Mastro Auctions, the world's leading Sports and Americana auction house will kick off 2009 with a February Classic Collector auction loaded with a wide variety of Sports and Americana items. The sale will begin on February 16 and concluded on February 25 and 26. The Classic Collector auction will feature over 1,600 lots, each with an opening bid of $100.
"Despite the challenging economic environment that surfaced in 2009, Sports and Americana collectibles appear to be weathering the storm well," said Doug Allen, COO and President of Mastro Auctions. "During the last part of 2008, prices realized, as well as bidding remained strong in our sales events. Our outlook for 2009 is optimistic and we are busy accepting preparing for our upcoming Classic Collector auction, along with accepting consignments for most of our sales through 2009."
Specific highlights include:
BASEBALLS - SINGLE AND MULTI-SIGNED
Babe Ruth Single Signed Ball - "1927 World Champions" Notation
Ruth's name was synonymous with all that was good with the game. Hence, it's no coincidence that the Bambino's autograph was sought more often than any other player's penning. This unofficial sphere showcases Ruth's black fountain pen sweet spot autograph. Ruth's signature technically rates "2". The moderately soiled sphere bears a bolder, black ink notation on its east panel (in an unknown hand) that reads "1927 World Champions"-one admirer's tribute to "Murderer's Row."
Paul Waner Signed Ball
Dubbed "Big Poison" because of the woes he brought to opposing pitchers, Hall of Famer Paul Waner (1903-1965) hit at an impressive .333 clip through 20 seasons in the big leagues. The offered ball features Waner's clean, blue fountain pen signature ("7-8") on a side panel.
May 12, 1962 Sandy Koufax vs. Bob Gibson Inscribed Game Used Victory Baseball
When the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Sportsman's Park III to face the St. Louis Cardinals on May 12, 1962, the starting pitchers were Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers, and Bob Gibson for the Cards. Four hours and fifty-eight minutes later, the Cardinals were victorious. Here offered is the ONL (Giles) victory ball from that fifteen-inning contest. The sphere is covered in various statistics from that memorable game.
1951 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Ball (24 Signatures) Including DiMaggio and Mantle
This lightly toned and creamy OAL (Harridge) ball has been signed in black ink by the following 24 team members: Brown, Coleman, Collins, Crosetti, Dickey, DiMaggio (sweet spot, "9"), Ferrick, Hopp, Houk, Jensen, Lopat, Mantle ("8-9"), Mapes, McDougald, Mize, Morgan, Ostrowski, Raschi, Reynolds, Rizzuto, Silvera, Stengel (Mgr., "8"), Turner and Woodling. Signatures range from "7-9."
1931-1932 New York Yankees Team Signed Ball (15 Signatures) Including Ruth and Gehrig
The New York Yankees were the sporting world's most revered franchise throughout the 1930s, with the 1932 World Champion version certainly being no exception. Offered is a moderately toned and soiled OAL (Harridge) ball displaying the vintage black fountain pen signatures of fifteen players. Includes: Byrd, Chapman, Dickey ("2"), Gehrig ("2"), Gomez ("2-3" signed "Vernon Gomez"), Hoag, Johnson, Lary, Lazzeri ("3-4), Pipgras, Rhodes, Ruth ("2," sweet spot), and Sewell ("3"). Joe Cronin and Heinie Manush.
Hall of Famers and Superstars Single Signed Balls Collection (23) Including Mickey Mantle
Some of the National Pastime's biggest names, including numerous Cooperstown inductees, are represented in this collection of twenty-three OAL, ONL, OML, or commemorative balls. Each blue ballpoint sweet spot autograph rates "8-10" strength. Includes Aaron, Drysdale, Mantle, Palmer (2: both "HOF 1990"), Ripken (side panel), B. Robinson ("HOF 83"), Ryan, Smoltz, Weaver ("HOF 96"), and Winfield ("HOF 2001," COA Steiner Sports).
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Champions Team Signed Ball (29 Signatures) Including Roberto Clemente
Presented is an ONL (Giles) team signed baseball from one of the "Steel City's" most celebrated World Championship ball clubs. The year "1960" has been penned onto one of the side panels, and the presence of Mickey Vernon's signature clinches it as being the correct year. In total, the ball contains 29 blue ballpoint signatures that assess at the "8-9" level, on average. Includes: Baker, Burgess, Burwell (coach and former major leaguer in the 1920s), Cheney, Cimoli, Clemente ("9"), Face, Friend, Gibbon, Green, Groat, Haddix, Hoak, Law, Mazeroski ("9"), Mizell, Murtaugh (Mgr.; sweetspot signature), Nelson, Oldis, Schofield, Skinner, Vernon, Virdon and six others.
1938 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Ball (29 Signatures)
Including Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggioAs they played their way toward a third consecutive American League pennant, one lucky person managed to secure the autographs of 29 members of the Yankees of 1938. Among the signers of this sphere is "The Iron Horse"-Lou Gehrig-whose name occupies the sweet spot. Also includes: Paul (Ivy) Andrews, Joe Beggs, Spud Chandler, Frank Crosetti, Babe Dahlgren, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio ("8-9" w/ a stain), Atley Donald, Art Fletcher (coach), Joe Glenn, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Bump Hadley, Tommy Henrich, Myril Hoag, Art Jorgens, Bill Knickerbocker, Johnny Murphy, Monte Pearson, Jake Powell, Red Rolfe, Paul Schreiber (coach).
1931 New York Yankees Team Signed Ball (14 Signatures) Including Gehrig and Ruth, Plus Six Other Hall of Famers
This OAL (Harridge) ball carries the black fountain pen signatures of 14 members of the 1931 New York Yankees. Includes: Byrd, Chapman, Combs ("3"), Dickey ("3"), Gehrig ("3"), Gomez ("3"), Johnson, Lary, Lazzeri ("5"), Perkins, Ruffing ("5"), Ruth (big sweetspot signature; "4"), Sewell ("4"), and Wells.
1951 New York Yankees World Champions Team Signed Baseball
The OAL (Harridge) sphere is a creamy example with twenty-five blue or black ink signatures. The autographs rate "7-9" strength. Includes: Bauer, Berra, Brideweser, Brown, Coleman, Collins, DiMaggio (clubhouse, sweet spot), Hogue, Houk, Kuzava, Lopat, Mantle, Martin, McDougald, Mize, Morgan, Ostrowski, Overmire, Raschi, Reynolds, Rizzuto, Sain, Schallock, Silvera, and Woodling.
BASEBALL CARDS - SINGLE CARDS
1913 WG5 National Game Joe Jackson - PSA NM 7
The classic issue featured most of the time's great stars, including the offered, up-close portrayal of Joe Jackson. This scarce and much sought-after piece has been preserved since its manufacture in clean, barely circulated condition.
1950 Bowman #217 Casey Stengel - PSA MINT 9
This is one of just five examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of 300 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting.
1952 Topps #263 Harry Brecheen - PSA MINT 9
This is one of nine examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of 270 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting. Mint condition.
1965 Topps #170 Hank Aaron - PSA MINT 9
Among more than 1,500 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just two examples have been graded higher.
1968 Topps #280 Mickey Mantle - PSA MINT 9
Among nearly 5,000 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just eight examples have been placed at a higher tier. Mint condition.
1968 Topps #247 Johnny Bench Rookie Card - PSA MINT 9
This unquestionably superior Johnny Bench example boasts virtual perfection in the preservation of its delicate and full-bleed, patterned borders, and its corners are pinpoint-sharp.
1969 Topps #100 Hank Aaron - PSA MINT 9
Among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just two examples have been placed at a higher tier.
1970 Topps #600 Willie Mays - PSA MINT 9
Among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just one example has been placed at a higher tier.
1952 Topps #227 Joe Garagiola - PSA NM-MT 8
The Hall of Fame broadcaster, depicted here as a young, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher, is paid admirable tribute on this satisfying collectible. The card's beautifully artistic, painted illustration reveals a preview of the famous Garagiola smile. Among more than 450 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just eight examples have been graded higher.
BASEBALL CARDS - PARTIAL, NEAR, COMPLETE SETS
1935 R321 Goudey 4-in-1 PSA-Graded Complete Set (36)
Although not one of Goudey's most popular issues at the time (as evidenced by its greater level of scarcity), these colorful and extraordinarily condition-sensitive collectibles provided young consumers with four different player images per card. The issue incorporates one of a very few commercial renderings of Babe Ruth-as a member of the Boston Braves-from the twilight of his legendary career. Includes: PSA EX-MT 6: 4 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 3 cards; PSA EX 5: 16 cards; PSA VG-EX+ 4.5: 1 card,; PSA VG-EX 4: 10 cards; PSA VG+ 3.5: 1 card; and PSA GD 2: 1 card, Benge/Fitzimmons/Koenig/Zachary.
1968-1970 Topps Collection (915) Including Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Clemente and Many Other Hall of Famers!
Includes: 1968 Topps (355) - 50 Mays (GD), 110 Aaron (VG), 177 Ryan (VG/EX), 280 Mantle (VG/EX), and 490 Killebrew/Mays/Mantle (EX),; 1969 Topps (165) - 20 Banks (VG/EX), 50 Clemente (VG), 100 Aaron (VG/EX), 190 Mays (EX/MT), 500 Mantle (NM), and 533 Ryan (VG); 1970 Topps (395) - 350 Clemente (VG/EX), 500 Aaron (EX), 630 Banks (EX/MT) and 712 Ryan (EX).
Thurman Munson 1979 H&B Game Used Bat - PSA 5
Thurmon Munson used this 35", 30-oz. H&B bat during the 1979 season. The signature model, "S44" model lumber is uncracked, shows checking at the back and front barrels, and bears a small chip at the knob. Ball marks are present about the barrel, and blue racks marks can be seen at the back barrel location. Cleat marks are evident at the right, back, and left barrels, and a light coat of pine tar adorns the handle. Consequently, what appears to read "BP" is visible in fading marker at the knob, which indicates that Munson employed this bat for batting practice.
Mickey Mantle 1961-1963 H&B Game Issued Bat - PSA 4
This 35", 33-oz. H&B bat was issued to Mickey Mantle for use during the 1961-1963 labeling period. All aspects of this unused, "K55" model lumber are consistent with bats ordered by the New York Yankees from 1961-1963. The "K55" model was ordered frequently by Mantle during his career.
Enormous Stan Musial Single Signed Bats Collection (64)
A collection of 64 store model bats, each boldly penned along the barrel by diamond legend Stan Musial. The vast majority of the bats are signed in either blue or black Sharpie, and the brilliant scriptings generally project "9-10" strength.
Willie Mays 1956 Louisville Slugger Game Used Bat
A 35", 35-1/2-oz. Louisville Slugger bat used by Willie Mays during the 1956 season. The "W173" model bat carries hit marks about the barrel.
Barry Bonds 1997 All-Star Game Issued N.L. All-Stars Team Signed Bat (25 Signatures!)
This unused, 34", 30.5-oz "Barry Bonds" signature model H&B lumber was issued as a 1997 All-Star Game commemorative. The All-Star Game's logo is present between the centerbrand and barrel stamping in a brilliant gold hue, and decorating this area of the bat are the signatures of twenty-five N.L. All-Stars. The gold ink scriptings range in strength from about "7-10" with a few lesser. Highlights include Jeff Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn.
BASEBALL GAME GEAR
Andy Pettitte 2000 World Series New York Yankees Game Worn Home Jersey
Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte dressed in this Bombers home jersey during the 2000 World Series. That year's Fall Classic patch is sewn to the right sleeve,. During the 2000 World Series, Pettitte pitched in Games 1 and 5.
Mickey Mantle 1956 New York Yankees Signed Replica Jersey
Tailored to resemble Mickey Mantle's 1956 New York Yankees home jersey, this cream-colored button-down Mitchell & Ness garment features a blue pinstripe pattern, "NY" sewn to the left breast in blue felt, and "7" sewn to the back in like fashion. Mantle's signature and inscription of "No. 7" show "perfect 10" strength. Embroidered at the front right tail is the year "1956" and a limited edition identifier of "Greer Johnson Collection 47 of 60."
Ron Fairly 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers Game Used Road Jersey
Ron Fairly wore this Los Angeles Dodgers road jersey during the club's World Championship season of 1963. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "Los Angeles" across the front and features the number "6" on the left breast and reverse. The front letters and reverse numeral are appliquéd in blue felt, and the front numeral is present in red felt. Light to medium wear.
1930s Dizzy and Daffy Dean NMIB Baseball Play Suit
Offered is a rare Near Mint in Box example of Sackman Bros.' Yankiboy brand "Official Dizzy and Daffy Dean Base Ball Play Suit" (No. 2035). No date appears anywhere on the item, but it is obvious that this is a 1930s product. The play suit is done in road uniform gray with burgundy piping. A black line graphic of crossed bats and balls appears on the back of the jersey, below the printed names "Dizzy - Daffy." There is also a 4"-wide circular felt decoration on the jersey's breast. This disk holds a black and red line graphic of a pitcher that incorporates the same legend found on the jersey's rear.
Original 1931 U.S. Baseball "Tour of Japan" Photographs (3 Different) - Two Featuring Lou Gehrig!
Measuring approximately 6" x 4", these photos feature black-and-white likenesses of our American diamond heroes as they assimilate Japanese traditions. Captured in two photos, Lou Gehrig's face is clearly recognizable.
1916 Chicago White Sox Panoramic Photo - Featuring Joe Jackson!
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson kneels at the far left in this formation of 1916 Chicago White Sox players lined up in front of a public gathering. The clarity inherent in the 25-3/4" x 8-1/2" photo is quite strong for an oversized picture of this vintage.
1951 New York Yankees A.L. Champions Team Photograph
The 1951 season was a time of overlapping eras for the Yankees, as DiMaggio bowed out of the game and the new kids like Mantle were making ready to carry the Dynasty even further. Both of those stars are pictured in this photo along with many other greats who played alongside them or coached them. Includes: Berra, DiMaggio, Mantle, Mize, Rizzuto, and Dickey.
Jimmie Foxx Signed Index Card - PSA/DNA GEM MT 10
An impossibly bold blue fountain pen signature ("Jimmie Foxx") resides on the unlined front side of this 3" x 5" index card. (A collector's handwritten plea for Foxx's autograph appears on the card's back.)
Babe Ruth Signed Profile Photograph
The "Sultan of Swat" took advantage of a large, blank area beneath his likeness to personalize the image, "To My Old Pal / Jimmy Donohue / From / Babe Ruth." The black fountain pen scripting rates "6-7" strength and clarity.
Jimmie Foxx 1933 Goudey #154 Signed Card - PSA/DNA MINT 9
The offered example is a vivid and deep, blue-inked beauty that neatly traverses the front of an otherwise unmarked period collectible.
Whitey Ford Signed Mantle/Ford Photos Hoard (100)
Here is a significant hoard of 100 identical color photographs (each approximately 8" x 10") taken of the two Hall of Famers well after their playing days were over. They may have turned gray and put on a few pounds, but as their broad smiles show, the duo never lost their fondness for each other! The legendary pitcher used blue Sharpie to carefully sign "Whitey Ford" ("9-10") to each of the offered items.
Lou Gehrig "1/1" Cut Signature Custom Trading Card
An splendid Lou Gehrig cut signature-rendered in pencil ("8")-resides at the lower left of this specially manufactured, standard-sized trading card. The card's graphic elements nicely complement the sweeping penmanship on the obverse, and the back features descriptive text.
Honus Wagner 1917 Signed Check - PSA/DNA-Authenticated
This signed check is from the personal account of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (1874-1955). This document was drawn on the "CARNEGIE TRUST COMPANY" in the amount of $21.60. Made out on June 16, 1917 with the penmanship entirely in Wagner's hand, the check is signed "John H. Wagner." The Pennsylvania native's light blue fountain pen scripting projects "8" in strength.
Ty Cobb 1946-1960 Signed Personal Checks Collection (9) - All Graded PSA/DNA NM-MT 8
All nine checks are signed in a variety of ink types and colors (including two in his preferred green color) and all of the 3-1/8" x 8-1/8" items are decorated with a lengthy paraph-a notable feature on Cobb scriptings. The encapsulated documents are dated between 1946 and 1960 and were drawn on his personal account at the First National Bank of Nevada.
1955 New York Yankees World Champions Sluggers Multi Signed News Service Photograph (4 Signatures) Including Mantle and Howard
This 8" x 10" black-and-white photo depicts Mantle giving hitting instruction to (from left to right) Moose Skowron, Elston Howard, and Bob Cerv-the latter three players staring intently at their heroic teammate. Clad in their Yankee road uniforms, the players are pictured during a September 26 workout at Yankee Stadium. In blue marker, each player has signed his image. The pennings show "9-10" strength.
MISCELLANEOUS BASEBALL ITEMS
1921 Babe Ruth "Pathé Frères" Phonograph Premium and Record
Less than one full season into his New York Yankees career, Babe Ruth was already larger than life. The offered Pathé Frères 1920 record and accompanying 7" x 9" black-and-white photo premium of Ruth are testament to that. Pathé Frères-a motion picture company and major supplier of nickelodeon products-released this 78-rpm on which Ruth himself tells "BABE RUTH'S HOME RUN STORY." On the "B" side is "ABADALE," a fox trot. Accompanying the record is the original thin-paper sleeve (now separated into front and rear sections with various small edge tears), as well as a photographic premium of the Babe in pinstripes ("Compliments of Pathé"), on the reverse of which is a blow-by-blow account of the homers Ruth hit during the 1920 season-including the pitchers who surrendered the clouts and the sites where they were hit.
1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pinback Collection (12) Including Three Teams!
The Whitehead & Hoag Company of Newark, NJ produced these early 1-1/4" celluloid baseball pins as premiums for their neighboring firm, the American Pepsin Co. The celluloid covered premiums were distributed with that latter firm's Cameo Pepsin Gum product and carried back paper advertisements for the confection. The SCD's 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards - 18th edition lists 120 known designs for this set. Mastro Auctions ran a lot in December of 2008 that included another 15 subjects that were not included in the SCD's breakdown (Childs of Cleveland, Clarke of New York [William H. "Dad" Clarke], Cole, Fisher, Fuller, Hutchinson, Mahaffy, McDougal and Vanburen-all of Cedar Rapids, McAleer and McKean-both of Cleveland, O'Brien and Quinn-both of Baltimore, Ryan of Chicago [James Edward "Jimmy" or "Pony" Ryan], and Stivetts of Boston). This lot contains two more to be added to the checklist: Fisher (Brooklyn-different from the other recently discovered Fisher) and Seymour (New York)! The discovery of these two examples brings the set's total of reported designs to 137.
1945-1971 World Series Programs Collection (16) Including Nine From the 1950s!
Includes: 1945 Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers, 1948 Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Braves, 1948 Boston Braves vs. Cleveland Indians, 1950 Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees, 1951 New York Yankees vs. New York Giants, 1951 New York Giants vs. New York Yankees, 1952 New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1953 New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1954 New York Giants vs. Cleveland Indians, 1954 New York Giants vs. Cleveland Indians, 1956 New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1958 New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves, 1969 Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Mets, 1970 Baltimore Orioles vs. Cincinnati Reds, and 1971 Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.
Baltimore Colts Late 1950s Sideline Jacket
This Baltimore Colts sideline jacket worn during the team's late 1950s rise to prominence. This reversable, wool and twill blend, pullover garment showcases "BALTIMORE COLTS" atop sewn-on patches on both sides in tackle twill lettering. This garment was originally a 1952 Dallas Texans sideline jacket, but for the move to Baltimore, that team's emblems were covered up by the item's current patchwork.
Walter Payton Signed Keepsakes Collection (8 Items) Including Jersey, Mini Helmet and Five Different Photographs - All PSA/DNA-Authenticated
Offered are eight items signed and inscribed by Chicago Bears great Walter Payton (d. 1999). "Sweetness" added potent examples of his autograph on a mini-helmet, a Bears replica jersey, and five different 8" x 10" photographs.
1970 Ohio State Big Ten Champions Salesman's Sample Ring - Featuring Rare "Woody Hayes" Shank Engraving
This 10K gold ring was designed as a salesman's sample for the keepsakes distributed following Ohio State University's 1970 Big Ten Championship. Gilted lettering showcased along a red stone at the top of the piece reads "OHIO," and raised characters surrounding the team's name declares, "BIG TEN CHAMPS - 1970." Three cubic zirconiums are also found along the perimeter.
1964 NFL Championship Full and Unused Ticket Pair (2 Items)
Includes: 1964 Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Colts NFL Championship Full and Unused Ticket - The ticket was issued for entry in the 1964 title game, but was never used. 1964 Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Colts NFL Championship Ticket Proof - This 2" x 5-1/4" proof is identical in every way to the aforementioned 1964 ticket except that this item does not carry any of the seating information.
1969/70 Topps #25 Lew Alcindor Rookie Card - PSA NM-MT 8
Among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just fifteen examples have been placed at a higher, unqualified tier. Alcindor's important rookie card can be said to have inspired the rebirth of enthusiasm for basketball cards. Included in Topps' 1969/70 "Tall Boy" issue, the item is often cited as the cornerstone of modern collecting.
Hall of Famers and Legends Signed Memorabilia Collection (55) Including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James
The autographs range in strength from about "8-10", and the pieces generally display apparent EX to EX/MT condition. Includes: NBA Legends UDA Signed "Decade Legends" Signed Lithograph; NBA Superstars Signed "Flats" (21); Larry Bird Signed Boston Garden Parquet Floor Piece; Shaquille O'Neal Signed Los Angeles Lakers Replica Jersey; Elton Brand Signed Mini Basketball; Signed Basketball (4); and1994 Action Packed "Basketball Hall of Fame" Signed Cards (26).
"The Best Ever" UDA Signed Chicago Bulls Display Including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman
Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman added silver Sharpie autographs to this "The Best Ever" display piece. Each of the potent scriptings projects "perfect 10" strength, and the image itself reveals apparent NM condition.
Scarce 1886-1948 Boxing Card Collection (43) Including Old Judges, Dixie Queens and Red Suns!
Highlighting this array are the Old Judge, Dixie Queen and Red Sun examples. In total, 21 cards have been graded by PSA or SGC. Includes: 1886 N167 Old Judge (1) - McAuliffe (rebacked); 1887 N172 Old Judge Prizefighters (2) - Dempsey (SGC 40 VG 3) and Warren (SGC 60 EX 5); 1888 N332 S.F. Hess (1) - Lewis (SGC 50 VG/EX 4); 1910 C52 "Champion Athlete & Prize Fighter" (12 cards); 1910 E78 Anonymous (3) - Burke (SGC 60 EX 5), Jeffries (FR) and Moran (FR); 1910 T218 Tolstoi Cigarettes (1) - Johnson/Front (SGC 10 PR 1); 1910 T223 Dixie Queen (15) - Graded Cards - SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 2 cards w/Burke and Wagner; SGC 40 VG 3: 2 cards w/Coburn and Mitchell; SGC 30 GD 2: 1 card, Jordan; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 3 cards w/ Jeffries/Sharkey, Mace and Mace/King; SGC 10 PR 1: 1 card, Wilson. 1910 T226 Red Sun "Pugilistic Subjects" (7) - Graded Cards - Graded SGC 30 GD 2: 1 card, Russell; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 1 card, Loughrey; SGC 10 PR 1: 4 cards w/Burke (2), Kaufman and McGovern. 1948 Topps Magic Photo (1) - #2a Sullivan (PSA GD 2).
1935 National Chicle #1 Dutch Clark - PSA EX-MT 6
Clark, a member of the Football Hall of Fame, was the best quarterback of his day and led his Detroit Lions to the NFL Championship in 1935. The offered card has stood the test of time remarkably well, especially in consideration of the fact that it is the "First Card" in its production.
1988 Muhammad Ali "Life Mask" on Marble Base
Issued by the American Spirit Foundation, this "life mask" was made from a casting taken on September 6, 1988 in Los Angeles. The unique memento rests on a marble base bearing a plaque that reads, "MUHAMMAD ALI - AMERICAN SPIRIT FOUNDATIONS." It is one of just 25 such pieces made.
Rocky Marciano 1962 Paychecks Collection (10)
At some point in his life, undefeated heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano helped out the owner of the Red Coach Inn in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, by lending him $20,000. On August 17, 1962, the Red Coach Inn Company repaid Marciano with this sequentially numbered series of checks (with "Repayment of Loan" penned in the memo field of one of the checks). Each light green document is payable to "Rocco F. Marchegiano"-the champ's birthname-for $2,000 each.
1962/63 Parkhurst #30 Gordie Howe - PSA MINT 9
This is one of just seventeen examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of 200 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting.
Extremely Rare 1962/63 Parkhurst "Zip Game Card" Insert - PSA MINT 9
Among more than 100 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, not a single example has been graded higher. This extremely elusive complement to the colorful 1962/63 Parkhurst set was intended to be filled in and remitted by the lucky recipient.
1954/55 Parkhurst Complete Set (100)
Highlights include: #'s 1 McNeil (GD), 3 Beliveau (VG), 7 Richard (VG/EX), 8 Geoffrion (GD), 14 Harvey (trimmed), 31 Horton (PR), 33 Sawchuk (VG), 41 Howe (VG/EX), 65 Bower (VG/EX), 92 Lum/Howe (VG/EX) and 100 Sawchuk/Geoffrion IA (FR).
1976/77 O-Pee-Chee Complete Set (396 Cards) on Three Uncut Sheets
The array of 132-card sheets collectively contains all of the 396 subjects comprising O-Pee-Chee's 1976/77 hockey release. That year's collectibles of Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden and Bryan Trottier, among many others, are present in the sheets' content.
1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" #62 "Bombers Raid ... Airdrome" - PSA MINT 9 "1 of 2!"
This is one of just two examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of nineteen copies recorded in PSA's census reporting.
1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" #152 "Shanghai University Head Slain ... " - PSA NM-MT 8 "1 of 2!"
This is one of just two examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of twelve copies recorded in PSA's census reporting.
1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" #181 "Men Against Machines" - PSA NM-MT 8 "1 of 2!"
This is one of just two examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of eighteen copies recorded in PSA's census reporting.
Rare 1956 Topps "Hocus Focus" PSA-Graded Collection (14 Different) Including Custer, Buffalo Bill and Dwight Eisenhower - All "1 of 1's"
The primitive form of "interactive," consumers were instructed to "wet" the blank surface of their gum card, expose it to sunlight, and "presto" - the photo image of somebody famous appeared! Each of these examples boast "1 of 1" status, with none graded higher.
1957 C.W.S. "Western Stars" Complete Set (25) Including Alan Lane, Andy Devine, Rex Allen, Rod Cameron and Roy Rogers - #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
Since the days of the Wild West itself, its heroes (both real and fictional) were the giants of our childhood. On the screen, in the pages of books or over the airwaves, these characters regularly thrilled us with their exciting gunplay, desperate fist fights and other even more dangerous adventures that always ended with right triumphant. Includes: PSA MINT 9: 13 cards; PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 7 cards; PSA NM 7: 1 card.
1953 R707-4 Topps "Wings" Complete Set (200)
The same year Topps took the baseball card market by storm, they also offered cards which of the ideal theme to appear during the Cold War. Topps' Wings cards offered large-size, color illustrations of the world's aircraft, along with diagrams on the backs that taught young consumers how to be patriotic "plane spotters."
1956 Topps "Western Round-Up" High Grade Complete Set (80)
Portrait renderings of the series' key figures (borrowed from '52 Topps Look 'n See) inaugurate the Round-Up set's eight story sections, and all-new action scenes decorate the balance of the issue's collectibles. In total, 23 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: PSA MINT 9: 1 card; PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8: 14 cards; PSA NM+ 7.5: 1 card; PSA NM 7: 6 cards.
1936 Carreras "Famous Airmen and Airwomen" Complete Set (50) Including Wright, Earhart, Post, Lindbergh and Doolittle - #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
These colorful cards feature a pose of a famous aviator on the left side, with their accompanying plane on the right side. Subjects range from the Wright Brothers to Amelia Earhart. Includes: PSA NM-MT 8: 15 cards; PSA NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; PSA NM 7: 15 cards; PSA EX-MT+ 6.5: 2 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 8 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; PSA EX 5: 5 cards; PSA VG-EX+ 4.5: 1 card.
1965 Topps "Lost In Space" High Grade Complete Set (55) Including PSA NM-MT 8 Examples!
Still enjoying a cult following of fans more than 40 years after it first aired on prime time television, the 1966 Lost In Space production remains a nostalgic favorite. A hard-to-find issue, especially in the higher grades, demand for this set has always been quite strong among enthusiasts. In total, 16 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: PSA MINT 9: 1 card; PSA NM-MT 8: 4 cards; PSA NM 7: 10 cards.
1961 Fleer "Pirates Bold" Complete Set (66) Including PSA NM-MT 8 Blackbeard!
This colorful and seldom-seen release features intriguing illustrations of pirates on the high seas! Includes: PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 2 cards.
1933 R78 World Wide Gum "Jungle Gum" Complete Set (48) Including PSA NM-MT 8 Examples!
The cards state that it is a 192-card set. In fact, only 48 were ever produced. The first series consisted of 24 cards consecutively numbered from 1-24. The second, and last series was skip numbered from 25 to 71. In total, 15 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: PSA NM-MT 8: 4 cards; PSA NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; PSA NM 7: 2 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 3 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 1 card; PSA EX 5: 3 cards.
1936 Mitchell & Son "Gallery of 1935" Complete Set (50) Including Joe Louis, Walt Disney and Shirley Temple - #2 on the PSA Set Registry!
Each of these black-and-white mementos showcase the noted personalities of 1935. The key example, and the most sought after card in this assembly is the second-year example of Joe Louis-which grades at a robust PSA NM-MT 8! Includes PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 3 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 39 cards; PSA NM+ 7.5: 3 cards; PSA NM 7: 5 cards.
Early 20th Century Eugene V. Debs/Socialist Party Celluloids Collection (8 Different)
Presented is a museum-quality array of eight different pinbacked artifacts that trace the American Socialist Party movement of the early 20th Century. Five of these scarce and colorful pieces depict the vocal soul of the Socialists, Eugene V. Debs. Included are: c. 1900 "Socialist Party - Workers Of The World Unite!" c. 1900 "Social Party - Democratic Emblem"; c. 1908 Clasped Hands,; 1908 Debs/Benjamin Hanford Jugate"; 1912 Debs/Emil Seidel Jugate, sepia photo; 1912 Debs "For President" with portrait; 1912 Debs/Seidel Oval Jugate, sepia photo; and 1912 Debs/Seidel Jugate, b/w photo.
Extremely Rare 1924 John Davis "Clarksburg, West Virginia" 2-1/4" Campaign Pinback
John W. Davis items are among the scarcest of all Presidential campaign pieces. This 2-1/4"-diameter, head-and-shoulders variety pin featuring the 1924 Democratic candidate. The large-sized button reflects great clarity in its portrait illustration. An unprinted backpaper insert remains in place.
1896-1900 Wm. McKinley Presidential Campaign Pinbacks Collection (4 Different) Including a High-Grade "Patriotism/Prosperity" 2-1/8" Example!
Includes: 1896 McKinley/Hobart "National Wheelmens Club" Bicycle-Themed Jugate Pinback; 1900 McKinley "Patriotism/Prosperity" Pinback; 1900 McKinley/TR "Full Dinner Bucket" Jugate Pinback ; and a 1900 McKinley/TR "Rough Rider" Jugate Pinback.
1930s-1970s Classic Presidential Campaign Pinbacks Collection (8 Different)
Includes: 1936 Landon "Sunflower Chain Club" Pinback; 1940 "Willkie McNary and Chemurgy" Pinback; 1940 "Every 'Buddy' for Willkie" Pinback; 1952 "My Friend Ike" Pinback; 1952 "Vote Democratic" Stevenson Pinback; 1952-56 "I Like Ike" Chimpanzee Pinback; 1972 "Skinny Cat for McGovern" Pinback: and 1976 "Trade in Your Ford" Comic Pinback.
1920-1924 Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge Presidential Campaign Pinbacks Collection (7 Different)
Includes: 1920 Hoover/Coolidge Jugate Pinback; 1920 "Harding For President" Pinback; 1924 "Coolidge Administration" Large Pinback; 1924 "Coolidge Club" Vermont Regional Pinback: 1924 Coolidge "Rock of Ages" Pinback; and 1924 "Coolidge-Dawes Club" Albany County Regional Jugate Pinback.
1924 "Honest Days with Davis - Teapot Dome" Anti-Republican Pinback
Corruption in government! That was the focus of the Democratic campaign to secure the Presidency in 1924. The lightning rod for the Democrat's ire was known as the "Teapot Dome" scandal. This classic and exceptionally rare pinback button is reflective of the Democrats' 1924 anti-corruption attack. Produced for the candidacy of John W. Davis of West Virginia (who was soundly defeated by incumbent Coolidge), this super-clean button reads "Honest Days With Davis" over a line-drawing of "Teapot Dome." The bright white button has retained its original back paper.
Theodore Roosevelt 1900 Signed Letter Featuring Phenomenal Content - "I Would Rather Be Professor of History in Some College" Than Be Vice President!
In November 1899, following the death of Vice President Garret Hobart, Republican leaders became determined to push Roosevelt into the vice presidency-leading, they hoped, to political obscurity. This one-page typewritten letter, composed on TR's gubernatorial stationery, dismisses the idea. In part, Roosevelt writes, "Most emphatically the Vice Presidential nomination is the last thing I want. I would rather be professor of history in some college." Obviously he changed his mind. He was nominated to be President William McKinley's running mate. Roosevelt's six months as vice president ended when when McKinley died from an assassin's bullet and Roosevelt became, at age 42, America's youngest Chief Executive.
Harry S. Truman Single Signed Ball
This OAL (Harridge) ball was signed by the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). The signature's instrument was a black fountain pen, and Truman placed his traditional autograph ("Harry S. Truman") on the sphere's sweet spot and it presents "6-7" in strength.
Andrew Jackson 1829 Signed Land Grant
Offered here is a partially printed certificate records the transaction for the sale of a parcel of land in Crawfordsville, Indiana to a resident of the Hoosier State. It was authorized on April 3, 1829 by President Andrew Jackson, whose characteristically large, black fountain pen signature rates about "8" strength.
1860 Abraham Lincoln "Free Homes for the People" Portrait Campaign Ribbon
The "Free Homes For The People" legend at the bottom must have been particularly cloying to potential voters of the time,. The slogan referred to the "Radical Republican" notion, that poor people should have equality, and be free to travel and to work to improve their lot in life. This position eventually resulted in the passage of the Homestead Act, which provided free tracts of land in the Midwest for certain settlers. The offered ribbon, is constructed of cream-colored silk and bears deep black printing.
1993 Bill Clinton Inauguration Gold Presentation Charm - Serial-Numbered "007" in a Limited Edition of 25 Pieces
This 18K gold, Bill Clinton presentation charm hails from a collection of 25 such examples that were serially numbered and distributed to women of importance (among whom were Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tipper Gore, and Linda Bloodworth Thomason) in honor of Clinton's presidential inauguration. Etched on the edge of the 3/4"-diameter charm is its limited edition designation of "007," along with "18KT." The scarce remembrance is housed in its original, custom cherrywood box.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Signed Letters Collection (9 Different) Including Taney and Rehnquist
Presented is a collection of letters, and one First Day Cover, that carry the signatures of seventeen former members of the United States Supreme Court.. Includes: Roger B. Taney; Charles Evans Hughes; Earl Warren; Warren; John Paul Stevens; William Rehnquist ; Lewis F. Powell, Jr.; Harry A. Blackmun; and 1950 Supreme Court Signed FDC.
Historic Figures Signed "Flats" Collection (34 Items) Including FDR, George S. Patton, Harry S. Truman and George Bernard Shaw
The stunning collection features minuscule duplication of names and spans the 1940s through the 1970s, with many vintage signatures. The signatures (penned in a variety of ink types and colors) generally offer "7-9" display quality. Highlights include: Signed Photos (15); Signed Letters (5); Signed Index Cards (7); and Miscellaneous (7).
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