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Hunt Auctions Starts the Auction Season with a Bang


unt Auctions, Inc. conducted its annual late winter auction of Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards with outstanding results and record attendance. Uncommonly pleasant weather and over 1,200 lots of quality materials contributed to a very successful two-day auction held in Exton, PA by Hunt Auctions, Inc. Each day had a room full of collectors and dealers bidding against hundreds of absentee and phone bidders with less than twenty items remaining unsold by the end of the auction.


The Friday session began with a collection of historical football items including Red Grange children's doll-$3,630.00 (Est.-$1,500.00-$2,000.00) and Red Grange/Chicago Bears broadside-$3,740.00. Football decorative porcelain and metalwork also sold incl. Harvard player bisque figurine-$1,100.00, German bisque football player figurine-$880.00, and a hand painted football decorated stein-$1,265.00. An Annapolis football lithograph brought in $1,210.00 and the 1948 NY Yankees AAFC football lot hammered down at $1,017.50.

Following the football items was a selection of basketball, hockey, and misc. sports pieces led by a 1932 Montreal Canadiens color lithographic advertising photo-$2,310.00, 1909 National Bowling Assoc. Championship litho. print-$1,870.00, Dave Cowens 1971-75 Bost. Celtics jersey-$4,180.00 (Est.-$750.00-$950.00), and a 1962 Phila. Warriors team auto. basketball signed on the day Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points realized $5,280.00. The featured basketball collection derived from former Phila. Warrior's player and coach George Senesky. Most notably his 1948-50 Phila. Warriors home jersey which brought $3,410.00 and George Senesky's 1955-56 Phila. Warriors NBA Championship trophy which ended at $22,000.00.


A grouping of autographed materials was offered during the Friday session, including a Mantle/Maris auto. bat-$4,400.00, Mantle/Maris auto. photo-$1,210.00, 1998 NY Yankees replica W.Series trophy-$3,080.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), 1999 NY Yankees replica W.Series trophy-$3,850.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), Mickey Mantle single signed portrait baseball-$1,980.00, and a Sandy Koufax auto. serigraph by Leroy Neiman brought $1,540.00 (Est.-$400.00-$600.00).

Vintage sportscards c.1930-70's were next with condition rarities leading the results. A collection of auto. baseball cards sold at $5,830.00 (Est.-$1,500.00-$2,500.00), 1955 Topps All-American football card partial set-$1,650.00, 1956 Topps baseball card set-$4,620.00, 1953 Bowman Color baseball card set-$6,600.00, 1951 Bowman baseball card set (VG)-$3,520.00, 1939 Play Ball baseball card partial set-$5,775.00, and 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams sold for $2,970.00.

Yoo Hoo

One of the more visually appealing collections in the auction was a single owner grouping of vintage sports advertising related items. Always a popular category, the offered piece included some rarities such as, 1929 World Series pennant-$4,180.00, Yogi Berra PF Flyers adv. sign-$2,640.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), Duke Snider PF Flyers adv. sign-$2,750.00, Yoo-Hoo Champions easel back sign w/Mantle-$3,630.00 (Est.-$2,000.00-$3,000.00), PF Shoes Big League Stars cardboard display sign-$4,180.00, Willie Mays Chesterfield cigarettes sign-$2,090.00, and a set of (10) Coca Cola sports advertising signs-$3,740.00.


The Saturday session #2, continued at the same strong pace as the Friday session, beginning with a superb selection of sports autographed materials. Hunt Auctions has always been known for handling some of the finest autographed materials in the business with an impeccable reputation for authenticity, and the results clearly were evident. A collection of signed original photography led off at $3,960.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), HOF Induction signed display piece w/Ruth, Cobb, etc-$6,050.00, 1957 Mil. Braves team ball-$3,630.00, 1934 Tour of Japan auto. ball-$6,600.00, 1940 Cin. Reds team ball-$3,300.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team auto. ball-$4,950.00, 1926 Brooklyn Dodgers team ball w/Joe McGinnity-$5,500.00, 1929 Phila. Athletics team ball-$4,400.00, 1961 NY Yankees team ball-$10,450.00, 1927 NY Yankees team ball-$17,600.00, and 1928 NY Yankees team ball-$6,600.00. Single signature baseballs remain incredibly desirable, including Roger Maris-$2,310.00, Roberto Clemente-$3,410.00, 1920 Babe Ruth-$19,800.00, Lou Gehrig-$42,900.00 (Est.-$20,000.00-$30,000.00), and a superb Babe Ruth example brought in $53,900.00 (Est.-$30,000.00-$40,000.00).

Memorabilia and cards from the early 1900's, tobacco and candy issues fared well with heated bidding throughout that portion of the sale. 1913 WG5 National Game card set-$1,870.00, 1911 T-205 Cy Young-$2,310.00, 1909-11 T-206 Nap Lajoie w/Lenox back-$3,080.00, 1888 Goodwin & Co. souvenir album pages-$6,600.00, Allen & Ginter "Fans of the Period" sign-$4,620.00, and a spectacular 1884 Climax tobacco baseball display print, in its original tube, hammered down at $24,200.00 (Est.-$10,000.00-$15,000.00).


The featured collection of the Saturday session, and the auction as a whole, was that of former Brooklyn Dodger Clem Labine. Clem was present at the auction, making for a memorable experience for all in attendance. Several highlights from the Labine collection included a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team auto. ball-$1,705.00, Clem Labine and Jackie Robinson related telegram and photo soared to $5,390.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), set of four original Emmett Kelly photographs-$9,900.00 (Est.-$4,000.00-$6,000.00), Roy Campanella auto. photo-$6,325.00 (Est.-$2,500.00-$3,500.00), 1960 Pitt. Pirates W.Series trophy-$14,850.00 (Est.-$2,500.00-$3,500.00), Clem Labine game worn glove-$4,510.00, Clem Labine 1955 W.Series game used bat-$2,970.00, and Roy Campanella's game worn catcher's mitt ended at $26,400.00 (Est.-$15,000.00-$20,000.00). Another private collection of Dodger related materials followed, incl. Carl Furillo game worn glove-$8,250.00 (Est.-$2,000.00-$3,000.00), Duke Snider game worn glove-$39,600.00 (Est.-$10,000.00-$15,000.00), Duke Snider game used bat-$9,350.00, 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team auto. ball-$3,575.00, and a group of 1955 W.Series tickets-$4,730.00 (Est.-$2,750.00-$3,500.00).

The portion of the auction with game used materials came with anticipation, including some record setting numbers. A superb Ty Cobb game used baseball bat, that originated from the family of a former Major League player, drew national interest with a full bank of phone bidders. After a lengthy battle, it settled at a record price of $115,500.00 (Est.-$30,000.00-$40,000.00). Game used bats from Roger Maris-$8,250.00 and Willie Mays-$6,600.00 also outperformed their estimates. Baseball jerseys were sold including a 1979 Pete Rose Phillies jersey-$5,775.00, 1964 Don Blasingame Senators jersey-$1,980.00, 1950's Richie Ashburn Phillies jersey-$31,900.00 (Est.-$15,000.00-$20,000.00), Rick Ferrell 1932 St. Louis Browns jersey-$15,950.00 (Est.-$5,000.00-$7,500.00), and a rare 1921-22 Herb Pennock Red Sox jersey-$34,100.00.

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The final marquis collection of the auction was that of former Pitt. Pirates team physician Dr. Joseph Finegold. The collection drew enormous interest due in part to some desirable Roberto Clemente related materials acquired from Clemente by Dr. Finegold. Notables included Collection of Pitt. Pirates related tickets-$6,600.00, rare Pirates 'flocked' batting helmet c.1950's-$3,520.00 (Est.-$750.00-$1,000.00), 1979 Pitt. Pirates W.Series ring-$5,775.00 (Est.-$2,000.00-$3,000.00), 1961 Pitt. Pirates team auto. bat-$4,290.00, 1956 New York Yankees team auto. ball-$3,190.00, 1963 L.A. Dodgers team auto. ball-$3,960.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), 1967 St. Louis Cardinals team auto. ball-$3,300.00 (Est.-$1,000.00-$1,500.00), and a fine Roberto Clemente auto. photo inscribed to Dr. Finegold which brought an astounding $7,700.00 (Est.-$2,000.00-$3,000.00).

Hunt Auctions, Inc. is currently accepting consignments for its August 2004 Live Catalogue auction and for numerous Internet/Phone Division auctions to be held throughout the year. Contact Hunt Auctions, Inc. at 610.524.0822 for a personal consultation or go to for more details.