Mastro Auctions, the world's leading Sports and Americana collectibles source is about to conclude yet another milestone year. Among the company's 2006 highlights was the introduction of two new auction divisions - a Fine Arts group and a Comic Books and Comic Art facet. In addition, the evolving auction giant has met or exceeded all auction sales goals to date and expects the December sale to perform accordingly. Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions, attributes the company's successful track record to a balanced growth plan based on a carefully executed strategic entry into new markets. "We recognized early on that our ability to move into new collecting genres would depend on first having the right people in place," said Allen. "With the right people, come the right items. Supported by aggressive target marketing, the desired collectors have come. It's a formula that continues to prove itself profitable for us, and popular to both our new and long-time collectors and consignors."
Allen explains that even the company's long-standing, original core of die-hard sports collectors has appreciated the company's expansion into new collecting genres. "Just because someone collects mostly sports memorabilia doesn't mean they don't covet other great collectibles," said Allen. "If a sports collector has the opportunity to own an incredible Abraham Lincoln document, or a killer comic book, they may pursue it, especially when offered through us. They already have confidence in our process and trust the source. Our expansion into other collecting genres has resulted in a cross-collecting trend that we believe, is just picking up steam."
Mastro Auctions' December 2006 Premier event will offer a wide selection of high-end collectibles. Bidding in the massive 2,600-lot phone/internet auction event will begin on Monday, November 20 and conclude on Friday, December 8. The sale will include the second major installment of comic books and comic art fueled by Mastro Auctions' inaugural comic event in August 2006. Also included is an amazing collection of game used Boston Celtics jerseys, and game used baseball bats from some of the game's most legendary players. In addition, some important paintings as well as a number of notable documents related to U.S. Presidents will also be offered. Specific highlights include:
Basketball - Game Worn Jerseys
Most often, baseball related items make up the lion's share of spectacular pieces in a Mastro Auctions' Premier event. And while there are certainly plenty of those in this December sale, some room has been made to offer a number of basketball beauties. Significant jerseys from the storied Boston Celtics, worn by some of the most legendary players of all time, will be available in Mastro Auctions' upcoming sale. They include:
Bill Russell Early-1960's Boston Celtics Game Worn Home Jersey
Bill Russell wore this jersey during the years that Celtics championship banners were added and displayed perennially. This cream-colored dureen pullover apparel flaunts the Hall of Famer's since-retired number "6" sewn to the front and back and "CELTICS" arched atop the number on the front. Phenomenal game use is evident on this Boston Garden treasure. Donned by arguably the game's greatest player, this hoops heirloom is likely the finest Russell jersey extant. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and Lou Lampson. Minimum bid $20,000.
Bob Cousy Late-1950's Boston Celtics Game Worn Road Jersey
This Boston Celtics road jersey was worn by Bob Cousy, the ultimate point guard, as he helped form the most formidable dynasty in the history of American sport. While the offered garment's wearer makes it enticing, indeed, the fact that it hails from Bill Russell's personal collection gives it all the more appeal. Russell saved jerseys from two players only: himself and Cousy. Cousy wore this green dureen pullover jersey during the late 1950s. The apparel boasts the Hall of Famer's since-retired number "14" sewn to the front and back. In block characters, "BOSTON" is arched atop the number on the front. Solid wear is evident. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and Lou Lampson. Minimum bid $5,000.
December 2006 Premier Auction
Dave Cowens Mid-1970's Boston Celtics Game Worn Road Jersey
Dave Cowens brought intangibles to the floor that made him one of the game's most complete performers. Cowens wore this Boston Celtics road jersey during his 10-season tenure with the fabled franchise. This green knit pullover garment hails from the middle portion of the Hall of Famer's career (1970-1980) with the Celtics, who were powered to NBA titles in both 1974 and 1976. The jersey features the All-Star's since-retired number "18" sewn to the front and back with "CELTICS" and "COWENS." Solid wear is evident. Minimum bid $2,500.
John Havlicek Mid-1970's Boston Celtics Game Worn Home Jersey
The first man in league history to score 1,000-plus points in 16 straight seasons, Havlicek donned this cream-colored knit pullover garment en route to doing so. Promptly hung in the Garden's rafters after his 1978 retirement, "Hondo's" number "17" is sewn to the front and back with "CELTICS" arched atop the front number and "HAVLICEK" applied in similar fashion on the back. Minimum bid $2,500.
Other Great Basketball Items Include:
Wilt Chamberlain 1968 Philadelphia 76ers Home Jersey
Wilt Chamberlain wore this Philadelphia 76ers home jersey during the 1967/68 season. The white dureen pullover jersey boasts Chamberlain's since-retired number "13" sewn to the front and back and "PHILA" arched above the number on the front. The style and tagging date the jersey (which matches earlier 1960's Chamberlain specifications) to the '67/'68 season. The item reveals evidence of moderate wear, with no signs of repair or alteration. Minimum bid $5,000.
George Mikan's NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph
Produced in conjunction with the NBA's 50th Anniversary in 1996, this awe-inspiring lithograph was one of an extremely limited number signed during that season's All-Star Game festivities. The majestic 25" x 39" piece displays the likenesses of all 50 NBA legends and, remarkably, 49 of the 50 signatures (Pete Maravich, deceased at the time of printing, is the only missing autograph). The lithograph was limited to just 250 pieces, of which 50 numbered "Field of Dreams" editions were offered to the public. Originally presented to legend George Mikan (the first man pictured in the fraternity of 50), the Near Mint example ("1/1") was produced on the finest acid-free paper and signed in pencil to preserve its quality. Each hardwood icon signed his own image (with signatures showing "9-10" overall strength). The legends include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Bill Cunningham, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek, Magic Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Bill Russell, Isiah Thomas, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jerry West, and James Worthy. On the lower right corner, the piece is signed by NBA Commissioner David Stern, as well. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.
1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan - PSA MINT 9
Today, 1948 Bowman basketball cards are cherished as early mementos of immortal Hall of Fame players, and important but now-defunct teams. Nowhere is '48 Bowman's mystique more visible and appreciated than in the high-profile rookie card of George Mikan. The offered copy of this card features a deep blue background and a crystal-clear central likeness of its subject. Just one card like it has ever been graded higher. Minimum bid $5,000.
1969/70 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (99) - #3 on PSA Set Registry
Each card has been graded by PSA with a minimum grade of NM-MT 8 and all key cards, including Chamberlain and Alcindor grade MINT 9! With an amazing 8.89 GPA, this blazing representation is in the #3 position on the "Current-Finest" and "All-Time Finest" lists on the PSA Set Registry. Topps rebounded from a 12-year lapse in basketball card production with their 1969/70 basketball issue that is now considered a milestone in the hobby. This exceptional offering includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 83 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 16 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.
1961/62 Fleer PSA-Graded Complete Set (66) - #3 on PSA Set Registry!
Presented is a beautifully symmetrical complete 66-card representation of Fleer's 1961/62 Basketball release. With two NM-MT 8 exceptions, each card is either at PSA MINT 9 or GEM MT 10 tiers. This is the cherished reservoir of 29 Hall of Fame subjects, among which are the debut collectibles of Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. Minimum bid $5,000.
George "Ice Man" Gervin 2003 San Antonio Spurs Championship Ring
George Gervin retired having never won an NBA title. So to honor his legacy, the San Antonio Spurs awarded the hoops legend with his very own championship ring upon winning the 2003 NBA Finals. An amazing 93 diamonds glimmer at the top of this impressive heirloom. Raised relief-bordering reads "WORLD" and "CHAMPIONS." On the sides, one shank displays "2003 SPURS" and the opposing shank exhibits "GERVIN" and "ICE" with the club's record of "60-22" at center. Minimum bid $2,500.
1957/58 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (80) - #2 on PSA Set Registry
This scarce 1957/58 Topps basketball series, the company's first attempt to showcase the sport in a major trading card issue, is filled with rookies, future Hall of Famers and scarce short-print numbers. Some of the basketball card hobby's most desirable items are featured in this assembly, including the set's widely sought-after key card, the rookie card of Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell. Minimum bid $2,500.
1961 Fleer #43 Jerry West - PSA GEM MT 10
The offered rookie card of Los Angeles Laker Jerry West is absolutely perfect in every way. It excels on every front. It is perfectly centered. Its colors are intensely bright and West's image is well focused. Its four borders are unbelievably white. The reverse follows suit and exhibits no faults. Minimum bid $1,500.
Believe it or not, just a decade ago, there wasn't much of a market in game used baseball bats. The market for game used baseball bats has exploded in the past few years. From the beginning, Mastro Auctions has been on the forefront of the game used baseball bat market. In fact, a couple of years ago, the company published a reference and price guide for game used baseball bats. Now considered a hobby bible on the subject, the book is regularly consulted by novice and advanced collectors alike.
So it should be no surprise that when it comes to the public sale of game used baseball bats, Mastro Auctions consistently features the hobby's very best. The December auction is no exception. Three of the top bats include:
1917-1924 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat - One of the incredible baseball bats being offered in Mastro Auctions' December 2006 Premier sale is a 1917-1924 Ty Cobb gamer. No other player in baseball history has ever been considered as downright "mean" as Ty Cobb. One of the last, great "dead ball" era baseball players, Cobb was less than impressed with the phenomena of the home run and its newly appointed king, Babe Ruth. Cobb made no secret of his disdain for both. Focusing on what he considered pure base hitting and fielding, Cobb wielded this bat to make his point. The rich brown, uncracked bat features a strong dash-dot-dash centerbrand, barrel stampings and Cobb's facsimile signature. The bat displays phenomenal game use. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA, graded 8. The minimum bid is $10,000.
George "Babe" Ruth 1921-1931 Game Used Bat - While Ty Cobb might not have thought much of Babe Ruth, fans certainly did. The love affair continues today. Among collectors, anything Babe Ruth is golden, especially items associated with his game playing days. Among the more rare items are his baseball bats. Mastro Auctions is offering a George "Babe" Ruth professional model Hillerich & Bradsby game used bat employed by Ruth during the peak of his incomparable career. The 35", 36 oz. bat hails from the 1921-1931 labeling period but bat factory records reveal that examples with these dimensions were shipped to Ruth between 1924 and 1928. The bat displays medium game use. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA, graded 7.5. The minimum bid is $10,000.
Jackie Robinson Game Used Bat - Known for breaking baseball's color barrier and for his calm and dignified demeanor, Robinson was a fierce force on the field. The bat available in the auction is symbolic of his personality and is the highest graded Robinson bat in existence. The 35", 34 ½ oz. uncracked Hillerich & Bradsby "S100" signature bat is strong and solid. It dates to the 1943-1949 labeling period, but factory records reveal it is was only ordered once during 1949. As a result, it can be definitively placed in Robinson's hands during his VIP season.The minimum bid is $10,000.
In addition to the three bats described, game used bats attributed to Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Mel Ott and others will also be available. Other highlights are:
1932 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat - "Called Shot Era"
The ball and stitch marks are telltale indications that this white ash lumber was in Ruth's own hands. Vintage photographs confirm Ruth's habit of swinging with the centerbrand facing downward. Hence, the ball marks on the left side of the barrel on this particular treasure. Additionally, the uncracked item bears cleat marks and scoring upon the handle. The latter feature yet another "Ruth-esque" detail was done to enhance the grip. Ruth handed former Yankee Stadium grounds keeper Isador DeAngelis the bat. A notarized LOA signed by DeAngelis' son accompanies. Considering the rarity of a 1932 "Bone Rubbed" Ruth gamer and the convincing provenance, this bat's historical significance and status as one of the finest Ruth gamers extant is irrefutable. Minimum bid $10,000.
Ted Williams Professional Model Bat
Proudly offered is a Hillerich & Bradsby "W148" signature model bat brandished by Williams during his Triple Crown season of 1947. Employed as his BoSox stayed in contention until the waning weeks of the campaign, the offered weapon measures 35" and weighs 32 ounces. Its use in Williams' 1947 Triple Crown conquest is an alluring trait verified by H&B factory records. Boasting a prominent centerbrand and barrel stampings, this white ash treasure shows phenomenal game use. Additionally, a penciled notation of the bat's weight ("33") appears on the knob. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA, graded 10. Minimum bid $5,000.
1961 Mickey Mantle World Series Bat
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat was turned for Mantle's specific use in the 1961 Fall Classic. In addition to marking the 11th of 13 seasons (a stretch that was to extend to 14 of 16) in which the Yankees secured the American League flag, the '61 campaign was absolutely magical for another reason: a run at Babe Ruth's single-season home run record that saw Mantle and Maris wow crowds on a daily basis. The 36", 33-1/2-oz. white ash war club features a pronounced centerbrand. Mantle's facsimile signature is flanked above and below, respectively, by block-letter engravings of "WORLD SERIES 1961" and "NEW YORK YANKEES." The item shows heavy use. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.
Mel Ott 1920's Kren's Hand Turned Game Used Bat
This "KREN'S SPECIAL" block-letter ("OTT STYLE") bat was turned for and employed by Mel Ott during the late 1920s. It is well documented that Ott brandished Kren's models early in his Hall of Fame career-and the offered model matches the specifications of the lumber used by Master Melvin. Measuring 34" and weighing 32 ounces, this white ash club boasts the manufacturer's trademark, diamond-shaped centerbrand and the "OTT STYLE" barrel stamping identifier. The item shows significant use. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA, graded 7. Minimum bid $2,500.
Honus Wagner 1917-21 H&B Professional Model Bat w/ "Honus Wagner 6-21-23" Sidewriting
Honus Wagner retired after the 1917 campaign and remained on the local semi-pro scene for the next seven years. It was during that time that this bat was likely returned to its Kentucky birthplace in Wagner's request for additional examples. The bat dates from the 1917-1921 labeling period. It matches the specifications of bats he wielded at Forbes Field. This Wagner treasure shows excellent game use. Minimum bid $2,500.
Graded Single Cards and Sets
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie - PSA NM-MT 8
The essence of this collectible, one of the most widely coveted gum cards ever made, is fully realized in this gorgeous example. The merest hints of circulation can be seen on its corners, and the issue's tendency toward natural and discreet toning has been almost completely thwarted in this showpiece. Colors are bright and bold, and the card's aesthetic presence is marvelous. Minimum bid $10,000.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - PSA NM-MT 8
In terms of percentage, this splendid showpiece is among the 7% most-elite Mantle rookies in the hobby. The '52 Topps Mantle is desired by all, and sought-after by virtually every collector, but quality examples can be possessed only by very few. A card like this one tantalizes the enthusiast who is seeking a centerpiece. The offered card delivers sublime aesthetics from every perspective. Mantle's portrait likeness is crisply resolved, and its blue background is pure. The yellow details on the starry caption border, and in the Yankee logo and the Hall of Famer's bat, are bright. Minimum bid $10,000.
1952 Topps #407 Ed Mathews - PSA NM-MT 8
There are only two examples in existence that are graded higher. As a condition rarity, the scarce Mathews high number is second in demand only to the number one card of Andy Pafko in the quest to enhance the hobby's most advanced collections. Minimum bid $5,000.
1941 Play Ball #14 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
The black-and-white, photographic designs of Gum, Inc.'s first two productions yielded gracefully to the luscious pastels of the 1941 effort. Glorious tribute is paid to the heroic Hall of Famer by this splendid collectible. Its card front image reveals deep, rich detail surrounded by bright, completely untoned white borders. The card's centering displays admirable balance, and its reverse is uncommonly fresh and clear. Minimum bid $5,000.
1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente - PSA GEM MT 10
One of the very few cards considered to be a modern classic, the 1968 Topps "3-D" Roberto Clemente stands on its own with the most significant and noteworthy cards from all eras. The cards were produced in scant numbers as part of a test issue, and their only known public distribution took place in a few Brooklyn candy stores close to the Topps Company headquarters. Minimum bid $5,000.
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie - PSA EX-MT 6
One of the great chapters in the lore of baseball card production and collecting is the tale of 1933 Goudey's card #106. A numbered few hobbyists of that Depression period grumbled to the issue's maker -- their sets couldn't be finalized for want of #106. Goudey's "customer complaint department" dutifully returned to press in '34 to tender this image of the widely heralded Nap Lajoie. Minimum bid $5,000.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - PSA NM 7
This #311 Mickey Mantle from the acclaimed '52 Topps issue gets a standing ovation. The variables - gloss, color integrity, surface cleanliness and, most especially, the corners - all warrant a substantially higher grade. Minimum bid $5,000.
1934 Goudey #62 Hank Greenberg - PSA GEM MT 10
This is the highest graded example of this card in existence, with no others graded at this tier. The first of baseball's Hammerin' Hanks, Henry Greenberg emerged in the 1930s as the game's fiercest slugger. He was assigned permanence in Detroit's lineup in '33, and with his demonstrated stardom, he enjoyed acknowledgement in two baseball card issues in 1934 - National Chicle's Batter-Up, and in this showcased element from the acclaimed Goudey production. The card is ideally centered and had impeccable corners. Minimum bid $5,000.
1933 Goudey Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth Baseball - PSA NM-MT 8
Sport Kings showcased champions from a panorama of sporting disciplines. The issue included only three prominent baseball stars. One of these is this Babe Ruth #2 card. The card is ideally centered and the image's color and register are absolutely peerless. Minimum bid $5,000.
1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth - PSA NM-MT 8
Only two cards like this one are graded higher. This card is among the finest of its kind. Minimum bid $5,000.
T206 Walter Johnson Portrait - PSA MINT 9
Presented is a perfect example of Walter Johnson's quintessential baseball card, the portrait version of his 1909-11 T206 White Border offering. Johnson, who is generally considered the game's greatest pitcher, is pictured in his home Washington uniform. Johnson's bold image is well focused and contrasts nicely with the card's bright yellow background. The reverse features a Piedmont advertisement. Minimum bid $5,000.
1909 T206 Eddie Plank - PSA VG 3
Among our industry's most celebrated scarcities is Eddie Plank's card in T206 -- one of that colossal production's "Big Three." The opportunities to capture this gem are critically infrequent and this one, with its luxuriant color and unimpeachable focus, make it a rare catch. Much to this card's credit, the image persists admirably. The dark blue background is uniform and the portraiture retains the entirety of its rich color. Eddie Plank's countenance is delivered in precise register. Minimum bid $5,000.
1956 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (340) Plus Checklists and Variations
With a GPA of 8.01, this presentation rests in the #12 position on the "Current Finest" list of 1956 Topps-Basic sets on the PSA Set Registry. The '56 Topps edition stands out among an impressive list of classic 1950s card releases. With a subject roster filled with well-known rookies, an array of superstars and the highly sought-after team cards, this perennial favorite is an ideal "high-grade" offering. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 2 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 339 cards; PSA NM 7: 2 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.
1952 Topps Graded Near Set (399/407)
In 1952, the Topps Company, plotting a frontal assault on Bowman, the card-establishment monolith, conceived a set of baseball cards that would capture the market, once and for all. Highlights include: Graded - SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8: 23 cards; SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 7 cards; GAI NM-MT 8: 2 cards; SCD 8 NM/MT: 3 cards; SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 11 cards; GAI NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; SCD 7.5 NM+: 3 cards; PSA NM 7: 12 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 31 cards; GAI NM 7: 18 cards; SCD 7 NM: 16 cards; GAI EX-MT+ 6.5: 3 cards; SCD 6.5 EX/NM+: 13 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 37 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 47 cards; GAI EX-MT 6: 9 cards; SCD 6 EX/NM: 36 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 32 cards; GAI EX+ 5.5: 3 cards; SCD 5.5 EX+: 2 cards; PSA EX 5: 15 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 31 cards; GAI EX 5: 19 cards; SCD 5 EX: 15 cards; GAI VG-EX+ 4.5: 1 card; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 4 cards; SCD 4 VG/EX: 1 card; SGC 40 VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.
1959 Topps PSA Graded Complete Set
The 1959 Topps set embodied the spirit of the era, as it included multiple cards of the games favorite players. From combination cards such as Fence Busters, Cubs Clubbers and Corsair Trio to the end of the set's All-Star cards, this collection is awash with stars, each captured in full color. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 18 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 479 cards; PSA NM 7: 56 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 13 cards; PSA EX 5: 4 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.
1952 Bowman PSA Graded Complete Set - #5 on the PSA Set Registry!
Graded - PSA MINT 9: 19 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 233 cards. Minimum bid $5,000. 1961 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (587) - #13 on PSA Set Registry With a hearty 8.05 GPA, this array of collectibles holds the #13 position on the "Current Finest" list on the PSA Set Registry. One-third of the MINT 9 subjects is one of the top 10 copies known, with two specimens having populations less than five. When the 1961 cards showed up, it was like a breath of fresh air. The cards were completely uncluttered, with just the small text boxes at their lower edges to detract from the purity of the image. No fake autographs, no distracting team logos or invasive border design-just a crisp image of the player. To add to the excitement, and to mirror the season's two-team expansion of the American League. It was the biggest Topps set to date. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 65 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 510 cards; PSA NM 7: 11 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.
1962 Topps Graded Complete Set - #6 on the PSA Set Registry
These collectibles generate a GPA of 7.74 placing this presentation in the #6 position on the "Current Finest" list on the PSA Set Registry. Even non-collectors stand in awe of these cards, with their dazzling wood-tone borders, captivating photographs, special sub-series and incredible star content. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 22 cards; GAI NM/MT+ 8.5: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 387 cards; PSA NM 7: 167 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 10 cards; PSA EX 5: 4 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.
1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson - PSA NM-MT 8
Walter Johnson was at the top of his game at the time the offered beauty was produced. Pitching for the lowly Washington Senators, the Hall of Famer was still able to amass a league-leading 27 wins while achieving a miniscule 1.55 ERA. This splendid card hails from one of the famed Cracker Jack "factory" sets. It is nicely centered and sports brilliant, radiant colors. Minimum bid $2,500.
1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio - PSA NM-MT 8
Among its many eccentric features, 1948 Leaf holds the unique distinction of showcasing the only nationally distributed, post-war card of Joe DiMaggio. Leaf's '48 issue is notorious for a host of liabilities - heavy tones, earthy colors and woefully inexact image registers. This card has none of those imperfections. Minimum bid $2,500.
T206 Ty Cobb Bat on Shoulder - PSA NM-MT 8
The "Bat On Shoulder" pose of Ty Cobb is among the most subtly colorful and visually pleasing of all the designs included in the famed T206 set. The offered example artfully showcases the great player's unmistakable intensity in his pose and features, and would fit nicely into any top-quality assembly. Minimum bid $2,500.
1912 E300 Plows Candy Christy Mathewson - PSA NM-MT 8
Fewer than two hundred Plow's Candy cards, in total, are thought to inhabit the hobby's finest assemblies of turn-of-the-century memorabilia. This is one of the impossibly rare design picturing Hall of Fame righthander Christy Mathewson. This virtually impeccable Mathewson card has earned the right to represent its incredibly desirable type. Minimum bid $2,500.
1948 Leaf #76 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
No other card like this one is graded higher. The vibrant hues of the 1948/49 Leaf production are displayed here with a fiery brilliance that surpasses the series' notably bright, customary level. The card, beautifully printed on the front and on its grey-stock reverse, is a fabulous piece contemporary to the decade that saw Williams firmly establish his greatness. Minimum bid $2,500.
1950 Bowman #98 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
Bowman's first card of Ted Williams is a superb little artwork that captures the Splinter in a classic pose. The card back's bio refers to Ted by the nickname, "The Thumper," and almost casually tosses in the last-line note, "In 1941 hit an amazing .406." The card's color registration is flawless. Minimum bid $2,500.
1954 Topps #1 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
Only five examples of this classic memento have ever been graded at this tier, and none has been graded higher. This card is pleasing in all respects. Its colors are bright and it retains an original, pack-fresh sheen. All four corners are robustly pointed and exhibit no evidence of handling. Minimum bid $2,500.
1954 Topps #250 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
The ever-appreciated final entry in Topps' 1954 set commemorates the Red Sox icon in creative style. Having dispensed with Ted's standard, "Biography and Official Baseball Statistics," on the set's first card, Topps was free to portray the slugger in entertaining cartoon panels on the reverse of number 250. Minimum bid $2,500.
1953 Stahl-Meyer Mickey Mantle - PSA NM 7
This is an exclusive "1 of 1" collectible at its tier, and just one example of its subject has received a higher grade. Minimum bid $2,500.
1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle - PSA MINT 9
Just two examples of this card have been graded higher. This blazing 1952 Bowman Mantle displays perfect registration and rich, bold color. All four corners are pinpoint-sharp with no traces of wear. The visual effect of this collectible is simply splendid. Minimum bid $2,500.
1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle - PSA MINT 9
There are just three higher-graded copies of this card in the industry. This gorgeous card's subject recorded one of the finest-ever single season performances by any player in 1956, winning the Triple Crown as well as the American League MVP Award. Plus, Mantle carried his Yankees to the World Championship. Minimum bid $2,500.
T3 Turkey Red Cabinets #27 Christy Mathewson - PSA EX-MT 6
This is one of only three examples to reach this lofty tier with none higher. The baseball card captures Christy Mathewson in his instantly recognizable pitching pose. Mathewson's image is perfectly focused and boasts brilliant colors. Its surfaces, both front and back, are extremely clean and exhibit no imperfections. Minimum bid $2,500.
1914 E224 "Texas Tommy" Type 2 Honus Wagner - PSA EX 5
The "Texas Tommy" issue of 1914 is one of the most mysterious card sets ever produced. There are actually two different versions of these cards. The offered card of Honus Wagner is a Type 2 and differs from Type 1 cards mainly in size. They are also blank backed and have a glossy finish as opposed to the matte finish of the Type 1 cards. The Type 2 cards are much more difficult to find and to date only 15 different subjects are known to exist. While most of the type 2 cards use the same image as the Type 1's, this is not true for Honus Wagner. This card captures the great shortstop in an exciting batting pose. Minimum bid $2,500.
1914 E224 Texas Tommy Type 2 Christy Mathewson - PSA EX-MT 6
This outstanding example from the seldom-available Type 2 production is an item that also happens to depict one of the greatest pitchers of all-time: Christy Mathewson. The sepia-toned image, easily and securely placed among the finest of its kind known to the industry, displays a crisp, well-defined, follow-through photograph of the great pitcher and ambassador of the game. Minimum bid $2,500.
1935 Diamond Stars #1 Lefty Grove - PSA NM-MT 8
Only three cards are graded like this one with none higher. This "R" card production was perpetuated over the three years spanning 1934 through '36, and this offered rendering dates to 1935 (as evidenced by the card's 1934 statistics). Minimum bid $2,500.
1958 Topps PSA-Graded Near Set (464) Plus Variations
Offered is a 464-card near set of 1958 Topps baseball cards plus 3 Yellow Name/Yellow Team variations and 2 Topps promotional cards. The rookie cards of Roger Maris and Orlando Cepeda highlight this presentation. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 300 cards; GAI NM-MT 8: 1 card; PSA NM 7: 109 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 46 cards; PSA EX 5: 8 cards; PSA VG/EX 4: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1934-36 Diamond Stars PSA Graded Complete Set (108) - #7 on the PSA 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. Its 108 subjects, whose names include Ott, Hornsby, Waner and Foxx, constitute a treasured gallery of period collectibles. This beautiful array of cards, with its enviable 6.73 GPA, holds the "7th Current Finest Set" distinction on the PSA Set Registry. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 24 cards; PSA NM 7: 73 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 4 cards; PSA EX 5: 5 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron - PSA MINT 9
Only two copies of this centerpiece memento have been graded higher. On the front of this card, Topps captured the graceful rookie gobbling up a ground ball in the action shot that accompanies an outstanding color portrait of the player who was to become the greatest career home run hitter ever to play in the Majors. This is a high quality, vividly executed rendering of one of the most recognizable and coveted rookie cards in the hobby. Minimum bid $2,500.
1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams - PSA MINT 9
Only one example of this card is graded higher. This card features Ted Williams in a classic pose, a celebration of 100 years of baseball and a rookie bio card back. The image is well focused and displays amazing contrast. Immaculate white borders are capped at each end by faultless corners. This magnificent Ted Williams rookie card will easily and immediately become the centerpiece of any collection into which it is introduced. Minimum bid $2,500.
1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig - PSA NM-MT 8
Only four copies of this card have been graded higher than this one. This is a visually delicious representation of Lou Gehrig's most celebrated baseball card. The item features striking and brightly colored artwork, and showcases an illustration that is among the most enduring and recognizable images of "The Iron Horse." This example has well-defined corners, breathtaking color, clean white borders, and exceptionally clear focus. Minimum bid $2,500.
1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth - PSA NM-MT 8
Just seven copies in the world have been graded higher. Of the Babe Ruth quartet contained within the 1933 Goudey series, this is the one with the largest and most dramatic, full-face illustration of the Bambino. It is regarded as one of the hobby's favorite career-contemporary cards of the immortal ballplayer. Clean white borders frame a vivid, perfectly focused image. Minimum bid $2,500.
1959 Fleer Ted Williams PSA-Graded Complete Set (80) Almost All MINT 9!
Each card in this set has been graded MINT 9 by PSA except for two. The key card, #68 Ted Signs for 1959 is among the Mint 9 cards. This offering scores a lofty 8.92 GPA and rests in the #6 position on the Current Finest List on the PSA Set Registry Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 78 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1888 N29 Allen & Ginter PSA-Graded NM 7 Complete Baseball Set (6)
Presented is a complete set of the six baseball subjects issued as part of Allen & Ginter's Second Series of "The World Champions." While Allen & Ginter's second series lacked the same star power of the concern's first series, the cards themselves are much more difficult to find. Minimum bid $2,500.
1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth - PSA NM-MT 8
Just four copies known to the industry have received higher accolades. Offered is an outstanding example of 1933 Goudey's lone "action shot" of Babe Ruth. The item's central scene, presented against a crisply colored ball field, inspires fantasies about the Hall of Fame slugger with its dynamic illustration of his mighty swing. Minimum bid $2,500.
1951 Bowman "Low Numbers" PSA 8 NM-MT Graded Collection (212 different)
Bowman's 1951 release is noted for its detailed portraiture, thoughtful composition and a bold color palette. This all NM/MT presentation is the ideal beginning toward the goal of completing a high-grade set. The SMR value of these classic cardboard collectibles exceeds $24,000. Minimum bid $2,500.
Ungraded Single Cards and Sets
1911 T205 Gold Border Complete Set (208)
A total of 123 cards have been graded by PSA including many of the issue's biggest stars including high-grade examples of Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Includes: Graded Cards - Graded PSA NM 7: 3 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 34 cards; PSA EX 5: 76 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 9 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.
1909-11 T206 White Border Partial Set (443)
This is a particularly enticing representation of the most recognized and widely collected vintage production in the hobby. Aside from the "Big Three" (Joe Doyle/N.Y. Natl., Eddie Plank and Honus Wagner), most of the remaining subjects needed for completion can be found. In total, 67 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded Cards - PSA EX-MT 6: 45 cards; PSA EX 5: 16 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 3 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card; PSA PR-FR 1: 2 cards. Minimum bid $5,000.
1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder Complete Set (132)
Presented is a complete set of 132 cards of Hassan's innovative T202 Triple Folder card series. T202s are the kinetic collectibles that feature black-and-white baseball "action" photographs flanked by two colorful lithographed player portraits. The set boasts an abundance of Hall of Famers, including multiple cards of Cobb, Mathewson, Johnson, Speaker and others. In total, 29 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded Cards - PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 4 cards; PSA EX 5: 13 cards; PSA EX 5 (MK): 1 card; PSA VG/EX 4: 5 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card; PSA GOOD 2: 3 cards; PSA PR-FR 1: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
1939 Play Ball Complete Set (161)
This was the first of Play Ball's three pre-war sets. Its audience was attracted to the player portrait photographs, as well as the biographies on the reverses. A list of collector favorites in the issue is highlighted by one of the early cards of Joe DiMaggio, and by the introduction of Ted Williams. A total of 66 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded Cards - PSA NM-MT 8: 39 cards; PSA NM 7: 25 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500. Baseballs
Ted Williams Personal Signed Ball from Babe Ruth - PSA/DNA EX/MT + 6.5
Babe Ruth signed this OAL (Harridge) baseball and presented it to Ted Williams. The stampings date this clean and creamy sphere to 1940-1945, while Williams' tenure in the U.S. armed forces likely eliminates the latter three years of that span. Ruth penned a side panel "To My Pal Ted Williams - From Babe Ruth." The blue ink scripting bears Ruth trademarks- specifically, his sizable and curvaceous upper-case characters. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.
Extremely Rare Jesse Burkett Single Signed Ball - PSA/DNA EX/MT+ 6.5
The idea of "batting .400" is one of baseball's most unattainable accomplishments. No one has done it since 1941. Remarkably, three Hall of Famers have reached the fabled plateau three times, each achieving this almost-impossible goal during three seasons. The trio of legends includes Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and Jesse Burkett. Burkett retired four years prior to the release of T206 baseball cards. He passed away in 1953. The off-white, lightly scuffed ball, with evidence of use has been neatly penned "Jesse Burkett" in black fountain pen. The signature trumpets "9" strength. Minimum bid $2,500.
The Only Known Cap Anson Single Signed Ball - PSA/DNA VG 3
This extraordinary red-and-blue stitched baseball, circa 1900, bears the awe-inspiring signature of "AC Anson" slightly to the left of the sweet spot. Beneath this supreme black fountain pen signature, also in Anson's own hand, is the neatly printed notation, "Mgr. Chicago B.B.C." Cap Anson (1852-1922) towered over the entire history of 19th Century baseball, and is generally regarded as its foremost player. Anson's signature on this singular ball and the accompanying notation are "6-7" in strength. Minimum bid $2,500.
The Only Known Example of a Frank Chance Single Signed Baseball
On this darkly toned Spalding ONL (Pulliam) ball Chance has written the details of a July 10, 1908 contest between his victorious Cubs and the rival New York Giants. The sweet spot bears the outstanding signature, "Frank L. Chance" (grading apparent "8"). The year that this ball was scripted by Chance, the Cubs were defending World Champions. The team, under the inspirational leadership of player-manager Chance, retained its title. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
1927 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Ball - Including Ruth, Gehrig, Huggins and Walter Johnson!
A critical analysis of the signatures on this OAL (Ban Johnson) baseball leads to the conclusion that it was signed in 1927. But most compelling is its wealth of signings; there are 38 of them penned by an alloy of that season's Washington Senators and New York Yankees. The signatures are all crisp and readily legible, averaging "6" in strength. Includes: Washington Senators -- Tris Speaker ("4") and Walter Johnson ("7"); New York Yankees -- Miller Huggins ("7", signed "M. J. Huggins"), Earle Combs ("8"), Waite Hoyt ("8"), Babe Ruth (a dimensionally small signing but "8-9"), Herb Pennock ("6"), and Lou Gehrig ("8"). LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
1912 New York Giants Team Signed Ball with Christy Mathewson
This Official National League ball, with its 24 signatures, represents the pennant-winning New York Giants of 1912. Twenty-two signatures are identifiable on the ball including Fred Merkle. In many instances, these signatures were placed with formal given names. On the sweet spot are disclosed the pennings of Rube Marquard, Red Murray and Art Fletcher. Other autographs balanced around the panels include: Wilbert Robinson ("3-4"), John McGraw ("6", signed "John J. McGraw"), and Christy Mathewson ("3-4"). LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Outstanding Babe Ruth Signed "Babe Ruth Home Run Special" Baseball
This Spalding, "Babe Ruth - Home Run Special" item bears the icon's "Babe Ruth" signature perfectly along the sweet spot. The Hall of Famer's decades-old black ink autograph projects about "7-8" strength. A breathtaking commemorative, and the ultimate showpiece! LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Superb Jimmie Foxx Single Signed Ball
Jimmie Foxx signed this OAL (Cronin) ball during the latter portion of his abbreviated life. Well after his playing days, Foxx had occasion to sign this creamy American League sphere. In black ink, the Hall of Famer has penned "To Craig Brush - Regards, 'Jimmie Foxx'," his flowing scripting projecting "9" strength on the sweet spot. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Cy Young Single Signed Ball Dated 1907
With its lightly soiled and mildly roughed surface, this OAL (Ban Johnson) baseball may well have served diamond duty. The quality of this signature is about "6." Through his many years of retirement, Cy Young was a willing signer (when he could be detected among Ohio's cornfields), but to our knowledge, this is the earliest confirmed autograph provided by history's champion of victories. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Barnstorming Tour Photograph
Babe Ruth took Gehrig hunting, fishing, to Army/Notre Dame football games and, most famously, on barnstorming tours. Presented here is a signed photograph of the pair captured during their extracurricular hardball efforts. A reproduction of a previously signed photo, the print shows facsimiles of the original signatures. But the amazing green ink autographs that have "re-decorated" this particular treasure are arguably stronger than the original scriptings. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.
Spectacular Oversized Babe Ruth Signed Photo
A mere three months before his death at the age of 53, Babe Ruth inscribed this oversized action photograph to admiring fans. Ruth writes in black ink, "To my very good friends John and Joey Flinn From Babe Ruth 5-1-48." The autograph rates "8" in terms of both boldness and execution. The clean flat-finish photo presents at EX/MT level. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Autographed 1938 Lou Gehrig Photo Taken by the Famous George Burke - PSA/DNA GEM MT 10
Perhaps the most humble of American baseball heroes, Lou Gehrig possessed a work ethic unrivaled by his peers. Reserved, yet approachable, Gehrig is perhaps best depicted in this 1938 George Burke photograph. Noted for bringing out the lighter side of ballplayers, Burke did just that in this black-and-white portrait image. Gehrig's flowing signature, in black ink, reads: "To Jack - With Kindest Regards - Lou Gehrig." Minimum bid $2,500.
Baseball Game Wear
Reggie Jackson 1968 Oakland Athletics Signed Game Used Road Vest from His Rookie Season
Reggie Jackson donned this Athletics road vest during the transplanted franchise's 1968 season. The offered diamond apparel is as unique as its original owner. The light-green flannel vest represents the team's bold move to colorful garments. With "OAKLAND" arched across the chest in green-on-gold embroidered characters, even the olde-English font shows a daring departure from the traditional baseball lettering. The Hall of Famer's since-retired number "9" is sewn to the back. Jackson's black marker signature shows "8" in strength. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS, Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
1928 Sad Sam Jones Washington Senators Home Jersey
This Washington Senators jersey was worn by Sad Sam Jones during the latter portion of his four-year tenure in D.C. This cream-colored flannel, button-down garment features a blue pinstriped pattern and upper-case "W" identifiers sewn to each sleeve in blue-on-red pile characters. Within the collar, a chain-stitched, cursive notation of "Jones" accompanies a "SPALDING" manufacturer's tag. Heavy wear is evident. . Minimum bid $2,500.
Roger Maris New York Yankees Game Worn Batting Helmet
The batting helmet came as a long-overdue accessory in the 1950s. The brainchild of Pirates owner Branch Rickey, the American Baseball Cap Company produced the protective headgear en masse, with his Bucs being the first team to collectively model the product in 1953. Roger Maris wore this batting helmet during his storied days with the Bronx Bombers. This navy-blue plastic shell boasts the club's famed "NY" logo, which is painted to the front center in white. Adhered within the shell is a manufacturer's size "7-3/8" decal and a strip of white athletic tape that bears a black marker notation of "MARIS - 9." Moderate-to-heavy wear is evident. Minimum bid $1,000.
Baseball Press Pins
Complete Run of 1929 -1991 World Series Press Pins (126 different)
Most hobbyists know that many species of press pins routinely remain in optimal condition by virtue of their sturdy engineering. These include the '52 Brooklyn, '35 Detroit or '76 Cincinnati. Others, however, simply invite disappointment. This is indeed an outstanding collection of a complete run of 126 press pins, all in admirable condition. Their original fastening nuts attend all but two of the pins. Minimum bid $10,000.
The Finest 1938 All-Star Game Pin in the Hobby!
As All-Star competition gained momentum in the late 1930s, the need emerged to enhance its significance closer to the World Series. One remedy was to devise and distribute press pins to the attending media, and in 1938, Cincinnati's front office did just that. One of these survivors is now available, and it's in utterly perfect condition. Included is the Bastian Brothers paper insert into the reverse, identifying the pin's manufacturer. Minimum bid $2,500.
Alex Cartwright Check - PSA/DNA MINT 9
This personal check is signed by the legendary baseball pioneer. Dated "Sept. 11, 1880," the document is made out to one "M. Paiko" in the amount of "$100." Drawn from "BISHOP & CO., BANKERS," the check boasts Cartwright's black ink signature as its most alluring feature, its elegant curves giving it an almost regal quality. Minimum bid $2,500.
Spectacular Ty Cobb Correspondence Collection
Ty Cobb (1886-1961) is considered by many to be baseball's greatest player. This collection of correspondence from Ty Cobb to Evan "Doc" Morris, window clerk at the Menlo Park, California, Post Office, includes: 1) Bust Photograph of Cobb wearing a Detroit cap, 8" x 10", inscribed in Cobb's familiar green ink in a light area: "To Evan Morris/From His Friend/Ty Cobb/11-26-55" ("7"); and 2) Five page handwritten letter on "Tyrus R. Cobb/Glenbrook, Douglas County/Nevada" stationery, signed "Ty" but with "Cobb" in the text. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Baseball Trophies and Awards
Catfish Hunter 1977 New York Yankees Ring
This is one of the five World Series rings that were presented to the 1987 Hall of Fame inductee: his 1977 New York Yankees World Championship ring. Nineteen authentic and sparkling diamonds shape the "NY" symbol at the top of the piece with the surrounding relief pronouncing, "YANKEES WORLD CHAMPIONS." On one side, the engraved "HUNTER" is accompanied by the Bombers' stars and stripes emblem and the words, "Yankees 21st World Championship," all in raised fashion. The opposing shank displays the title-winning year of "1977," along with the words "PRIDE" and "TRADITION." Minimum bid $2,500.
Mike Torrez's 1977 New York Yankees World Championship Trophy
This 1977 World Series Championship trophy was presented to Mike Torrez for his contributions during the 1977 title-winning campaign. The prize measures approximately 7-1/4" x 12", and features 26 gold-colored pennants, each bearing the team name of a Major League franchise. The interior metal design consists of a silver baseball set within a gold-colored band, which is topped by a detailed crown. A second gold-colored band reads, "MIKE TORREZ - 1977 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS - 2 GAME WINNER vs. L.A. DODGERS - GAME 3 AND GAME 6," all in black lettering. NM condition. Minimum bid $2,500.
Baseball Folk Art Painting
At 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, this door-sized portrayal honors Babe Ruth's larger-than-life legacy. An anonymous early to mid-20th century artist created the massive tableau, which depicts the hefty left-handed hero in his familiar No. 3 uniform-but not, intriguingly, in the Yankee colors-just after belting a long fly to deep center. The grandstand's red-white-and-blue bunting signifies that this is World Series play. Heightening the period flavor of this unique piece is its presentation. Full-size bats and small baseballs are mounted to the perimeter of the painting's substantial recessed wooden frame. Minimum bid $10,000.
T202 Ty Cobb Giant Triple Folder Ad Poster
This display piece is one of only two known survivors of its rare kind. It measures 15" x 35" and features Ty Cobb in the same portrait pose that appears in the T202 Hassan Triple Folder tobacco-card set. Like those small-sized triptych cards designated as T202, this Cobb display also was initially constructed as one-third of a three-panel production-Cobb on the left, Christy Mathewson on the right and the famed Charles Conlon photo of "Cobb sliding" in the center. Minimum bid $5,000.
Exquisite 1922 Coca-Cola Complete Baseball Calendar with Full Pad
This display piece is the only Coca-Cola calendar to feature America's national pastime. By some miracle of preservation, the calendar's entire pad remains fully intact and the original gold metal strip across the very top edge is still in place. The elite example is among only a handful known to exist at this high-grade level. Understandably, their dual-subject design renders the 1922 calendars highly desirable to Coca-Cola and baseball enthusiasts alike-and especially so when the preservation is so effervescently. Minimum bid $2,500.
1952 Bowman Large Football Graded Complete Set (144) - #2 on PSA Set Registry
This amazing representation has earned a 7.24 GPA and resides in the #2 position on the "Current Finest" and #4 position on the "All-Time Finest" lists on the PSA Set Registry. The 1952 Bowman Large football release is a production whose surviving elements are rare in the marvelous state of preservation seen in the offered assembly. Includes: Graded PSA MINT 9: 7 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 90 cards; PSA NM 7: 33 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 12 cards; PSA EX 5: 1 card; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card. Minimum bid $10,000.
Ray Nitschke 1961 Green Bay Packers Ring
This ring celebrates Ray Nitschke's first of five titles-and what was Green Bay's first since 1944. In reward for Nitschke's efforts, the league commissioned the famed Josten jeweler in casting this size 13-1/2, 14-karat gold ring. Highlighting the decorative piece, the facing flaunts a football-shaped green gem, which is accented with a genuine diamond. Surrounding this display, a raised-letter legend reveals "GREEN BAY PACKERS - 1961 - WORLD CHAMPIONS." The ornately designed shanks respectively read "GREEN BAY 37 NEW YORK 0 - NFL" and "NITSCHKE." Minimum bid $5,000.
Joe Namath Early 1970's New York Jets Game Worn Home Jersey
The Hall of Fame quarterback wore this New York Jets home jersey during the early 1970s. The garment is comprised of a heavy cotton and nylon blend. "NAMATH" is sewn on a cotton/dureen nameplate at the back of the piece, and the player's famous "12" numerals are featured on the front, back and sleeves. Also at each sleeve is the Jets' classic stripe pattern, a style that was adopted in 1963 and remained a fixture until the late 1970s (revived by coach Bill Parcells in 1998). The demand for Joe Namath game jerseys far exceeds supply; especially those pre-dating the lightweight mesh issues of the mid to late 1970s. LOA from Lou Lampson. Minimum bid $2,500.
Bart Starr Game Used Jersey
A seventeenth-round selection of the 1956 NFL Draft, University of Alabama alum Bart Starr proved to be quite the late-round bargain. The prominent field general gained induction to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977, and even now is widely lauded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Starr wore this Green Bay Packers home jersey circa 1960. The green knit pullover garment displays the player's number "15" on the front, back and sleeves. Light use is evident. Minimum bid $2,500.
Johnny Unitas 1960 Baltimore Colts Signed Game Used Jersey
This autographed Baltimore Colts home jersey was donned by Johnny Unitas during the 1960 season. The offered jersey is a cream-colored dureen pullover garment with three-quarter sleeves and a pair of blue stripes lining each shoulder. The Hall of Famer's since-retired number "19" is sewn to the front, back and shoulders. Just above and to the left of the tagging, Unitas' blue marker signature trumpets "9-10" strength. The apparel reveals evidence of moderate wear. LOA Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Johnny Unitas Circa 1969-1970 Baltimore Colts Game Used Helmet
This head gear is an "RK2" made by Riddell and used by Johnny Unitas late in his career. It features the trademark single blue center stripe and the club's famous horseshoe side. The oversized back numerals are correct in their depiction of "19." The wear is consistent and solid. A tribute to the crew-cut great in his black high-tops. Minimum bid $2,500.
1911/12 C55 Complete Master Set (46) - #1 on PSA Set Registry
With a GPA of 5.66, these 46 collectibles represent the best C55 "Master Set" ever assembled, and it resides in the #1 position on the C55 - Master Set "Current Finest" and "All-Time Finest" lists on the PSA Set Registry. These fragile, finely detailed masterpieces appeal to hockey enthusiasts in the same manner experienced by baseball card collectors in their desire for that sport's T206 White Borders of the same era. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card; PSA NM 7: 5 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 32 cards; PSA EX 5: 7 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1951/52 Parkhurst PSA-Completely Graded Set (105)
This series of physically small but visually powerful collectibles contains a number of the hockey specialty's most universally admired and coveted pieces. Noted for its "key" vintage Hall of Fame subjects, the blank-backed, premier Parkhurst release is regarded as the cornerstone of a serious hockey card collection. Includes - Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 55 cards; PSA NM 7: 43 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 5 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card; PSA VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1910 C56 Hockey PSA-Graded Complete Set (36) - #3 on PSA Set Registry
With a 4.77 GPA, this collection ranks in the #3 position on the "Current Finest" and "All-Time Finest" lists on the PSA Set Registry. This Canadian tobacco issue remains unattributed but is an integral segment of any advanced vintage hockey collection. Includes: Graded PSA EX-MT 6: 13 cards; PSA EX 5: 14 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 8 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $1,500.
As golf collectors and fans are undoubtedly aware, Augusta National emphasizes that members are not allowed to remove the jackets from the premises, and even Masters Champions are only permitted to carry their jackets outside of Augusta National for the period of one year. This Green Jacket was manufactured on September 5, 1978, and belonged to a determinedly unidentified Augusta National member. Minimum bid $2,500.
1933 Goudey Sport Kings #38 Bobby Jones - SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5
It is the only specimen at its tier with just one higher-graded copy validated by SGC. Bobby Jones was among the most popular sports figures of his era. The offered example of the gum-maker's "High Number" Jones tribute does not disappoint. Its crisply detailed and richly attractive image, its nicely shaped corners, and the quality of its print are all commendable. Minimum bid $1,500.
1948 Leaf Boxing Sheet
This is an especially rare and visually dramatic representation of the boxing classic, and a true cartophilic treasure in its almost never-encountered form. All 49 subjects featured in Leaf's scarce, one-year-only boxing release are proudly displayed on this incredible factory relic. The cards include: Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey, John L. Sullivan and Jake LaMotta. Minimum bid $2,500.
1910's T220 Mecca "Champion Athlete and Prizefighter Series" PSA Graded Complete Set - #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
This is one of the truly grand boxing card productions seen here in its finest-imaginable, original state of preservation. The cards display a spellbinding gallery of color illustrations backed by descriptive bios and statistics. The offered set resides securely at the #1 position on the PSA Set Registry. The splendid, fully Mecca-branded set includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 13 cards; PSA NM 7: 18 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 18 cards; PSA EX 5: 1 card. Minimum bid $1,500.
Other Sports Items
1919 Sir Barton Belmont Trophy
Sir Barton's 1919 Belmont States trophy is an equine treasure beyond compare. As a three-year-old chestnut colt, Sir Barton entered the 1919 Kentucky Derby with a maiden status. Sir Barton brought virtually no credentials to Churchill Downs. Winless in six starts as a two-year-old, the stallion was placed in the 12-horse field as a rabbit-to set the pace. While Sir Barton left for the lead, as promised, he never stopped, crossing the finish line a full five lengths ahead of the nearest contender. Sir Barton proceeded to triumph four days later at Baltimore's Pimlico oval, again at the Withers Stakes, and for a fourth time (in a 32-day span) at the Belmont Stakes. Lauded horse racing's first-ever Triple Crown winner; Sir Barton bucked the odds throughout his spectacular run. The silver plate trophy stands 12-1/4"-tall, and measures 7-3/4" in diameter. Minimum bid $5,000.
COMIC BOOKS AND COMIC ART
In August 2006, the collecting world received its first glimpse into the exciting future of Mastro Auctions' new Comic Books and Comic Art division. According to Chris Porter, the division's vice president, the inaugural event created the desired industry "buzz" which has fueled expectations and excitement for the December sale.
Porter says that the August 2006 sale has been instrumental in laying a strong foundation on which to build his division into a top player in the comic books and comic art collecting industry. "The record-breaking price of over $200,000 for the Spiderman Ditko artwork served as an exclamation point on our initial effort," said Porter. "It proved we have the process to attract comic collectors and big numbers," said Porter. "Our focus in this second sale was to increase the amount of material available, and concentrate not only high- end pieces, but medium condition items, which make up the majority of the market." Some highlights include:
1941 "Green Lantern" #1 - CGC VF/NM 9.0 This book features a Bill Finger story, a Howard Purcell cover, and Martin Nodell art. The story retells the origin of the Green Lantern and was issued at the peak of the character's popularity. Today, the item represents one of the key investment comic books of the Golden Age. The minimum bid is $10,000.
"Batman" #2 - CGC NM -9.2
This book is tied with one other copy at this grading level, with none known to be graded higher. The elements of this summer 1940 issue include a Bill Finger story, cover and interior art by Kane and Robinson, and other interior art by George Roussos. It is the second issue of the title to feature the Joker and the Catwoman. The minimum bid is $10,000.
The Incredible Hulk #1 - CGC 9.0
Forty years after their creations, the works of Kirby and Lee still hold up as exciting. Nowhere is this more evident than in "The Incredible Hulk" #1 (5/62). It includes a story by Lee, cover by Kirby, and interior art by Kirby and Reinman. The book provides the origin and first appearance of the Incredible Hulk, first appearance of Rick Jones, Gen. "Thunderbolt" Ross and his daughter Betty. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did a masterful job of creating a companion book for the Fantastic Four, one that told the sympathetic tale of a monster's tortured soul. The book's minimum bid is $5,000.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 - CGC VF+ 8.5
When it was introduced The Amazing Spider-Man quickly became one of the largest selling titles in the industry. Today it stands as writer Lee's and artist Ditko's greatest personal success in their long history of producing comic books. This first issue has proven to be one of the top two most desirable collectors' items that Marvel has ever produced, second only to the character's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy. The minimum bid is $5,000.
Captain America Comics #1 (3/41) - CGC 6.0
Constant movement within their tales became the Simon and Kirby trademark, and it was never so consistently pronounced as it in their Captain America stories. From the first issue, Simon and Kirby's Captain America Comics had readers knee-deep in World War II, almost a full year before the country became fully involved. This book displays cream to off-white pages. It features the origin and first appearance of Captain America and Bucky and the first appearance of the Red Skull. The minimum bid is $5,000.
1920 Cox/Roosevelt "Americanize America" Presidential Campaign Pinback
The Democratic Cox/Roosevelt ticket, which lost handily to Republican running mates Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, is but a blip on the radar of U.S. presidential races. Its elusive campaign pins, however, are not. They are considered among the finest political collectibles in existence. This tremendous gem retains its pristine Whitehead & Hoag back-paper and demonstrates picture-perfect centering. It is the rarest of all Cox/Roosevelts with fewer than half a dozen known survivors. It is the only style of Cox/Roosevelt jugate with a slogan! The phrase "Americanize America" has its origins with the American (a.k.a."Know-Nothing") Party of the mid-1850s, who used it as a policy of enforcing assimilation to U.S. cultural norms among immigrants. Minimum bid $10,000.
Exceptional 1789 George Washington Inaugural Button
Here is Americana at its very best: a cherished memento of George Washington's ascent to the presidency on March 4, 1789. This 1-1/4"-diameter, medallion-like inaugural button is one of the finest examples ever offered through Mastro Auctions. It is exceptionally well struck and well preserved, rating Near Mint to Mint. Minimum bid $2,500.
1848 Zachary Taylor/Millard Fillmore Presidential Campaign Pewter Pin
It would be impossible to find a more superior example of this double-sided campaign piece than the this Near Mint one. Such pewter-rimmed, glass-protected paper portraits were produced for the Taylor/Fillmore and Cass/Butler tickets, and both varieties are well-known for being plagued by rampant staining and excessive wear. Not so with this beauty. Minimum bid $2,500.
Exceptional and Rare Mary Lincoln Signed Handwritten Letter on Executive Mansion Stationary - Also Signed by Abraham Lincoln!
Mary Todd Lincoln wrote this letter to the hymn composer and publisher Hubert Platt Main (1839-1925) while she was living in the White House, then known as the Executive Mansion. The First Lady penned the manor's name in the upper right, and her embossed monogram ("M. L.") is centered toward the top of the page. Seeing the President and First Lady's signatures together on the same letter brings to life the history of their long and devoted relationship. All of the letter's handwriting rates "10." Fewer than 10 dual-signed Abraham and Mary Lincoln items have appeared at major auctions in the past 25 years! LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $5,000.
Rare Kennedy Final 1963 Christmas Card Signed by JFK and Jackie
Prior to the holiday season, both the President and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy sat down to sign stacks of personal Christmas cards. This is a bittersweet reminder of that holiday. The card front features a printed photo of the crèche in the East Room of the White House, while the interior includes a gold Presidential Seal along with the imprinted greeting, "With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year." The President, using black felt tip, has signed "John Kennedy" with his wife adding "Jacqueline Kennedy" in blue ballpoint. Both signatures merit a "10" assessment. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
President George Washington Signed Commission
With this commission, President George Washington promoted Thomas Butler to the rank of lieutenant colonel and the position of "Commandant of the Fourth Sub-Legion." Washington's large and dramatic signature projects "7-8" in strength and spans a full 3" in length. The page is also signed "Timothy Pickering - Secy. of War" ("9"). Pickering served as War Secretary for only a brief period in 1795, before assuming the role of Secretary of State from 1795 to 1800. Its design features an elaborately engraved vignette containing elements of the Great Seal of the United States, with the words, "George Washington - President of the United States of America" just beneath an eagle. An official embossed seal of the War Office is present in the upper left corner. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
The Beatles Signed, "Please Please Me" Album
The Beatles' first LP release, "Please Please Me," signaled the beginning of Beatlemania. The album would reach number 1 in the UK and stay there for 30 weeks. All four autographs-"John Lennon XX," "Paul McCartney XXX," "Ringo Starr XX" and "George Harrison XXX"-appear vintage to the album itself, circa 1963. George and Ringo's project "9" strength, while John and George's are fainter ("6"). The LP is displayed behind a custom-made matte (with a portion of the vintage vinyl exposed) and housed within an attractive 20-3/8" x 27-1/4" frame. LOAs from Steve Grad and Roger Epperson/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
Original "Mr. Spock" Ears Worn by Leonard Nimoy in "Star Trek - The Movie"
Aside from the Enterprise itself, there is perhaps no greater symbol of the Star Trek universe than the green-blooded, pointy-eared Vulcan. And of course, few other characters in the annals of pop-culture history have the immediate name recognition as does the greatest Vulcan of them all-Mr. Spock. Presented is surely the "Holy Grail" for Star Trek fans and collectors ... Mr. Spock's ears! Offered as provenance is a 3-3/8" x 2-1/4" cream-colored card, affixed to the reverse, which reads: "THESE SPOCK EARS WERE USED BY LEONARD NIMOY IN 'STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE'. VERIFICATION: (signed) Leonard Nimoy. SEPT., 1978." LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $2,500.
1941/42 "Uncle Sam" Original Artwork Collection of 87 Different
This extensive collection of original artwork is from one of the more popular bubble gum card series to be issued before the World War II effort curtailed the supply of materials needed for their creation-Gum Incorporated's "Uncle Sam" and "Home Defense" series of 1941. These one-of-a-kind designs are the basis for 71 of the series' 144 cards. Each piece has a pencil notation identifying the card number for which the art was intended for, plus a section heading (where applicable) which appeared on the reverse. Overall display quality is minimally EX. Minimum bid is $5,000.
1937 R21 Wolverine Gum "Ripley's Believe It or Not" PSA Graded Complete Set (48) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
One of only two card sets produced by the obscure Wolverine Gum Company of Detroit, Michigan, this colorful product features scenes and situations from the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" archives of Robert Ripley. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 16 cards; PSA NM 7: 10 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 8 cards; PSA EX 5: 12 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card; PSA GD 2: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.
1940 R145 Gum, Inc. Superman Complete PSA Graded Set (72)
By virtue of its 7.01 GPA, the assembly stands in the prestigious 1st Place position atop both the "All-Time Finest" and "Current Finest" lists on the PSA Set Registry. Among the most popular of all the pre-war gum card issues, the Gum, Inc. Superman set of 1940 is particularly difficult to complete due to its very scarce high-number series of cards (numbers 49-72). The collection includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 34 cards; PSA NM 7: 25 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 3 cards; PSA EX 5: 2 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card; and PSA GD 2: 3 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.
Historical Items and Autographs
Cook County Chicago Gallows
For 56 years, the Cook County gallows, originally constructed in 1886 to execute condemned men from the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, waited for one man: Terrible Tommy O'Connor. Just four days before facing his fate at the hangman's noose on December 15, 1921, O'Connor escaped in spectacular and suspicious fashion leading many to believe he had received help from the inside. He was never seen again. In 1927, when the state legislature changed the legal method of execution to the electric chair, O'Connor was the last Illinois convict with a sentence to be hanged. Were it not for his absence, Cook County's suddenly obsolete gallows might have been reduced to firewood. But the county stored the timber structure in its Criminal Courts Building for more than a half-century, just in case Terrible Tommy should ever be apprehended and his sentence fulfilled. Each year, on the anniversary of his escape, the local newspapers ran headlines asking, "Where's Tommy?" By the late 1970s, when all hope was lost of finding the 87-year-old criminal (were he even still alive), a judge ordered that the gallows be officially retired and sold to the highest bidder. A Wild West museum in Union, Illinois purchased the gallows for an undisclosed amount in 1977, and it has remained on display there ever since. Minimum bid $5,000.
Early 20th Century Church Window
This glorious and full-sized stained glass window dates to the early part of the 20th Century. Created in a style known as "opalescent glass," this impressive object originates from the First Lutheran Church of Alexandria, Minnesota. The Alexandria High School Class of 1919 donated the window to the church. For more than 80 years, this window withstood harsh Minnesota winters and sweltering summers before its removal when the building was remodeled in 2000. According to our research, the window was crafted by German artists and shipped to the United States. Minimum bid $2,500.
Pope Benedict XVI Single Signed Baseball
This spectacular baseball is autographed by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Inscribed "Benedictus XVI" in blue Sharpie across the sweet spot (and presenting "perfect 10" strength), this phenomenal piece reveals-appropriately-a remarkably snow white appearance. This OML (Selig) ball also shows bold "Rawlings" and Major League Baseball logos. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $1,000.
Guy Carleton Wiggins "New York City Snow Scene" Painting
Guy Wiggins was born in Lyme, Connecticut in 1883 and was the son of prominent artist Carlton Wiggins. He is the youngest artist ever to have his work actually purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York-at a mere twenty years of age! Wiggins painted numerous landscapes of Connecticut and New York, but it is depictions of snowy Manhattan landmarks that are immediately recognized as uniquely his. Those wintry subjects are today considered some of his finest creations, and are displayed in the White House and in many of the world's major museums and private collections. The oil on canvas board painting measures 12" x 16", and is signed "Guy Wiggins" at lower right; also signed and titled on reverse. Estimated Value: $50,000-$60,000.
1861-1944 "Cahors" by Joseph Edward Southall
Joseph Edward Southall (1861-1944) was an Englishman born of Quaker parents, who first studied watercolors at a Quaker school, as early as the age of eleven, receiving instruction from Edwin Moore, a brother of two famous painters. In 1878, Southall began work at an architectural firm while continuing his studies at night. He would eventually leave this firm after several years to return to the study of painting and sculpting. This work appears to be dated in pencil "1936" on the lower right corner, just beneath Southall's penciled monogram signature. The 12" x 9" watercolor and pencil work captures a lovely, relaxed scene of a bridge spanning the slow moving Lot River at Cahors. Minimum bid $2,500.
Paul Emile Pissarro "River Landscape" Charcoal on Paper
Pissarro was born into an artistic French family in 1884. His father Camille raised all of his sons in a world of art, teaching them of the importance of great artists like Cézanne, Monet and the other Impressionists, many of who were his personal friends. Paulémile would often visit with his father's friend Monet who lived only 20 miles from the Pissarro family home. Monet, in addition to acting as Paulémile's guardian after the boy's father had died, became his mentor and friend. While Monet had a great effect on the younger Pissarro's technique and approach, it was Cézanne that had the most influence upon his work. This piece comes from the Stern Pissarro collection. An LOA signed by the artist's grandson is included. The work is entitled "River Landscape," has been signed "Paulémile Pissarro" at the lower left corner. Minimum bid $1,500.
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