This will be the final auction of 2017. We want to thank our many loyal consignors and bidders for making this of our very best years in business. We also want to thank the many, many new bidders who registered with us in 2017. This auction is our unique to the industry affordable autograph and memorabilia-only auction. Nearly all items have a retail value of $500 or less and have low minimum bids and no reserves. This auction has a wide variety of material that should be of interest to many collectors.
Spread out over two days, day one is all about baseball autographs. We begin with a fresh run of signed 3x5s and GPCs, including Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Gil Hodges, Roger Maris, Mel Ott, Dazzy Vance, Ed Walsh and Willie Wells. Autographed cards come next, including quality vintage Boston Red Sox signed team sets, a 1921 Exhibit Sam Rice and several scarcities. The auction continues with a solid run of signed Perez Steeles, with note to George H.W. Bush, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Lyons and Mickey Mantle. Yellow HOF Plaque collectors will see a terri c offering with many scarcities, including Alston, Flick, Frisch, Hafey, Hartnett, Hooper, Manush, Puckett, Rice, Schalk and Wheat. Collectors of 8x10 photos will see several neat multi-signed photos and quality Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams signed images.
We have a circa 1939 Ted Williams signed autograph album page and some interesting signed checks, including Mickey Cochrane, George Grantham (D’54), Frank Kellert and Everett Purdy (D’51). We have a nice offering of documents and letters, including Eddie Collins, Earle Combs, Hank Greenberg, Carl Mays and Al Simmons. There are a few signed signed team sheets, including the 1940 Senators and the 1953 LA Dodgers. There is a large run of signed cuts, perhaps our largest ever, with note to Jim Bottomley, George Caster, Fred Clarke, Sam Leever, Connie Mack, a 5 inch long Mickey Mantle, Rabbit Maranville, Bill McGowan, two Kid Nichols, Brick Owens (D’49) and Ed Reulbach. We have a quality run of signed jerseys including Berra, Gwynn. Mattingly, Ryan and Yaz. Collectors of large prints and framed displays can have a veritable day here, with many 1990s era Yankee Championship team signed displays, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, a neat San Francisco Giants HOFer display and many better Yaz signed oversize pieces.
We have some unusual signed cachets and a solid run of signed programs, many vintage, with with note to a 1995 Braves Team Signed S.I., Joe DiMaggio/Ted Williams signed gorgeous oversize calendar, a Gil Hodges 1951 program, a Connie Mack 1942 program and a Musial/Williams 1959 Sport Magazine. Day one concludes with a strong run of single signed baseballs, including a large run of high grade HOFer singles and scarce singles from Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Travis Jackson (HOF inscription), Dutch Leonard and Sadahara Oh.
Day two starts with multi and team-signed baseballs. Filling up eleven pages, this is a very substantial offering.
There are high grade vintage balls, including many ne Cincinnati Reds team balls from the 1940s through the 1970s, several Championship balls, All Star balls and HOF balls among so much more. The auction continues with basket- ball memorabilia, including a 1973 Kentucky Colonels signed mini ABA ball. Boxing has several interesting Ali signed items, a few scarce Carlos Monzon signed 8x10s and some interesting Ali paper items.
Football is a very substantial part of this auction, and is one of our best offerings ever. We have a terri c run of quali- ty HOFer signed 3x5s and GPCs, including two Jimmy Conzelmans, Turk Edwards, Joe Guyon, Arnie Herber, Link Lyman, Steve Owen and Emlen Tunnell. We have another large offering of signed mini-helmets, a good run of signed footballs with key HOFers and 1968 Rams and 1982-3 Raiders team signed balls. There is a 1990 New York Giants signed framed jersey, some interesting full size helmets and many ne pub lots, including a full New York Jets yearbook run.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction very well. We begin with a substantial run of signed and game bats, with note to a terri c 1934 All Star Game story bat about Carl Hubbell, Berra/Larsen, Berra/Dickey, Campanella, Steinbrenner, a Yaz signed game bat and many fun Yankee themed bats. Baseball memorabilia continues with a huge run of tickets. These are fresh collections, with note to a wide variety of World Series tickets from the 1940s through the 1970s including the famous 1945 World Series Billy Goat game, and many scarce matched paired tickets from the Dodger and Giants from the 1940s and 1950s. There are many desirable rst-game stadium tickets from the 1960s and 1970s as well. We have some nice pennants from the 1940s and 1950s, several better pinbacks going back to the 1920s, a good run of mid-grade Hartland Statues and many unusual and interesting items, including several jerseys and other equipment-related items and 1960s nodders.
Baseball pubs are last but not least. We have several World Series Programs, a fresh run of 1950s and 1960s team yearbooks and many terri c larger lots that offer a tremendous value, including Brooklyn Dodger yearbooks, World Series Programs, scorecards and more.