Get ready to start your holiday shopping. MastroNet's December auction is offering an unprecedented array of Sports and Americana memorabilia. The significance of the offered materials is so deep and the range so vast, collectors may find it difficult to limit their wish lists. MastroNet, Inc., the leading source for Sports and Americana memorabilia will offer over 2,200 lots of the highest quality items available.
"We continue to expand our reach into new collecting niches while retaining the rich history we have established in sports, and now Americana collectibles," said William Mastro, CEO of MastroNet. "From the results of our auctions, one record-breaking event after another, it does seem like we're giving the collecting public the memorabilia mix they want combined with the quality and service they appreciate.
The phone/internet auction event is scheduled for December 8, 9 and 10. Some of the items/collections offered will include:
There will also be wide variety of desirable items from baseball, football, hockey, presidential campaigns, U.S. historical memorabilia and more. Bidding begins on November 22. Specific details and highlights include:
How many times have you thought, "If only I had kept those cards I had in that shoebox"? Obviously some people did. The market for sports and non-sports trading cards continues to expand. MastroNet is well known for dealing in the best. Here are just a few examples of the many sports card lots you will find in MastroNet's upcoming December auction:
1986/87 Fleer Basketball PSA GEM MT 10 Completely Graded Set (132)
Nowhere is there a similar set better than this one! The perfect #57 Jordan provides the centerpiece. The other 131 pristine cards, the ultimate icing. This is Fleer's triumphant basketball card offering in exquisite, complete detail. The minimum bid for all 132 cards is $10,000.00.
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA NM-MT 8
This is a truly important example of a hobby legend and one of just seven copies in the world assessed at this level. The story behind the creation of this universally admired and hungered-for piece is a prized component of industry lore. As the story goes, Goudey neglected to print card number 106. To rectify the situation, Goudey printed #106, complete with a 1933-style reverse, on the high number sheet of its 1934 production run. Only those customers who had written in to complain received one of these newly printed 1933 Goudeys with a letter of apology. This is one of those 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie cards. The item's unblemished colors are bright and bold, and its aesthetic presence is marvelous. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
1934-36 Diamond Stars PSA Graded Complete Set (108) - 3rd Highest on the Set Registry!
"Diamond Stars"-the colorful, pre-war baseball series produced by the National Chicle Company-graced store shelves at intervals between 1934 and 1936. Designed to complete with Goudey, National Chicle made the fatal flaw of not including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig-both Yankees giants who were still bound by their contracts with Goudey. As a result, the set fell far short of its ambitious 240 card goal making it only to card number 108. Even with "just" 108 subjects (whose names included Ott, Hornsby, Waner and Foxx), Diamond Stars form an indisputable classic from the 1930's "Golden Age" of bubblegum cards. Offered is the complete set of 108 cards, each graded by PSA. Minimum bid $7,500.00.
Magnificent 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8
In terms of percentage, this card is in the top 6% of Mantle rookies in the hobby. The '52 Topps Mantle is desired by all, and sought-after by virtually every collector. A card like this one tantalizes the enthusiast who is seeking a centerpiece card for his collection. Here is Mantle at his very finest, in the form most universally appreciated by a devoted hobby industry, offering sublime aesthetics from every perspective. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Ultra-Rare 1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle - One of Only Two Known Examples!!
"Dice Game" was an early issue experiment. Based on their scarcity, it's widely agreed that this project went no than the drawing board. These cards were taken to final draft, and then abandoned. This 1961 "Dice Game" card features Mickey Mantle in an unfamiliar pose-one projecting a countenance of optimism for the upcoming 1961 season. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
High Grade 1948 Bowman Completely Graded Set (48) PSA NM-MT 8
Here is the foundation set of all post-war baseball card collecting! Loaded with sought-after rookies, and filled with promise, this black-and-white issue reintroduced the public to the heroes of its National Pastime. Presented is the complete 48-card set of 1948 Bowman baseball cards, each graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Among the issue's highlights are Hall of Famers, rookies and scarce "short prints" including: 3 Kiner, 4 Mize, 5 Feller, 6 Berra, 7 Reiser SP, 8 Rizzuto SP, 17 Slaughter, 18 Spahn, 36 Musial, and 38 Schoendienst. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Cabinet - Athletic Club - Unique Example!
This may be the only example of its kind known to exist. The offered card depicts the 1887 Philadelphia Athletics. An extremely young Wilbert Robinson is pictured second to the right in the upper row. Twelve other uniformed members of the team are flanked around the future Hall of Famer. The clarity and contrast on the actual photo is absolutely unimprovable. An embossed C. Gross & Co. stamp flanks the chest of their well-dressed manager. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8
Only four copies of this card have been graded higher. This card captures the "Bambino" in the follow-through of one of his legendary swings. Number 144 is adored in the hobby as the "action pose" in the '33 Goudey set's quartet of prized Ruth pieces. Vivid colors enhance the design of this classic baseball card and bright white borders frame an exquisite image. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8
Just seven examples of this card have achieved a higher grading. One of the most important figures in sports collectibles, the legendary Babe Ruth, dominates the front of this exceptional piece. This desirable item boasts the fine definition and brightness in its card front illustration. Minimum bid $2500.00.
1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson PSA GEM MT 10
Even non-collectors stand in awe of Jackie Robinson's 1955 Topps card. And as the only card graded at this level, this card generates more awe than most others. The gum card designers hit their perfect stride in the conception and execution of this artistically splendid creation. The placement and angle of the facsimile autograph completes the virtuosity of the card's layout. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Lou Gehrig 1932 "Batrite" (Hanna Mfg. Co.) Side Written Game Used Bat
Lou Gehrig was one of his era's top stars who, for a short period of time (approximately two seasons), abandoned H&B bats in lieu of those produced by the other three companies. Gehrig eventually stopped using the other models and began, once again, using H&B bats. This is a rare "Batrite" game bat, produced by Hanna Manufacturing circa 1931 and used by Lou Gehrig during that brief two-season period of experimentation. The 36", 34 oz. bat features the company's patented center brand "Bat" logo and the name "Gehrig" stamped in block letters on the barrel. "Beaver Driver" and "Steel Temper" are stamped, respectfully, above and below Gehrig's name. The patent date, "July 15 1930," appears on the knob. Gehrig eventually returned this bat to the H&B factory for use as a template for future bats, a fact evident by the faint side writing, which reads "L. Gehrig 7-29-32." LOAs from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
Ty Cobb 1921-31 H&B Game Bat
Ty Cobb used this magnificent 34" 43 oz. H&B game bat during the 1920's. The signature model bat (pre-dating model numbers) is composed of top quality white ash and features well defined manufacturer's stampings. The bat is uncracked and displays moderate game use including some light grain separation along each side of the barrel. A spiraling pattern of light discoloration remains along the handle where the original vintage tape (customary for Cobb) has been removed. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
Joe DiMaggio 1949 H&B All-Star Game Used Bat
Joe DiMaggio was the only player in history to be selected to the All-Star team in every season of his career. One of DiMaggio's finest performances in the famed "Mid-Summer Classic" came in 1949 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. This bat was issued to and used by DiMaggio during that memorable mid-summer classic. The specially produced 36", 35 oz. signature model "D29L" bat is composed of top quality white ash and features the notations "All Star Game" and "Brooklyn 1949" stamped, respectively, in block letters above and below his name. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. The bat displays definite game use. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $7,500.00.
Roger Maris 1961 H&B Game Used Bat - Home Run #49!
Maris used this bat in 1961 to hit his 49th home run. Maris' 49th home run occurred at Cleveland Stadium on August 20th. The H&B signature model "A92" bat, dating from the 1961-64 manufacturing period, measures 35" in length and weighs 32-1/2 oz. The bat is composed of top quality white ash and features deep and pronounced manufacturer's stampings throughout. Especially appealing is the fact that the name "Maris" is printed on the knob in vintage black marker, with both a line above and under his name. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Mickey Mantle 1964 H&B Game Used Bat Signed by Both Mantle and Roger Maris - Possibly The Only Known Example Of Its Kind!
This may be the only example of a Mickey Mantle game used bat signed by both Mantle and Roger Maris. This magnificent 35", 34 oz. H&B signature model "M110" bat was used by Mantle during the mid 1960's and has been signed by the fabled "M&M Boys" in vintage black marker on the reverse of the barrel. The Maris signature grades an "8" and the Mantle "5". In response to that slight fading, the original owner had Mantle sign the bat again (probably in the 1980's). The second Mantle signature, penned in black Sharpie grades "10." Heavy game use is evident. LOAs from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Ted Williams 1939-43 H&B Game Used Bat
Ted Williams was one of the most heralded rookies in baseball history when he made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 1939. Williams posted batting averages of .327, .344, .406 and .356, respectively, in his first four seasons, with the latter two marks topping the League. He also averaged 32 home runs and 128 RBI over that four-year period, culminating in his Triple Crown season of 1942. Presented is a 35", 40-oz. game bat used by Williams during that early period of his legendary career. The signature model bat features Williams' name boldly stamped on the barrel. The uncracked bat displays substantial game use.. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
BASEBALLS THAT ARE A REAL CATCH!
Josh Gibson and Satchell Paige Signed Baseball
Two names loom largest in the legacy of the Negro Baseball Leagues: Josh Gibson and Satchell Paige. Many believe they were the greatest to ever take the field-in any league. Both baseball immortals have signed the side panel of this Official American League (Harridge) sphere. Their vibrant black ink "10" signatures are ideally placed for maximum visual appeal-a fortunate fact that may best be explained by the vertical stamping of "U.S.N." along the left edge of the inscriptions. This very unusual identifier is possibly an abbreviation for the United States Navy, which could mean Gibson and Paige were playing in a war drive benefit game, many of which took place at Gibson's home park of Griffith Stadium during World War II. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
Incredible 1945 Homestead Grays Negro League Team Signed Ball with Josh Gibson!
The Homestead Grays won their ninth consecutive Negro National League title in 1945. Their star-studded lineup was a dominant force but one star shined the brightest: Josh Gibson. The team's slugging catcher hit .398 in '45, his last full season of play. During his 17-season career, Gibson is credited with a lifetime batting average of .384 and 962 home runs. Gibson, just 35, died of a stroke on January 20, 1947, just three months short of seeing Jackie Robinson break the Major League color barrier. Gibson's ultra-rare signature appears on this medium to darkly toned (possibly game-used) unofficial ball, along with 15 of his '45 Homestead Grays teammates. The blue ink signatures grade "7-9", averaging "7." LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Outstanding 1920's Babe Ruth Single Signed Ball
Although Babe Ruth was a prolific signer of baseballs during the period of the mid-1930's through the late 1940's, "The Babe" seldom autographed pre-1934 Official American League baseballs. Most of what Ruth signed on the legendary Bustin' Babes (and Larrupin' Lou's) barnstorming tour was mass-produced, 8" x 10" photographs of himself and Gehrig. Harwood usually made the limited number of baseballs that were autographed on the tour, and virtually all included an autograph of barnstorming partner Lou Gehrig. A seven-year-old boy originally obtained the offered baseball in 1929. Ruth's signature grades at least "9." LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Don Larsen 1956 World Series Perfect Game Used Team Signed Baseball
A Perfect Game is a team effort. No pitcher can do it alone. Don Larsen counted on the eight men behind him in the field, along with his legion of teammates and coaches in the dugout. And they're all represented here, on one of the balls that was actually used in the game! The 27 ballpoint ink signatures (grading "5-9", averaging "7") include: Berra ("5" - ss), Ford, Larsen ("9"), Mantle ("6" - ss), and Slaughter. The rock-solid provenance includes Larsen's signed typewritten note gifting the ball to a friend just two weeks after hurling his masterful Perfect Game, and second, Larsen's signed typewritten letter from September 2004 that corroborates the original note. LOAs from Don Larsen and from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
BASEBALLS GEAR AND WEAR
A Baseball Glove Owned by Babe Ruth!
Baseball gloves, unlike bats, are extremely difficult to attribute to a player without some sort of provenance. In 1976, ormer New York Yankees executive Barry Landers obtained this particular glove, directly from Claire Ruth, the Babe's wife. The ironclad provenance of the glove is provided for in a three-page handwritten letter by Landers, in which he details the circumstances of how he obtained it. The offered glove is a 1930's model left-handed fielder's glove that features a well-worn pocket. The leather is of high quality and is completely intact, as is the laced web. The glove was owned and kept by Babe Ruth until his death in 1948, and then stored away by his wife until she found an equally dedicated and reverent caretaker in Mr. Landers. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
Frank Chance c.1911 Chicago Cubs Home Uniform
Frank Leroy Chance was the embodiment of Cubs fans' hopes and aspirations. Accompanied by teammates Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, Chance helped to form what was arguably the greatest double-play combination of all time. A Hall of Famer based on his merits as a player; Chance could have been easily inducted by way of his managerial accolades. Chance guided Chicago to three successive National League pennants (1906-08). This vintage, light gray-flannel, blue pinstriped Chicago Cubs home jersey is of a pullover variety, with its four original buttons at the top. The then-trademark deep blue "C" measures 5-1/4" and is situated on the left chest portion of the garment. Embroidered in thin blue, cursive chain-stitching on the outside of the left rear shirttail is the name "Chance." LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $7,500.00.
Max Carey 1911 Complete Tour Uniform
Dead ball-era, game-worn garments, due to both their scarcity and historical significance, remain highly coveted by collectors today. This one was worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey, circa 1911. This complete navy-blue flannel uniform (jersey and pants) was issued to Carey as a member of a National League barnstorming team and was originally obtained from the Carey estate. The jersey features a red, circled "N" on the left breast with "Carey" chain-stitched in gold along the right front tail. The matching pants also feature the name "Carey" chain-stitched in gold along the interior waistband. No manufacturer's label is present. Included with the pants is Carey's original brown leather belt that features a monogrammed buckle bearing Carey's initials, "MGC" (Max George Carey). The uniform is original and unaltered. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Phenomenal Willie Mays 1965-66 Signed Game Used Fielders Glove
Mays is generally considered to be the greatest center fielder in history. This phenomenal Willie Mays game used glove dates to the mid 1960's. The MacGregor model "KC2" (Kangaroo, Conventional Back, 2-Pattern) right-handed fielder's glove (with open "Double T Web") features Mays' uniform number ("24") written in vintage black marker on the reverse of the thumb. Mays has signed the glove in black marker ("10") just to the left of the uniform number. The glove displays moderate game use. LOAs from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
BASEBALL PHOTOS - PICTURE PERFECT
Massive Collection of Hall of Famer Photographs (720)
This is an extraordinary massive collection of 720 original photographs depicts the cream of the crop in baseball, spanning three quarters of a century. All players in the photos were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The collection contains 100 different baseball players and personalities. Highlights of players and number of photographs each include: Aaron (2), Bench (3), Berra (10), Clemente Durocher (10), Foxx (4), Killebrew (10), Koufax (20), Lajoie (3), Mantle (3), Mays (46), Mazeroski, McCovey (4), Spahn (19), Veeck (15), and Yastrzemski (16). All are original professional or wire photos and average EX in condition. Most are either 7" x 9" or 8" x 10" with some smaller. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Incredible Collection of Original Charles Conlon Photos - All Notated on The Reverse in His Hand! (234 DIFF.)
Charles Conlon was the greatest and one of the most prolific baseball photographers of all time. It is rare that a cache of superb original photographs by Conlon become available to collectors. This is an extraordinary array of such original photographs, each, incredibly hand notated with the player's name on the reverse by Conlon himself. Of major significance are two group photos of the 1919 White Sox players: one of outfielders Joe Jackson, Hap Felsch, Nemo Leibold and Shano Collins; the other of the infield of Buck Weaver, Swede Risberg, Eddie Collins and Chick Gandil. The collection of 234 different pictures includes 15 Hall of Famers. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
The Finest Collection Of Hall of Fame Photographs Ever Offered at Auction! (151 Diff Players)
Imagine being privileged to gain access to one of the finest and most extensive baseball archives in the world. You would probably emerge with this unbelievable collection of 151 different Hall of Fame Player original photographs. The array includes: Aaron, Banks, Barrow, Cepeda, Chance, Chandler, Chesboro, Clemente, Cobb, Cochrane, Collins, Combs, Comiskey, Doerr, Drysdale, Durocher, Evers, Gehrig, Hornsby, Joss, Lajoie, Mathewson, Mays, Mazeroski, Ott, Paige, J. Robinson, Ruffing, Ruth, Stengel, B. Williams, T. Williams, Yastrzemski and many more. The photos are various sizes and are in average EX condition. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
OTHER BASEBALL MEMENTOES
1916 Louis Bergdoll Brewing Co. Philadelphia Baseball Cardboard Advertising Schedule
Although Waddell had died two years earlier, his popularity in the "The City of Brotherly Love" is reflected in the fact that the company was still using his likeness as a promotional vehicle for their product. The poster depicts a pastoral ballpark image and features Waddell standing on the mound in his most famous pose (left arm extended with ball in hand). Above him, an ornate yellow scroll reads "1916 - Philadelphia Clubs At Home." The sponsor's name appears along the top in bold red letters, along with the location of their local branches (Camden and Atlantic City N.J.). The printer's name and copyright date ("A.M. J. Mueller - March 30th 1915") appear in black lettering along the lower white border. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Harmon Killebrew 1969 Home Run Crown Trophy
This shiny, golden-hued aluminum headpiece was presented to perennial Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins great Harmon Killebrew. Lined with cream-colored silk and crowned in deep purple velvet, the six diamond-shaped points of the "Killer's" award are accented with 7/16-inch colored, ornate stones. This is a one-of-a-kind, visual delight honors the man who would enter the Hall of Fame (1984) and who currently ranks seventh on the all-time home run list (573), 13th among career walks leaders (1,559) and 29th in RBI (1,584). Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Jackie Robinson Court Martial Papers
On July 6, 1944, Second Lieutenant Jack R. Robinson boarded a bus at the colored officers' club to return to the base. During the trip, the bus driver insisted that Robinson and a black woman sitting with him move to the rear to allow several white passengers to take their seats. Jackie let the driver know in no uncertain terms that he was staying put. The driver pressed charges, resulting in a General Court Martial of Robinson, charging him with disrespect to officers, disobeying an officer and using vulgar and obscene language. This historic lot consists of original file copies of the relevant papers from the proceedings. Included are: the charge sheet, date July 17, 1944; the pretrial report of the arresting officer recommending the Court Martial, dated July 20, 1944; statements from 14 witnesses; and the report of Robinson's acquittal on Aug. 2, 1944, dated Aug. 24, 1944. Also included is the recorded statement of Robinson himself in which he defends his behavior. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Gil Hodges 1957 Gold Glove Award
The gold glove was introduced in 1957. The winner of the first three years in the National League was Gil Hodges, the best player ever, not in the Hall of Fame. This is Hodges' 1957 Gold Glove Award. This was the first year that such gold gloves were presented by Rawlings and the first incarnation of four different designs for the award (the only year for this design). The brass plate that acts as a stand for the separate gold painted glove reads: "1957 Rawlings Gold Glove Award 1B Gil Hodges - The Sporting News All Star Fielding Team". EX condition. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
BASKETBALL - HOOP DREAMS
Julius Erving Virginia Squires Rookie Era ABA Jersey
Offered is one of the most historically significant pro-basketball jerseys in existence. It is an extremely rare Virginia Squires jersey worn by Julius Erving during his brief two-year rookie tenure with the club. The white knit jersey is lettered "Squires" across the chest and features the number "32" on the front and reverse. "Erving" is lettered above the number on the reverse. All letters and numerals are in red tackle twill with blue trim. Located along the interior left side seam are both a "Pearson Sporting Goods" label and adjacent "42" size tag. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays moderate wear. LOAs from Lou Lampson, Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Pete Maravich 1970's Utah Jazz Jersey
"Pistol Pete" Maravich had the kind of basketball career that lands you in the NBA Hall of Fame. Maravich wore this a game-used, white mesh jersey during his days with the New Orleans Jazz. The offered "Sand-Knit" size "44" uniform top bears Maravich's hallowed, purple "7", screened on both the front and reverse. Also screened at front is the loud, 11-1/4" "Jazz" logo. (Upon the franchise's inception in 1974, the logo was sewn in vinyl, then tackle twill, thus, accurately dating this as a late '70's piece.) Arched along the upper back is "MARAVICH", sewn in 1-1/4" x 2-3/4" purple tackle twill. This historic jersey displays evidence of wear with ever so slight fading on portions of the front "7" and very faint stains about the lower front and back. LOA from Lou Lampson, Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $ NEED.
FOOTBALL - PASS ON THE EXCELLENCE
Walter Payton Signed Game Used Helmet
Presented here is a rare, game used helmet once donned by arguably the all-time greatest, most respected and celebrated "Monster of the Midway" - one of few that Payton employed. The interior padding (all intact) reveals repeated use, as evidenced by deep, dark stains from sweat and dirt. Attached inside is a sticker indicating that the helmet was "RENOVATED FOR 1975 PLAYING SEASON." Also inside is a florescent orange sticker bearing the number "34" written in vintage black marker. The trademark white-outlined, orange "C" is adhered to each side and Payton's red-ink signature ("9") graces a jaw pad on the inside near the left ear flap. LOA from Lou Lampson, Dan Knoll &Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Joe Namath Early 1970's New York Jets Road Jersey
The demand for Joe Namath jerseys far exceeds the supply. "Broadway Joe" wore this rare New York Jets jersey during the early 1970's. The white jersey features the number "12" on the front, back and each sleeve. "Namath" is lettered in green tackle twill on the nameplate above the reverse number. Situated on the left front tail are both a generic "Sand-Knit" label and, directly above it, a "Thorp Sporting Goods" label. Thorp was the exclusive Sand-Knit distributor for the New York area, and the Jets in particular. The combination of these two tags, as well as their placement, date this jersey to the early 1970's. Original and unaltered with moderate wear. LOAs from Lou Lampson, Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Spectacular 1960's Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Game Used Helmet
Johnny Unitas completed at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games from 1956 to 1960, a record that may never be broken. This extremely rare, game-worn 1960's Baltimore Colts helmet truly encapsulates Unitas' legendary grit and guts. The Riddell size "7-1/2" suspension-style helmet was worn by Unitas at the very height of his career and boasts remarkable evidence of game use. The front of the helmet features a black marker inscription and signature, "To Kent - Nice Catch - Johnny Unitas." LOAs from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Bill Ard's New York Giants Super Bowl XXI Lombardi Trophy
The New York Giants secured their first NFL title since 1956 when they topped the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. Following the victory, Coach Bill Parcells had replica Lombardi trophies made for all of his champion players. This example was awarded to starting offensive guard Bill Ard. Ard's silver trophy, measuring 16" tall, bears a raised NFL logo on the front of the base. The trophy is engraved "VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY" above the logo and "SUPER BOWL XXI CHAMPIONS - THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS" below. LOA from Bill Ard. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
HOCKEY - SHOT AND A GOAL - WINNING PIECES
1966/67 through 1985/86 O-Pee-Chee and Topps Hockey Uncut Sheet Collection (138)
Hockey cards from three decades are represented in this lot with each component presented in factory-original, uncut-sheet form. Hall of Famers, stars, rookies, award cards, checklists and even inserts spill in abundance from this cornucopia of fully printed, production line treasures. Among the assembly's features are 38 complete, uncut O-Pee-Chee card sets (plus 4 early Topps sets which were also printed in Canada). Minimum bid $1.500.00.
Tommy Ivan 1960/61 Chicago Blackhawks World Champions Ring and Tie Clasp
Tommy Ivan never played an NHL game, but his impact on the League was immeasurable. The Hall of Fame coach and general manager began his career at the helm of the Detroit Red Wings in 1947- as Gordie Howe's first NHL coach. In 1955, Ivan brought his magic touch to the lowly Chicago Blackhawks-now as a general manager. Ivan resurrected the Blackhawk and delivered Stanley Cup glory. These items are Ivan's keepsakes from the 1960/61 NHL title. The ring is a Balfour 10k gold ring (size "9-1/2") displaying ten diamonds and a Blackhawks figure on its face, surrounded by "BLACKHAWKS WORLD CHAMPIONS" in raised lettering, with shank ornamentation of the Stanley Cup trophy, the Chicago logo, and "1960 - 1961." The matching tie clasp is identical to the ring's face and has a 14k gold clasp manufactured by Gruner. Near Mint condition. Minimum bid $1,500.00.
BOXING - COUNT ON EXCELLENCE
Rare 1892 Corbett vs. Sullivan Program and Tickets
In 1892, the City of New Orleans and the Olympic Club hosted the Carnival of Champions, an event that featured three World Championship fights on consecutive days that culminated in the first Heavyweight title fight to be fought under the Queensbury Rules with gloves. The Grand Match between reigning Heavyweight Champion John L. Sullivan and upstart James J. Corbett took place on Sept. 7th. Corbett knocked out Sullivan in the 21st round with a left hook to the jaw, a flurry of punches and a finishing right. This super-rare program from that boxing trifecta represents the most fabulous three days in the history of the sport. Until about ten years ago, no copy of this historic program had ever surfaced. Then, three copies were discovered in Texas in the hands of a descendant of the promoter. Also included are full rare EX/MT tickets to the Dixon/Skelly bout and the fabled Sullivan/Corbett bout. Minimum bid $1,000.00.
"Ali - Foreman - Zaire" LeRoy Neiman Artist's Proof
It's the art of one master capturing another. Here Neiman captures the famed "Rumble in the Jungle," where Muhammad Ali defeated the previously unbeaten George Foreman in the eighth round to earn his second World Heavyweight title. The 1974 work is a limited-edition artist's proof with a pencil notation of "A.P." at lower left and a swooping pencil signature of "LeRoy Neiman" at lower right. NM condition. Minimum bid $500.00.
Rocky Graziano Fight Worn Gloves
These are the actual fight worn gloves used by Graziano in his 10 round victory over Tony Janiro in Detroit on September 19, 1951. Janiro was the fighter, who was "the pretty boy" that Jake LaMotta destroyed in the film "Raging Bull." The gloves are from the collection of Kent Stevens, son of former Michigan State Boxing Commissioner Floyd Stevens, both of whom attended the Graziano/Janiro fight in Michigan. After the fight Graziano gave these gloves to Kent Stevens and signed them both on the inside in vintage ink. The red Everlast gloves are in Excellent condition. Offered with a detailed LOA from Kent Stevens, a detailed LOA from boxing expert Craig Hamilton and an LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $500.00.
1962 Topps Civil War News Rack Pack 36 Count Case
Here's the ultimate opportunity to relive and experience one of the hobby's greatest "finds"-first-hand! Offered is a full rack pack case of Topps' 1962 Civil War News cards, perhaps the only such relic of its kind remaining on earth. The cards, beautifully preserved for more than four decades, are still held in their original 12-card packs secured in three-pack rows with decorative cardboard headers. These famous and highly collectable cards were created to enlighten youngsters about the events associated with America's momentous 19th Century conflict. The pieces accomplished this intention through graphic depictions rendered in full color. The 36 packs contain 1,296 pristine Civil War News cards, along with 108 Mint "Money" inserts. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Original Artwork for Card #10 "The Skyscraper Tumbles""
"Mars Attacks" was a true phenomenon that was hugely popular and highly condemned by parents, educators, and press. Decades ago, when the original paintings for Topps/Bubble Inc.'s "Mars Attacks" card set surfaced, they were immediately absorbed by an anxious marketplace. Many have not been seen since. Norm Saunders painted the best images of the set. Here's one of the most striking, the original Saunders painting for card #10 of the "Mars Attacks" set-"The Skyscraper Tumbles." The highly detailed 5-1/4" x 3-9/16" painting features a skyscraper plummeting into the streets of its city while saucers full of Martians are sailing overhead. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
1965 Topps Test "Bewitched" Complete Set (24) on Uncut Sheet
This "spellbinding" uncut sheet contains a full set of 26 different designs from the elusive Topps Bewitched test issue card set - the rarest Topps set of all. In a 7-card-by-4-card configuration (the scenes depicting Elizabeth Montgomery entitled, "Pretty Witch," and, "Practicing Witchcraft," appear twice), the 22" x 14-5/8" panel is a thoroughly marvelous display piece. Very likely, contract issues were the stumbling block to these cards' production and release. The factory never received authorization to cut the precious items into single cards. The few Bewitched sheets that had been printed were left in Topps' offices until they were discovered four decades later. Only three or four examples of each card in the proposed 26-card set were ever made. Minimum bid $1,500.00.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF - PRESIDENTIAL MEMORABILIA
George Washington French and Indian War Archive (3) Featuring An Important Claim Petition Written Completely in Washington's Hand!
It's a historical page-turner. Here is George Washington's handwritten memorial of his first experience with war - a one-page, 9" x 14" petition on parchment, dated in 1772 and submitted to the Council of the Colony of Virginia after the French and Indian War. In the extensive text, Colonel Washington defends the right of his men to their promised land. He mentions them by name, including his aide-de-camp George Mercer. The petition, written entirely in Washington's familiar hand, contains not one, but two third-person signatures. All of the script is boldly crafted and clearly legible, grading "9". The two accompanying documents in this extraordinary archive are: 1) a handwritten document (not in Washington's hand) dated December 15, 1769-three years earlier in the petition process. The Council recommends that further investigation be undertaken. Then, the document makes clear why the aforementioned memorial required three more years of preparation 2) a document in the hand of (and signed by) Declaration of Independence signer John Blair, who was then Clerk of the Council of Virginia. The Order of the Council, held December 16, 1773 at Williamsburgh (one year after the date of Washington's memorial document), relates to various petitions and counter-petitions of French and Indian War veterans. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
"The Book of the Presidents" - Autographs of Presidents Washington Through FDR!
A century ago, one dedicated collector gathered signature specimens of every President to date-George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt (Taft to FDR added later)-and bound the documents, letters, and notes into a beautiful presentation entitled "The Book of the Presidents with Biographical Sketches by Charles H. Grosvenor." Each of these 25 signature entries is preceded by a photogravure portrait of the respective President, as well as an onion-skin page that has his name, his birth and death dates, a credit line for the original artist whose work was reproduced in photogravure, and two engravings of relevant landmarks (typically, the President's birthplace and his home). Following each entry is a biographical sketch taken from Ohio Senator Charles H. Grosvenor's published work, The Book of the Presidents (Washington D.C.: The Continental Press, 1902). Unlike similar efforts to amass the run of Presidents, most of which are heavy on cut signatures, this elite assortment is composed almost wholly of intact letters and documents. Only a single cut signature is included here-that of John Adams. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
John F. Kennedy Single Signed Baseball
On April 8, 1963, the Washington Senators opened the season with an afternoon game against nearby rival Baltimore. Al Salerno was the Amercian League third base umpire that day-a day that Kennedy chose to take in a ballgame at the D.C. Stadium. The President hurled the ceremonial first pitch to Senators catcher Don Leppert. Salerno asked Leppert for the ball. Shortly thereafter, Kennedy signed the ball for Salerno. The OAL (Cronin) ball featuring Kennedy's signature ("7-8") now resides in an attractive shadowbox display. Also in the display is a letter from Salerno noting the ball's origin and authenticity, and a black-and-white action photo of a smiling Kennedy releasing the ball from his box seat. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.
Political campaigning has been an integral part of the American experience almost since the birth of the country. Items associated with political campaigns not only record history, they provide insight into modern day practices and mudslinging - most notably, that it's nothing new. Political collectibles continue to grow in appreciation among auction bidders. Some of the top items sure to pull strong bidding votes include:
Incredibly Rare 1900 Bryan "No Dinner Pail Lunch for Me!" Campaign Pin
This seldom-seen, 1-3/4" celluloid pin for the William Jennings Bryan campaign in 1900 was produced to present Bryan's "No Dinner Pail Lunch for Me" alternate to the McKinley/Roosevelt "Full Dinner Pail" euphemism for America's prosperity. Bryan preferred "A Square Meal." The design for the pin included a bottle of wine next to the hearty meal of turkey and bread, causing Bryan to order them destroyed, since the wine did not portray the square meal image of ordinary America. Only three pins are known to exist and this is the finest conservatively grading EX/MT. The pin is copyrighted 1900 by the Pet Mfg. Co. The fully intact back paper discloses that the pin was made by Whitehead & Hoag Co. Minimum bid $2,500.00
1912 Wilson/Marshall Jugate Campaign Pin - "The Winners"
This seldom-seen, 1-1/4" pin proclaims the Wilson/Marshall team "Winners" on a scarlet scroll against a gleaming gold background. The oval portraits of the candidates appear to be set in ivory and are crystal clear. The pin is one of the most graphic and highly desirable pins of the period, as well as one of the rarest. The American Artworks Company, whose back paper remains intact, produced it. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
1916 Hughes/Fairbanks Jumbo Jugate with "America First" Ribbons
This is one of the most valuable and desirable of all Hughes' campaign items and it is in NM/MT condition with its delicate 4"-long embossed ribbons intact! The 2-1/8"-diameter pin showcases a high-quality portrait image by Harris & Ewing, the preeminent Washington D.C. photography studio of the period. The pair of tomato-red ribbons, which are virtually never seen with the pin, have gold-embossed lettering of the sponsoring "YOUNG MEN'S REPUBLICAN CLUB" and "AMERICA FIRST." Hughes and Charles Fairbanks may not have finished first in America, but they came close. Just 600,000 popular votes and 23 electoral votes separated the tandem from their incumbent opponents Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Marshall. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
MOVIE AND MUSIC MEMORABILIA OF NOTE
Movie actors and rock stars are America's royalty. We just can't get enough of them. No wonder memorabilia and collectibles associated with the famous continue to grow in popularity and value. Some of the auction highlights include:
Beatles Signed "She Loves You" 45 RPM Record Sleeve
In October of 1963, the Fab 4 completed their studio work for With the Beatles and departed for a mini-tour of Sweden. While there, they signed the reverse of this sleeve for the Swedish Parlophone Records version of their single "She Loves You/I'll Get You." All four phenomenal signatures appear in black ballpoint (grading "9") and are, from top to bottom, "Ringo Starr," "Paul McCartney," "George Harrison," and "John Lennon." LOAs from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, and from Roger Epperson and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Elvis Presley's First Draft Card
It's hard to imagine Elvis-the epitome of individuality and superstardom-being represented by a mere number. But when the senior at L.C. Humes High School turned 18, he registered for the U.S. Selective Service System. And when his official draft card came in the mail six months later, 40-86-35-16 was the number he got. This is THE draft card the young rocker carried in his wallet, right next to those legendary gyrating hips. Elvis was called up for duty in 1957 and refused celebrity treatment. On March 24, 1958, Elvis reported to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and was assigned to the Second Armored Division. The next two years of active duty took Elvis from Fort Hood, Texas to Friedberg, Germany to Fort Dix, New Jersey. In Germany, Elvis made the acquaintance of a young army lieutenant, Colin Powell. Elvis earned his sergeant's stripes in February of 1960 and was honorably discharged the following month. The draft card measures 3-3/8" x 2-1/4". Minimum bid $2,500.00.
"The Wizard of Oz" Movie Script
Whether you're a casual fan or a cult follower, this may be the Wizard of Oz collecting opportunity you've been waiting for. This is an original full script for the legendary 1939 M.G.M. motion picture. Dated 7/5/38, the script contains one hundred and twenty-seven, 8-1/2" x 11", yellow typed pages bound by blue front and back covers. On the front cover is typed "THE WIZARD OF OZ" and in the lower right-hand corner, "From: Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf 7/5/38." Below, a handwritten notation reads, "Mr. Woolf - file copy." Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Scarce and Desirable 1939 Wizard of Oz "Winkie" Guard Original Movie Costume
This is an actual Winkie uniform saved from the set of The Wizard of Oz - one of only a handful of known survivors. The reasoning behind their virtual non-existence today is two-fold: the vulnerability of the fabrics and the fact that the MGM studio often recycled their costumes. The only known Winkie outfits were released by MGM when the studio had its first major prop/wardrobe auction in 1970. The elaborate multi-layered uniform is composed mostly of felt. Missing only its shoes (of which no examples are thought to have survived), the Winkie costume is completely original. One final, very important facet of this Winkie uniform is a vintage black ink notation along the interior lining of the button-up ribbed torso. The notation, linking the uniform to its uncredited actor, reads, "Jack Johrie's." Minimum bid $2,500.00.
Beatles 1966 Candlestick Park Poster with Unused Ticket
The Beatles gave their "swan song" show in Candlestick Park on August 29,1966, never again to perform a live tour concert-although no one knew that at the time. This dynamic thick-stock poster (18-3/4" x 26-1/2"), produced by West Coast Lithograph Co., features all four icons below an interesting Yin Yang design of the U.S. and British flags. Wes Wilson, an influential psychedelic artist who often worked for Bill Graham, created the design. Wilson signed the poster, "Wes Wilson - 12.28.69." Minimum bid $1,500.00.
LEGAL TENDER TREASURES - COIN/CURRENCY
Many of the offered pieces in this section of the MastroNet auction are among the finest, or are the finest, specimens of their type currently known to exist. The design of this currency was intended to represent more than just a token with which to buy something. It is an art form with value beyond the monetary. One can trace the passing of history by who and how the features are depicted on coins and currency. Some of the highlights include:
1799 Bust Dollar PCGS MS61 Normal Date, 7 + 6 Stars, 5 berries.
In 1799 a dollar was more than most people made in a month. Silver dollars were not widely circulated. They fell victim to significant melting after 1800 as the value of silver became more than the monetary face value of the dollar. Consequently, they are quite scarce today. The Draped Bust Dollar was minted for only 10 years, from 1795 through 1804 and is considered one of America's most beautiful and desirable coins by collectors. The obverse bust of "Miss Liberty" was originally designed by the American portrait artist Gilbert Stuart (renown for his portraits of George Washington including the one currently adorning the one dollar bill). Minimum bid $10,000.00.
1901 $10 "Bison" United States Note CGA68
Designed to coincide with the start of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in St. Louis in 1903, the front of this bill portrays the American Bison flanked by vignettes of Lewis and Clark with a representation of Columbia on the reverse. The vibrant red seal and ornate design that adorns the periphery beautifully enhance the bison. On a par with the $5 "Chief" silver certificate, no two large size notes carry greater demand by collectors and investors than these beautiful early varieties. The offered bill is the finest known of this ever-popular $10 United States Note. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
1875 $2 "Lazy Deuce" National Currency CGA66
National Currency bills were issued by participating local banks chartered by the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency from 1863 through 1935. In order to be chartered to issue currency, banks were required to deposit U.S. bonds with the Treasury against which the currency could then be issued. This First Charter $2 note is drawn on The LaCrosse National Bank, Wisconsin, with its charter number 2344 boldly displayed in red on the face of the bill along the serial number of 23. It bears the catalog designation FR 391 with signatures of Allison-Wyman. Commonly called a "Lazy Deuce" because of the large horizontal numeral "2", this is one of the most popular designs of National Currency. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
1891 $20 United States Note CGA66
This note is missing from most currency collections. This series of 1891 $20 US Note is one of the rarest pieces of regular issue US currency produced for general circulation. The front features a portrait of John Marshall who served as Supreme Court Chief Justice and Secretary of State in the early 19th century. The note nears perfection with good margins and centering, bright colors and nicely embossed, crisp paper. It is catalogued as an FR 375, with signatures of Tillman-Morgan. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
HISTORY AT HAND
Collecting historical documents is a way of acknowledging the passage of time and reflecting on where we came from. It's the only way you can hold history in your hands. The MastroNet December auction has an impressive selection of these types of documents. A few of them include:
Thomas Edison 1883 Signed Patent Application for the Light Bulb!!
With his American patent secured, Thomas Alva Edison set his sights on the world. This is the actual patent document that Edison sent to the Governor General of India on August 11, 1883 which has been signed in black fountain pen, "Thomas Alva Edison." Edison also initialed the margin beside a portion of the text where corrections were made. Otherwise, the two-sided document (7-7/8" x 12-3/4") is written in another hand. All writing is darkly and clearly scripted, grading "10", including Edison's supremely impressive signature specimen. Accompanying the patent application is an identically dated, similarly sized, and well-preserved letter of Edison's intermediary in India, Arthur St. John Carruthers. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.00.
Albert Einstein August 6, 1947 Two Page TLS with Significant "Bombing of Hiroshima" Content
Albert Einstein wrote this awe-inspiring letter while serving as chair of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. Referencing the early Cold War, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the role of scientists in the new Nuclear Age, Einstein asks his correspondent, a Mr. Fitzgerald, for the same support he has provided the Emergency Committee in the past. Einstein makes a passionate plea for peace in this most seminal period of proliferation. Einstein's blue ink "10" signature graces the document. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00
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