The first Mastro Auctions sales event of 2006 proved the auction giant is picking up this year, right where it left off last year - at the head of the industry. On March 3, Mastro Auctions closed yet another successful Classic Collector auction. The auction included a number of lots that outperformed expectations and drew an increasing number of collectors to the bidding table. The March Mastro Auctions Classic Collector event included both Sports and Americana items. Highlights of the auction results are provided in the following pages.
TOP LOTS - AMERICANA AND SPORTS
- A Babe Ruth 1921-1931 Hillerich & Bradsby game used bat sold for $72,668.00.
- A Joe Jackson 1914-1915 Pro Model Cork Handle 40K game used bat went for $19,046.00.
- A collection of 1951-1959 Topps complete sets (2) and partial/near sets (7) commanded $19,046.00.
- A 1960-1963 Topps collection (3,050 cards) went for $15,739.00.
- A significant John Adams handwritten document pertaining to the 1792 presidential election went for $11,824.00.
- A Michael Jordan signed game worn 1988/89 Chicago Bulls home jersey sold for $10,749.00.
- A modern hockey autograph and equipment card collection (66) including 15 Wayne Gretzky signature cards realized a final price of $10,749.00.
- A 1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig - PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $10,749.00.
- A 1933 R319 Goudey #84 Glenn Spencer - PSA NM-MT 8 went for $9,771.00.
- A 1960-1964 Topps set collection (6) went for $9,771.00.
- A 1958 San Francisco Call-Bulletin complete set realized a final price of $9,771.00.
Additional highlights for numerous sports lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.
A 1952-1961 Topps collection (1,700+ cards) sold for $6,673.00; a 1962 Topps complete set plus Green Tint and other variations went for $6,673.00; a 1957 Topps complete set went for $5,513.00; a 1963 Topps high grade complete set commanded $4,141.00; a 1964 Topps Stand-up complete set went for $3,764.00; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet pair including Ty Cobb and Cy Young sold for $3,764.00; a 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder collection (15) including two Ty Cobb's sold for $3,420.00; a 1965 Topps complete set went for $3,420.00; a 1956 Topps complete set sold for $3,420.00; and a 1960 Topps complete set went for $3,420.00.
BASEBALL CARDS - GRADED
A 1952 Red Man Tobacco #23 Ted Williams - PSA NM 7 sold for $5,011.00; a 1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig - PSA NM 7 commanded $4,555.00; a 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder "Collins Easily Safe" Collins/Baker - SGC 84 NM7 went for $4,141.00; a 1975 Topps PSA MINT 9 collection (125) went for $3,764.00; a 1911 E94 Close Candy Jimmy Austin - PSA NM 7 sold for $3,420.00; and a 1970 Topps PSA MINT 9 collection (105) went for $3,109.00.
BASEBALL CARDS - BRANCA COLLECTION - The Sixth and FINAL Installment!
A 1951 Bowman #275 Bucky Harris - PSA MINT 9 sold for $4,141.00; a 1952 Topps #20 Bill Loes - PSA MINT 8 went for $4,141.00; a 1952 Topps #22 Dom DiMaggio - PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $3,764.00; a 1951 Bowman #314 Johnny Sain - PSA MINT 9 went for $3,764.00; a 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Del Gainor - PSA NM 7 went for $3,764.00; a 1951 Bowman #181 Casey Stengel - PSA MINT 9 realized $3,764.00; a 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Dick Hobitzelle (Hobitzell) - PSA NM 7 sold for $3,420.00; a 1951 Bowman #323 Joe Adcock rookie card - PSA MINT 9 went for $3,420.00; and a 1951 Bowman #190 Joe Hatten - PSA MINT 9 went for $2,826.00.
A Hank Aaron 1959 signed player contract went for $6,065.00; a 1941 Play Ball #13 Jimmie Foxx signed card - PSA authenticated sold for $3,420.00; a signed store model bat collection (18) with Aaron, Bonds, Griffey Jr. and Williams went for $3,420.00; a 1997 Perez-Steele "Great Moments" complete set (108) with 68 autographs commanded $3,420.00; a Mickey Mantle signed H&B bat realized $3,109.00; and a limited edition and special insert autographed baseball card collection (16) including DiMaggio and Maris went for $3,109.00.
A collection of 1903, 1904, and 1908 Sporting Life hardcover volumes (3) sold for $7,340.00; an early 1908-1929 "Baseball Magazine" collection (69) commanded $7,340.00; a collection of 1929-1957 "Baseball Magazine" volumes (24) went for $7,340.00; an Alex Rodriguez signed Minor League home run baseball went for $5,513.00; a 1956 World Series "Don Larsen Perfect Game" full, unused ticket sold for $3,420.00; and a Game Three 1919 World Series ticket stub at Chicago ("Black Sox") went for $3,109.00.
A Roberto Clemente 1961-1964 H&B game used team index bat went for $6,065.00; a 1930's Joe DiMaggio Krens Pro Model game used bat sold for $5,513.00; a Nellie Fox 1961-1964 H&B game used bat went for $1,592.00; a Mark McGwire 1998 Rawlings game used bat sold for $1,315.00; and a Ralph Kiner 1954 H&B game used bat commanded $1,086.00.
A circa 1915 "Sliding" Ty Cobb original photo sold for $5,513.00; a 1933 Jimmie Foxx and Chuck Klein original photograph from the Inaugural All-Star game went for $5,513.00; a 1932 Lou Gehrig original photo went for $2,122.00; a 1933 Babe Ruth News photograph - hitting the first home in the Inaugural All-Star game went for $1,315.00; and a Louis Van Oyen 1920 World Series photo and scrapbook went for $1,195.00.
SINGLE AND MULTI-SIGNED BASEBALLS
A large single signed baseball collection (252) with Mantle (3), Williams (2) and DiMaggio went for $5,513.00; a Satchel Paige single signed baseball sold for $5,011.00; a Babe Ruth single signed baseball commanded $4,555.00; a Casey Stengel single signed baseball went for $4,555.00; a KiKi Cuyler single signed baseball commanded $4,141.00; a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig signed baseball sold for $3,764.00; a Lloyd Waner single signed baseball went for $3,109.00; and a New York Yankee greats signed ball with DiMaggio, Mantle and Maris sold for $2,335.00.
TEAM SIGNED BASEBALLS
A 1920's-1980's New York Yankees team signed ball collection (15) including 1927 squad sold for $5,513.00; a signed ball collection (4) including 1962, 1963 and 1973 New York Yankees plus 1962 A.L. All Stars went for $2,826.00; a collection (30) of 1950's-1990's Detroit Tigers team signed baseballs sold for $2,122.00; a 1937 American League All-Star signed baseball went for $1,928.00; a 1948 Cleveland Indians team signed baseball went for $1,752.00; and a 1931 Philadelphia Athletics team signed ball with Jimmie Foxx sold for $1,752.00.
BASEBALL UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
A Texas Rangers game worn collection (8) sold for $2,335.00; a Mark McGwire game used first baseman's glove went for $2,122.00; a Steve Garvey 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers game worn road jersey and pants sold for $1,928.00; a Carlton Fisk 1991 Chicago White Sox game worn home jersey sold for $1,752.00; Alex Rodriguez's 1994 Seattle Mariners signed game worn cleats went for $1,446.00; a Roberto Alomar 2003 Chicago White Sox game worn jersey trio sold for $1,315.00; and a Pete Ward 1963 Chicago White Sox signed game used home jersey sold for $1,315.00.
A 1954-1972 Topps and Bowman run of complete (5) and partial/near sets (14) sold for $8,075.00; an extensive collection (524) of 1950-1955 Bowman football cards went for $5,513.00; a collection of 1892-1927 University of California vs. Stanford "Big Game" programs (7) commanded $5,513.00; a December 12, 1937 Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins NFL Championship program realized $5,011.00; a 1948 Leaf complete set (98) sold for $5,011.00; a 1948 Bowman complete set (108) went for $3,764.00; a collection of 1959-1970 Topps complete and partial sets (8) sold for $3,764.00; and an "All American Team" signed photo with Grange, Nagurski, Baugh, Berwanger, Hein, Hutson (9 autographs) sold for $3,764.00.
A 1961/62 Fleer complete set (66) sold for $2,335.00; a Michael Jordan "Love of the Game" canvas signed by Michael Jordan and artist William Lopa sold for $2,122.00; a 1948 Bowman complete set (72) realized $1,928.00; and a 1970/71 Topps high grade complete set (175) commanded $1,752.00.
A 1938 F.C. Cartledge "Famous Prize Fighters" complete PSA-graded set (50) sold for $2,335.00; a collection of 1935-1936 Joe Louis fight programs (3) sold for $2,122.00; a vintage boxing/wrestling set collection (3) sold for $1,592.00; a 1948 Leaf complete set (49) went for $1,592.00; a 1951 Topps Ringside complete set (96) sold for $1,592.00; and a 1974 Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" Heavyweight Championship fight program sold for $1,592.00.
A 1910/11 C56 Hockey Series PSA-graded collection (25) sold for $6,065.00; a 1966/1967 Topps high grade near set (128/132) sold for $5,011.00; a 1936/37 V304D O-Pee-Chee PSA-graded complete set (36) went for $5,011.00; a 1965/66 Topps high grade complete set (128) went for $5,011.00; an extensive 1947-1990 hockey card collection (1,900+) sold for $4,141.00; a 1911/1912 C55 Hockey set (45) realized $4,141.00; a collection of 1953/54 to 1962/63 Parkhurst Hockey complete sets (2) and near sets (2) went for $3,764.00; a collection of 1957/58 to 1963/64 Topps Hockey partial or near sets (4) went for $3,764.00; and a 1964/65 Topps complete set (110) went for $3,764.00.
Golf's Greatest signed lithograph collection (10) sold for $1,086.00; a 2001 Ryder Cup team autographed poster (13 signatures) including Tiger Woods went for $897.00; a near complete 1970 Memphis Open golf scorecard collection (441) sold for $897.00; and a collection of 1910's-1980's golf cards (142) including many stars went for $740.00.
Additional highlights for numerous Americana lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.
A Ronald Reagan signed baseball relating to his early career as a Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer sold for $2,122.00; a 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed letter regarding funding for the Mount Rushmore National Museum went for $1,592.00; an 1835 Zachary Taylor signed letter as Infantry Colonel went for $1,446.00; a collection of Arthur, Cleveland, McKinley, and Wilson signed Executive Mansion/White House cards (4) realized $1,315.00; and a Franklin D. Roosevelt signed sepia photograph sold for $1,195.00.
WORLD'S FAIR COLLECTIBLES
An 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition "The Watch on the Santa Maria" sculpture by John Rogers sold for $1,752.00; the 1939 New York World's Fair "Greyhound Lines" toy buses (3) and people mover went for $1,446.00; a collection of 1904 St. Louis World's Fair postcards, stereoviews and paper ephemera (416) realized $1,315.00; and a 1933 Chicago World's Fair toy truck collection (5) sold for $1,086.00.
A 1930's and 1940's non-sport cards collection (489) sold for $4,141.00; a collection of 1938-1941 World War II non-sports sets went for $3,764.00; a 1938 R68 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" complete set (288) plus "Cash Prizes" card sold for $2,569.00; a 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" complete set (96) went for $2,569.00; two1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" white back and grey back sets went for $2,569.00; a collection of 1950's mixed theme non-sports sets (8) realized $2,335.00; a 1965 Donruss "Disneyland" Puzzleback complete PSA-graded set (66) sold for $2,122.00; and a 1957 Topps "Round-Up" complete set (80) went for $2,122.00.
A 1791 partial letter signed by Alexander Hamilton referencing the First Bank in the United States sold for $3,764.00; a Joe Rosenthal autographed 1945 Iwo Jima photograph went for $3,109.00; a circa 2000 signed Pope John Paul II photo went for $3,109.00; an extremely rare 1939 Japanese Emperor Hirohito signed letter of state went for $2,826.00; an oversized circa 2004 signed Pope John Paul II photo at Lourdes realized $2,122.00; and a 2003 Pope John Paul II "Mother Teresa Beatification" autograph collection (2) with admission ticket sold for $2,122.00.
A 1960's-1970's psychedelic rock poster collection (16) sold for $2,335.00; a Little Rascals photo collection (13) sold for $1,086.00; a collection of 1940's-1970's celebrity first day covers (946) went for $897.00; and a set of 1989 Esco Beatles statues (4) in original boxes sold for $814.00.
A complete collection of early 20th century U.S. coin sets (8) sold for $3,109.00; a partial Morgan & Peace Dollars set (88) went for $1,592.00; an 1872 silver three cent piece PCGS PR 65 sold for $1,195.00; and a large group of 1950's-1990's U.S. Mint Collector issues and sets (80) realized $897.00.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To consign with Mastro Auctions next Classic Collector auction, which will be held in June 2006, go to www.mastroauctions.com or call 630-472-1200.