It's official. Mastro Auctions' Classic Collector events just keep getting better. The latest auction, which closed on October 26, set a new company record outpacing the previous one set in October 2005 by over $300,000. Originally created to appeal to a wider collecting audience, Mastro Auctions' Classic Collector events are outperforming that expectation and assuming a hobby stature that is second only to Mastro Auctions' Premier Auction events.
"Our goal when we initiated the Classic Collector events was to open up collecting to more people and offer as much of our high quality service and expertise as possible," said Doug Allen. "The hobby feedback we're receiving is that we have definitely done that and then some. Both new and existing customers are telling us that our Classic Collector auctions are rapidly becoming the industry's second best behind our larger Premier events."
The October Mastro Auctions Classic Collector event, conducted entirely over the internet, included over 2,100 lots of Sports and Americana collectibles. Highlights of the auction results are provided below.
TOP LOTS - SPORTS
- A 1910 E103 Williams Caramels near set sold for $25,351.
- A 1909-11 T206 White Border collection (64) including Cobb, Johnson, Young, and Elberfeld commanded $19,046.
- A Babe Ruth 1917-1921 H&B "250" Professional Model bat went for $15,739.
- A Lou Gehrig 1920s vault marked H&B bat sold for $14,308.
- 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Crawford/Cobb - PSA NM-MT 8 went for $11,824.
- A 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Cy Young - PSA EX-MT 6 sold for $10,749.
TOP LOTS - AMERICANA
- A Pope Benedict XVI single signed baseball sold for $9,771.
- A Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. signed letter display went for $6,673.
- An 1864 Abraham Lincoln signed military commission sold for $6,065.
- An 1896 PE7-15 Whitehead & Hoag "Presidents" pins PSA graded complete set (24) went for $5,011.
- A May 1854 Abraham Lincoln fully handwritten and twice signed legal document went for $5,011.
Additional highlights for numerous sports lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.
A 1949 Bowman complete set (240) went for $9,771; a collection of 1958-1962 Bell Brand Dodgers complete sets (4) sold for $9,771; a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel Ty Cobb - PSA VG EX 4 sold for $8,883; a 1915 E145 Cracker Jack high grade collection (22 different) - all PSA graded went for $8,883; a 19th/20th century multi-sport collection (84) including most Hall of Famers went for $8,883; a 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders near set (49/50) went for $7,340; a 1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut - Joe Medwick went for $7,340; a 1948/49 Leaf partial set (73/98) commanded $7,340; a 1948-1976 Topps and Bowman collection (153 different) mostly Hall of Famers sold for $7,340; a 1952-1957 Topps and Bowman collection (1,950) went for $7,340; a 1967 Topps high grade complete set (609) realized a final price of $7,340; a 1950 Bowman complete set (252) went for $7,340; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet #27 Christy Mathewson (checklist back) - PSA VG-EX 4 realized a final price of $6,673: a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card - PSA VG 3 sold for $6,673; a 1909 T204 Ramly Wm. Dineen (Dinneen) "Square Frame" variety - PSA VG-EX 4 sold for $6,065; a 1933 R319 Goudey partial set (197/239) commanded $6,065; a 1955 Topps collection (387) plus Doubleheaders (14) went for $6,065; a 1956 Topps complete set (340) plus team variations (12) and checklists (2) went for $6,065; a 1957 Topps complete set (407) plus checklists (8) contest cards (4) and Lucky Penny Insert went for $6,065; a 1910 E93 Standard Caramel complete set (30) on two uncut sheets went for $6,065; a 1910-era tobacco collection of Hall of Fame baseball cards (25 different) sold for $6,065; a 1911 T205 Gold Border partial set (180) went for $6,065; and a 1975 Topps complete set went for $6,065.
A tremendous Stan Musial autograph collection (500+ items) sold for $8,883; a 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig signed card went for $7,340; a 1955 Bowman signed near set (308/320) commanded $5,011;a "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin' Lou's" photo signed by Babe Ruth went for $4,555; a Perez-Steele Baseball Hall of Fame "Art Postcards" collection (260) with 90 signed including DiMaggio, Mantle, Williams and Koufax realized a final price of $4,555; a Willie Mays signed bat hoard (20) went for $4,141; an Adrian C. Anson large cut signature - PSA/DNA GEM MT 10 sold for $3,764; a Babe Ruth signed sepia photo went for $3,764; a Thurman Munson signed team-issued photo went for $3,420; a 1978 Topps signed near set (718/726) commanded $3,420; a Babe Ruth signed original snapshot photo sold for $3,109; and 1957 and 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle signed cards (2) - PSA/DNA graded sold for $3,109.
A Babe Ruth 1934-1944 H&B game used player/coaches bat sold for $5,513; a Honus Wagner 1920s Professional Model bat - used by Wagner in semi-pro games went for $4,141; a Tony Lazzeri 1930s Professional Model bat commanded $2,569; a Hank Aaron 1969-1972 game used H&B bat sold for $2,569; a Mark McGwire 1998 Rawlings game used bat went for $2,569; a collection of 1955, 1956 and 1957 World Series player bats (4) realized a final price of $1,752; and a Mickey Vernon 1956 H&B All-Star Game bat sold for $1,752.
A 1914 Christy Mathewson news service photograph by George Grantham Bain sold for $2,826; a 1928 Charlie Gehringer news service photograph by Charles Conlon went for $1,592; a Hap Felsch news service photograph by Charles Conlon commanded $1,195; and a 1936 American League sluggers photograph with Gehrig and Foxx went for $897.
SINGLE AND MULTI-SIGNED BASEBALLS
A Babe Ruth single signed ball sold for $3,764; another Babe Ruth single signed ball went for $3,420; a Mickey Mantle single signed ball - PSA GEM MT 10 realized a final price of $3,109; a Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and "Bucky" Harris signed ball sold for $2,826; a Hall of Fame and Superstars signed ball collection (8) went for $2,569; a high grade single signed ball collection including Mantle, DiMaggio and Williams (12) plus "Willie, Mickey and the Duke" signed ball realized a final price of $2,335; six dozen Tommy Lasorda single signed balls (72) sold for $2,335; an enormous stars and Hall of Famers signed ball collection (368) including Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith and Jim Palmer commanded $2,122; a Lou Gehrig signed ball went for $1,928; a Satchel Paige circa 1948 signed ball went for $1,928; a signed caricature baseballs collection (27) including Puckett, Snider and Marichal sold for $1,928; and a collection of Joe DiMaggio signed baseballs (6) sold for $1,928.
TEAM SIGNED BASEBALLS
A 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Champions team signed ball sold for $7,340; a 1930 New York Yankees team signed ball including Ruth and Gehrig went for $4,555; 1953 New York Yankees World Champions team signed ball commanded $4,555; a 1930s-2000s Championship Team signed balls collection (11) went for $2,335; a 1970 New York Yankees team signed ball sold for $2,122: a 1951 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball including Mantle went for $1,928; and a 1976 American League All-Star Team signed ball with Munson and President Ford went for $1,978.
BASEBALL UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
A New York Giants 1936-1937 sample home jersey went for $7,340; a 1935 Chicago Cubs road jersey sold for $5,011; a Cal Ripken, Jr. 1994 Baltimore Orioles game used batting helmet commanded $3,109; a Bill Buckner 1976 Los Angeles Dodgers game worn home jersey went for $2,826; a Buzzy Wares 1949 St. Louis Cardinals game worn road jersey sold for $2,569; a Verlon Walker 1964 Chicago Cubs game worn home flannel realized a final price of $2,569; and a Keith Hernandez 1982 St. Louis Cardinals game worn home jersey sold for $2,335.
A 1917 Chicago White Sox at New York Giants World Series program sold for $3,420; a 1929-1943 baseball card and sports publications collection (373 pieces) went for $3,420; a 1940s-1970s stadium postcard collection (440) sold for $3,109; an unused circa 1910 baseball glove in original retail box commanded $2,569; a Yogi Berra limited edition career ring sold for $2,569; an attractive 1926 National League Golden Jubilee anniversary balls (2), presentation box and event program (4 items) went for $2,335; three 1941 World Series unused tickets sold for $2,335; and a 1928 Babe Ruth All America Team World Series banner realized a final price of $2,122.
A 1952 Bowman Large partial set (134/144) went for $8,883; a 1948 Bowman complete set (108) sold for $8,075; a 1963 Fleer high grade complete set (88) plus checklist went for $7,340; a Super Bowl VII full ticket commanded $6,065 and a 1950 Bowman complete set (144) sold for $3,764.
A James Naismith signed card and his personal copy of the 1920 Rule Book commanded $4,141; a 1957/58 Topps complete set (80) sold for $2,826; a 1961/62 Fleer complete set (66) went for $2,569; a 1957/58 Topps complete set (80) realized a final price of $2,122; and a 1961/62 Fleer complete set (66) sold for $2,122.
A Muhammad Ali signed keepsake collection (3 items) sold for $3,109; Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling 1936 Heavyweight Fight and 1938 Rematch complete tickets (2 items) went for $1,928; a pair of Oscar De La Hoya bout worn trunks commanded $1,928; two 1890s N269 Lorillard's "Mechanic's Delight" boxing cards - Dempsey and Kilrain went for $1,928; a 19th/20th century boxing type card collection (24) sold for $1,446; a 1910-era T225 Khedival "Prize Fight Series No. 101" PSA-graded complete set (25) sold for $1,446; and four Muhammad Ali 1970s signed checks sold for $1,446.
A 1966/67 Topps high grade complete set (132) went for $4,555; a 1910/11 C56 Hockey complete set (36) sold for $3,109; a 1957/58 Topps complete set (66) commanded $3,109; a 1954/55 Topps complete set (60) sold for $2,826; a 1960s to 1970s Topps and O-Pee-Chee high grade collection (196) went for $2,122; and a 1970-71 Dad's Cookies PSA-graded complete set (144) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry realized a final price of $1,752.
A Doulton-Burslem golfing vase sold for $6,065; three letters from the Links - Jones, Sarazen and Hogan went for $1,928; an early 1900s signature model wooden shaft set of golf clubs (8) commanded $1,195; and a 1991/92 Pro Set PGA Tour signed complete set (283) went for $1,086.
Additional highlights for numerous Americana lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.
PRESIDENTIAL PERFECTION A September 1852 Abraham Lincoln fully handwritten and signed legal document sold for $4,141; a 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt signed letter and signed photo display went for $3,420; an 1805 Thomas Jefferson/James Madison signed ship's paper commanded $2,826; a November 25, 1848 Military Certificate of Merit signed by President James K. Polk realized a final price of $1,446; and a Presidential autograph display (5 signatures) including James Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt sold for $1,446.
POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ITEMS
A 1904 through 1920s Presidential campaign pin back collection (27 different) sold for $4,141; a 1789 George Washington Inaugural Brass Button went for $1,592; a pristine 1892 Benjamin Harrison campaign portrait flag went for $1,592; and an 1840 William Henry Harrison on Horseback campaign textile sold for $1,315.
An 1888 N2 Allen and Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" complete set (50) commanded $3,764; a 1935 R48-2 Gum, Inc. "Film Funnies" (with names) PSA-graded complete set (24) plus wrapper sold for $3,764; a 1940 R145 Gum, Inc. "Superman" partial set (53/72) went for $3,420; an 1888 N78 Duke "Histories of Generals" Booklets complete set (50) sold for $2,826; a 1938 R68 Gum Inc. "Horrors of War" partial set (250/288) went for $2,569; a 1934 R103 Novelty Gum "Action Pictures" high-grade collection (15 different) realized a final price of $2,335; a 1930s R20 "Battleship Gum" collection (38) sold for $2,122; a 1930s R133 "Series of 96 - Hollywood Stars" partial set (75/96) went for $2,122; and a 1973-1975 Topps "Wacky Packages" unopened wax pack collection (47) all GAI-graded sold for $2,122.
A large and elegant 1793 Samuel Adams signed Military Appointment (Declaration signer) went for $2,826; an 1889 Claude Monet signed letter sold for $2,826; a 1955 Walt Disney signed letter display commanded $2,569; a 1780 Samuel Huntington as President of the Continental Congress signed Military Appointment (Declaration signer) realized a final price of $2,335; an Apollo XI Crew signed photo - Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins went for $2,335; a Mohandas Gandhi circa 1890 handwritten signed letter commanded $2,122; a collection of 1776 through 1779 Continental currency (6 different) went for $1,752; Abraham Lincoln relics - hair and cloth (2) commanded $1,752; and a very desirable Napoleon signed document on his imprinted stationery and signed "Bonaparte" went for $1,592.
A John Lennon signed photo display went for $4,555; a 1960s Walt Disney signed letter to President John F. Kennedy sold for $4,141; a music and entertainment signed 8" x 10" photo collection (300) commanded $1,928; a 1940s-1960s Hollywood autograph collection (5) including Norman Rockwell signed book went for $1,928; a Washington Sentinels game jersey from 2000 film "The Replacements" - worn by Actor Keanu Reeves as "Shane Falco" including movie program (2 items) sold for $1,592; a Walt Disney 1949 signed bank check - PSA/DNA MINT 9 sold for $1,195; and a New York Knights away jersey from the 1984 film "The Natural" sold for $1,195.
A Silver and Bronze Age Marvel comic book collection (1,019) realized a final price of $3,764; an "X-Men" high grade CGC collection (8) went for $3,764; an "X-Men" high grade CGC collection (11) commanded $2,826; a "Classic Comics" #1 CGC 7.5 sold for $2,569; a "Classic Comics" #8 CGC 9.2 went for $1,928; a "Fantastic Four" and "X-Men" comic collection sold for $1,928; "The Face" #2 CGC 9.4 (Edgar Church/Mile High Copy) - the highest graded copy sold for $1,592; and a large collection of pulp reprints and research materials (390+) went for $1,592.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To consign with Mastro Auctions next Classic Collector auction, which will be held in February 2007, go to The last www.mastroauctions.com or call 630-472-1200.