Huggins and Scott's first Masterpiece Auction of 2012 begins on Monday January 23rd, 2012 at Noon eastern time. Bidding is available until Thursday night February 2nd with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm eastern time.
The January auction features another amazing array of sports and non-sports items that caters to every level of collector and investor. Whether you only want to spend a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, our selection of quality items has a little something for just about everyone.
Vintage card collectors will enjoy an abundance of 19th century and early 20th century rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from T205, T206 (a near set has been broken up into several lots), T207, Goudey, Play Ball and even a grouping of original photographs that were used to make the Double Play cards in 1941. Lot #1 features two of the most beautifully assembled tobacco and caramel card collages we've ever seen, featuring over 200 cards with (36) Hall of Famers and (7) different Types (a must see!). As always, we present numerous complete and near sets from 1910-present. Several post-war card highlights include the highest graded 1952 Topps Duke Snider, 1971 Topps Nolan Ryan, 1962 Kahn's Wieners Atlanta Crackers complete PSA graded set (#3 on PSA Set Registry), and numerous wonderful "shoebox" collections (always a crowd favorite).
Other phenomenal artifacts in this auction include the most impressive selection of full tickets and stubs ranging from the 1919 World Series, Babe Ruth's called shot in 1932, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath and Lawrence Taylor's Professional debuts, Joe D's final game and several lots of historically significant events from multiple sports.
Staying in the memorabilia category, we are pleased offer one of the finest 1915 World Series press pins ever to surface; an 1876 Boston Red Caps NL Inaugural Year Season Pass; a tough 1903 Jimmy Collins Boston Americans Championship pinback; a seldom-seen early 1900s Cy Young cigar tin and one of the finest 1919 Chicago White Sox type 1 team photos we've ever sold.
As with all of Huggins and Scott Auctions, we have a large number of autographed lots including baseballs, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country. Highlights include a very nice 1935 New York Yankees team-signed ball with Lou Gehrig on the sweet spot, single-signed baseballs from Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and a selection of (48) different single-signed Hall of Fame baseballs, each graded PSA/DNA 10!
If basketball is your game, you'll enjoy the opportunity to purchase some unbelievable pieces including the 1971-72 ABA Finals MVP, Freddie Lewis' championship ring from the Indiana Pacers; Michael Jordan's signed and game-worn 1998 NBA Finals home jersey; Vince Carter's 2000 USA Olympic game-used jersey and shorts; and one of the very few 1994-95 "#45" road comeback jersey's worn by Jordan; not to mention several lots of vintage cards and autographs including Pete Maravich's autobiography.
From the gridiron, highlights include a wonderful run of CFL sets and near sets from 1958-1972, a 1962 "Treasury of Notre Dame Football" book signed by all Four Horsemen; one of only two known "John Elway Jr." signed payroll checks and more.
A few highlights from our boxing section include stunning autographs from Cassius Clay, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Max Baer and four different fight-worn ensemble's from former Flyweight champion, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson.
If political or Americana collecting is your hobby, this auction has quite a few choice pieces for you including the only authentic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis signed photograph we've ever encountered; a stunning 1890 completely hand-written letter by President Grover Cleveland; autographs from Queen Victoria, General Tecumseh, Buffalo Bill Cody, Jefferson Davis, John Kennedy and a very rare "full name" signed Kurt Cobain display. Also featured is the first installment of one of the finest vintage Three Stooges memorabilia collections ever offered with movie props, movie posters and lobby cards and a variety of other difficult-to-find collectibles, including a rare 1937 moving picture machine.
Auction ends February, 2. For a complete preview of the auction or to download the catalog, please visit the website, www.hugginsandscott.com