Lansing, IL (September 8, 2010) - Legendary Auctions, a leading Sports and Americana auction house, has announced that the company has been selected to handle the sale of the Bill Mastro Collection. As one of the hobby's most widely recognized pioneers, Bill Mastro concentrated his collecting interests on iconic pieces of Sports memorabilia that were among the world's most prestigious in terms of both condition and display appeal. The collection of more than 800 lots will be auctioned as a stand-alone event in December. Bidding is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 22nd and close on Wednesday and Thursday December 8th and 9th. A few of the noteworthy items being sold from the Bill Mastro Collection include:

  • A 1927 Babe Ruth Yankees payroll check - cashed the day Ruth hit his 60th Home Run;

  • A signed handprint of Babe Ruth;

  • A 1917-1921 Babe Ruth H&B game used bat;

  • A 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Barnstorming advertising poster;

  • A 1915 Champion Boston Red Sox panoramic team photo featuring Babe Ruth;

  • A 1910s "Turkish Trophies" display (in original frame) with Ty Cobb L-1 Leather;

  • A 1909 "Colgan's Chips" Honus Wagner advertising sign;

  • A 1910 Addie Joss Day panorama;

  • A 1903 Carl Horner American League team composite.

Other unique pieces include:

  • An 1894 Temple Cup print;

  • An 1884 "Climax Tobacco" composite with original mailing tube;

  • A 1934 "Tour of Japan" team signed ball with original Tamazawa box;

  • A Babe Ruth "Home Run Special" single signed ball;

  • A 1942 "War Bond Effort" team signed ball;

  • A Babe Ruth signed store model bat;

  • A 1954 Wilson Wieners complete set (with backs) uncut sheet on advertising display;

  • A 1928 "Fro Joy" Babe Ruth die-cut counter sign;

  • A 1933 Goudey uncut sheet (24 cards) including Babe Ruth;

  • A 1926 Champion New York Yankees Cosmo team panoramic photo;

  • A 1912 Champion New York Giants oversized team photo featuring Christy Mathewson;

  • A 1925 Colored World Series Kansas City vs. Hillsdale panoramic photo;

  • A circa 1909 "Reach Sporting Goods" metal advertising sign;

  • A circa 1909 Honus Wagner bronze statue - from Wagner's estate;

  • A 1910s "Ty Cobb Shoes" advertising sign;

  • A 1920s Babe Ruth "Sporting News" die-cut advertising sign.

Experts at Legendary Auctions expect collectors to be extremely interested in owning a piece of the Bill Mastro Collection, for a number of reasons. "First of all, everyone recognizes the fact that Bill Mastro has been a major force in the hobby for decades, and it's universally acknowledged that his contributions have been significant," said Doug Allen, president, Legendary Auctions. Beyond that Allen said, Mastro was always first and foremost a collector, and what he loved to collect was perfection. "Quality items in pristine condition always attract considerable attention at auction," said Allen. "Bill's collection has always been one of the most meticulous in terms of condition and attention to detail. Collectors will pay a premium for items in exemplary grades of preservation such as this. The collection's across-the-board, unparalleled quality truly makes every item one-of-a-kind."

For more information on the auction or to pre-register for The Bill Mastro Collection auction catalog, call 708-889-9380 or go to