We want to first wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2018. The current catalog is the largest that we have ever produced. Our major auction has a record number of lots, our sale section had to be shortened substantially to accommodate the auction, it will be back in full form next month.
We want to thank our many loyal consignors and bidders for making this auction possible. The auction contains a startling diversity of great material throughout. Of course there are great and rare baseball cards and autographs, but this auction also has perhaps our best offerings ever of golf autographs, boxing autographs, baseball memorabilia and among our best offerings of single and team signed baseballs.
The auction begins with ten terrific lots. We are proud to offer two T206 Hall of Famers with rare Lenox backs, Ty Cobb and Joe Tinker. A terrific lot of 365 different collector grade T206s follows, after this is a remarkable very near-set of 1948 Leafs and a fresh 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA 1.5. We have Willie Mays’s original 1966 player contract, an amazing 1941 large format Babe Ruth display piece, Cy Young’s hand signed driver’s license a profoundly rare Ross Youngs (D’1927 at age 40) signed 8x10 photo and a fine 1934 Yankees team ball.
Taking a deep breath, we move onto baseball card sets and lots. Notable items here include a 1907 Grignon Cubs Complete Postcard set, rare near-sets of 1953 Esskay Meats, 1953-1955 Hunters Weiners, our usual offerings of Topps and Bowman sets from 1948 up and some better wax and vending cases from the early 1980s.
Special items within baseball singles include PSA 8 and graded near mint Old Judge cards, a great offering of the Cubs from the 1908 Rose Postcard set, Brunners Bread cards of Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner, a beautiful S110 Silk Premium, several 1948 Leaf short-prints including a Hal Newhouser PSA 6, a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA 2.5, rare 1961 Franklin Dairy and Clover Leaf full milk cartons, a 1962 Topps Mantle PSA 8 and a run of 1969 Topps Super Proofs with all of the keys.
Baseball autographs contains a wonderful run of slabbed signed Callahan cards, with note to Hornsby, Lajoie, Nichols and Wagner. We have a Thurman Munson signed Rookie Card, a stunning Roberto Clemente 3x5, a gorgeous Lou and Eleanor Gehrig signed cut, a Mint 1940 Babe Ruth cut, a stunning Roberto Clemente signed photo, a great Ty Cobb HOF Induction signed 8x10, a profoundly rare Hughie Jennings signed photo, three rare Mickey Mantle signed photos and a truly stunning Babe Ruth signed 8x10 publicity still from The Pride of The Yankees.
Other notable items include a superb Honus Wagner signed photo, a Wilbert Robinson signed 1930 player contract and letter, an amazing 1918 Ty Cobb TLS, a superb Johnny Evers 1910 TLS, and a John McGraw ALS among other great letters.
Basketball collectors will see quality 1948 Bowman lots, a remarkable offering of the great 1950 Scott’s Potato Chips issue with keys Mikan and Kundla offered as singles and a gorgeous Alcindor RC PSA 8. There is also a rare 1976-77 Topps signed Pete Maravich card among much more. Boxing collectors will see some great Ali items, including three vintage Cassius Clay autographs from the 1960s. There is also an 1893 PERIOD SIGNED Jim Corbett signed cabinet card and a gorgeous James Jeffries signed 8x10.
Football collectors will see many key slabbed cards, a few sets and many desirable autographed items including the earliest known Jim Brown autograph, a terrific Vince Lombardi signed 1963 player contract with extensive handwritten notations and two Curly Lambeau items. Golf collectors will see several desirable signed books, including Bobby Jones, a Hilton Smith 8x10 and a terrific Ryder’s Cup signed with Payne Stewart.
Collectors of single signed baseballs will see a double-signed Ken Boyer, a superb Fidel Castro, Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, a Hank Greenberg single from 1938, a superb Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson, rare Mickey Mantles (#6, 514/35 and Mickey Charles Mantle), Thurman Munson, Satchel Paige from 1950 and two 1920s Babe Ruths.
Team ball collectors will see Yankee team balls from 1924, 1925, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1955, 1956 & 1961 among others. We have several great Munson team balls, including clubhouse free 1976 and 1977 Yankee team balls and 1974 and 1976 All Star team balls.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction very well. We have a 1955 Yoo Hoo Mantle/Berra sign, Phil Niekro’s 1973 game jersey, fine press pins, top condition Hartlands, strong bats both signed and game used and the second half of Wes Chamberlain’s personal collection.
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