Clean Sweep Auctions is offering a massive collection of historic New York Yankees memorabilia as part of its current catalog.
In the works for months, the auction includes over 1,000 lots in all. Owner Steve Verkman calls it “one of the very best we have offered. We have worked tirelessly for months putting this together.”
Many of the Yankee 187 Yankees-oriented lots spread out over 45 pages were consigned by a private collector who had carefully curated them for years. Many haven’t been offered in years or are fresh to the auction market.
“This is really an auction unto itself,” Verkman stated. “This is a deviation from our usual format, but we thought it would be fun to keep these items together.”
Collectors who check out the physical catalog or online listings will see numerous vintage Yankee team signed photos, baseballs and other items but the centerpiece is a framed display piece focused on the 1920 team that includes a dated page of autographs with Babe Ruth.
There are multiple early Mickey Mantle cards, a 1916-1920 Big Head Babe Ruth strip card, a large selection of rare pre-war Yankee cards from 1903-1937 including an E105 Mello Mint Hal Chase, some scarce Mantle oddball cards, including a 1952 Star Cal Decal, two Stahl Meyers, a 1960 Post Cereal and full 1960s Bazooka panels on which he appeared. There are also several high grade Topps Mantle cards from the 1960s.
The section also offers what the company calls a “world class” Thurman Munson signed game used bat, a signed Derek Jeter rookie era game bat, a Jorge Posada game bat signed by the entire 1999 Yankee team and signed player contracts including a pre-rookie Dazzy Vance and a very rare Armando Marsans. Other autographed items feature a variety of items from Ruth, Mantle, Munson and Joe DiMaggio as well as higher grade 1950s-1970s Yankee team-signed memorabilia.
Beyond the Yankee lots are single-signed Roberto Clemente and Rogers Hornsby baseballs, game used bats from Gil Hodges and Willie Mays, two extremely rare 1923 World Series full tickets that are fresh to the hobby and an Abraham Lincoln signed pardon. Other baseball autographs include a partial set of signed 1957 Topps cards, slabbed checks from Jackie Robinson and Honus Wagner and several team and multi-signed baseballs from the 1950s and 1960s that came from the son of the Yankees’ trainer at the time.
Vintage sports cards on the block are highlighted by a T206 Mathewson with a Brown Hindu back as well as three Cobb cards and examples of the Demmitt and O’Hara rarities, a fully graded 1954 Johnson Cookies set, large selections of Old Judge cards (with some HOFers and Spotted Ties), a fresh run of 52 Topps cards with Mays and a group of high numbers that includes the Eddie Mathews rookie. A high-grade 1966 Topps set as well as other sets and lots from the 1930s-70s, fresh to market 1914 B18 blankets including a rare ‘red infield’ version and numerous vintage oddball sets.
Basketball collectors will see a small but high-powered section with two large Michael Jordan UDA framed displays, a Jordan signed basketball and a framed Jordan Chicago Bulls signed jersey.
Football collectors will see clean singles and sets from the 1950s and 1960s, including an SGC-graded 1963 Fleer set.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction with some interesting game used jerseys and bats from a 1991 Home Run Derby, a 1926 World Series program and a rare 1946 exhibition game program from Jackie Robinson’s first appearance at Ebbetts Field.
Bidding is set to run through October 2 at CleanSweepAuctions.com.