News of today's home run hitters often elicits a comparison with the stars of yesteryear. With Spring Training underway, both fans and players are preparing for a great baseball season. Speculation about Griffey, Sosa, McGwire and impending home run fever also inevitably leads to talk about Hall of Famers and other historic baseball players who have made the game memorable.
Special auctions that showcase rare items now give collectors the opportunity to own everything from autographed memorabilia to sportscards to complete their collections. Many collectors want to own a piece of history to help them recall the days when their favorite players commanded newpaper headlines and the attention of sports fans worldwide.
Superior Sports Auctions' upcoming sale on March 8-9 features every thing from sports cards, game programs and jerseys to advertisements, autographed baseballs and baseball bats. The full Superior Sports Auctions catalog is available on-line and bids will be taken by telephone, Internet, mail and fax.
Hank Aaron, baseball's All-time Home Run King, hit an incredible 755 long balls in his day, more than any other player in the history of the game. An early career jersey, Aaron's third in the major leagues worn during the 1956 season with the Braves, will be available to collectors. One of only two known 1950's Tomahawk game-worn jerseys will be available in Superior's March sale.
Another game-worn jersey in the sale is a Joe DiMaggio signed 1969 Oakland A's home flannel coaches jersey. An authentic DiMaggio autograph is on the jersey's neck. This jersey comes with a letter of authenticity from Grey Flannel that states it is an authentic, unaltered, game used and from the Barry Halper Collection.
Highlights from the Superior auction:
Cy Young 1911 T206 (Cleveland, Portrait) PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 1)
Tris Speaker 1915 Cracker Jack #65 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 3)
Tris Speaker 1933 Goudey #89 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 155)
Ty Cobb 1921 E121 American Caramel #80 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 5)
Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey #181 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 8)
Lou Gehrig 1934 Goudey #37 PSA NM 7 (Lot 177)
Jimmie Foxx 1934 Goudey #1 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 8b)
Jimmie Foxx 1941 Play Ball 013 NM-MT 8 (Lot 193)
Mickey Mantle 1951 Bowman #253 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 12)
Ted Williams 1958 Topps #1 PSA NM-MT 8 (Lot 437)
Ernie Banks 1954 Topps #94 PSA Mint 9 (Lot 20)
Sandy Koufax 1955 Topps #123 PSA Mint 9 (Lot 21)
Roger Maris 1962 Topps #1 PSA Mint 9 (Lot 31)
Hank Aaron 1969 Topps Super #34 PSA GEM-MT 10 (Lot 46)
Roger Clemens 1985 Donruss #273 PSA GEM-MT 10 (Lot 682)
Mark McGwire 1985 Chong Modesto A's #17b PSA GEM-MT 10 (Lot 683)
Ken Griffey, Jr. 1989 Topps Traded Tiffany #41T PSA GEM-MT 10 (Lot 686)
Sammy Sosa 1990 Donruss #489 PSA GEM-MT 10 (Lot 687)
1927 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Baseball (Lot 1128)
1929 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA certificate of authenticity (Lot 1129)
1956 Hank Aaron Game-Worn Braves Jersey (Lot 66)
1956 Bob Grim New York Yankees World Series Ring (Lot 1108)
1969 Joe DiMaggio Signed Game-Worn Coaches Jersey, from Barry Halper Collection (Lot 1150)
1983 Roger Maris All Star Game Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA certificate of authenticity (Lot 1144)