Hunt Auctions 25th Anniversary Premier Live Auction

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00AM ET


Location: Clarion Hotel
815 Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341


Welcome to the online catalogue for the 25th Anniversary Live Auction. This exclusive live auction features over 600 live auction lots of historical memorabilia and over 600 lots to be sold online only. Lots 1-701 will be sold LIVE and in person beginning at 10:00am ET on Saturday, March 25th at the Clarion Hotel. The auctioneer generally sells 100 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue. Online pre-bidding will close on Friday, March 24th at 10pm ET.

Online Only Items: Lots 702-End will be sold exclusively online with bidding closing on Monday, March 27th. Initial Bidding Ends at 10pm ET With Bidding Continuing For 20 Minute Intervals.

The Live Auction is open for online pre-bidding until Friday, March 24th at 10pm ET. High Bids & Ceiling Bids placed during the pre-bidding period will be executed competitively during the Live Auction. Additional arrangements for phone & absentee bidding are being accepted at 610.524.0822 or info@huntauctions.com until Thursday, March 23rd at 5:00pm ET. Please review the Bidding Instructions for a full explanation of the bidding procedures.



Interactive Online Bidding will be available to all registered Hunt Auctions bidders. This bidding platform will provide Hunt Auctions bidders the ability to participate with real time interactive online bidding during the live auction. The interactive bidding will be powered by Invaluable and may be accessed via a link that will be available closer to the date of the auction. Bidders must have a valid Hunt Auctions username and current email address to bid interactively online during the auction. Please note, unless you have already received premiere bidding status and plan to bid live online for item(s) totalling $5,000 or higher, you will need to be preapproved as such.

Bill Weiss Collection
Lots 1-16 originate from the archives of noted baseball historian Bill Weiss. Weiss amassed the approximate 125,000 questionnaires beginning in 1947 and were meticulously preserved over the years including a number of future Hall of Fame members and rare player obscurities. These "one of a kind" unique questionnaires are mini biographies of the players, most often at a very early point in their baseball career and in their own handwriting. The players responses are both interesting, fascinating, revealing and in some cases very surprising. The information compiled by Weiss would be used for baseball guides that he published for teams and leagues. The proceeds of the sale of the Weiss Collection will benefit the San Diego Baseball Research Center.


Ray Nemec Collection
Lots 17-60 originate from the personal collection of Ray Nemec. Nemec was one of the eleven founding charter members of the Society for American Baseball Research in 1971. His lifelong passion for statistical baseball research led him to SABR and his work is regarded by many to be among the most comprehensive and accurate statistics ever compiled. “As I was running to first base I’d be figuring out my batting average. I think that’s why I never was a good ballplayer” remarked Nemec. This particular offering within this auction will be the largest of many as there are quite literally tens of thousands of pieces, most notably, autographed informational cards. We are honored to have been selected by the Nemec family to represent them in the offering of this landmark collection and look forward to sharing this treasured baseball archive with the collecting public.



The Personal Collection of Minnie Minoso
Lots 61-79 originate from the personal collection of Orestes “Minnie” Minoso. Minoso’ place within the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise is cemented as one of the most memorable and endearing of any that wore the uniform. Minnie’s tenure with the franchise spanned over 50 years in a variety of capacities. The offered items are the final portion of the Minoso Collection to which we were honored to have offered on behalf of the Minoso family during the previous year.




The Personal Collection of Johnny Sain
Lots 80-91 originate from the personal collection of Johnny Sain. Sain pitched in the Major Leagues from 1942-1955 most notably for the Boston Braves during the 1948 NL pennant winning season in which he finished second in the MVP balloting. Johnny Sain was regarded as a thinking pitcher who would become a highly successful pitching coach at the completion of his playing career. The offered materials originate from the family of Johnny Sain and are being offered publicly for the first time.



The Personal Collection of Johnny Logan
Lots 92-110 originate from the personal collection of Johnny Logan. Logan played for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1951-1963. Logan was a standout defensive shortstop who garnered four All-Star team selections during his career and was a member of the 1957 World Champion Milwaukee Braves. Johnny Logan remains a beloved and revered member of the Braves teams from the 1950-60s era ranking as one of the better defensive players for the position during his tenure. This initial offering represents a portion of the Logan Collection which we are pleased to announce will continue with a number of additional offerings within the coming months. We are very pleased and thankful to have been selected by the Logan family to represent this fine collection to which is being presented for the first time at public auction.


Ron Leff Family Collection
Lots 378- 402 represent a very special offering from the personal collection of Ron Leff. With the support and assistance of his wife and two sons Ron assembled an exceptional private collection of historic baseball memorabilia and artifacts having central focus on awards and game used bats. During the time period of the late 1990s into the 2000s in which the collection was primarily built Ron Leff carefully acquired the very finest pieces in their respective categories. His personal passion for the sport allowed him to share his love for the artifacts of the game with his family which led to an elite level collection that ranks among the finest in private hands. Since its inception the collection has gained national acclaim including exhibition, in part, within several noted museums and as a featured chapter within the book, “Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections”. With a recent re-focus of collecting interests, Ron and his family have elected to de-accession a portion of the collection to which we are honored to have been selected to facilitate the related offering. We hope that you enjoy this unique and significant offering and again are appreciative to have been entrusted as such.


Robert Smith Collection
Lots 452-458 originate from the personal collection of noted author Robert Smith. Mr. Smith was a highly regarded sports related author whose prolific works included “Baseball in America” and “Babe Ruth’s America”. Smith’s contact with the players and various figures within the game of baseball afforded him access to numerous unique and notable items a selection of which we are pleased to offer within this catalogue section.





Johnny Mize Collection
Lots 545-571 originate from the personal collection of Johnny “Big Cat” Mize. Few hitters were more feared during the period of Mize’s career in which he excelled as a left handed slugger. Mize led the NL in home runs four times, RBIs three times, won the 1939 NL batting title, five time World Champion, and was a ten time NL All-Star. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Johnny Mize remains one of the most endeared players from his home state of Georgia where he grew up in the small town of Demorest. After attending Piedmont College he ascended within the St. Louis Cardinals system eventually debuting in 1936 with the Major League club. The offered grouping has been consigned by the Mize family.


Hipius Family Autograph Collection
Lots 572-630 originate from the personal collection of the Hipius Family of the New York region. The collection traces its roots to the 1927 season in which a young Joseph C. Hipius attended a New York Yankees game with a family friend. The young Hipius remained after the game by the player’s cars along with a number of other boys. His patience was rewarded with an autograph from Babe Ruth on a card he gleaned from another boy. That very card has been retained by the Hipius family along with a select group of items to be preserved for their family. The remainder of this very significant collection of sports and celebrity autographs will be auctioned in a series of sales beginning with this March Premier auction offering. The collection is very noteworthy with regard to its breadth and quality as collected by Joseph and his two sons Mike and Joe. Through a combination of in person signings and mail in requests the collection grew to number in the thousands of pieces through the 1950-80s era. The collection is being offered for the first time publicly with the wish that the winning bidders enjoy the items with the same enthusiasm as the Hipius Family over those many years.


Vern Law Collection
Lots 668-674 originate from the personal collection of former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vern Law. Law pitched for several teams spanning from 1950 to 1967 earning two All-Star Game appearances, World Series championship in 1960, and the 1960 NL Cy Young award. The offered items are being sold for the first time publicly.

Auction Location
Clarion Hotel
815 Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341

Auction Time:
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 10:00am ET

Auctioneer:
Scott Foster

Bidding Inquiries:
Hunt Auctions
256 Welsh Pool Road | Exton, PA 19341
Ph: 610.524.0822 | Fax: 610.524.0826
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