Providence Baseball ClubLaguna Niguel, Ca. On Wednesday, May 26th, SCP Auctions will open online bidding for more than 750 lots of Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards, spanning the history of baseball, football, basketball, boxing, hockey and golf. Citing the quality and diversity of the material across a broad range of categories, the event is being touted by SCP Auctions officials as one of their finest Internet auctions to date. Highlighting the sale is a trove of memorabilia from the estate collection of Cy Jones including museum quality pieces representing various sports that have never before been seen by the collecting public.

THE CY JONES COLLECTION

An avid sports fan and connoisseur of history and popular culture and as an employee of the famed New York Concessions conglomerate, Harry M. Stevens, Co., Cy Jones established and maintained relationships with many famous athletes beginning in the 1930's and continuing through the 1980's. Those he counted amongst his personal friends were the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Sid Luckman, Babe Ruth, Fran Tarkenton, George Halas and Jack Dempsey just to name a few. Throughout his life Cy accumulated objects directly from many of the most prolific athletes of his day. Furthermore, his pioneering sensibilities as a collector and his affable personality enabled him to forge relationships with living legends from bygone eras such as Ty Cobb, as well as family members of deceased sports icons, including Claire Ruth the wife of his pal "The Babe". Highlights from the Cy Jones estate collections include:

    Christy Mathewson Book
  • 1914 PROVIDENCE BASE BALL CLUB INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT TEAM PHOTOGRAPH FEATURING BABE RUTH AND SIGNED BY BABE RUTH (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10)
  • 1927 NEW YORK YANKEES 11" BY 14" TEAM PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY BABE RUTH AND INSCRIBED "THE GREATEST TEAM OF THEM ALL 1927".
  • CHRISTY MATHEWSON AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF HIS BOOK "PITCHING IN A PINCH" DATED JUNE 3, 1912 (PSA/DNA MINT 9)
  • JOE DIMAGGIO AUTOGRAPHED 1946-49 H&B PROFESSIONAL MODEL GAME USED BAT (PSA/DNA GU10) WITH ARTICLES OF PROVENANCE
  • FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS JERSEY WORN BY TARKENTON DECEMBER 20, 1975 TO TIE AND BREAK NFL CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECORD - WITH HANDWRITTEN LOA AND PHOTO FROM TARKENTON
  • JACK DEMPSEY FIGHT WORN SHOES AND SIGNED PHOTO WITH HANDWRITTEN LOA FROM DEMPSEY

In the category of game used bats, SCP Auctions has assembled a staggering assortment of legendary lumber, the likes of which the hobby has seldom seen. Not only will the auction feature premier examples from some of the games greatest sluggers, but a selection of rare bats from many of baseball's most prolific pitchers will also be offered. Highlights include:

Babe Ruth's Game Used Bat

Game Used Bats

  • 1914 PROVIDENCE BASE BALL CLUB INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT TEAM PHOTOGRAPH FEATURING BABE RUTH AND SIGNED BY BABE RUTH (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10)
  • 1927 NEW YORK YANKEES 11" BY 14" TEAM PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY BABE RUTH AND INSCRIBED "THE GREATEST TEAM OF THEM ALL 1927".
  • CHRISTY MATHEWSON AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF HIS BOOK "PITCHING IN A PINCH" DATED JUNE 3, 1912 (PSA/DNA MINT 9)
  • JOE DIMAGGIO AUTOGRAPHED 1946-49 H&B PROFESSIONAL MODEL GAME USED BAT (PSA/DNA GU10) WITH ARTICLES OF PROVENANCE
  • FRAN TARKENTON MINNESOTA VIKINGS JERSEY WORN BY TARKENTON DECEMBER 20, 1975 TO TIE AND BREAK NFL CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECORD - WITH HANDWRITTEN LOA AND PHOTO FROM TARKENTON
  • JACK DEMPSEY FIGHT WORN SHOES AND SIGNED PHOTO WITH HANDWRITTEN LOA FROM DEMPSEY

The SCP Auctions sale, which begins on May 26th and concludes June 10th, will feature additional property from a number of private estates and collections, including that of Hall of Fame great Willie Keeler. The originator of the phrase, "Hit 'em where they ain't", Keeler pursued this policy so cleverly that he had a lifetime average of .341 between 1892 and 1910. An inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 1939, Keeler donned the uniforms of the New York Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Brooklyn Superbas and New York Highlanders during his prolific 19-year career. A group of six items mostly related to the 1896 Temple Cup Series have been consigned to the auction by one of Willie Keeler's closest living descendants. Most notable is WILLIE KEELER'S TWICE SIGNED 1896 HANDWRITTEN DIARY WITH DAILY ENTRIES DOCUMENTING THE ENTIRE 1896 TEMPLE CUP SERIES. Described by SCP Auctions officials as "One of the most fascinating and important 19th Century baseball manuscripts ever discovered", the well traveled 3 ¼" by 6" leather bound volume is a personal diary kept by Keeler while he was with Baltimore in 1896. His extraordinary handwritten entries provide first hand accounts of the 1896 Temple Cup series between Keeler's Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Spiders. The Temple Cup was a forerunner of the World Series, with the first and second place teams in the National League meeting in a best-of-seven playoff. Baltimore defeated Cleveland in four straight games.

1024 Agulitas Cigars Set A wide variety of quality pre and post-war card lots to be offered will appeal to all levels of collectors from beginners to the most advanced hobbyists. The 750-plus lot sale will showcase cards from nearly every vintage baseball issue, as well as the most impressive selection of football cards ever assembled by SCP Auctions to date in the form of Sets, Singles, and Group Lots. The pre-war card category features an astonishing new discovery that is sure to generate excitement among Cuban card collectors; a 1924 AGULITAS CIGARS COMPLETE SET OF (900) CARDS INCLUDING (44) BASEBALL PLAYERS IN ORIGINAL ALBUM. One of the most prodigious and substantive tobacco card issues ever produced in Cuba, the 1924-25 Aguilitas Segundas series was a promotional vehicle for the Aguilitas Cigarette brand. The series includes (900) cards that feature a broad array of celebrities from various sports and entertainment fields. Most notably, the set features 44 baseball players from the Cuban Professional League. Among the highly coveted selection of baseball players are several members of the Cuban and National Baseball Halls of Fame and Negro League stars. Notables include Cristobal Torriente, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Jose Mendez, Oscar Charleston and Biz Mackey. SCP Auction Managing Director Dan Imler states, "For a multitude of reasons, the population of 1924-25 Aguilitas Segundas baseball cards is extraordinarily thin, leaving collectors with a scant sampling of mostly low-grade specimens to compete for. Needless to say, finding a complete set of 44 baseball players in tact is rare. Finding a complete high-grade set in an original 9 ¼" by 11 ¾" Aguilitas Segundas album, along with all 856 other cards is a monumentally important event in our hobby." Other pre-war card highlights include:

1933 Lajoie #106 Card PRE-WAR CARDS

  • 1888 N162 GOODWIN CHAMPIONS BASEBALL PLAYER SET BREAK INCL. LOW POP NM PSA 7'S
  • 1887 N175 GYPSY QUEEN $10,000 KELLY PR
  • 1909-11 T206 TY COBB (GREEN PORTRAIT) NM
  • 1909-11 T206 EDDIE PLANK GOOD PSA 2
  • "LOUISIANA FIND" OF 1911-19 REGIONAL TOBACCO CARDS INCL. MINO, KOTTON AND T213 COUPON CIGARETTES
  • 1916 M101-1 BLANK BACK #87 JOE JACKSON NM
  • 1933 GOUDEY #106 NAPOLEON LAJOIE MINT PSA 9
  • RARE 1935 PEBBLE BEACH CLOTHIERS JOE DIMAGGIO AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD

The post-war card category of the auction is loaded with prominent multi-sport offerings including impressive singles, high-grade complete sets, near sets and lots. Post-war card highlights include:

    POST-WAR CARDS
Post-War Cards
  • 1952 TOPPS #311 MICKEY MANTLE EX
  • 1953 BOWMAN COLOR COMPLETE SET WITH 141 SIGNED CARDS
  • 1953 TOPPS BASEBALL COMPLETE SET OF 274
  • 1954 DAN DEE POTATO CHIPS MICKEY MANTLE NM-MT PSA 8
  • 1955 BOWMAN FOOTBALL COMPLETE PSA GRADED SET - FOURTH HIGHEST RANKED SET ON PSA REGISTRY
  • 1957 TOPPS FOOTBALL #151 PAUL HORNUNG ROOKIE MINT PSA 9
  • 1961-62 FLEER BASKETBALL PSA GRADED NEAR SET (59/66) 72% NM-MT PSA 8
  • 1961 TOPPS BASEBALL HIGH GRADE COMPLETE SET OF 587
  • 1962 TOPPS BASEBALL HIGH GRADE COMPLETE SET OF 598
  • 1963 TOPPS BASEBALL HIGH GRADE COMPLETE SET OF 576
  • 1964 TOPPS BASEBALL HIGH GRADE COMPLETE SET OF 587
  • 1971 TOPPS BASEBALL NEAR SET (81% COMPLETE) INCLUDING (603) PSA 8'S
  • 1971 TOPPS FOOTBALL COMPLETE SET - THE NUMBER ONE FINEST PSA GRADED SET OF ALL TIME
  • A vast array of additional quality memorabilia items will be showcased throughout the sale ranging from significant autographed pieces, game used items, rings & awards, programs, display pieces, and more.

    MORE MEMORABILIA HIGHLIGHTS

      Babe Ruth's Photo
    • 1915 BOSTON RED SOX WORLD CHAMPIONS LEATHER DISPLAY
    • 1920 JACK DEMPSEY HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION TIMEKEEPERS POCKET WATCH
    • FINE BABE RUTH SINGLE SIGNED BASEBALL
    • RARE 1948 ORIGINAL PHOTO "THE BABE BOWS OUT" BY NAT FEIN (PSA/DNA TYPE 1)
    • 1955 MICKEY MANTLE NEW YORK YANKEES GAME WORN AND SIGNED HOME JERSEY-PHOTO MATCHED
    • CARL YASTRZEMSKI 1967 BOSTON RED SOX GAME WORN HOME JERSEY (TRIPLE CROWN SEASON!)
    • ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1968 ALL-STAR ADIRNODACK PROFESSIONAL MODEL GAME USED BAT
    • 1974 LIMITED EDITION (10/22) BRONZE STATUE OF GALE SAYERS BY ARTIST T. HOLLAND
    • 1968-2007 SUPER BOWL I-XLI NEAR COMPLETE RUN OF FULL TICKETS (37/41)

    Each of the 750-plus items will be featured in SCP Auctions full color catalog as well as on the SCP Auctions website at www.SCPAuctions.com. The auction will be open to registered bidders on Wednesday May 26thth with the conclusion of bidding on June 10th. Call (800) 350-2273 for more information on how to participate.