #250 Ted Williams – PSA NM-MT 8
This is the condition-sensitive "Last Card" in its set. Among nearly 1,500 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just eleven examples have been placed at a higher, unqualified tier.
1940 Cincinnati Reds Team Issue Joseph Beggs – PSA GEM MT 10 "1 of 1"
This is the only example at its tier among a total of eleven copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA VG 3
The universally desired ’52 Topps depiction of Mickey Mantle is an icon in the collecting hobby. This example reveals splendid coloration in every aspect of the all-important player image.
1909-11 T206 White Border Larry Doyle/Throwing, Brown "Hindu" Reverse – SGC 50 VG/EX 4
This collectible of the popular period star features a solidly printed, brown "Hindu" brand advertisement. The generally clean and attractive piece concedes natural evidence of handling at the borders and corners.
1965 Topps #16 Joe Morgan Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
Among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just two examples have been graded higher.
1956 Topps #5 Ted Williams – PSA NM-MT 8
Just over a dozen copies in the industry have received a higher, unqualified assessment. The offered card displays a virtually uncirculated quality, with blazing colors and sharp edge cuts. The overall visual effect of the cardfront is nearly factory-fresh.
1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Summers/Jennings – SGC 84 NM 7
This is one of just four examples at its tier (with three graded higher) among a total of 62 copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting.
1948 Leaf #59 Luke Appling – PSA NM-MT 8
This condition rarity is one of twenty examples at its tier (with only one placed at a higher, unqualified level) among a total of more than 200 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1909 E101 "Set of 50" Honus Wagner, Batting – PSA VG 3
This sought-after rarity is one of just two examples at its tier (with only six graded higher) among a total of 13 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. The offered item is an especially appealing piece on two counts: the card’s appearance and its detailed likeness of a Hall of Fame subject.
1909 E101 "Set of 50" Christy Matthewson (Mathewson) – PSA VG-EX 4 "1 of 3"
This is one of just three examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of thirteen copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. It is an exciting and attractive collectible, featuring a clear, horizontally oriented image.
1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes Ned Hanlon – SGC 40 VG 3
This is one of four examples at its tier (with six graded higher) among a total of 23 copies recorded.
1973 Topps #245 Carl Yastrzemski – PSA MINT 9
This is one of just ten examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of nearly 300 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.
1973 Topps #615 Mike Schmidt Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
Among more than 3,100 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just five examples have been placed at a higher tier.
1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back #87 Joe Jackson – SGC Authentic
Besides a few strip card issues, there are just not many cards available that feature Jackson with his infamous team, the Chicago White Sox. The Sporting News and associated sets are by far the most popular of all his White Sox cards as they picture the star in a classic Charles Conlon batting pose.
1910 E90-2 American Caramel Fred Clarke – SGC 50 VG/EX 4
Here’s a key Hall of Fame subject from a notoriously difficult production offered in an extremely worthy state of preservation. The scarce item’s red-background, portrait likeness of Clarke delivers brilliant color. Both of the card’s surfaces are strongly and crisply printed, and its blue caption is particularly vivid.
BASEBALL CARDS – PARTIAL, NEAR, COMPLETE SETS
1951 Topps Teams Complete Set (9) – #5 on the PSA Set Registry
These scarce and condition-sensitive items constitute the largest part of the gallery of nine team images presented in the 1951 Topps Teams release. Includes: Graded PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card; PSA EX 5: 3 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 4 cards; and PSA VG 3: 1 card.
1908-1920s "E" Early Candy/Caramel Collection (67 Different) Including Many Hall of Famers
An eclectic array, this presentation offers examples from numerous releases, and includes scarcities and Hall of Famers. In total, 20 cards have been graded or assessed by SGC. The collection includes: 1908 E91 American Caramel (13 cards); 1909 E92 Croft’s Cocoa (1card); 1909 E92 Dockman & Sons (6 cards); 1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel (4 cards); 1909 E101 "Set of 50" (5 cards); 1910-Era E95 Style (4 cards); 1910 E93 Standard Caramel (9 cards); 1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel (8 cards); 1921 E121 American Caramel Series of 80 (3 cards); 1922 E120 American Caramel (6 cards); 1922 E121 American Caramel Series of 120 (6 cards); 1922 E121 Lou Gertenrich (1card); and 1921-23 E220 National Caramel (1 card).
GAME USED BATS
Hank Aaron 1968-1970 Adirondack Signed Game Used Bat – PSA 4
This Adirondack "63A" block-letter (full name) bat was employed by Aaron as he continued to deliver fence-clearing blows with amazing regularity. Turned during the 1968-1970 labeling period, this blue-ring model hails from an era during which Aaron became the seventh member of the 500 Home Run Club. Well worn, the "Tee-Pee" centerbrand and barrel stampings have been obscured almost completely. But between them, Aaron’s bold blue Sharpie signature and inscription of "755" projects "9" strength.
Rocky Colavito 1961-1963 H&B Professional Model Bat – PSA 5
This Hillerich & Bradsby "K55" signature model bat was wielded by the Bronx-born outfielder. Uncracked, the 35", 30-oz. high-grade ash weapon shows medium use with surface marks throughout, as well as a few nicks and a penciled notation of "31-1/2" (a weight indicator) on the knob.
Willie Mays 1972-1973 Adirondack Game Used Team Index Bat – PSA 6.5
This Adirondack "113E" signature model bat was ordered by one of Mays’ teams and used during the latter stages of the centerfielder’s Hall of Fame career. This 36", 36-1/2-oz. example was turned during the 1972-1973 labeling period, a span that coincides with the final two seasons of Mays’ career. Part of a team order, the uncracked blue-ring weapon exhibits signs of outstanding game use.
GAME USED JERSEYS AND EQUIPMENT
Tommy Davis 1968 Chicago White Sox Game Worn Home Jersey
This 1968 Chicago White Sox home jersey was worn by the Brooklyn-born slugger on one of his many major league stops. In the fifth and final season of the style’s run, this cream-colored flannel button-down garment features a blue pinstripe pattern, "Sox" sewn to the left breast in navy blue-on-white twill, and "10" sewn to the back and right front. The jersey shows heavy wear.
Ken Griffey, Jr. 2000-2002 Game Used Bat, Cleats and Batting Gloves (3 Items)
Just the sixth man to eclipse the 600 home run plateau, Ken Griffey, Jr. is one of two such players to have never appeared in a World Series. Offered here are items employed by "Junior" shortly after he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds. Includes: Signed Game Used Bat – PSA 9 – a 33-3/4", 30-oz. white ash weapon, this "C271" signature model sports a glossy black "Smith" finish and brilliant silver-hued stampings. Between the centerbrand and facsimile signature, Griffey’s silver Sharpie autograph shows "9" strength. The uncracked, the item exhibits medium to heavy use. Signed Game Worn Cleats – black suede hi-tops size "11" footwear with Nike "Swoosh" logos. On the outer toe of each, Griffey’s silver Sharpie signature projects about "7-8" strength. Game Used Batting Gloves – black leather accessories with "JUNIOR" stitched on the index fingers, and both the Nike "Swoosh" logo and "Swingman" design embroidered on the Velcro wrist fasteners.
Bill Buckner 1987 Boston Red Sox Signed Game Worn Road Jersey
Bill Buckner wore this Red Sox jersey during his trying 1987 campaign. The gray knit button-down garment features "BOSTON" arched across the chest in midnight navy tackle will, with "6" sewn to the back. Just below the block-style characters on the front, Buckner’s blue Sharpie signature shows "8" strength. The left sleeve is home to a Fenway Park 75th Anniversary logo patch.
VINTAGE BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHS
Detroit Tigers 1968 World Champions Team Signed Photo (34 Signatures)
Becoming just the third team in World Series play to overcome a three games-to-one deficit—the 1968 Detroit Tigers claimed their first title in 23 years. This team photograph was signed by 34 members of that resilient Bengals squad. This color print is signed in black or blue ballpoint. Includes: Behm (trainer), Brown, Cash (clubhouse), Comer, Cuccinello (coach), Dobson, Face (clubhouse), Freehan, Hand (equipment manager), Hiller, Horton (clubhouse), Kaline, Lasher, Lolich, Matchick, McAuliffe, McLain (clubhouse), McMahon, Moreno (batting practice pitcher), Moses (coach), Naragon (coach), Northrup, Oyler, Patterson, Price, Sain (coach), Smith (Mgr), Sparma, Stanley, Tracewski, Warden, Wert, Wilson, and Wyatt.
Mickey Mantle Autographed Photo Collection (11 Different) – All Autograph Grade 9 by PSA/DNA
11 different 8" x 10" black-and-white or color photos of Mickey Mantle, each individually signed by the Hall of Famer in blue Sharpie. The primarily posed images assess at the EX/MT to NM level.
1917 Chicago White Sox "World War I" News Service Photograph
The events of World War I were not lost on the Chicago White Sox of 1917. The Southsiders reported for spring training knowing that the National Pastime might very well be interrupted by the call of duty. This sepia-toned, news service photograph shows members of the ChiSox, led by Eddie Collins, marching toward the field with a bats resting on shoulders.
Bobby Thomson 1950s "Famous Player" Glove with Pictorial Band
Part of Spalding’s "FAMOUS PLAYER" series (that also included models endorsed by Bill Dickey and Phil Rizzuto), this right-handed leather fielder’s glove showcases Thomson’s facsimile signature on the inner portion of the last finger. Spared from the sandlots, this unused relic resides within its original plastic wrapper.
OLD BASEBALL PROGRAMS
Scarce 1911 World Series Program at Brush Stadium (New York Giants)
Surviving for nearly a century is this program, which was availed by a patron in that first game of the 1911 World Series. This one was scored for the Giants only. (The Athletics scorecard page is blank.)
1916 World Series Program at Boston Red Sox
The odds are one-in-three that this program traces to the marathon performance delivered by Babe Ruth as he hurled a 14-inning victory in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series. It was a short Series as the Bostons dispatched Brooklyn in five games, but three of those contests were held in Fenway. The publication is unscored.
1905 World Series Program at New York Giants
Besides the 1903 World Series program, among the most prevalent of gaping holes in any World Series program run is that for the 1905 New York Giants’ home games. The scoring reveals that this souvenir was issued for Game 2 of the 1905 Fall Classic.
1916 World Series Program at Boston Red Sox – Babe Ruth Pitching
Hosting at Boston’s Braves Field, the 1916 Boston Red Sox disposed of the Brooklyn Robins in five games. Highlighting the showdown was an epic Game 2 battle—a 14-inning affair in which southpaw Babe Ruth went the rout to begin a scoreless inning string that was to extend to 29 in the 1918 Fall Classic.
Effa Manley 1976 "Negro Baseball…Before Integration" Signed Softcover Book
This copy of the 1976 Adams Press publication entitled Negro Baseball…Before Integration is signed on the "In Memoriam" page by co-author and recently enshrined baseball Hall of Famer Effa Manley (1897-1981). Manley’s blue ink personalization reads in part, "Happy Reading (signed) Effa Manley," and the autograph projects "9" strength.
Jackie Robinson Signed 1947-66 Exhibit Arcade Card
The Dodgers great has signed the front of this original 1947-66 Exhibit Supply Company arcade card. Rendered in pencil ("9"), the scripting occupies the lower-right quadrant of the approximately 3-3/8" x 5-3/8" collectible, which carries VG/EX presentation quality.
Ty Cobb Unique 1954 Two-Page Handwritten Signed Letter to George Weiss – Signed Three Different Ways
In 1914, Yale student and semipro manager George Weiss lured Ty Cobb to play in a Sunday game in New Haven, Connecticut—after acceding to Cobb’s demand that he be paid $350. Following that game, Weiss handed Cobb $800, and thus initiated an amicable relationship that led to Cobb’s appearing whenever he could. This two-page letter to Wiess was written in Cobb’s hand. The Hall of Famer has signed the document three different ways! The letter—penned in the Tiger legend’s trademark green ink—is composed on Cobb’s personalized stationery.
Rare Mickey Mantle Signed 1952 Whiz Kids vs. Alba Aces Scorecard
Less than a week had elapsed following the seventh game of the 1952 World Series when the young slugger, Mickey Mantle, returned to his native soil to engage in a pick-up contest. Billed as the "Baxter Whiz Kids" against the "Alba Aces," Mantle was given the nod to manage the former nine. (Baxter and Alba are small municipalities in southwest Missouri.) The game was played in Mantle’s hometown, Joplin, and a scorecard was printed for the event. Mickey Mantle’s premier autograph is about "9" in quality. Also signing the piece were Cloyd Boyer (managing the Albas), and Gene Stephens—the 19-year-old from nearby Gravette, Arkansas who had just debuted with the Red Sox.
MISCELLANEOUS BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
1950s Honus Wagner Giant-Sized and Intact Pictorial Matchbook – From His Own Sporting Goods Company
This display piece features the grizzled likeness of the "Flying Dutchman," Honus Wagner. The giant-sized folder has retained all of its individually printed matches. An extensive biography of the legendary shortstop is also presented within the interior.
1940s-1960s Baseball Stadium Souvenir Pinbacks Collection (22 Different) Including Maris Jumbo, Aaron and Williams
Features several popular subjects. Includes: 3-3/8"-diameter – Maris; 1-7/8"-diameter – Spahn/Sept. 17, 1963; 1-3/4"-diameter – Aaron, Braves/Boston, Braves/Mil., Braves N.L. Champs, Braves/"Something New in ’62" and Williams; 1-3/4"-diameter w/ribbon and hanger – Boudreau, Braves/blue/red (2: different hangers), Braves/color, Indians and Reiser; 1-3/8"-diameter – White Sox/Go Go Sox/Standard Oil (2: one w/plastic Sox attachment) and White Sox/1959 A.L. Champs; 1-1/4"-diameter – Braves/Boosters, Braves/Mil. and Williams;1-1/4"-diameter w/ribbon and hanger – Dodgers; 1"-diameter – "It Pays To Play Club."
1952 Brooklyn "Bums" Willard Mullin Original Artwork
Rife with a Brooklyn flavor and hometown vernacular, Willard Mullin’s compositions accurately conveyed the sentiments of Flatbush’s long-suffering fans. In this 1952 piece, the renowned cartoonist expressed concerns over a tightening pennant chase. The Brooklyn’s "Bum" character gives a verbal lashing to his Giants stalker. Blindly marching—with head tilted back and eyes closed—the Giant is drawing ever nearer to the shabbily dressed bum, who in turn bellows back: "This ain’t September already! This is June! Oily in June! Leave off the crowdin’ a guy, will yez!" Mullin’s signature is at the bottom left.
1932 St. Louis Cardinals "Old Judge Coffee" Calendar – Featuring ’31 World Champions
This marvelous wall display calendar was produced on a regional basis to honor the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1931 World Championship team. It features an accurate, glorious color illustration of a pair of the team’s namesake birds, captioned "Two Champions – Cardinal Redbirds—1931 – Old Judge Coffee—Since 1858." A black-and-white composite photo of the team appears beneath the Redbirds.
VINTAGE FOOTBALL CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
Walter Payton Signed "A Legend Among Us" Commemorative Photographs Collection (49) – All PSA/DNA-Authenticated
Offered are forty-nine color photos boldly signed by the legendary running back. The Canton Ohio commemorative images—entitled "A Legend Among Us"—display black Sharpie signatures and "Sweetness – 16,726" inscriptions (all "10").
1911 Univ. of Pennsylvania at Univ. of Michigan Football Program
En route to a respectable 5-1-2 finish in 1911, the Michigan Wolverines nipped the University of Pennsylvania by a final of 11-9 in their next-to-last contest that season. The game was played in Ann Arbor’s Ferry Field, and the Michigan eleven were guided by the renowned Fielding Yost. From that gala event there remains this positively outstanding souvenir program.
1930 Notre Dame Stadium "Dedication Game" Panorama and 1931 Notre Dame Championship Large Team Photographic Calendar (2 Items)
The Fighting Irish concluded their 1930 schedule with a record of 10-0-0 to win the universal acclaim as the nation’s champions. The tragic epilogue to that storied season, though, was the passing of the beloved coach, Knute Rockne, who perished in a plane crash the following March. The two wonderful pieces presented here are directly pertinent to that glorious 1930 season and its painful aftermath. Specifically offered are: a1930 Photograph – A panorama which is captioned "Notre Dame 26…Navy 2 Dedication Game Oct. 11, 1930.”; and a 1931 non-peel off calendar.
1950-1951 Bob Kelly (Player) Notre Dame Monogrammed Letterman’s Sweater
Notre Dame’s Bob Kelly wore this letterman’s sweater during his tenure (1951-1952) with the "Fighting Irish." These blue wool button-down garment features long sleeves and two front pockets. In thick gold-colored pile characters, "ND" is sewn to the left breast. A felt strip tag with an embroidered notation of "Bob Kelly" is accompanied by a size "42" tag.
1935 National Chicle #9 Knute Rockne – PSA EX-MT 6
One of football’s greatest personalities, Rockne was honored on very few period collectibles, and his National Chicle football card is by far the most famous such artifact. The illustration of the esteemed Rockne is extraordinarily bright and well-focused for the softly hued issue. The card’s corners remain nicely preserved, with clean touches evident under close inspection.
1971 Topps #156 Terry Bradshaw Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
Among more than 1,300 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just sixteen examples have been placed at a higher, unqualified tier.
1962 Topps #90 Fran Tarkenton SP Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
Among more than 500 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just seven examples have been placed at a higher tier.
1972 World Champion Miami Dolphins Team Signed Football (42 Signatures) – The NFL’s Only Undefeated Champions
Featured are the signatures of Dick Anderson, Charles Babb, Larry Ball, Marlin Briscoe, Doug Crusan, Larry Csonka, Vern Den Herder, Jim Dunaway, Norm Evans, Marv Fleming, Hubert Ginn, Bob Griese, Bob Heinz, Al Jenkins, Ed Jenkins, Curtis Johnson, Jim Kiick, Howard Kindig, Mike Kolen, Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Langer, Larry Little, Jim Mandich, Maulty Moore, Earl Morrall, Mercury Morris, Karl Noonan, Jesse Powell, Don Shula, Bill Stanfill, Otto Stowe, Howard Twilley, Paul Warfield, Garo Yepremian, and eight others. The autographs were all added in blue ink along the pigskins’ white paneling, and the potent scripts showcase "7-9" strength.
Rare Walter Camp 1893 "Book of College Sports" Signed Hardcover Book – The "Father of American Football"
This 329-page, 6" x 8-1/4" volume was published in 1893 by The Century Company of New York. Within its text, the great innovator of American football, Walter Camp (1859-1925), describes the positions and tactics of that game, and also discusses contemporary baseball, boat racing, rowing, and track. The book has been boldly signed and inscribed on the title page by the sports pioneer ("Sincerely – Walter Camp," blue fountain pen, "9").
BASKETBALL CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6
Ownership of a quality ’48 Bowman Mikan is the ultimate aspiration of virtually all basketball card collectors! The offered card will be welcomed into any assembly intended to honor hardcourt Hall of Famers. Its obverse image is clean, and the subject’s blue background is extremely bold. All four corners are well-shaped.
1997-2005 Kobe Bryant Refractor, Signature and Swatch Cards Collection (20) – All Graded PSA GEM MT 10
This 1997-2005 Kobe Bryant Refractor, Signature and Swatch 20-card collection is from numerous companies including Bowman, Topps, and Upper Deck. Includes: 1997 Bowman’s Best "Refractor" (1) – GEM MT 10: 1 card; 1997 Bowman’s Best Techniques "Atomic-Refractor" (2) – PSA GEM MT 10: 2 cards; 1997 Topps Chrome "Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 1997 Topps Chrome "Destiny-Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 1998 Topps "Finest-Oversized Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 1998 Topps Chrome "Coast to Coast-Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 1998 Topps "East-West-Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 2000 Upper Deck "Ultimate Collection Signatures-Bronze" #’d 11/200 (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 2000 Upper Deck "Ovation Signatures-Silver" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 2000 Upper Deck "Slam Flight Gear-Purple" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; 2002 Topps Chrome "Coast to Coast-Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #CC7 Bryant; 2002 Topps Chrome "The Move-Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #TM4 Bryant; 2002 Upper Deck Glass "Get Real! Jersey" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #KB-R Bryant; 2003 Upper Deck "SP Authentic Signature" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #AS-KB Bryant; 2004 Topps Chrome "Refractor" (2) – PSA GEM MT 10: 2 cards w/# 8 Bryant; 2005 Topps Finest "Red Refractor" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #8 Bryant; 2005 Upper Deck "Slam Dunk Swatches" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #SL-KB Bryant; 2006 Bowman "Sterling Jersey" (1) – PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card, #10 Bryant.
1948 Bowman #34 Joe Fulks Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
Among more than 150 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just two examples have been graded higher.
1980/81 Topps "Scoring Leaders" Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
A superb tribute to three Hall of Famers (two of which are featured on their desirable "rookie" cards), this sought-after triptych is one of the key cards in the basketball collecting specialty. The offered example displays superior centering and outstanding color.
BOXING CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
1960s-1980s Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali "Grab-Bag" Memorabilia Collection (26 Items) Including Two Signed Pieces
Presented are twenty-six items relating to Muhammad Ali, including three pins. The twenty-three "flat" pieces all promote the heavyweight giant. These mementos range in size from 4" x 5-1/4" to 8-1/2" x 10-1/4". Two items are signed by Ali in black ink (both "10"). Also featured are three pins (1/2" to 3" in diameter).
1910 T225 Prize Fight Series No. 101 PSA-Graded Complete Set (25)
The cards feature detailed images of their high-profile pugilistic subjects, with the respective athletes’ facsimile autographs appearing beneath their likenesses. The majority of cards have the Khedival Co.’s standard advertising reverse, with a few "Stat Backs" and scarcer "Surbrug" exceptions noted. Includes PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card; PSA EX 5: 4 cards; PSA VG-EX+ 4.5: 2 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 9 cards; PSA VG+ 3.5: 4 cards; PSA VG 3: 3 cards; PSA FR 1.5: 1 card; and PSA PR 1 (MK): 1 card.
VINTAGE HOCKEY CARDS AND MEMORABILIA
1910/11 C56 "Hockey Series" Complete Set (36) – #10 on the PSA Set Registry
Includes: Graded PSA EX 5: 2 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 9 cards; PSA VG 3: 13 cards; PSA GD 2: 7 cards; PSA FR 1.5: 1 card; and PSA PR 1: 4 cards.
1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team Signed 16" x 20" Photo (21 Signatures) Including Brooks and Eruzione
Twenty-one members of the gold medal-winning, 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team signed this oversized, 16" x 20" team photo. Each athlete and coach signed the piece in blue Sharpie and all twenty-one scriptings project "10" strength.
1911/12 C55 "Hockey Players" Complete Set (46) – #11 on the PSA Set Registry
Includes: Graded PSA EX 5: 8 cards; PSA VG-EX+ 4.5: 2 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 11 cards; PSA VG 3: 13 cards; PSA GD 2: 8 cards; and PSA PR 1: 4 cards.
Rare 1924/25 C144 Champ’s Cigarettes "The Stanley Cup" – PSA GD 2 "1 of 1"
This is the only example at its tier with none graded higher. It is a challenging "key" subject from a truly rare edition of vintage hockey collectibles. For the 1924/25 hockey season, the Tobacco Products Corporation of Canada, Ltd. issued a set of sixty dual-tone photo cards under its "Champ’s Cigarettes" brand name. The 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", un-numbered cards, for the most part, offer nostalgic portrayals of athletes who were instrumental in establishing ice hockey as Canada’s National Pastime, and, owing to a contest/promotion associated with the cards’ distribution, are exceedingly difficult to obtain.