One thing is for certain. The experts at Mastro Auctions didn’t spend their summer vacation relaxing. In fact, the premier Sports and Americana auction house was busier than ever planning and executing a series of auctions that took the industry by storm. In the course of three months, Mastro Auctions closed a Classic Collector auction, the company’s first live event and a Premier auction. The end result was the company’s largest selling summer ever and a lot of satisfied collectors.
“It could not have been a better summer,” said Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions. “Not only did we close three successful sales and hit a new company sales record, we also provided quality material to a very wide collecting audience. There was something for every collector this summer in a Mastro Auctions sale.”
According to Allen, the highlight of the summer was, without doubt, Mastro Auctions inaugural live auction held at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH during the National Sports Convention. “The reception our live auction event received exceeded even our expectations, and they were pretty high to begin with,” said Allen.
Allen says that the ability to conduct live auctions represents just one more way the company is striving to achieve its core objective of expanding the collecting market overall. “Our Premier events were always a success,” said Allen. “Then our Classic Collector events were introduced and are now a hobby stable. We fully expect our live auction capabilities to expand our reach into new collecting markets and benefit our ever growing customer base.”
Following great results in both sales from earlier in the summer, Mastro Auctions’ mix of sales strategy paid off once again in its August Premier event. The average lot price exceeded $5,200. Top sports lots included a 1915 Cracker Jack complete set - #4 on the PSA Set registry that sold for $338,006 (sum of the individual cards). In the Americana division, highlights included a Gettysburg battle worn coat that sold for $68,779 and an 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin Portrait Campaign Flag that went for $38,723.
Specific auction results from Mastro’s Premier August Auction are detailed by division in the following:
TOP ITEMS - SPORTS
Incredible 1915 Cracker Jack Complete Set (176) - #4 on the PSA Set
Registry! – Sold Individually
Auction bidders were given the opportunity to bid on the set or on the cards individually. If the set price exceeded the combined prices of all the individual cards, the set would stay together. The sum of the individual cards won and pieces of this set in all its glory are now in the hands of several appreciative collectors. The sum of the individual cards was $338,006. Top performing individual cards from the set included:
• A 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb – PSA NM-MT 8 that sold for $39,542.
• A 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson PSA NM 7 that went for $19,468.
• A 1915 Cracker Jack #68 Honus Wagner – PSA NM-MT 8 that commanded $16,014.
• A 1915 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson – PSA NM-MT 8 that went for $12,738.
• A 1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson – PSA NM-MT 8 that sold for $12,131.
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
The fact that the industry universally acknowledges the peerless appeal of the 1951 Bowman Mantle card has never been more evident. This spectacular copy of perhaps the most well-known baseball card went for $93,206.
1909-11 T206 White Border Complete Set (520) Minus "Big Four"
Included in this assembly are the great names of Cobb, Johnson, Young, Lajoie and a significant number of their contemporaries. It is a time capsule of baseball history, meticulously preserved by Lionel Carter that commanded $90,648.
1952 Bowman PSA-Graded High Grade Collection (326) - Including Fifty-Nine PSA MINT 9's!
This was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an extensive inventory of high-grade 1952 Bowman baseball cards. One collector snapped at the chance to own these never before auctioned cards for $49,213.
1950 Bowman Complete Set (252)
It was another superb set straight out of Lionel Carter’s hands. Every portrait has retained the dazzling hues and sharp detail for which this edition is noted, thanks to Mr. Carter’s TLC. The selling price was $47,658.
TOP ITEMS - AMERICANA
The Henry H. Stone Coat - One of Only Three Documented Gettysburg Coats
The unique, well-preserved American artifact tied directly to the turning point of the Civil War is only the third such jacket known to exist and the first to ever be publicly offered. The Union coat belonged to and was worn by Henry Harrison Stone. The 20-year old fireman from Charlestown, Massachusetts enlisted in the Union Army on June 13, 1861. As a sergeant in the “I” Company of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry (Hooker’s Brigade), Stone wore the offered Potomac blue coat at battles in Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and most importantly, during those three fateful days in July 1863 at Gettysburg. The historically significant coat sold for $68,779.
Remarkable 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin Portrait Campaign Flag
Abraham Lincoln was promoted by numerous versions of flags and banners in the 1860 election season. Few of them rival this stellar survivor in terms of its aesthetic, design and preservation. The political treasure sold for $38,723.
Historically Significant Ronald Reagan 1980 Signed Handwritten Letter
Regarding "The Speech" - A Landmark Letter of the Highest Order!
This was Reagan's first political speech. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David S. Broder, the dean of the Washington press corps, in The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the G.O.P. (1967), wrote that it was "the most successful political debut since William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech in 1896." Offered was the only known copy of that last paragraph in Reagan's handwriting. This piece of handwritten history went for $30,979.
Exceptional 1848 Printing of The Declaration of Independence - Peter Force
In 1833, historian and printer Peter Force, under contract with the Department of State authorized by an Act of Congress, planned to compile a vast work in at least 20 volumes, to be known as the American Archives, a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America. The "Wet Ink" copperplate created by William J. Stone to reprint the Declaration of Independence years before was removed from storage and, from it, Force printed copies on rice paper. Only a few hundred of Force's printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist today. This one sold for $22,013.
Significant 1865 Abraham Lincoln Assassination Relics Including Hair and Blood-Soaked Cloth
Two of the three items in this lot are intimately linked to the morbid events of April 14-15, 1865. The first is a swatch from the woven, beige cloth towel that was held against Lincoln's wounded head as he lay bleeding in the presidential box at Ford's Theater. Another item consists of approximately 40-50 hairs snipped from Lincoln's head by a surgeon at Petersen's Boarding House. Together the collection went for $21,796.
AND MORE SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS BY CATEGORY . . .
Graded Cards and Sets
A 1955 Red Man Tobacco complete set (50) with tabs - #1 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $36,721; a 1964 Topps Giants #3 Sandy Koufax SP - PSA GEM MT 10 "1 of 1" sold for $32,891; a 1911 T205 Gold Border R. Hoblitzell, No Stats - PSA EX-MT 6 "1 of 2" sold for $32,209; a 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams rookie card – PSA MINT 9 sold for $31,720; a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel complete set (30) - #2 on the PSA Set Registry went for $21,796.
In addition, a 1957 Topps #302 Sandy Koufax – PSA MINT 9 realized a final price of $21,256; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Walter Johnson portrait – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $18,838; a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card – PSA EX-MT 6 went for $18,827; a 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax rookie card – PSA MINT 9 sold for $17,657; a 1911 T205 Gold Border PSA-graded collection (69 different) including Hall of Famers and scarcities – each graded PSA EX 5 went for $16,285; a 1915 E106 American Caramel near set (46/48) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry realized a final price of $15,859; a 1921-1937 Exhibit collection (274 different) including more than 100 Hall of Famers went for $15,689; a 1951 Bowman PSA MINT 9 collection (15) went for $15,509; a spectacular 1912 T227 Honest Long Cut "Series of Champions" Ty Cobb – PSA VG-EX 4 went for $15,509; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Chas. Bender - PSA NM-MT 8 "1 of 1" commanded $15,103; a 1927 E126 American Caramel PSA-graded complete set (60) commanded $15,103; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Eddie Collins, Open Mouth - PSA NM-MT 8 "1 of 1" sold for $15,103; a 1948 Leaf PSA NM-MT 8 collection (26 different) went for $14,748; a 1948 Leaf #76 Ted Williams – PSA MINT 9 commanded $14,524; a 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Ty Cobb – PSA VG-EX 4 sold for $14,383; a 1910 E102 "Anonymous" complete set (29) - #2 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $14,230; a 1963 Topps #537 Pete Rose rookie card went for $14,045; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Tris Speaker - PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $14,045; a 1948 Leaf PSA-graded collection (10 different) including seven short prints sold for $13,661; a 1911 E94 George Close Candy complete set (30) - #2 on the PSA Set Registry went for $13,375; a 1910 T210 Old Mill Cigarettes Series 1 through 8 SGC-graded collection (256) sold for $13,172; a 1909 E92 Croft's Candy Cy Young - PSA NM 7 "1 of 1" sold for $13,045; a 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth – PSA NM 7 sold for $13,045; a 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays rookie card – PSA NM-MT 8 went for $13,045; a 1912 C46 Imperial Tobacco complete set (90) - #2 on the PSA Set Registry commanded $12,756; and a 1933 Goudey #18 Muddy Ruel – PSA MINT 9 sold for $10,541.
Ungraded and Partially Graded Cards and Sets
A 1951 Bowman high grade complete set (324) sold for $33,821; a 1952 Topps near set (372/407) including PSA EX 5 Mantle went for $31,720; a 1952 Topps collection (598) including #261 Mays (6) and 130 high numbers went for $26,496; a 1909-1911 E254 Colgan's Chips "Stars of the Diamond" near master set (278/312) sold for $24,851; a 1952 Topps partial set (328/407) including PSA VG-EX 4 Mantle went for $23,435; a 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel near set (117/120) sold for $21,796; 1952 through 1955 Red Man complete sets with tabs (4) went for $21,028; a 1934 R320 Goudey collection (51) went for $20,788; a 1936 V355 World Wide Gum complete set (135) realized a final price of $19,798; a 1933 R319 Goudey near set (214/239) sold for $18,827; a 1952 Bowman and 1953 Bowman Color collection (900+) including five Mickey Mantle cards realized a final price of $14,345; a 1961 Topps high grade complete set (587) sold for $14,065; a 1953 Topps collection (805) including many Hall of Famers went for $11,732.
In addition, a 1954 Bowman complete set (224) plus #66 Ted Williams sold for $11,596; a 1957 Topps complete set (407) plus Checklists and Contest Cards went for $11,596; a 1953-1960 scarce Regional collection (263 items) including eight complete sets sold for $10,780; a 1953 Topps complete set (274) went for $10,780; and an 1887/1888 N172 Old Judge Hall of Famers collection (8) went for $9,799. 1974, 1975 and 1976 Topps Baseball unopened wax boxes (3) sold for $6,544; and a 1970 Topps Baseball unopened wax box (24 packs) went for $6,019.
A Jimmie Foxx single signed ball went for $38,558; a Babe Ruth single signed ball – PSA/DNA NM/MT 8 sold for $24,271; a collection of 2005 Chicago White Sox team signed balls (72 balls, each with 26 sigs.) - a complete case of six dozen official W.S. balls sold for $16,816; a 1920s Hall of Fame multi signed ball (6 signatures) including Ruth, Cobb and Johnson sold for $13,045; a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig multi signed ball - both on the same panel realized a final price of $10,780; another Babe Ruth signed ball sold for $10,666; a 1943 Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson signed ball - The Match-Up of the Century - went for $10,025; a 2005 World Champions Chicago White Sox team signed balls collection (24 balls, each with 29 signatures!) including Guillen, Konerko and Thomas went for $10,025; a 1939 Hall of Fame Induction multi signed ball (6 signatures) including Ruth, Wagner and Johnson realized a final price of $9,424; a 1952-1966 St. Louis Cardinals team signed balls collection (15) went for $7,919; an extensive Hall of Famers and Superstars single signed balls collection (126) including DiMaggio and Williams sold for $7,919; and an extensive Hall of Famers and Stars single signed balls collection (136) went for $7,919.
A Babe Ruth 1921-1931 H&B game used bat – PSA GU 6 – sold for $30,979; a Ty Cobb 1911-1916 H&B game used bat – PSA GU-7 – went for $28,098; a Tris Speaker 1921-1928 H&B game used bat – PSA GU-7 sold for $18,540; a Cal Ripken, Jr. 1978 Minor League game used bat - earliest known gamer – PSA GU-9 – went for $12,131; and a Yogi Berra 1953-1957 H&B signed game used bat – PSA GU-7 – sold for $7,361.
An extremely rare Buck Ewing "New York Baseball Club" signed pay receipt commanded $35,313; a Christy Mathewson 1924 signed check with Mrs. Mathewson signed letter (2 items) sold for $26,094; an historically important 1880 application of Detroit to join the National League signed by William Hulbert went for $23,666; a 1925 World Champions Pittsburgh Pirates original photo - signed on the back by the entire team and Honus Wagner sold for $22,920; a sensational Hall of Famers signed and captioned photos collection (17) sold for $19,225; a spectacular Hall of Famers signed index cards collection (12) commanded $14,065; an incredible 1960s-1980s "Sporting News" signed covers collection (991 covers featuring 1,300+ signatures) including 600+ Hall of Famers went for $13,698, a significant Hall of Famers and Superstars signed index cards collection (49 different) sold for $11,732; an exciting 1920s Exhibit Hall of Famers signed cards collection (8 different) went for $11,404; and a spectacular 1950 W576 Callahan "Hall of Fame" signed cards collection (15 different) including Cobb, Foxx and Ott went for $10,780.
A magnificent 1904 Giants vs. Cubs game action panoramic photograph by George Lawrence sold for $12,131; Charles Conlon's 1915 Christy Mathewson photo from the Jane Mathewson collection went for $5,251; an enormous 1910 Boston Red Sox/Washington Senators panorama featuring a young Walter Johnson realized a final price of $3,432; and an incredible 1929 Philadelphia Athletics "American League Pennant Winners" team panorama sold for $2,963.
BASEBALL GAME USED GEAR
A Lloyd Waner circa 1933 Pittsburgh Pirates game worn road jersey sold for $37,658; a Nellie Fox 1957 Chicago White Sox game worn road jersey went for $11,858; a Willie Mays 1962 San Francisco Giants twice-signed game worn cap sold for $5,948; a Willie Stargell 1981 Pittsburgh Pirates signed game worn home jersey went for $4,468; a Barry Bonds 2002 San Francisco Giants game worn World Series home jersey commanded $4,339; and a Gaylord Perry 1968 San Francisco Giants game worn road jersey realized a final price of $4,061.
A Mickey Mantle signed Cope Enterprises posters collection (200) commanded $36,361; a Stan Musial signed Cope Enterprises posters collection (440) sold for $10,237; a Harmon Killebrew signed Cope Enterprises posters collection (800) realized a final price of $9,306; a Enos Slaughter signed Cope Enterprises posters collection (800) went for $9,144; a massive multi sport signed memorabilia collection (20,000+ items) including Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Gale Sayers and Johnny Unitas sold for $8,908; and a Ted Williams signed Cope Enterprises posters collection (50) sold for $8,711.
OTHER BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
An extensive 1910s through mid-1970s vintage baseball hardcover publications collection (248 different) went for $14,045; a late 1920s Hillerich & Bradsby bat rack went for $13,375; a spectacular signed original oil painting of DiMaggio, Mantle, Musial and Williams went for $11,858; a 1907 Horner Studios Cincinnati National League team composite photo display with Hanlon and Huggins sold for $9,306; Doc Lavan’s 1913 Philadelphia Athletics "World Champions" ring sold for $8,711; and a "Babe Ruth at the 1927 World Series" original oil painting by Ron Stark sold for $8,098.
A Gem Mint 1971 Topps #156 Terry Bradshaw rookie card – PSA GEM MT 10 – sold for $14,065; a 1935 National Chicle PSA-graded complete set (36) went for $13,045; a 1955 Topps All-American PSA-graded complete set (100) commanded $10,666; a monstrous NFL Hall of Famers and Superstar signed footballs collection (160) including Grange, Butkus, Marino and Rice went for $8,098; a 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath rookie card – PSA NM-MT 8 – went for $7,919; a 1970 Super Bowl IV full ticket quartet (4) realized a final price of $7,919; a NFL Team and multi signed football collection (33) including 1989 Super Bowl Champions 49ers and Quarterback legends went for $7,199; and a 1957 Topps high grade complete set (154) including 84 graded cards sold for $6,991.
A Wilt Chamberlain 1956/57 Kansas Jayhawks sophomore jersey (1st Varsity Season) sold for $33,449; a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #3 Nat Holman – PSA NM-MT 8 – went for $12,756; a Michael Jordan 1989/90 Chicago Bulls signed game worn home jersey went for $10,666; and 1969/70 through 1977/78 Topps complete sets (9) sold for $7,199.
A 1911/12 C55 Hockey Players complete basic set (45) - #5 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $27,400; a 1910/11 C56 Hockey Series complete set (36) - #8 on the PSA Set Registry went for $21,256; a 1951/52 Parkhurst hoard (554) realized a price of $17,956; a 1924/25 C144 Champ's Cigarettes PSA-graded partial set (43/60) went for $16,652; a 1966/67 Topps "USA Test" complete set (66) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $16,652; a 1971/72 Topps complete set (132) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $14,065; a 1958/59 Topps #66 Bobby Hull rookie card –PSA NM/MT 8 went for $13,009; 1968/69 to 1970/71 O-Pee-Chee complete sets (3) commanded $12,756; 1933/34 through 1937/38 V304 O-Pee-Chee "Series A" through "Series E" complete sets (5) plus original album went for $12,131; a 1955/56 Parkhurst PSA-graded complete set (79) - #3 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $11,596; a 1972/73 Topps complete set (176) - #2 on the PSA Set Registry went for $11,596; a 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card - PSA MINT 9 went for $10,541; and a 1966/67 Topps high grade complete set (132) went for $9,696.
1976 Muhammad Ali fight worn trunks from the Ali vs. Dunn Heavyweight Championship title fight sold for $16,261; a 1911 T9 Turkey Red PSA-graded near set (20/26) - #8 on the PSA Set Registry went for $8,460; a Boxing Legends and Superstars single signed gloves collection (31) including Ali, Frazier and De La Hoya sold for $3,944; and a 1910-1956 collection (359) including 6 complete sets and 54 graded cards went for $3,523.
An incredible 1930s Bobby Jones signed palm print went for $12,545; a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #38 Bobby Jones – PSA NM-MT 8 – went for $7,199; a 1980 Member's Green Jacket from Augusta National Golf Club sold for $6,083; Tiger Woods and Earl Woods single signed baseballs (2 items) realized a final price of $4,061; and vintage signed golf photos (23) including Nelson, Hogan, Sarazen and Snead plus fifteen unsigned golf photos went for $3,586.
AND MORE AMERICANA HIGHLIGHTS
BY CATEGORY . . .
A 1937 Donut Corp. of America "Thrilling Moments" complete box featuring Babe Ruth Card - a previously unknown item realized a final price of $17,437; a 1964 Topps "Outer Limits" complete set - #2 on the PSA Registry went for $12,756; a 1936 R60 "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" PSA-assessed complete set (168) - #4 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $11,596; a 1933 R39 National Chicle "Dare Devils" complete set (24) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry went for $9,582; a 1934 R136 "Sky Birds" near Master Set (130/132) went for $8,098; and a 1956 Topps "Elvis Presley" complete set (66) - #5 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $8,012.
COMICS AND COMIC ART
A copy of 1963 "The X-Men" #1 CGC 7.0 - origin and first appearance of Marvel's leading mutant team sold for $4,522; a copy of 1962 "Journey Into Mystery" #85 CGC NM 9.2 - the first appearance of Thor's greatest adversary – Loki went for $3,396; a 1970s large original "Superman" drawing by his creator, Joe Shuster went for $3,510; a copy of 1965 "Journey Into Mystery" #112 CGC NM 9.4 sold for $3,086; and a copy of 1963 "The Amazing Spider-Man" #1 CGC 5.0 - the first issue of Spider-Man's own title commanded $3,049.
An Abraham Lincoln 1863 signed Naval Commission realized a final price of $9,799; Abraham Lincoln 1851 signed handwritten legal briefs - three on one page sold for $9,113; an historic signed Presidential assassination display including Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley sold for $6,554; a George Washington 1796 cut signature as President sold for $5,777; and Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan 1850s signed Naval appointments (3 items) commanded $2,022.
A phenomenal 1904 Roosevelt/Fairbanks full color campaign poster went for $13,375; an extremely rare 1876 Hayes/Wheeler jugate campaign bandanna sold for $9,696; the only known 1864 "For President" McClellan campaign poster went for $8,908; an 1840s Zachary Taylor figural clock in original glass domed display went for $8,098; a vibrant 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin campaign flag commanded $8,098; a circa 1800 John Adams bulbous creamware portrait pitcher went for $7,530; an 1828 Andrew Jackson pewter rim campaign medallion went for $7,020; an extremely rare 1840 William Henry Harrison copper luster cup went for $6,991; an exceedingly rare circa 1808 James Madison Liverpool portrait pitcher sold for $6,845; and an incredibly large 1840 William Henry Harrison "Our Country's Hope" water pitcher went for $5,530.
HISTORICAL ITEMS AND AUTOGRAPHS
A Civil War archive of Missouri Union soldier's letters (144 items) - exceptional content - commanded $14,524; 1960-1970s personal and private unpublished archive of Phil Ray - a unique insight on the dawn of the computer age went for $12,782; 1968 Computer Terminal Corporation display boards (14) - conceived and hand drawn by Phil Ray commanded $12,173; 1970 "CTC Veripoint Model 2200" original concept artwork by Jack Frassanito went for $9,306; a rare J.D. Salinger 1981 signed letter with literary content sold for $7,919; 1970 unique hand-built prototype Computer Terminal Corporation "Datapoint 2200" - the world's first mass storage desktop computer sold for $5,141; a William Ellery 1776 docketed Newport Rhode Island Land Deed - Declaration signer went for $4,110; a Mohandas Gandhi 1898 two-page signed handwritten letter to his brother realized a final price of $3,691; and a Samuel F.B. Morse 1848 signed handwritten letter regarding the telegraph and attacks on his character sold for $2,550.
A Beatles 1962 signed Hamburg Star-Club photocard went for $9,582; an exceptional 1950s Hollywood autograph album (42 signatures) including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley (with lock of his hair), John Wayne and Marlon Brando sold for $4,468; a Hollywood icons signed photos collection (21) including Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando went for $4,468; a 1964 Beatles Pittsburgh Concert unused full ticket - PSA EX-MT 6 realized a final price of $3,523; and a Humphrey Bogart signed photo sold for $3,259.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mastro Auctions’ next premier auction is scheduled for December 2007. Consignments are currently being accepted. For more information or for consignment details, call 630-472-1200 or visit www.mastroauctions.com.
About Mastro Auctions
Mastro Auctions of Burr Ridge, 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.