Hobby favorite keeps collectors coming back for more high quality Sports and Americana items

It seems collectors just can’t get enough of what Mastro Auctions offers in its popular Classic Collector auctions. On October 25, the leading Sports and Americana auction house closed its final Classic Collector event of 2007. The results indicate there is no let up of excitement surrounding these much anticipated sales that are packed with diversity.

“Another two million dollar plus Classic Collector event puts an exclamation point on the success of these great hobby sales,” said Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions. “We look forward to another series of these events in 2008 as they continue to grow and attract more collectors and add favorably to the overall scope and depth of the collecting industry.”

The October Mastro Auctions Classic Collector event, conducted entirely over the internet, included over 1,700 lots of Sports and Americana collectibles. Bidding concluded on October 25. Highlights include:

TOP LOTS –SPORTS
• A 1952 Topps near set (398/407) sold for $21,695.

• A 1911/12 C55 Hockey players complete set (45) went for $16,187.

• A 2005 Chicago White Sox World Champions team signed balls (72 balls, each with 26 sigs.) - a complete case of six dozen official W.S. balls realized a final price of $15,415.

• A 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams - PSA EX-MT 6 went for $13,981.

• A 1954 Wilson Franks PSA-graded complete set (20) sold for $13,315.

• A 1952 Topps near set (398/407) went for $12,680.

• A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card - PSA VG-EX 4 sold for $12,680.

• A 1960s-1970s NFL Championship game tickets collection (3) including Super Bowl V commanded $12,076.

TOP LOTS –AMERICANA
• An assorted modern graded coin collection sold for $4,652.

• A circa 1953 Elizabeth Orton Jones original artwork from "The Velveteen Rabbit" went for $4,229.

• An interesting 1880s-1930s non-sports grab-bag collection (921) commanded $4,229.

• A J.D. Salinger 1982 signed letter with "legal" content sold for $3,493.

• A collection of assorted U.S. gold coins (13) went for $3,175.

• The Beatles "Revolver" RIAA Gold Record Award went for $3,175.

MORE SPORTS
Additional highlights for numerous sports lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.

BASEBALL CARDS

Graded Single Cards, Partial Sets and Sets

A 1963 Topps #340 Yogi Berra - PSA MINT 9 "1 of 1" went for $8,246; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Cincinnati Reds graded collection (140) sold for $6,194; a 1909-1917 "E"-Cards Cincinnati Reds graded collection (70 different) sent for $4,652: a 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Johnny Bates - PSA EX 5 commanded $4,652; a 1933 R305 Tattoo Orbit near set (54/60) sold for $4,229; a 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Rube Oldring - PSA EX-MT 6 went for $3,844; a 1953 Glendale Meats Detroit Tigers PSA-graded collection (12 different) went for $3,844; and a 1952 Topps #407 Eddie Mathews rookie card - PSA EX 5 sold for $3,844.

Ungraded or Partially Graded Single Cards, Partial Sets and Sets

A 1951 Bowman partial set (203/324) including Mantle and Mays rookies went for $8,246; a 1937 V300 O-Pee-Chee complete set (40) went for $8,246; an 1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" partial set (22/50) sold for $8,246; a 1961 Topps complete set (587) sold for $6,815; a 1952-1959 Topps high quality collection (275) went for $6,815; a 1963 Topps complete set (576) commanded $6,815; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Cincinnati Reds graded collection (140) went for $6,194; a 1955 Topps complete set (206) realized a final price of $6,194; a 1957 Topps near set (406/407) went for $6,194; a 1954 Topps complete set (250) sold for $6,194; a 1951 and 1952 Bowman collection (429) including 41 PSA-graded cards sold for $5,630; a 1949 Bowman complete set (240) went for $5,630; a 1951 Bowman complete set (324) commanded $5,630; a 1953 Topps complete set (274) sold for $5,630; a 1951 Bowman partial set (234/324) including Mickey Mantle rookie card realized a final price of $5,118; a 1952 Topps collection (406) including 17 high numbers went for $5,118; a 1956 Topps complete set (340) realized a final price of $5,118; a 1950s Bowman and Topps card collection (400) including many Hall of Famers sold for $5,118; a 1949-1955 Bowman collection (1,362) went for $4,652; a 1957-1959 Topps collection (540) sold for $4,652; a 1953 Topps complete low/middle series complete run (220) went for $4,652; a 1965 Topps complete set (598) sold for $4,652; a 1933-1979 Superstars and Hall of Famers collection (136) including PSA NM 7 Rose rookie and 34 Mantles went for $4,652; a 1954 Topps complete set (250) went for $4,652; a 1955 Topps complete set (206) commanded $4,652; a 1950 V362 World Wide Gum "Big League Stars" (48) went for $4,229; a 1950 V362 World Wide Gum "Big League Stars" (48) sold for $4,229; a 1954-1956 Topps collection (425) realized a final price of $4,229; and a 1955 Topps complete set (206) went for $4,229.

BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHS
A baseball legends vintage signatures collection (22) including Ruth (2), Gehrig, Cobb, J. Robinson and Campanella sold for $6,815; a Babe Ruth 1946 twice-signed personal check - PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 went for $5,630; a 1946 Babe Ruth twice-signed check - PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 commanded $5,118; a 1919 Cincinnati Reds World Champions team signed World Series program went for $4,652; a 1950s-1990s signed baseball cards collection (1,500+) sold for $4,652; a Sandy Koufax signed 8" x 10" color photos collection (25) sold for $3,844; a Kenesaw M. Landis and Connie Mack signed 1939 Baseball Centennial First Day Cover - PSA/DNA MINT+ 9.5 realized a final price of $3,493; a Babe Ruth cut signature - PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 went for $3,493; and a Dazzy Vance signed black and white Hall of Fame plaque postcard - PSA/DNA MINT 9 went for $3,493.

BASEBALL BATS
A Pat Collins 1921-1929 H&B game used bat – PSA/DNA GU-8 commanded $7,496; a Mark McGwire 1999 Rawlings signed game used bat – PSA/DNA GU-7 went for $1,969; a Hal Chase 1921-1931 H&B Pro Model Bat – PSA/DNA GU-4 went for $1,477; a Boog Powell 1969-1972 H&B signed game used bat – PSA/DNA GU-7 sold for $1,220; and a Don Mattingly 1992-1995 Louisville Slugger signed game used bat – PSA/DNA GU-8 went for $1,220.

SINGLE AND TEAM SIGNED BASEBALLS

An excellent single and multi signed balls collection (120) including Aaron and DiMaggio sold for $6,815; a Hall of Famers and Stars multi signed ball (15 signatures) including Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio realized a final price of $5,630; a 1950s to 2000s multi signed balls collection (41) went for $5,630; a Hall of Famers and Superstars signed balls collection (109) including DiMaggio, Campanella and Williams realized a final price of $5,630; a 1932-1933 New York Yankees multi signed ball (10 signatures) including Ruth and Gehrig sold for $5,630; a Babe Ruth single signed ball went for $4,229; a Hall of Famers and Superstars multi signed ball featuring Ruth (signed twice), Gehrig, DiMaggio and Aaron sold for $4,229; a MLB single signed balls collection (69) including DiMaggio, Mays and Musial went for $4,229; a "500 HR Club" signed balls collection (4) including Mantle and Williams sold for $4,229; a Babe Ruth and Ted Williams multi signed ball went for $3,844; and a Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri multi signed ball sold for $3,844.
BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
A 1939-1995 Hall of Fame Induction bats collection (63) sold for $6,815; a Norman Rockwell 1949 signed "Bottom of the Sixth" print went for $5,630; a 1924 "The Catcher" Spalding baseball trophy sold for $3,844; a 1941 All-Star Game press pin at Detroit went for $3,844; a 1995 Atlanta Braves World Champions World Series replica trophy sold for $3,844; a 1948 Babe Ruth figural prize clock by Abbotwares realized a final price of $3,493; a 1986 Boston Red Sox A.L. Champions Roger Clemens salesman's sample ring went for $2,886; an extremely rare 1910 Schmelzer's Sporting Goods pinback Boss Schmidt, Detroit - PSA EX 5 went for $2,623; a 1920s "The Fielder" Spalding baseball trophy sold for $2,623; and a "Sandy Koufax" limited edition print by Stephen Holland sold for $2,623.

BASEBALL PROGRAMS AND TICKETS
A 1900s through 1960s "Baseball Magazine" collection (390) sold for $6,815; a 1922 World Series program at Polo Grounds went for $5,630; a 1906 World Series program at Chicago Cubs realized a final price of $3,175; a 1930s-1970s varied and miscellaneous baseball tickets collection (64) went for $2,167; a 1913 World Series program at New York Giants sold for $1,969; and a 1959-1968 World Series full tickets collection (4) went for $1,969.

FOOTBALL FANTASIES
A 1968 Topps #162 Mike Ditka - PSA GEM MT 10 "1 of 1" went for $8,246; a 1954 Blue Ribbon CFL near set (78/80) went for $5,630; a single and multi signed footballs collection (96) including Marino, Payton and Rice sold for $5,630; a 1950 Topps Felt Backs collection (76) realized a final price of $4,229; a 1950-1955 Bowman collection (298) sold for $4,229; a 1950-1955 Bowman collection (298) went for $3,844; a NFL Hall of Famers signed displays collection (36 items) including Grange and Nagurski went for $3,844; and a 1974 Super Bowl VIII full tickets collection (27) - All PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $3,844.

HOOP DREAMS
A 1961/62 Fleer complete set (66) went for $4,229; a 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game program commanded $3,493; a 1988/89 Fleer Basketball vending hoard (10,500+) including 26 complete sets realized a final price of $2,384; a 1988/89 Fleer Basketball vending hoard (10,500+) including 26 complete sets sold for $2,167; and a "Michael Jordan" original artwork by Arthur K. Miller went for $2,167.

BOXING BEAUTIES
A 1908-10 T226 Red Sun Cigarettes "Pugilistic Subjects" graded collection (8) sold for $2,384; a 1948 Leaf NM/MT graded collection (8 different) including Schmeling and Attell went for $2,167; a 1948 Leaf complete set (49) realized a final price of $1,969; a 1911 T9 Turkey Red Cabinets PSA-graded collection (6 different) including Jeffries sold for $1,626; a 1951 Topps Ringside complete set (96) realized a final price of $1,343; and a Muhammad Ali signed full-sized ring bell went for $1,343.

HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS
A 1911/12 C55 Hockey Players near set (43/45) went for $3,493; a 1959/60 Topps partial set (48/66) and 1960/61 Topps complete set (66) sold for $2,623; a 1950s-1970s Topps, Parkhurst and O-Pee-Chee grab-bag collection (900+) realized a final price of $2,384; a 1959/60 Topps partial set (31/66) and 1960/61 Topps complete set (66) went for $1,789; and a 1962/63 Topps near set (59/66) and 1962/63 Parkhurst near set (52/55) sold for $1,789.

MORE AMERICANA
Additional highlights for numerous Americana lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.

PRESIDENTIAL AND POLITICAL PERFECTION
A May 6, 1850 Abraham Lincoln signed legal pleading went for $2,886; a 1964 Dwight Eisenhower single signed ball sold for $2,384; a Franklin Pierce 1863 signed letter realized a final price of $1,343; a Martin Van Buren 1829 signed letter as New York Governor - a position he held for only three months sold for $1,109; and a John Tyler 1858 signed letter responding to an autograph request went for $1,109.

NON-SPORTS CARDS
A 1950s Ed-U-Cards "Lone Ranger" complete set of 40 panels (120 total cards) in 8 original display boxes went for $2,623; a 1951 Bowman "Jets, Rockets, Spacemen" complete set (108) sold for $2,384; a 1967 Topps "Who Am I?" high grade complete set (44) went for $2,167; a circa 1910 non-sports tobacco cards and boxes collection (423 items) realized a final price of $1,969; a 1950s-1970s non-sports near sets and singles (985 cards and stickers) went for $1,969; a 1966 Topps "Batman - Riddler Back" PSA-graded complete set (38) sold for $1,969; and a 1952 Topps "Look 'n See" complete set (135) went for $1,789.

HISTORICAL ITEMS/AUTOGRAPHS

A collection of Hugh Hefner signed 2004 "Playboy" 50th Anniversary edition hardcovers (4) went for $832; a 1945 "Enola Gay" crew signed photo in framed display sold for $756; a Booker T. Washington 1906 signed letter on "Tuskegee" letterhead plus original envelope went for $624.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS
A substantial Hollywood celebrities signed photos collection (400+) went for $2,167; a Bettie Page signed 8" x 10" photos collection (11 different) sold for $1,477; a musicians single signed balls collection (8) plus Ringo Starr signed drumhead went for $832; a celebrity signed photos collection (225) including Helen Gurley Brown and Christopher Plummer went for $756; a 1964 Beatles Bobbin' Head set (4 pieces) with original box and a mini bobbin' head set went for $686; and a Paris Hilton signed black-and-white 8" x 10" photos collection (82) - All PSA/DNA authenticated sold for $686.

COMIC BOOKS AND COMIC ART
A 1977-1985 "The Savage Sword of Conan" CGC graded magazine collection (24) went for $1,477; a 1952-1954 EC Horror and War comics collection (36) went for $1,343; a 1970-1980 "Vampirella" CGC graded magazine collection (12) - six from the Don Rosa collection realized a final price of $1,343; and a 1973-1977 Marvel Barbarian-themed high grade magazine assortment (8) - all graded CGC 9.6 or CGC 9.8 went for $1,008.

ARTWORK
A Norman Rockwell signed limited edition print "Pals for Quick Service Or General Sweeping" (from a Bissell Sweeper ad) went for $1,789; a 1930s Henry Pitz original artwork of General George Washington sold for $1,008; and a Ben Stahl 1953 "The Stations of the Cross" sketchbook and portfolio (2 items) sold for $916.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
To consign with Mastro Auctions next Classic Collector auction, which will be held in March 2008, go to www.mastroauctions.com or call 630-472-1200.