Huge assembly of premier Sports and Americana items headline expansive hobby offering

In 2006, Mastro Auctions, Inc, the leading Sports and Americana collectibles source set an unprecedented industry record with an auction nearing $14 million. How do you follow that success? By putting together what promises to be another amazing event. On April 3, bidding will begin on over 2,500 items of high-end memorabilia. The collectibles available represent a kaleidoscope of collecting genre including sports, Fine Arts, historical milestones, Hollywood, music, political campaigns and more. Bidding will conclude on April 19, 20, and 21.

According to Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions, the April auction will include the type of premier collectibles the industry has come to expect from the hobby giant and then some. "This auction will include our inaugural Fine Arts effort," explained Allen. "In addition to offering the biggest and best sports memorabilia on the planet, we are also constantly seeking to increase diversity in terms of the material we bring to our collecting audience. This auction will be among our most diverse event to date."

Top Sports memorabilia items or collections include:

  • The George "Shotgun" Shuba collection;
  • The Jim Turner Collection;
  • An assortment of significant Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams jerseys;
  • A selection of high grade bats used by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams, and more;
  • The largest collection of Super Bowl Rings ever offered together, and;
  • A phenomenal assortment of the world's most coveted baseball cards.

Top Americana and Fine Arts items include:

  • A large collection of oil paintings;
  • A considerable selection of decorative glass and lamps;
  • Interesting sculpture and furniture pieces;
  • Historical and presidential items of significance, and;
  • A variety of entertainment items.

Specific highlights are provided in the following:

On April 14, 1946, Jackie Robinson homered in his debut with the Montreal Royals at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. As Robinson touched the plate, his teammate, George "Shotgun" Shuba (later one of the Boys of Summer '55) met him at the plate and with a handshake, acknowledged his accomplishment. Everyone had wondered how Robinson would be received by his teammates. Shuba set the tone that was captured in a famous photo reproduced in almost every newspaper of the day. It's a lesson in how the simplest of gestures can encourage big change. Now, George "Shotgun" Shuba, also credited with the first NL World Series pinch hit homer, will be auctioning his personal collection in Mastro Auctions' April sale. Key lots include:

"Shotgun" Shuba's Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Championship Ring with Original Display Box
George Shuba bowed out of baseball after the finest of Dodgers seasons, 1955. When the Dodgers were finally crowned champs at Yankee Stadium in front of a Game Seven crowd of 62,465 on October 4, 1955, it was the first and last World Series title that any Brooklynite would ever own. The offered remembrance certainly befits such a monumental feat. The ring features a diamond atop a blue stone, and raised lettering reads, "BROOKLYN WORLD CHAMPIONS." One side of the shank exhibits "Dodgers" in blue text. The globe design is bordered by the word "FIRST" and the year "1955." The opposing shank displays a baseball motif and a "George Shuba" facsimile signature. Even George Shuba himself never wore this remarkable item! Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1953 Pee Wee Reese Bat Used by Shuba to Hit 1st NL Pinch Hit Home Run in World Series History
Pitted against the Yankees in the 1953 World Series, the Dodgers opened the showdown at home in front of a (then) National League record crowd of 69,734. Trailing 5-2 in the sixth inning, Shuba was summoned to pinch-hit for pitcher Jim Hughes. Shuba launched a two-run homer using Reese's B91, for the first-ever pinch-hit NL home run in World Series history. The following day, Reese's counterpart, Phil Rizzuto asked if he could borrow the lumber for batting practice. Reese complied, and later was unable to locate the bat. A batboy found it, broken, near the Yankee dugout. Rizzuto claimed he didn't know how it happened. This 35", 30-oz. white ash lumber is the very "B91" Pee Wee Reese signature model club employed by Shuba that historic day. The bat is autographed by Reese "10." The hitting relic shows tremendous use. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Jim Turner was 19 when he began playing minor league baseball. Twelve seasons later, in 1937, Turner made his pitching debut in the major leagues at the age of 33 with the Boston Braves. In 1938, he was named to the All-Star Team. In 1940, Turner was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. And in 1942, the 38-year old pitcher joined the roster of the New York Yankees. All together, Turner spent 51 consecutive seasons in professional baseball as a player and a coach. Some of the items in his collection include:

Jim Turner's 1953 New York Yankees World Championship Ring
This exquisite 1953 New York Yankees World Championship ring is accompanied by its original Balfour display box. A genuine diamond is set at the center of this presentation, and raised lettering surrounding the glimmering arrangement exhibits, "NEW YORK YANKEES WORLD CHAMPIONS." The year "1953" and New York's stars and stripes emblem are displayed on both of the opposing shanks. A "Jim Turner" facsimile signature has been engraved inside of the band. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Rare Jim Turner 1939 Boston Bees Complete Game Used Uniform with Cap
Offered is an incredibly well-kept Boston Bees complete game worn home ensemble donned by Turner during the 1939 season. It was the last home uniform of any Major League team to sport the city's full name. Of cream-colored flannel, the button-down jersey features "BOSTON" arched across the chest and Turner's number "23" applied to the back in identical fashion. The pants have a four-button fly, six blue-colored belt hoops, and two cotton-lined back pockets. Turner's wool Bees cap sports a white top; a red brim and a red-on-blue felt "B" in the appropriate spot. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS, Steve Grad/PSA DNA and James Spence Authentication. Minimum bid $1,500.00.

Jim Turner's 1955 New York Yankees American League Championship Ring
Jim Turner was on the losing side of the fabled Fall Classic, as indicated by this 1955 New York Yankees American League Championship ring. A total of twelve stones, four of which are genuine diamonds, adorn the Yankees emblem. Four red and four blue cubic zirconias compliment the gems. The raised lettering reads, "New York Yankees American League Champions," and the year "1955." The inside of the size "12" band exhibits the etched "James R. Turner" signature. Minimum bid $1,500.00.

Items worn by prominent baseball players are as close as collectors can get to their accomplishments and essence. Perhaps that is why when they become available, significant jerseys from legendary players always command top auction dollar. A few available in Mastro Auctions' April sale include:

Roberto Clemente 1958 Game Used Road Jersey
This Pirates road jersey was donned by Roberto Clemente during the notable 1958 season. The grey flannel button-down garment is of the vest variety-a style employed by the team for its second season in '58. In black-on-gold felt lettering, "PIRATES" is arched across the chest, and Clemente's since-retired number "21" is sewn to the back in like-colored numerals. The item reveals evidence of medium wear. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1959 Ted Williams Game Used Boston Red Sox Home Jersey
Boston Red Sox icon Ted Williams wore this jersey during his troublesome 1959 season. The cream-colored flannel, button-down garment features "RED SOX" arched across the chest in red-on-blue felt characters and the Hall of Famer's since-retired number "9" applied to the back in like fashion. The historic jersey reveals light wear. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1933-35 Joe DiMaggio San Francisco Seals Game Used Jersey
Joe DiMaggio wore this jersey as he turned the heads of every scout during his 1933 season with the Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals. During that season, DiMaggio achieved a 61-game run that included at least 1 safety per game. In authoring the streak. The off-white flannel jersey sports a light-blue pinstriped pattern. "SEALS" is arched across the and "10" is sewn to the back in felt numerals. Just below the tagging, DiMaggio's blue-Sharpie signature and inscriptions of "8/21/83" and "(1933)" boast a strength of "9-10." The jersey was originally in the possession of Dick Bartell. The jersey was dealt to collector Barry Halper shortly after the 1983 All-Star Game. Halper had DiMaggio sign the jersey. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS, Steve Grad/PSA DNA and James Spence Authentication. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

Few items are as revered in sports memorabilia as the bats used by the game's greats. The April Mastro Auctions sale not only has a great assortment of game used bats, but significant examples from some of the notable periods of play from baseball's best. A few include:

1918 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat Documented Vault Marked R2
Rarely do we see a bat manufactured for a player with only a barrel brand, but such was the case here. Factory documents indicate that this well-defined center brand was added on "8-14-42" for "Caliper only" purposes. Thus it can logically be deduced that the center brand was added for display purposes. This uncracked Hillerich & Bradsby treasure shows all the earmarks of outstanding game use-with a compact hitting zone characteristic to Ruth bats. Factory records reveal that Ruth signed a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby on July 9, 1918. Ruth's "small R" facsimile signature on the barrel of the offered lumber was the first such scripting found on his bats, confirming that date. Indicating that this model fit Ruth's desires for additional duplicate models are both vault marks on the knob and side writing about the barrel. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1933 Lou Gehrig Small Signature Game Used Bat
Several elements lead to the conclusion that this Hillerich & Bradsby white ash lumber was turned for the Yankee great in 1933. Factory shipping records reveal an order for this model in '33. An inclusion of a third partial thunderbolt over the "Powerized" engraving on the center brand further dates the lumber, and additionally, this bat features a Hornsby-like knob-a detail from which Gehrig switched permanently in September of 1933. This 35-1/4", 36-oz. bat was brandished during the absolute pinnacle of Gehrig's career. The bat originates from the estate of legendary Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium public address announcer George Levy. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

Ted Williams 1939-43 Game Used Rookie Era Bat
With an indifferent attitude in regards to playing the outfield, Williams met with the disapproval of veteran players at the Boston Red Sox spring training camp in 1938. Shipped to the Minneapolis Millers for minor league "seasoning", Williams remained self-assured, pacing the American Association in homers (43), RBI (142) and batting average (.366). Williams made his official debut with the Red Sox on April 20, 1939. "The Thumper" wielded this Hillerich & Bradsby Ted Williams signature model bat during his early days in the big league. Showing picture-perfect game use, this 35", 32-oz. white ash lumber hails from the 1934-1944 labeling period, but can be narrowed to 1939-1942. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Rogers Hornsby 1921 H&B Game Used Bat
Turned during the 1921-1931 labeling period, this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model lumber is as rare as its original owner's batting achievements. This 34", 39-1/2-oz. white ash war club shows phenomenal game use as well as evidence of tape removal about the handle-a telltale sign on a Hornsby bat from this era. Additionally, there is evidence of both a shipping label having been applied and faded remnants of side writing. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Joe DiMaggio 1946 H&B Game Used Bat
Hillerich & Bradsby's records reveal that this "D29L" signature model battle club was shipped to DiMaggio during his 1946 return to the big league arena following military service. With a pronounced center brand and sizable facsimile signature, this uncracked item reveals evidence of heavy use, with ball, bat-rack, cleat and stitch marks throughout, as well as a hint of grain swelling about the barrel. It's a Hall of Fame hitting relic. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Mel Ott 1945 H&B Game Used Bat
Mel Ott wielded this Hillerich & Bradsby "O18" signature model weapon during the 1945 campaign-his final season as a Polo Grounds regular. Memorable for various reasons, 1945 was a year during which the 36-year-old Ott was left to fend off National League foes in a player/manager capacity-piloting what was arguably the most depleted Major League squad in the wake of World War II. The offered 34", 33-oz. white ash lumber matches H&B factory records as having been shipped to the Louisiana-born slugger during that 1945 season. The item shows phenomenal game use and red paint and a black-ink notation of "T" upon the slightly chipped knob. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Jimmie Foxx 1926-1931 H&B Game Used Bat
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat was used by Jimmie Foxx during the early portion of his magnificent 20-year career. This weighty 35-1/4", 36-1/2-oz. war club hails from the 1921-1931 labeling period. It is one of less than six 1920's Foxx gamers known to exist. This bat shows outstanding game use. Additionally, there is an even strip of very faint discoloration upon the barrel-the result of a layer of tape having been applied. It is a near-perfect example of what is far and away the most difficult "500 Home Run Club" bat to acquire. Minimum bid $5,000.00.


1933/34 R319 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie - PSA MINT 9
There are just six copies of this card graded at the same level with none graded higher. The essence of this collectible, the most widely coveted gum card ever made is fully realized in this gorgeous example. It is an incomparable Goudey artifact, a thoroughly estimable representative of what is without question one of the most rare and desirable items in the baseball card-collecting hobby. Minimum bid $25,000.00.

1910 T210 Old Mill Cigarettes Joe Jackson Rookie Card - PSA EX 5 (ST)
There are over 600 subjects depicted in the promotion. Furthermore, all of these series cover minor league circuits south of the Mason-Dixon Line. A standout of T210 Old Mill is the figure of Joe Jackson. Singularly, it is the Jackson card that subordinates every other subject in T210. In this card, the indomitable hitter is shown with the Southern League's New Orleans franchise, a team then captive to the Cleveland Indians. The season is clearly 1910, and though he had earlier played for the Athletics, this was really his springboard to stardom. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1916 M101-5 "Sporting News" #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card - PSA NM-MT 8
There are just three unqualified examples at this level with none graded higher. This collectible represents one of the peak achievements in all of card collecting. The offered card contains an unimprovable image of Ruth. It is perfectly focused, and devoid of the common print line that normally plagues this issue. The item offers the collector immaculate surfaces and superb visual appeal. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1915 M101-5 Sporting News Complete Set and 16 1916 M101-4 Cards - PSA Graded
It is an opportunity to capture one of the finest assemblies of these cards known to exist. Includes: PSA MINT 9: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 68 cards w/#'s 35 (OC) Charles Comiskey, 42 (OC) Sam Crawford, 56 Red Faber, 85 Miller Huggins, 109 Rabbit Maranville, 114 John McGraw, 144 Wilbert Robinson, 146 Ed Roush, 171 Casey Stengel, and 176 (OC) Jim Thorpe; PSA NM 7: 87 cards w/#'s 4 (OC) Pete Alexander, 16 Roger Bresnahan, 26 Max Carey, 28 Frank Chance, 33 Eddie Collins, 55 Johnny Evers, 86 Joe Jackson, 89 Hughie Jennings, 90 Walter Johnson, 95 Nap Lajoie, 105 Connie Mack, 110 Rube Marquard, 142 Eppa Rixey, 155 Ray Schalk, and 184 Honus Wagner; PSA EX-MT 6: 29 cards w/#'s 8 (OC) Frank Baker, 9 (OC) Dave Bancroft, 83 Harry Hooper, 177 Joe Tinker, and 187 Ed Walsh; PSA EX 5: 8 cards; and PSA VG-EX 4: 3 cards. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1952 High Grade Topps Master Set
This full set of the proud '52's has its entire 407-member cast along with the corresponding first 80 numbers in their "black back" configurations. Even the scarce low-number variation cards of Joe Page and Johnny Sain are present. Includes: PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card; PSA NM 7: 42 cards w#'s 216 Ashburn, 246 Kell, 277 Wynn, 384 Crosetti; PSA NM 7 (OC): 1 card, #311 Mantle; PSA EX-MT 6: 194 cards w/#'s 26 Irvin, 91 Schoendienst; PSA EX 5: 162 cards w/#'s 11 Rizzuto (BB), 26 Irvin (BB), 33 Spahn (BB), 37 Snider (BB), 49 Sain/correct, 59 Roberts, 59 Roberts (BB), 65 Slaughter (BB), 129 Mize, 195 Minoso, 243 Doby; PSA VG-EX 4: 70 cards w/#'s 1 Rizzuto, 36 Hodges, 37 Snider, 65 Slaughter, 88 Feller, 261 Mays, 268 Lemon, 333 Reese, 392 Wilhelm, and Dickey; PSA VG 3: 19 cards w/#'s 312 Robinson, 314 Campanella, and 315 Durocher. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig PSA MINT 9
There are only four cards in existence graded higher than this one. With the decline of Ruth, Goudey placed exclusive emphasis on baseball's premier star, Gehrig, with his thematic vignette running the near course of the issue. Furthermore, he was showcased twice in the production (the other being card #37). This rendering, #61, is substantially the scarcer of the two. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente - PSA MINT 9
Just one copy of this card has been graded higher. This cherished Clemente collectible was included in the difficult "high number" segment of the 1955 Topps issue. Although the Hall of Fame outfielder's career was tragically abbreviated, his dual legacy of baseball greatness and humanitarian generosity remains immortal. This example of the heroic figure's debut Topps card features well-calibrated centering and snow-white framing of Clemente's portrait and batting stance. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1948 Bowman #6 Yogi Berra - PSA GEM MINT 10
This is the very finest 1948 Bowman Berra card in existence. The card features a black-and-white, photographic image of the great Yankee in sublime, collectable form. Its corners are reminiscent of those seen in a card thirty years newer that's just been pulled from a vending box. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1952 Topps Complete Master Set with Red and Black Backs, Sain and Page Variations (489)
This solid middle grade set of the proud '52's has its entire 407-member cast along with the corresponding first 80 numbers in their "black back" configurations. A total of 26 cards have been graded by PSA. Highlights include: Graded Cards - PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8 (OC): 4 cards 268 Lemon, 277 Wynn and 314 Campanella; PSA NM 7: 7 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 8 cards w/#'s 88 Feller, 91 Schoendienst, 261 Mays, 315 Durocher, 391, 400 Dickey (OC) and 407 Mathews; PSA EX 5: 5 cards w/#'s 33 Spahn RB, 191 Berra, 312 Robinson, 372 McDougald and 392 Wilhelm; PSA GOOD 2: 1 card, #311 Mantle. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1962 Topps Complete Set - PSA Graded
With just one exception, each card in this 597-member set has been graded NM-MT 8 or MINT 9 by PSA. Only one card within this gallery is at the PSA NM 7 plateau with none lesser. Includes: PSA MINT 9: w/#'s 21 Kaat, and 60 Koufax/Drysdale LL; PSA NM-MT 8: w/#'s 18 Mantle/Mays, 25 Banks, 29 Stengel, 30 Mathews, 45 Robinson, 50 Musial, 53 Maris/Mantle LL, 100 Spahn, 139A Babe Ruth, 140 Ruth/Gehrig, 150 Kaline, 200 Mantle, 213 Ashburn, 243 Roberts, 288 B. Williams, 313 Maris IA, 317 Musial IA, 320 Aaron, 340 Drysdale, 350 F. Robinson, 360 Berra, 394 Aaron AS, 395 Mays AS, 425 Yastrzemski, 471 Mantle AS, 500 Snider, 530 Gibson, 545 Wilhelm SP, and 575 Schoendienst SP; PSA NM 7: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1960 Topps PSA Graded Complete Set (572)
Each card in this set has been graded by PSA, with an overwhelming 94%, situated at or above the PSA NM-MT 8 tier. The top-quality, classic gallery includes: PSA GEM MINT 10: 3 cards; PSA MINT 9: 142 cards w/#'s 28 Robinson, 35 Ford, 160 Mantle/Boyer, 305 Ashburn, 326 Clemente, 343 Koufax, 475 Drysdale, 480 Berra, 560 Banks AS and 561 Kaline AS; PSA NM-MT 8: 399 cards w/#'s 1 Wynn, 7 Mays/Rigney, 10 Banks, 73 Gibson, 200 Mays, 210 Killebrew, 227 Stengel, 240 Aparicio, 250 Musial, and 377 Maris; PSA NM 7: 27 cards w/#'s 558 Mathews AS. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (519)
T206 "White Borders," the classic tobacco inserts, are the most immediately recognizable and widely collected cards in our industry. Presented is a journey through time, from more than one perspective, in the form of 519 different cards from the T206 issue (missing only Magie, Plank and Wagner for completion). A total of 68 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded Cards - PSA EX-MT 6: 18 cards; PSA EX 5: 29 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 19 cards; PSA GD 2: 2 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes - Type II Near Set (183/188)
T213s are far less plentiful than most tobacco issues as they were only made available in the Louisiana area. "Type 2" Coupons have the distinction of being one of only a handful of sets to include players from the short lived Federal League among its subject roster. Fifty-nine cards have been graded by a third party service. Includes: Graded Cards - Graded PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card; PSA EX 5: 1 card: 8 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Uncut Sheet of the Complete Set of 1954 Wilson Franks Cards
The 1954 Wilson Franks cards are painfully difficult to find, and a complete set is very seldom assembled or offered. To promote their product, Wilson Franks created an advertising piece. It was actually an uncut sheet of finished cards, affixed to an advertising board that gave information about the cards and where to find them. Among the few advertising sheet examples seen in the industry (a very small number), virtually all demonstrate a significant degree of fading. But not this one. The 20-card uncut sheet actually comprises an entire set, including Ted Williams, Roy Campanella, Bob Feller, Gil Hodges, and all the other Wilson stars. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1951 Bowman High Grade Low Number Collection (217) - All PSA Graded
Every card in this incredible collection of 217 different 1951 Bowman "Low Number" baseball cards has been graded by PSA NM- MT 8. Comprising more than 85% of the issue's foundation series spanning #'s 1-252, this spectacular gallery features stars, superstars, Hall of Famers, rookies and fan favorites. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 217 cards w/#'s 3 Roberts, 32 Snider, 50 Mize, 53 Lemon, 58 Slaughter, 62 Boudreau, 80 Reese, 181 Stengel, 186 Ashburn, and 233 Durocher. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1953 Topps High Grade Complete Set
The offered set is overwhelmingly comprised of cards worthy of placement within the NM to NM/MT range. Additionally, 169 cards, including those of Robinson, Feller, Reese and other key athletes, have been professionally graded and encapsulated NM/MT 8 or NM 7. A total of 176 cards (172 PSA cards) have been professionally graded. Highlights include: Graded Cards - PSA MINT 9: 2 cards w/#'s 81 Black: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8: 135 cards w/#'s 1 Robinson, 27 Campanella, 37 Mathews, 41 Slaughter, 76 Reese, 77 Mize, 86 Martin, 87 Lopat, 147 Spahn, 162 Klu, 207 Ford, 220 Paige, and 244 Mays: 1 card, #82 Mantle; PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 4 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1911 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb - PSA EX 5
There are just three copies of this card graded at this level with only three examples graded higher. "Turkey Reds" are universally celebrated as the most substantial and beautiful baseball premiums ever dispensed. Originally made available to enthusiasts in exchange for a variety of cigarette coupons, they were mailed without protection inside flimsy envelopes, often arriving damaged. The offered portrayal of Ty Cobb is clearly the most desirable subject in the set, and this one has a spectacular presentation level. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig - PSA NM-MT 8
Only four copies of this card exist that are graded higher. An exceptional collectible, this depiction of Lou Gehrig, number 61 in Goudey's 1934 set, displays the prized batting pose of the "Iron Horse" from his namesake production. For the back-text of his own card, Gehrig modestly refrained from providing commentary about his personal abilities. Instead, he used the space to promote Goudey's "Knot Hole League" club to young fans. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Massive Collection of 1911-1916 T216 "Kotton" Mino & Virginia Extras Cigarettes
This is the largest collection of T216 Kotton baseball cards ever offered at public auction. Produced by the New Orleans based Peoples Tobacco Co. Ltd., the "Kotton" brand issues contain a greater number of subjects, plus copy variations, than most southern issues making them a distinct challenge for hobbyists who decide to complete this elusive issue. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1957 Topps High Grade Complete Set
This high grade 1957 Topps complete set of 407 cards, features 228 cards (222 PSA cards) that have been professionally graded. Graded Cards - PSA NM-MT 8: 213 cards w/#'s 1 Williams, 2 Berra, 10 Mays, 18 Drysdale, 20 Aaron, 24 Mazeroski, 30 Reese, 35 Robinson, 55 Banks, 62 Martin, 70 Ashburn, 76 Clemente, 80 Hodges, 90 Spahn, 95 Mantle, 125 Kaline, 170 Snider, 203 Wilhelm, 210 Campanella, 250 Mathews, 286 Richardson, 302 Koufax, 312 Kubek, 322 Redlegs, 328 Robinson, 338 Bunning, and 400 Dodgers' Sluggers. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1958 Topps High Grade Set
An astounding 370 encapsulated specimens (352 PSA cards), including all of the set's key star cards, have been professionally graded NM 7 or higher. More than 80% of the cards grade NM to NM/MT. Highlights include: 340 cards w/#'s 1 Williams, 2 Lemon, 5 Mays, 25 Drysdale, 30 Aaron, 47 Maris, 70 Kaline, 88 Snider, 90 Roberts, 100 Wynn, 101 Richardson, 115 Bunning, 150 Mantle, 162 Hodges, 190 Schoendienst, 230 Ashburn, 238 Mazeroski, 270 Spahn, 271 Martin, 285 Robinson, 288 Killebrew, 304 Kuenn/Kaline, 307 Robinson, 310 Banks, 314 Snider/Alston, 320 Ford, 324 Wilhelm, 343 Cepeda, 351 Crandall/Mathews/Aaron/Adcock, 370 Berra, 375 Reese, 418 Mantle/Aaron, 436 Mays/Snider, 464 Flood, 476 Musial AS, 480 Mathews AS, 482 Banks AS, 484 Robinson AS, 485 Williams AS, 486 Mays AS, 487 Mantle AS, 488 Aaron AS, and 494 Spahn AS; PSA NM 7: 7 cards w/#'s 70 Kaline YL, and 100 Wynn YL; PSA EX-MT 6: 5 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio - NM-MT PSA 8
There is only one card like this one graded higher. As with most "number 1" cards, the 1948 Leaf collectible of DiMaggio is usually found with excessive wear. The offered specimen possesses four well-formed corners and truly exceptional color. Minimum bid $2,000.00.


Exceedingly Rare and Highly Desirable 1876 Chicago White Stockings Stock Certificate Signed by Spalding and Hulbert!
This is an absolutely incredible foundation piece of Major League Baseball. This legal document, signifying ownership of a single share of the Chicago Ball Club, is dated September 14, 1876 and signed by both the club's president, William Hulbert, and its secretary, Al Spalding. This document originates from the Cubs' inaugural year, 1876 - also the first year of the National League. The offered stock certificate is numbered "17" and is made out to Charles Schwartz. Spalding's signature is a "9" and Hubert's an "8." LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA and LOA from James Spence Authentication. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1911 L-1 #127 Ty Cobb Pristine Example of This Key Leather
This 1911 L1 premium leather of Cobb is the finest L1 Cobb that could possibly exist. This example is superb in every respect: its obverse is breathtaking and the back is clean. The presentation afforded by the L1's dimensions is employed magnificently in this beyond-outstanding example. In our December sale, the finest T3 of Cobb sold for nearly $100,000. L1 leathers exist in miniscule amounts compared with the T3 premiums and less than a half dozen L1 leathers of Cobb have ever been seen, in any condition! Minimum bid $5,000.00.


Incredible 1953 Ty Cobb Single Signed Ball - The Finest in Existence!
On Tuesday, November 24, 1953, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb visited the Rawlings Sporting Goods factory in St. Louis, Missouri. He was shown a new equipment line, and queried about its suitability. At some point during the tour, Cobb was handed a Rawlings Official League baseball that he graciously autographed. The flawless scripting, "Ty Cobb 11/24/53," is on the side panel location. It is a perfect "10" by any and every visual measure. LOA from the former Rawlings executive. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1949-53 Run of New York Yankees World Champion Team Signed Baseballs
Nothing short of superlatives can be used to aptly describe the New York Yankees unprecedented run of five successive World Series titles from 1949 through 1953. This collection of signed OAL (Harridge) baseballs is as amazing as their signees' streak itself. Impeccably preserved as a desirable complete run, these clean, creamy spheres showcase the black- or blue-ink scriptings of Bronx Bomber heroes from each of those five straight title seasons. The scriptings project an overall strength of "7-10" (mostly "8-10"). Includes: 1949 (29 signatures); 1950 (30) - with DiMaggio (s/s, "8-9"), Ford, DiMaggio (s/s, "10), Mantle ("8"); and 1953 (31) - including Ford, and Mantle ("7-8"). LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Honus Wagner Sweet Spot Single Signed Baseball - PSA NM 7, Both Ball and Signature
At age 80 and in his last season of life, the great Honus Wagner fulfilled one fan's request by signing this baseball. Dated "7-1-55", Wagner's autograph projects beautifully and legibly. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $1,500.00.


1954 Hank Aaron Rookie Contract
Here is the document that started the legendary major league baseball career of Hank Aaron. The four-page, 8-1/2" x 11" "UNIFORM PLAYERS CONTRACT" is comprised primarily of details, which are printed under such headings as "Payment," "Loyalty," "Ability" and "Condition." On the appropriate line, Aaron's promised salary of "6,000.00" (SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS PER SEASON)" is typewritten. The signatures of Aaron and Braves General Manager John Quinn project a strength of "10," while the scripting of National League President Warren Giles is slightly lesser, at "8-9." LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Spectacular 1929 World Series Autographed Photograph
The occasion for this immortal get-together was Game 1 of the 1929 World Series at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia A's manager Connie Mack, Chicago Cubs manager Joe McCarthy, and Cubs second basemen Rogers Hornsby are principal figures in the contest, while Babe Ruth, Ruth's agent extraordinaire Christy Walsh, Giants Manager John McGraw, A's alumnus Ty Cobb, and Washington Senators coach Nick Altrock are in attendance as spectators. All of the fountain-pen autographs grade a superb "9-10". LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1938 Yankees Individually Signed Burke Photos with Gehrig and DiMaggio
George Burke images are worthy of display, even without autographs, but these impressive remembrances bear the black ballpoint signatures of Champion Bombers, six of whom have gained induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The carefully scripted signatures range in strength from "8-10" with the majority boasting "9-10" quality. Includes: Joe DiMaggio ("9-10"), Bill Dickey ("9"), Lou Gehrig ("10"), Lefty Gomez ("9"), Joe McCarthy ("10"), and Red Ruffing ("10"). LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.


Ty Cobb's 1908 American League Champion Detroit Tigers Pocket Watch
Ty Cobb was bestowed this very American League championship pocket watch in 1908. The 2"-diameter Elgin timepiece has a 15-jewel movement and a gold-filled case that is monogrammed "T R C" (Tyrus Raymond Cobb) within a swirling crest-like design. A spring-release mechanism reveals the watch face, which displays the Tigers' Olde English "D" composed of six small diamonds, above "AMERICAN BASEBALL CLUB OF DETROIT - 1908 A.L. CHAMPIONS." EX/MT condition. Accompanying the pocket watch is a letter on Cleveland Indians stationary from Ralph Red Kress (to whom Cobb gifted the watch). Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Bill Stafford's 1961 New York Yankees World Series Ring
The 1961 New York Yankees World Championship ring presented to Bill Stafford features a diamond placed within a baseball diamond-like setting surrounded by the raised "New York Yankees World Champions" designation. Also in raised fashion is the year "1961" and the Yankees' stars and stripes emblem, which are featured on both of the opposing shanks. The inside of the size 10 ring's band exhibits an etched "William C. Stafford" facsimile signature, and a "Balfour 14K" engraving as well. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Rocky Colavito Outstanding Batting Achievement Babe Ruth Crown
The prestigious Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association recognized Colavito's lifetime contribution to baseball by issuing him this Babe Ruth Crown shortly after his retirement in 1968. The offered crown leaves no stone unturned. In fine detail upon the radiant, gold-hued surface, the legend reads: "FOR OUTSTANDING BATTING ACHIEVEMENTS," which is engraved just below the loud, raised-letter title of "BABE RUTH CROWN - ROCKY COLAVITO." Surrounding the outer band are engraved Colavito's achievements. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Ray Blades 1926 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Ring
This World Series ring was presented to Cards outfielder Ray Blades. Though Blades hit .305 in 107 games for that season, he did not appear in the World Series. This 14-karat gold band boasts a sizable real diamond atop the facing, around which, "ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - WORLD CHAMPIONS" is declared in raised lettering. Cardinals' birds-and-bat logos are carved on each side. Within the band, a pair of engravings is executed. One reads: "Presented to F. Ray Blades (Francis Raymond) by Base Ball Commissioner." Another engraving declares "Presented by Col. Lindbergh." The latter element indicates that most likely Charles Lindbergh was on hand to award the rings. Obtained directly from the Blade's estate. Minimum bid $2,500.00.


1961/62 Fleer Basketball Complete Set - PSA Graded NM-MT 8
The assembly's cumulative grading ranks it within the most elite half-dozen on PSA's Set Registry. This set is characterized by bright, impeccable images. The set includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 66 cards w/#'s 3 Baylor, 8 Chamberlain, 10 Cousy, 19 Heinsohn, 34 Pettit, 36 Robertson, 38 Russell, 43 West, 47 Chamberlain IA, 49 Cousy IA, 61 Robertson IA, 62 Russell IA, and 66 West IA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1948 Bowman Complete Set - PSA Graded
Bowman's 1948 basketball production represented a departure for the gum card manufacturer, as well as a gamble on an unproven sport. Disappointing sales led to the abandonment of similar efforts. Today, the world has turned, and 1948 Bowman basketball cards are cherished as early mementos of immortal Hall of Fame players, important but now-defunct teams, and immeasurable nostalgic character. The offered full set includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 16 cards w/#'s 10 Davies, and 32 Holzman; PSA NM 7: 44 cards w/#'s 9 Phillip, 34 Fulks, 58 Risen, and 66 Pollard; PSA EX-MT 6: 11 cards w/#'s 38 Jeanette, and 69 Mikan; PSA EX 5: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Jerry West Circa 1973 Los Angeles Lakers Signed Game Worn Road Jersey
Jerry West has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success as a player, coach and even as a high-powered NBA executive. This Jerry West signed, Los Angeles Lakers road jersey was worn by the legendary Hall of Famer, circa 1973. This purple mesh pullover garment features "WEST" on the back. "LAKERS" is displayed on the front and the player's number "44" is exhibited in a 3-D style on the front and back. Moderate game use is evident. West has applied his black Sharpie inscription to the second number "4" on the jersey's back, about "9-10" strength. Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $1,000.00.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Signed Game Worn Road Jersey
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 was the exclamation point to a career that tallied phenomenal statistical accomplishments. This Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers road jersey was custom-made by Tiernan of Glendale, California. The purple mesh pullover garment displays "ABDUL-JABBAR on thee jersey's back. "LAKERS" is on the front of the piece and Jabbar's number "33" in 3-D style is on the front and back The jersey exhibits light game use. Jabbar has scripted his black Sharpie signature on the second number "3" on the back of the jersey, "10" strength. Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $1,000.00.


Wayne Gretzky 1981/82 Edmonton Oilers Jersey
This is an Edmonton Oilers road jersey worn by Gretzky during his unparalleled 1981/82 season. The white mesh pullover garment boasts a "OILERS" team logo patch and the Hall of Famer's familiar number "99" sewn to the back and both shoulders. In blue, block characters, "GRETZKY" is sewn to a nameplate above the number on the back. The item reveals evidence of tremendous game wear. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Mark Messier 1984/85 Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Road Jersey
Messier wore this Oilers road jersey during his initial championship season. This blue mesh, long-sleeve pullover garment boasts an "OILERS" team logo and an "A" sewn to the left breast to indicate Messier's assistant captain status. The ice icon's familiar number "11" is sewn to the back with "MESSIER" sewn above the number on the back. LOA from Brad Moore. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Ray Bourque 1987/88 Boston Bruins Game Worn Road Jersey
Ray Bourque wore this Boston Bruins road jersey during 1987/88 campaign. This black mesh, long-sleeve pullover garment features a "B" team logo patch and a "C" sewn to the left breast to indicate Bourque's captain status. His famed famed "77" and "BOURQUE" on the back. The item shows fantastic game wear. LOA from Brad Moore. Minimum bid $1,500.00.


Early 1920's Jim Thorpe Game Used Helmet
Accompanied by impeccable provenance, this Sunday battle gear is a hands-on relic hailing from Thorpe's noteworthy efforts at football. Thrust into the spotlight at the collegiate level, Thorpe remained on the gridiron, where he was to become a fixture. Thorpe earned All-America status in both 1911 and 1912 for football, as he almost single-handedly powered his team to unthinkable upsets over national powers Harvard and Army. At the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, Thorpe earned Gold Medals for his efforts in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon. Upon his 1928 retirement, Thorpe had played in a total of 52 NFL contests. The offered aviator-style helmet bears a brown-hued leather shell. Stamped upon the relic's base is "2345," and, carved within a front flap, "J. THORPE" appears above a barely legible "CAPT." The item, shows heavy gridiron use. It was acquired directly from Thorpe during the late 1940's at a Henderson, Nevada saloon he was running. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

Super Bowl Rings
Super Bowl rings, especially those once owned by players, generate considerable auction excitement whenever available because it happens so rarely. In the Mastro Auctions' April sale, the largest number of Super Bowl rings ever auctioned at one time will be offered. A total of 9 rings will be available including Jerry Kramer's ring from the very first Super Bowl, Walton's 1975 Cowboys Super Bowl ring, Lee's 1982 Dolphins Super Bowl ring, Kelly's 1994 49ers Super Bowl ring and Ingram's 1990 Giants Super Bowl ring. The ring's will be auctioned individually but are expected to bring up to $250,000.00 in bids collectively. Here is some detail on Jerry Kramer's ring:

Extremely Rare 1966 Jerry Kramer Green Bay Packers World Champions Super Bowl I Ring
This is Jerry Kramer's championship ring from his first Super Bowl-the first Super Bowl. His Jostens, 14-karat-gold ring is a size "14-1/2" and features a diamond encircled by raised lettering of "WORLD CHAMPIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS 1966." One shank carries Kramer's name and number along with a Packers logo. The other shank delivers an NFL/AFL logo, the scores of the NFL Championship Game and the Super Bowl, and a crown with the words "HARMONY - COURAGE - VALOR." Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1934 NFL World Champions Figural Trophy Presented to Ken Strong of the New York Giants
The offered keepsake was awarded to Ken Strong a mere seven days after his spectacular performance that led to the New York Giants surprising 1934 win over the heavily favored Chicago Bears. The trophy was awarded to Strong by the New York Giants organization. This 11"-tall heirloom is crafted in the likeness of a football, and etched below the laces motif reads, "To Ken Strong FROM THE WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS / DEC. 16, 1934." Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Ultimate Offering of Chicago Bears Football Programs 1930's - 2002 Including Play-offs and Extremely Rare NFL Championships
An amazing chronicle of franchise and league history is afforded by this virtually impossible-to-duplicate and phenomenally comprehensive assembly of Chicago Bears publications. Highlights include: 1933 World's Championship vs. N.Y. Giants (the rarest and 1934 World's Championship vs. N.Y. Giant. Other particularly noteworthy events represented include: 1937 NFL Championship vs. Washington (VG/EX), 1940 NFL Championship vs. Washington (Bears win, 73-0, EX), 1941 NFL Championship vs. N.Y. Giants (VG/EX w/ticket stub, also VG/EX), 1942 NFL Championship vs. Washington (EX), 1943 NFL Championship vs. Washington (VG) and 1946 NFL Championship vs. N.Y. Giants (EX). LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA and LOA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1957 Topps #119 Bart Starr Rookie Card - PSA MINT 9
This is one of just two copies in the world at this tier with none graded higher. The blazing specimen of Hall of Famer Bart Starr's first-year collectible originates from the 1957 Topps issue's scarcer "high number" series. This card delivers amazing surface gloss, extraordinarily favorable border alignment and an extremely fresh presentation. Minimum bid $1,000.00.


The Hobby's Finest PSA Graded 1933/34 R136 National Chicle "Sky Birds" Complete Set (108)
This famously beautiful series of cards features famous aviators and their planes. Its portrayals range from the Wright Brothers to Amelia Earhart. The set's high condition places it at the "1st All-Time Finest" position on the PSA Set Registry. Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 41 cards w/#'s 32 Doolittle, 36 Lindbergh, 48 Earhart, and 62 Post; PSA NM 7: 47 cards w/#'s 20 Rickenbacker, and 23 von Richthofen; PSA EX-MT 6: 8 cards w/#'s 60 Amundsen; PSA EX 5: 10 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1967 Topps "Wacky Packages" Die-Cut Five Cent Wax Box, Unopened Packs (22), Wrappers (2) and PSA Graded Cards (2)
The collection includes: 1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cut 5¢ Display Box - This 8" x 3-3/4" x 1-7/8", 24-Count item exhibits splendid Wacky graphics and grades minimally EX/MT. 1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cut 5¢ Wrappers (2) - Each measures 5-7/8" x 5-1/8" and is coded "0-414-90-01-7" (NM). 1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cut 5¢ Unopened Wax Packs (22) - 1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cut Cards (10) - Absolutely "pack-fresh!" Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 3 cards w/#'s 14, 25 (OC) and 40; PSA NM-MT 8: 7 cards w/#'s 5, 7, 15 (OC), 16, 20 Gadzooka, 22 and 29. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

Spectacular 1938 Lone Ranger "Premium" Original Artwork
In 1938, Gum, Inc. purchased the license to issue a "Lone Ranger" gum product that was packaged in a colorful wrapper featuring an image of the Ranger and his horse Trigger. If you saved enough of the wrappers you could mail away for one of five big 8" x 10" illustrated color premiums, each featuring a key scene from the Ranger's latest movie serial. Of the five premiums, the original artwork for only three has surfaced. Fortunately, the best of the five - the image of card #2/The Lone Ranger Licks Kester - is being offered here. The colorful painting pictures the Lone Ranger knocking out a villainous U. S. Cavalry officer, as Tonto holds the officers troopers at bay with the Ranger's six guns. Tonto's back is covered with bloody swatches from being tied to a tree and repeatedly whipped by Kester. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1974 Topps Six Million Dollar Man Test Wax Box
Like with most of Topps' test issues, the distribution for this set was excruciatingly limited. This complete wax pack test box, filled with 36 unopened packs of the desirable cards has survived since its date of issue in the Topps vaults, until it was sold in one of their recent auctions (COA is included). Minimum bid $5,000.00.

The Mastro Auctions Fine Arts inaugural sale, featured in a separate catalog, will include hundreds of high-end items including oil paintings, decorative glass and lamps (Lalique, Tiffany, etc.), sculpture, furniture, folk art, and much more. A few highlights include:


Circa 1938 "Midtown 5th Avenue Looking South" Oil on Canvas by Guy Carelton Wiggins
One of the substantial sections of Mastro Auctions' Fine Arts sale is comprised of significant oil paintings. Perhaps the most notable is "Mid-Town 5th Avenue Looking South" by Guy Carleton Wiggins. If Claude Monet was known for his lilies, Wiggins was known for New York snow scenes. His works of wintry city wonderlands grace the halls of the White House. This painting captures the "Big Apple" in the twentieth century as only Wiggins could do. The painting has been in the hands of the same collector for over 65 years and is sure to draw considerable auction attention as it represents big city Americana at its finest. The estimated value for the painting is $60,000.00 to $80,000.00. Minimum bid $50,000.00.

1859 "Fishing in Summer" Oil on Canvas by George Henry Durrie
Another extraordinary oil painting in Mastro Auctions' April sale is a pastoral scene from George Henry Durrie, the favored Currier & Ives artist. Durrie's style was reminiscent of the Hudson River School and it celebrates simplicity and rural life. This piece, "Fishing in Summer" captures Durrie's affection for the warm summers of his native New England. Durrie's work resides in numerous elite institutions including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the White House. The estimated value for this painting is $30,000 to $50,000. Minimum bid $15,000.00.


1924 R. Lalique "Daphne" Statue
There is no other name that looms larger in decorative glass than Rene Lalique. This 1924 R. Lalique "Daphne" Statue is the tallest and arguably, the most attractive piece in the artist's extraordinary range of architectural statues made as elements for a fountain. But not just any fountain. This fountain was admired by millions of visitors as the centerpiece of the Paris Exposition of 1925 - the event that later gave rise to the term, "Art Deco." Following the close of the Exposition, the statuettes that composed the fountain were disassembled, mounted on wood bases, and sold individually. This rare survivor has an estimated value of $25,000.00 to $35,000.00. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1925 R. Lalique Tourterelles Smoky Grey Vase
This amazing vase features a pair of turtledoves in a "lovebird" pose perched on blooming branches. During its time, it would have found favor as a wedding gift and it was commonly displayed in bedrooms. The vase was originally offered in clear, opalescent and smoky grey, with the grey being the most rare. There are only three recorded examples in this color. The estimated value is $12,000.00 to $15,000.00. Minimum bid $5,000.00.


1925 R. Lalique Tourterelles Smoky Grey Vase
Louis Comfort Tiffany could have become enamored with his father's storied silver and jewelry firm. Instead, he chose to leave the family tradition behind and "provide good art for American homes." His endeavor led to the creation of the highly desirable Tiffany lamp brand on which he collaborated with Thomas Edison. This is a circa 1910 Tiffany Studios twelve-light lily lamp with gilded bronze base. Lily lamps are an extension of the floriform favrile glass vases Tiffany had shown in 1900. The lamp is in full working order and is stamped with design number 382 and "TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK." The sale estimate is $40,000.00 to $60,000.00. Minimum bid $25,000.00.

Circa 1905 Dufner & Kimberley Floor Lamp
The closest competition Tiffany lamps had came from Duffner & Kimberley. Floor lamps like the one in Mastro Auctions' April sale are especially rare. This superb lamp is well preserved and features a shade with purple clematis in full bloom. The base is signed with the "Duffner & Kimberley New York" trademark stamp. The lamp's estimated value is $30,000.00 to $40,000.00. Minimum bid $20,000.00.

The common history shared between human beings is the thread that ties us together and helps give our modern day lives meaning. Perhaps that's why items that recount our past remain so popular in our present. A few such items in Mastro Auctions' April event include:

Exceptionally Rare 1823 Declaration of Independence from the W.J. Stone Plate
In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned William J. Stone to do a copperplate facsimile printing of the Declaration of Independence, identical to the original in text and signatures. Adams hoped that having an available set of official government prints would limit the exposure that jeopardized the signed master document. It was a project that took Stone three years. Each of the 200 official copies on parchment were distinctively marked, "Engraved by W. J. Stone for the Department of State, by order of J. Q. Adams, Sec. of State July 1823." Museums and institutions hold most of the extant parchment copies. In addition to the commissioned production on parchment, Stone printed a series of "unofficial" copies on paper to sell privately. This is perhaps the finest known example of Stone's Declaration on paper. It is distinguished from the parchment version by a different engraving, "W. J. Stone SC. Washn," located at lower left beneath the signature of Continental Congress delegate George Walton. Over the past 28 years, only six other copies of Stone's "unofficial" Declaration on paper have been sold at major auctions. Minimum bid $10,000.00.

1846 Robert E. Lee Letter
This letter is a report to Major R. Delafield at the height of the Mexican-American War prior to critical U.S. victories over Mexican General Santa Anna in early 1847 at the Battles of Buena Vista and Cerro Gordo. This expansive four-page correspondence is written and addressed entirely in Lee's hand from the location "Camp near Parras" on December 9, 1846. The handwriting and signature grade "10." LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.00.

1932 Charles Lindbergh Signed Handwritten Note
On the cold, rainy night of March 1, 1932, the twenty-month-old child of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was snatched from the second-floor nursery of their Hopewell, New Jersey home. By the next morning, word of the kidnapping had been broadcast to the world and reporters, cameramen, curious onlookers, and souvenir hunters swarmed over the Lindbergh estate. Any evidence not yet retrieved by police was lost in the stampede. On the morning of March 2, 1932, only 12 hours after the discovery of the kidnapping, Lindbergh handed this note written in dark pencil to United Press International president Karl A. Bickel asking the media to leave his farm. On May 12, 1932, the tiny remains of the Lindbergh baby were found. In the last 30 years only two other Lindbergh signed items relating to the kidnapping have come up at public auction. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

1863 Jeb Stuart Letter
At the time that the South's greatest commander of cavalry troops penned this letter, James Ewell Brown ("Jeb") Stuart (1833-1864), the Army of Northern Virginia still had the Union Army well under control. In this two-page letter, dated March 2, 1863 and written entirely in the major general's hand, Stuart stressed his personal devotion to the South's struggle. The letter is addressed from the Cavalry Division Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia and Stuart closes with his full signature and rank, "J. E. B. Stuart. - Major Gel" (grading at the "9/10" level). LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Of all the political pieces in existence, the ones that continue to fascinate and draw huge auction interest are those associated with the President of the United States or the individuals who may have aspired to obtain the office but failed. A few of the auction highlights include:

The Definitive Collection of Autographed White House Cards (51)
This compilation of 51 "Executive Mansion" and "White House" cards, features the signatures of 22 Presidents, 18 First Ladies, and 13 First Family members. A single collector amassed the collection over the past 15 years. Many of the cards are extremely rare, with fewer than a handful known to exist. Among these elusive gems are U.S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Equally scarce are First Lady cards such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and Hillary Clinton. Signatures grade "9-10" with almost no exception. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Magnificent 1840 William Henry Harrison Presidential Campaign Bandana
The silk display piece is crisp and striking, in apparent Near Mint condition. Such delicate fabric items of the period typically suffer rampant staining and discoloration over the scores of years. The 6"-tall central engraving of William Henry Harrison offers excellent image contrast, presenting the general-turned-president in full military regalia with flags for his famous battles at "Thames" and "Tippecanoe" rising above his epaulets. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Rare Late 18th Century John Adams Liverpool Pitcher
Adams is the centerpiece of the pitcher as his portrait prominently occupies one side, accompanied by the Presidential Seal above and a cherub recording history below. On the opposite side, an elaborate montage heralds the legacy of his predecessor, George Washington. Also displayed are olive branches, flags, flowers, a harp, music sheets, an artist's palette, farm implements, "INDEPENDENCE" banner, and a "LIBERTY" cap. A wreath beneath the spout connects Washington's past to Adams' future with the creed, "SUCCESS TO AMERICA." Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Whether it's the small screen or the large screen, America's love affair with Hollywood only continues to intensify. Movie stars and television icons are our own special royalty and the items associated with them often attract a king's ransom. Some of the auction's most intriguing lots are:

"Seinfeld" Script Handwritten by Jerry Seinfeld
The content of this document eventually became "Seinfeld" episode #25, "The Tape." Prior to the typing of a draft script for certain episodes, Seinfeld would sit down in a writing session and, in longhand, write out the script. This 38-page draft, written on 8-1/2" x 14" sheets of lined yellow paper, provides fans with unprecedented insight into the creative process! Fans will remember this second-season episode storyline (airing November 13, 1991) as the one in which George learns about a new baldness cure discovered in China. Meanwhile, while listening to a tape of his previous night's stand-up routine, Jerry hears the voice of a mysterious woman who leaves an "adult only" message on his tape recorder. Being Seinfeld, nothing is as it appears, and it was just Elaine who left the message as a joke. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Marilyn Monroe's Final Shooting Script for 1962 "Something's Got to Give"
After two months of filming, "Something's Got to Give", 20th Century Fox fired Marilyn Monroe. Both the studio and Monroe were negotiating her return to the set in August when Marilyn died. Bound in a blue paper cover with the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation logo at the bottom border, the item is marked "Final/Confidential/For Planning Purposes Only" in the upper right corner and dated "March 29, 1962" in the center. The film's title is proudly displayed in uppercase letterS on the wrapper, as well as appearing on the spine, again accompanied by the date. This 149-page script features forty-nine pages typed on blue paper, representing changes to the original script. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

Unique 1962 Marilyn Monroe Lip Print and Large Lock of Hair
World-famous hair stylist Robert Champion was there with Marilyn Monroe on the night of President John F. Kennedy's birthday gala at Madison Square Garden, May 19, 1962. In fact, Champion was by her side just before Monroe took the stage for her immortal rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"-which would also be Marilyn's final major public appearance. Champion acquired the blonde siren's lip-print that very evening by virtue of his routine service as her assistant. Marilyn's lip-print on the tissue maintains its brightness and definition to this day, residing above the black-ink notation "MARILYN MONROE LIP PRINT - MAY, 1962." The second major component of this offering is a large lock of Monroe's platinum-blonde hair-her most defining physical feature. The hair sample is presented within a Tiffany & Co. sterling-silver box and has been authenticated by John Reznikoff, one of the most respected and trusted experts in the field of hair collecting. LOA from John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.00.

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Mastro Auctions of Willowbrook, Ill., is part of the Silkroad Equity family of companies. It is the leading high value collectibles auction company. The company has sold many of the most famous and valuable sports and Americana collectibles ever offered to the public, including the most expensive baseball card in history, the T206 Honus Wagner which sold for nearly $1.3 million, Norman Rockwell's "The Dugout" for $355,000, Roger Maris' 1961 jersey he wore when he hit home run #61 for $302,000, the bus Rosa Parks rode on when she refused to stand for segregation for nearly $500,000 and the famous Steve Bartman Cubs foul ball for over $100,000.