MastroNet, Inc. has done it again -- in a big way. On April 21, 22 and 23, MastroNet, Inc. the Willowbrook, IL collectibles giant set a new multi-consignment Sports and Americana auction record. At $11.6 million, the MastroNet event roared past the existing auction record, previously set by MastroNet, by nearly $1.5 million. As a result, MastroNet now holds the top six spots for multi-consignment auctions of its type. In addition, several items set new individual record prices.
William Mastro, CEO of MastroNet, Inc. points to a number of factors to account for his company's growth and seemingly unstoppable results. "This auction had many items that were fresh to the hobby. New and old hobby collectors and consignors alike come to us because they trust we will handle the material in the best interests of all. That fact, in combination with our proven track record, exemplary service and deep pool of hobby talent and experience continues to drive MastroNet to higher levels of success."
In addition to the final sales total, other numbers from the MastroNet April 2004 auction were equally impressive. They included:
- Number of unopened lots in the auction - only 1 out of 1,869.
- Average number of bids PER item - 17.7.
- Average price realized per item - $6,225.00.
Every autographed item in the auction was authenticated by PSA/DNA and several of the PSA graded cards set records including some of the incredible prices highlighted below.
Prior to the auction, Mastro speculated that the DiMaggio Streak bat, specific lots pertaining to George Washington and a huge find of unopened wax packs would attract substantial auction attention. Those speculations proved right on the money. Specific highlights of the auction include:
TOP ITEMS OVERALL - SPORTS AND AMERICANA
1941 Joe DiMaggio Streak Bat - 2nd MOST EXPENSIVE BAT IN HISTORY!
The selling price of $345,596.00 makes this bat the second most expensive bat in history. New York Yankees Tommy Henrich put this legendary bat away in an attic over 60 years ago. Soon after, Henrich married and forgot about the bat his friend and teammate Joe DiMaggio had given him as a gift to commemorate DiMaggio's record-breaking 1941 56-game hitting streak. More than six decades later, the bat came out swinging at auction. One of three bats used in the streak, the remarkable piece of lumber received 27 bids and was purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, manufacturers of the Louisville Slugger.
Unopened 1952 Topps Baseball Five-Cent Wax Box (24 packs) - A NEW RECORD!
Part of an unprecedented wax pack find, this box of the popular 1952 Topps set created an auction buzz right from the start. A total of 32 bids were placed and the final price tag was $208,740.00.
George Washington Three-Page Letter - Raising Troops for the First Major Battle of the Revolutionary War!
On August 8, 1776, just one month after signing the Declaration of Independence, General Washington sent this letter to request immediate assistance from the battalions of Colonel Samuel Miles. At the time, Washington's Continental Army was garrisoned on New York's Long Island. British Generals William Howe and Henry Clinton had left Boston and Charleston, respectively, to converge on nearby Staten Island-their forces amounting to 20,000 troops. The first major battle of the Revolutionary War could come at any moment and Washington gives his opinion of the current British strategy and again emphasizes the importance of reinforcements in New York. This never before publicly auctioned letter sold for $185,463.00.
1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Baseball Card - A NEW RECORD!
This newly found copy of the rare and coveted baseball card just became the most expensive PSA 1 card ever sold. Period. This lesser version of the famous $1.2 million card demonstrates that in any grade, the legend of the Wagner lives on. The card went for $109,639.00.
1915 M101-5 Sporting News #151 - Babe Ruth's Rookie Card - A NEW RECORD!
It's the ultimate rookie card and now it's the most expensive Babe Ruth of its kind known to exist. The card that symbolizes the promise of Babe Ruth that was to come commanded $109,639.00.
1954/55 Topps Hockey Five-Cent Wax Box with 19 Packs - A NEW RECORD!
The treasure trove of unopened wax packs in the MastroNet auction let more than one record price out of the box. This amazing unopened wax box generated 39 bids and a final price of $85,531.00.
Gem Mint 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #1 Ty Cobb - A NEW RECORD!
Although more than 3,500 Sport Kings cards have been graded by PSA, only two have ever attained Gem Mint 10 status. One of them, this card, was a "number one" card depicting baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. This exceptional specimen, unlike almost all "number ones" that introduce a set, was never called upon to protect higher-number cards stacked beneath it. The result? A final bid of $81,812.00.
1953 Unopened Five - Cent Wax Packs (15 packs)
This offering features 15 fresh, unopened 5¢ wax packs of 1953 Topps Baseball cards which might contain such sought-after stars as #'s 1 Robinson, 27 Campanella, 54 Feller, 82 Mantle, 104 Berra, 147 Spahn and 220 Paige, in never-touched Mint condition. These packs sold for $75,775.00.
1959 Topps Baseball Five-Cent Wax Box (33 packs)
This lot includes a display box that once contained untouched cards, just as they came off the production line, along with 33 unopened 5¢ wax packs. This counter-sales relic is a real eye-catcher and the gorgeous packs feature incomparable grades. The total package went for $63,823.00.
George Washington's Hair Accompanied by Original Figural Presentation Box and his Personal Wooden Ring
Thousands of individual strands contained within a 2"-diameter, silver snuff-type box likely constitute the largest known lock of George Washington hair known to exist. This figural presentation box and its contents, which also include Washington's personal two-toned wooden ring (evidently carved with his family crest), were given to Ann Caroline Bayard, a long-time family friend, from First Lady Martha Washington. The hair sold for $58,139.00.
1903 World Series Program
This original "Souvenir Card" program is from the first World Series in 1903 played between Boston of the American League and Pittsburgh of the Senior Circuit. The events of that game are highlighted by Phillippe's second complete-game Series victory and reliever Cy Young's uncharacteristic error. Pittsburgh defeated Boston in this game, 4-2. The program commanded $58,140.00.
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Unopened Wax Packs Opened a Bidding Bonanza
Prior to the auction's start, the belief was the large collection of unopened wax packs would generate tremendous results. Obviously, this was the case. Unopened wax packs represented many of the auction's top lots. In addition to those already mentioned, here are a few more:
1965/66 Topps Hockey Five-Cent Wax Packs (33 packs) sold for $43,172.00; 1957/58 Topps Hockey Five-Cent Wax Box (31 packs) sold for $41,515.00; 1955 Bowman Football Five-Cent Display Box with high grade wax packs (24) went for $38,829.00; 1961/62 Fleer Basketball Wax Box (24 packs) sold for $34,310.00; 1954 Bowman Baseball Wax Box (24 packs) went for $28,353.00; 1961/62 Topps Hockey Five-Cent Wax Box (17 packs) sold for $24,108.00; 1963 Topps Five-Cent Wax Box (36 packs) sold for $23,431.00; 1967-1982 O-Pee-Chee Wax Box Hoard (14 boxes) went for $19,861.00; 1954 Topps Baseball Unopened Five-Cent Packs (5) commanded $18,307.00; 1959 Fleer Ted Williams Unopened Five-Cent Wax Box (24 packs) sold for $17,603.00; a MINT 1952 Topps unopened Five-Cent pack sold for $14,067.00; and 1955 Topps "Double Header" One-Cent Wax Box (89 packs) went for $13,606.00.
Graded Baseball Cards - Individual Cards and Sets
A PSA 6 1909-11 T206 White Border key rarity - Eddie Plank went for $51,519.00; a 1934 Goudey #1 Jimmy Foxx PSA 9 sold for $48,048.00; a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card graded PSA MINT 9 sold for $47,976.00; a 1956 Topps NM-MT to MINT PSA graded complete set with both checklists commanded $46,835.00; a 1968 Topps 3-D Test High Grade Complete set went for $42,576.00; a PSA 8 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson commanded $35,187.00; a 1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth PSA 9 commanded $32,816.00; a Topps 1952 #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 rookie went for $32,766.00; a 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie graded PSA EX-MT 6 went for $29,079.00; a NM-MT PSA 8 1910 T206 White Border Ray Demmitt St. Louis American realized a final price of $26,435.00; a significant graded 1934 Goudey partial set (77/96) sold for $24,926.00; a 1932 R328 U.S. Caramel Near set went for $24,926.00; an 1888 N172 Old Judge Cap Anson graded PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $24,032.00; a PSA NM-MT 8 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb went for $24,032.00; a 1911 T205 Gold Border high grade collection sold for $22,660.00; a graded collection of 1948/49 Leaf "Rare" cards (27 different) commanded $22,660.00; a 1954 Wilson Franks PSA Graded Complete set commanded $21,300.00; a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth graded NM-MT 8 by PSA sold for $21,300.00; a Gem Mint 1953 Bowman Color #92 Gil Hodges sold for $17,603.00; a 1933 Goudey #160 Lou Gehrig graded NM-MT 8 by PSA went for $16,002.00; a 1950 Bowman PSA MINT 9 collection (5) commanded $15,805.00.
Non-Graded Baseball Cards - Individual Cards and Sets
A 1954-75 Topps complete set run (24) with two 1956 sets sold for $46,835.00; the finest 1893 N142 Honest (Duke) Cabinets complete set went for $32,816.00; a 1960 Topps Baseball Mixed-Series Cello Box went for $27,419.00; a 1933 R319 Goudey uncut sheet went for $22,660.00; a 1975 Topps Mini uncut sheet collection (34) - including 16 sheets with both Brett and Yount rookie cards sold for $21,916.00; a 1909-11 T206 White Border partial set (431/521) with two duplicate Ty Cobb cards went for $20,678.00; a unique 1967 "Pro's Pizza Chicago Cubs" complete set of 12 on boxes went for $19,690.00; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets collection (38) sold for $16,002.00; a 1975 Topps Mini Complete Set Hoard (22) went for $16,002.00; and a 1952-55 Red Man Tobacco complete set run sold for $11,244.00.
Baseballs - Perfection in the Round
A superb Mel Ott single signed baseball sold for $52,852.00; a .400 hitters signed baseball with Cobb, Hornsby, Williams, Sisler and Terry sold for $26,805.00; a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony signed ball collection (34) spanning five decades and including a run from 1972 through 1990 sold for $25,775.00; a "Before the Fall" 1917 Chicago White Sox World Series Team signed Game Ball with Joe Jackson sold for $21,847.00; an autographed game used baseball from the famed 1911 Addie Joss Day Benefit with Cobb, Johnson, Lajoie and Speaker commanded $16,002.00; a Walter Johnson single signed baseball commanded $13,753.00; a 1934 New York Yankees team signed baseball went for $13,447.00; a Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Honus Wagner signed baseball went for $12,502.00; a 1929 New York Yankees team signed baseball with Babe Ruth 500th home run notation went for $11,112.00; a Robert Clemens "20 Strikeouts" signed game used baseball went for $10,793.00; and a hoard of single signed baseballs (266) with three Mantle's and two DiMaggio's went for $10,330.00.
Baseball Autographs - Something to Write Home About
Babe Ruth's 1934 New York Yankees signed contract - his final Yankee contract sold for $51,519.00; Harry Wright's personal multi-signed 1883 Providence National League Scorebook went for $24,032.00; a significant collection of graded vintage autograph cuts (191) with Wagner, Cobb, Gehrig and Young went for $18,725.00; an autographed 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth baseball card went for $16,002.00; Jimmie Foxx's 1934 Philadelphia Athletics contract went for $13,447.00; a Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb signed check quartet went for $10,221.00; a Hall of Famers autographed photo hoard (306) with Musial, Dickey, Gomez and Terry sold for $10,102.00; a spectacular autographed cuts collection (20) with Ruth, Cobb, Young and Johnson went for $10,102.00; and an 1874 Nicholas Young signed contract to "Manage the Affairs" of the Chicago Baseball Club went for $10,102.00.
Picture This - Amazing Baseball Photographs
A 1927 New York Yankees World Champions autographed 8" x 10" photo sold for $56,671.00; an unbelievable 1934 All-Star Game "Murderers' Row" autographed photo went for $19,364.00; an outstanding Baseball Team issue and wire photo hoard sold for $16,273.00; an incredible Babe Ruth original wire photo hoard (145) sold for $16,002.00; a 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed Barnstorming photo went for $13,563.00; a spectacular 1934 Christy Walsh promotional autographed photo signed by Babe Ruth went for $13,225.00; and an autographed 1934 Tour of Japan Babe Ruth photo sold for $10,569.00.
Swinging Items - Baseball Bats
An Eddie Collins 1923-25 H&B game used bat went for $17,022.00; a Babe Ruth autographed H&B store model bat sold for $16,465.00; a Ted Williams mid-1950s H&B game used bat sold for $10,928.00; a Yogi Berra 1952 signed All-Star game used bat commanded $10,330.00; a Roberto Clemente 1969-72 H&B signed game used bat went for $9,607.00; a Stan Musial early 1950s Adirondack game used bat went for $9,391.00; a Mickey Mantle 1961-63 H&B game used bat commanded $8,536.00; and a Willie Mays 1961-64 H&B game used bat went for $7,760.00.
Uniform Excellence - Baseball Game Gear
An Ernie Banks 1970 Chicago Cubs signed road jersey sold for $25,775.00; a Harmon Killebrew 1969 Minnesota Twins home jersey - his MVP season went for $24,927.00; a Leo Durocher 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers satin Managers' road uniform went for $24,640.00; a Don Drysdale 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers signed road jersey sold for $17,603.00; a 1971 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds signed road jersey sold for $17,603.00; and an Olaf Henriksen 1912-14 Boston Red Sox home uniform went for $14,067.00; a rare Clyde Manion 1921-22 Detroit Tigers home jersey sold for $12,022.00.
Miscellaneous Baseball Items
A 1962 Hartland complete set (18) plus Batboy, with a Near Set of original boxes (17/18) and a partial set of tags (13/18) went for $17,603.00; a 1912 Boston Garter Advertising Sign with Eddie Collins and Hal Chase went for $17,022.00; Paul Molitor's Toronto Blue Jays World Series Trophy commanded $14,067.00; Ken Griffey's 1976 World Championship Cincinnati Reds Player's Trophy went for $12,788.00; Ernie Banks' personal Hall of Fame plaque went for $11,666.00; a hoard of full unused 1968 All-Star game tickets at the Houston Astrodome (202) went for $11,666.00; a 1930s to 1990s World Series Press Pin collection went for $11,364.00; an original 1920s Mutoscope Machine with a rare Babe Ruth reel went for $11,625.00; Ted Williams' hair and several signed items sold for $10,330.00; a pair of Baseball Card/Bubble Gum machines in Mint condition in their original boxes went for $10,221.00; and Babe Ruth Home Run #'s 712,713, and 714 Ticket stubs sold for $10,221.00.
Net Interest - Basketball Memorabilia
An NBA Greatest Players signed lithograph (#47/50) sold for $46,835.00; a 1950-51 "Bread for Health" complete set went for $37,741.00; a 1981/82 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels team signed basketball with Michael Jordan commanded $13,061.00; a 1970/71 Topps Basketball hoard (7,418) went for $11,244.00; a 1986/87 Fleer Basketball unopened wax box (36) went for $10,221.00; Emmette Bryant's 1969 Boston Celtics World Champions Ring sold for $9,607.00; a 1957/58 Topps high grade complete set went for $9,183.00; and a 2000 Los Angeles Lakers Championship ring went for $9,031.00.
Touchdown Treasures - Football Collectibles
A 1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski went for $21,847.00; a 1935 National Chicle high grade collection (8) with Ken Strong and Turk Edwards sold for $18,725.00; a 1972-1976 Topps football wax box run plus 1970 Topps football supers wax box commanded $13,753.00; a 1984 Topps Football "Aftermarket" cut card cases (3) loaded with Marino and Elway rookies went for $13,606.00; an 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Ed Beecher went for $12,368.00; a 1952 Bowman Large complete set went for $11,364.00; a 1955 Topps All-American #68 The Four Horsemen went for $10,102.00; and a rare 1939 "Gridiron Greats" Calendar/Blotter complete set went for $10,102.00.
Auction Knockouts - Boxing Memorabilia
A 1951 Topps "Ringside" Five-Cent Wax Pack collection (28) sold for $28,353.00; an extraordinary collection of 1971 Muhammad Ali handwritten signed religious quotes (78 quotes on 35 sheets of paper) went for $24,032.00; Muhammad Ali's fight worn trunks from the Ali-Holmes bout sold for $12,368.00; and a significant Ali collection of seven items including signed mouthpiece (Ali-Foreman), Jock Strap (Ali-Norton III) and training gloves sold for $10,102.00.
Sports of All Sorts - Memorabilia from Assorted Sports
Seabiscuit's race worn victory horseshoes (2) from the War Admiral match race and the Santa Anita Handicap went for $31,987.00; a 1950/51 "Bread for Energy" collection of all known subjects (42) sold for $28,353.00; "The Wide World of Sports" autographed 8" x 10" collection (1,500) went for $16,465.00; Secretariat's horseshoe from his first two races - including his first win sold for $12,329.00; a high grade 1933 Goudey Sport Kings collection went for $11,244.00; and the infamous "Funny Cide" whip used in the Kentucky Derby went for $9,183.00.
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1794 Cent Head of 1794 PCGS MS66 BROWN
Two of the most popular issues of early American coinage are the large cent and the silver dollar. This 1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent, Head of 1794 design represents the second year of issue for large cents. It is one of only three coins of this issue that have been graded at this level, with none graded higher. As a result, this example sold for $48,048.00.
1799 Draped Bust Dollar PCGS MS63
The Draped Bust/Heraldic Eagle Dollar was minted for only 6 years, from 1798 through 1803, and is considered one of America's most beautiful and desirable coins. The Mint ceased production of silver dollars in 1804 and did not resume until 1836. The offered coin reflects an exceptional strike that commanded $38,706.00.
1962 Topps "Civil War News" Five-Cent Wax Box (30 packs)
Still reeling from the public backlash against their earlier Mars Attacks card set, Topps stepped up to the plate once again with another tongue-in-cheek offering, Civil War News. While the card fronts were deadly serious, many collectors are still unaware that Topps considered the informative backs to be the joke. The final price - a serious $31,189.00.
1956 Topps Elvis Presley Five-Cent Wax Box (24 packs)
These Elvis cards became true classics, and the items' movie scenes, performance stills and "Ask Elvis" card backs are universally cherished nearly a half-century after their production. This original 24-Count display box for Topps' Elvis Presley cards, along with 24 unopened, beautifully sealed 5-card wax packs went for $25,775.00.
Exceptional 1816 Paul Revere Autographed Receipt
Revere was 81-years-old, just two years from death when he signed this receipt. The handwritten receipt, which is notated along the top, "Boston, Monday 15th January 1816," accounts for $91.05 owed to Revere for rent and supplies. The receipt sold for $25,775.00.
Rare 1864 Lincoln/Johnson Campaign Jugate Shield
Presented is the hobby's most desirable memorabilia item from the campaign of the Sixteenth United States President. Probably less than a half dozen in of these rarities are known to exist. This one sold for $24,616.00.
1920 Cox/Roosevelt Campaign Jugate Pinback
This is the most valuable of all campaign treasures, and the pinnacle piece of any election memorabilia assembly: the Cox/Roosevelt jugate pin back. This Near Mint, 7/8"-diameter specimen displays gorgeous Near Mint condition. The final price was $24,032.00.
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Non-Sports Unopened Wax Packs
A hoard of 1950-1970 Non-Sport Unopened Boxes (11), Display Boxes (14) and Packs (686) sold for $23,431.00; 1963 Topps "Astronauts" Five-Cent Wax Box (36 packs) sold for $17,603.00; 1967 Topps "Wacky Packages" Die-Cut Five-Cent Wax Box, Unopened Packs (22), Wrappers (2) and PSA Graded Cards (100) sold for $17,603.00; 1958 Topps "Space" Five- Cent Wax Box with 34 packs and 5 uncut wrappers went for $10,102.00; and 1966 Topps "Lost In Space" Unopened Wax Box (24 packs) commanded $9,391.00.
Politically Correct Memorabilia
A 1920 Cox For President campaign poster sold for $19,364.00; a John Adams Liverpool pitcher commanded $14,920.00; a complete set of 1860 Campaign ferrotype jugate pins (4) sold for $13,563.00; an 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin Currier & Ives campaign print sold for $10,221.00; a rare 1850s Franklin Pierce quarter plate daguerreotype went for $9,031.00; an 1824/28 Andrew Jackson campaign teapot went for $8,210.00; and an 1840 William Henry Harrison Cooper Luster pitcher commanded $6,416.00.
Presidential in Nature
A 1789 George Washington signed presidential appointment sold for $24,032.00; a 1790 Thomas Jefferson one page autographed letter from Monticello sold went for $16,413.00; a unique FDR and six other Presidents signed White House illustration commanded $14,967.00; an Abraham Lincoln 1861 signed Cabinet level appointment went for $9,935.00; a HUGE mid-1930s Franklin Roosevelt signed photo - perhaps the largest known to exist - sold for $9,935.00.
In the Limelight - The Best of Hollywood, TV and Rock 'n Roll
A large amount of Elvis Presley hair sold for $19,861.00; Marilyn Monroe's annotated shooting script from "Something's Got to Give" sold for $18,055.00; a lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair went for $13,255.00; a collection of 667 Hollywood autographs commanded $12,225.00; a Three Stooges 1940 "You Natzy Spy" one-sheet movie poster went for $11,112.00; a collection of 750 autographed 8" x 10" photos went for $6,899.00; a Marilyn Monroe 1959 signed movie contract went for $6,412.00; and an autographed collection of 20 guitars went for $4,767.00.
Timeless Treasures - Historical Mementoes
Abraham and Mary Lincoln's hair with additional samples of William H. Seward, Charles Sumner and Schuyler Colfax went for $19,861.00; Lee Harvey Oswald's captor - Officer "Nick" McDonald's gun and handcuffs from the day he nabbed Oswald sold for $11,112.00; and the space flown "Lunar Bible Text Fragment" and Fabergé egg went for $6,346.00.
Civil War - A Bidding Battle
An 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed handwritten note on Executive stationery - responding to an autograph request at the height of the Civil War went for $17,022.00; a rare complete set of Salt Prints depicting all Four Pairs of 1860 Presidential candidates commanded $10,850.00; an 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed Presidential appointment went for $7,938.00; a Robert E. Lee 1863 one-page signed War time letter to a soldier's mother sold for $7,760.00; and an 1860 Civil War Spencer Repeating Rifle went for $6,899.00.
The Collectible Currency - Coins
A 1943 Silver Off Metal Lincoln Cent PCGS AU58 sold for $18,055.00; 80 different high grade vintage silver dollars sold for $10,102.00; a set of 1909-1980 high grade Lincoln Cents went for $8,447.00.