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See a Picture of this Item 182 Exceptional Babe Ruth photograph by Paul Thompson c.1921 (PSA/DNA Type I). Definitive image as captured by one of the era's premier baseball photographers ranks among best ever taken of Ruth. Central portion displays beautifully and is minimally effected by wear which includes a few faint wrinkles/creases. Some more substantive flaws within the white borders include several pieces of tape (one of which encroaches the slightest bit on the top of image itself) and a strip of upper surface loss along the bottom where an additional piece was presumably removed. "Paul Thompson" stamp appears on the back along with a number ink and pencil notations. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA graded "Type 1" and certificate of provenance from Photo File: VG $42,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $42,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 617 Important John "Jack" Adams 1915 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies presentational pocketwatch. Exceptional quality (23) jewel 14K gold presentational pocket watch by noted maker Howard has "JBA" blue enameled monogram on back of casing. Opens to reveal hand engraved titling which reads in full, "Presented to you as a member of the First Philadelphia Championship Team of the National League 1915" and signed in print "F.T. Stotesbury Chairman." Marked around the edge "E.Howard Watch Co. Boston" with additional "14K" stamping. Although not presently in working order it is likely that a skilled jeweler could easily restore function, otherwise the watch displays light general surface wear with some small perimeter chip to interior face. Retains its original mahogany lidded case having Howard manufacturer's markings on interior. Very fine early piece of championship jewelry as relates to the Phillies Franchise first League Championship season, a feat which they would not repeat for another (35) years. Lead by the venerable G.C. Alexander who produced one of the great season long pitching performances of all-time, the Phillies met Boston in the World Series, noted for the first post-season appearance of Babe Ruth. This newly discovered specimen is one of only four such examples that we have encountered and along with the 1915 Phillies team signed baseball in this auction is being offered for the first time publicly. Includes letter of provenance from the Adams family: EX $20,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $20,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 704 Significant George A. Wagner 11th District Naval Commander archive with November 4,1963 John F. Kennedy autographed letter and photograph-signed just 18 days before his tragic passing. Leather bound folio has the name "George A. Wagner" and "29 November 1963" gilt letter impressed on the front cover and was presented to Wagner upon his retirement from Naval service. Within are several photographs (both signed and unsigned), letters, and some other related pieces. Most notable are: November 4, 1963 letter on White House stationary signed by then President John F. Kennedy; 8"x10" sepia toned photo which has been signed by Kennedy and inscribed "To George Wagner, with best wishes"; and additional pieces signed by Almon Loomis (photo and letter), Bob Wilson (photo and letter), Lionel Van Deerlin (letter), Vivian Newcomb (photo and letter), and Mike Cerletti (photo and letter). Signatures rate 7 to 9 out of 10 and there is some light toning/wear throughout. Very significant offering which are among the small population ofo autographed materials signed within a few weeks of his tragic passing. The front cover of the binder itself has separated. Includes full LOAs from JSA on the Kennedy pieces: EX-NM $4,950.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 765 Spectacular Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed large format photograph c.1929-30 (PSA/DNA MINT 9). Stunning sepia tone original large format image in a matte finish measuring 10 1/2"x13 1/2" depicting Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig standing together during a barnstorming tour. Ruth is wearing his New York Yankees warm up jacket while holding his "Bustin Babes" barnstorming hat. Gehrig standing to the left of Ruth in full uniform also holding his barnstorming "Larrupin Lou's" hat. Each player has signed their respective image area in black fountain pen ranging from 9 to 10 out of 10. Signature strength and presentation is outstanding with minimal, if any, age fading. The photograph itself presents in original condition with the exception of an area of professional restoration to some chipping at the very top left corner area not affecting the central image in any fashion. Two small line creases at top border and some wear to top right corner are noted as well. Contrast and clarity are absolutely flawless with stunning visible detail. High condition grade Ruth and Gehrig signed images are notably rare with the offered large format specimen ranking as the finest such example we have encountered with regard to size/condition grade. Includes full LOA from JSA and PSA/DNA (Graded MINT 9): Photo: EX-MT (With note to restoration area), Signatures: NM/MT-MT $35,000.00 ($50,000-$75,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $35,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 771 Fine Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1930s. Yellow and blue stitched Tober brand "Suburban League" baseball has been signed "Babe Ruth" across the sweetspot. Fountain pen siganture rates 7/8-8 out of 10. Ball displays mild toning and a hint of light soiling. The original box is missing on flap and has some scattered wear. Very strong condition exampe being offered at auction for the first time. Includes full LOA from JSA: Sig. NM, Ball VG/EX $15,000.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $15,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 772 Exceptional Lou Gehrig autographed photograph by George Burke. Satin finish sepia toned 8"x10" portrait photograph has been signed "To Bill - With My Kindest Personal Regards, Cordially Lou Gehrig." Fountain pen signature rates 8-8/9 out of 10. Image has a hint of light wear confined exclusively to the extreme corners and edges and is mentioned solely for accuracy. "Geo.Burke" stamp on lower back corner. An outstanding example and easily the best signed Gehrig photo we have offered at auction in some time. Includes full LOA from JSA: NM $11,000.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $11,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 773 Outstanding Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat c.1918-20 - a rare and desirable early career example overlapping his time in both Boston and New York (PSA/DNA GU8.5). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with dash-dot-dash centerbrand measures 36" long and weighs 36.5oz. The "George Babe Ruth" facsimile signature impressed in the barrel is the earliest version employed on Ruth game bats and was in use from mid 1918 through 1922. Available factory records do not record weights of bats shipped to Ruth prior to 1920 however a detailed comparison by PSA/DNA bat expert John Taube involving (18) separate caliper measurements (calculations that were recorded at the time of manufacture) confirms this to be an original "R2" model (referred to by Louisville Slugger as "His #1" and "His Model"). It is further concluded that it falls well within tolerances, with regard to length, weight, and model, of a pre-1920 bat made for and sent to Ruth. Outstanding usage wear is evident throughout with ball, contact, and cleat marks on the hitting surface and a repaired handle crack. Notably, there are ball/contact marks concentrated on the left barrel which is characteristic Ruth trait as was a "label down grip" hitter. An area of the barrel has been lightly planed to accomodate side writing which is no longer visible but suggests that it is possible that Ruth himself returned the bat to Louisville Slugger to be used a template for others. An appealing example dating to the transitionary period of Ruth's career that included a shift from Boston to New York and the pitchers' mound to the outfield. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA (graded "GU 8.5"), MEARS (graded "A8.5"), and Hunt Auctions: EX $100,000.00 ($100,000-$150,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $100,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 775 Fine Babe Ruth single signed baseball. Light cream color Harridge AL baseball signed across a side panel in black fountain pen by Ruth with highly uncommon non-personalized inscription, "Best of Luck From Babe Ruth". Signature and salutation range from 6 to 8 out of 10 having presenting nicely across a clean side panel. The ball itself remains notably clean with no visible use and minimal handling wear. One of the better quality Ruth single signed and inscribed baseballs with non-personalized inscriptions we have handled. Includes full LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA: Ball: NM, Signature: Range EX-EX/MT-NM $9,500.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 832 Red Schoendienst autographed 1957 Milwaukee Braves professional model road jersey (with pants) with World Series attribution. Road gray jersey has "Braves" team name across the front with number "4" below. The number also appears on back and there is a team logo patch on the left sleeve. "Wilson" tag appears on the front left tail (size 44) along with wash and "1957" embroidered year tags. In the collar is an "O'Connel" (sic) embroidered strip tag denoting player Danny O'Connell whom wore the number (4) before Red Schoendienst joined the Braves mid-season. It has been signed on the front, "Red Schoendienst 1957 W.S." in marker rating 8/9 out of 10. Also included are a pair of pants (Wilson, size 36, with "Thomson" and "1957" embroidered strip tags), stirrup socks, and a belt. Evident useage and wash wear throughout with some period team repairs to the pants. The ensemble originates from Red Schoendienst personal collection at the time of initial offering it was presented as having been "worn during the regular season and World Series." Includes auction LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $6,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 864 June 12, 1957 Stan Musial National League record for consecutive games played used baseball. Spalding W.Giles Official National League ball has been hand lettered throughout with details related to the game played at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia during which Stan Musial became the all-time N.L. leader in consecutive games played with (823). The text reads in part, "...This Ball Broke The National League Consecutive Game Record..." Musial would extend the streak to (895) by mid season, a mark which still places him 8th on the All-Time list. Appropriate mild soiling and evident use/wear. Includes letter of provenance from the Musial Family: EX $5,000.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 866 Superb Roberto Clemente professional model baseball bat with direct provenance c.1967 (Maury Wills Collection). On the final day of the 1967 season Pittsburgh Pirates short stop Maury Wills was poised at a .299 batting average for the season. The first at bat of the day produced a base hit to boost Wills' average to .302 and at that time he was content with an excellent season. Out of contention, Roberto Clemente was given permission by Danny Murtaugh to manage the Pirates on that final game. While Wills was interested in ending his day after the first hit Clemente pleaded with him to stay in the game as he was pursuing Orlando Cepeda for the RBI title in the National League. Clemente won out and Maury Wills ended the day going 3 for 5 making Clemente very happy. As such, Roberto Clemente presented Wills with the offered game used bat as a token of thanks. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 36 1/2" long and weighs 37.1oz. The bat presents with exceptional use including ball marks, stitching impressions, and rack marks. Model number U1 stamped on knob end along with vintage "21" written in black marker. Absolutely superior example which ranks among the very finest Clemente game bats to have entered the marketplace with unimpeachable provenance. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and two page detailed hand written and signed letter of provenance from Maury Wills: EX $14,000.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $14,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 875 Ted Williams professional model baseball bat c.1960 (PSA/DNA "GU 8.5"). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Williams facsimile signature in the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 31.9oz. Model number "W166" is factory stamped in the knob which also has a period pencil notation indicating weight. Uncracked with light evident useage wear including pine tar on the handle and some scattered ball, stitch, and rack marks. From an order of (6) W166 model bats matching these specifications sent to Williams in 1960. A fine example dating to his last season in baseball. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and full LOA from PSA/DNA graded "GU 8.5": EX $10,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 892 Important July 4, 1960 Mickey Mantle 300th Home Run attributed baseball (hit at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.). Well toned baseball showing obvious signs of use/wear has a large vintage "300" ink notation written across a side panel. A band of surface loss encircles the ball (partially effecting the notation) and appears to be the result of tape which was in place for many years and then removed. It was long displayed with other prominent Mantle artifacts in the Little League Museum of Baxter Springs, KS; famed for being home town to the team on which a young Mickey was playing when discovered. The ball can be seen within the Museum display in a pair of included color photographs which also show several other milestone balls from Mantle's career. These other balls have what appear to be similar strips/areas of surface loss and toning. This is an important trait which suggests a similar pattern employed by Mantle when identifying milestone baseballs from throughout his career. Following a well known late 1990 de-accessioning of several pieces from the Museum collection a few of these baseballs have surfaced, including Mantle's first home run which sold at auction in December of 2004 (Sotheby's; $189,750). One of the better documented Mantle home run balls to have entered the marketplace. Includes framed display (19"x18") which houses the aforementioned images and a reproduced box score/article from the game: VG-EX $15,000.00 ($20,000-$40,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $15,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 893 Mickey Mantle professional model baseball bat c.1965-68 (PSA/DNA "GU 7.5"). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Mantle facsimile signature impressed in the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 33.2oz. Model number "M110" has been factory stamped in the knob. Outstanding useage wear is evident throughout with ball and stitch marks covering the barrel and some scattered blue bat rack marks. A nice coat of pine tar remains on the handle, a highly desirable and well documented trait in a Mantle game bat. Mild grain swelling, due to repeated contact, is present on the reverse barrel which has also a small crack/separation and there is a larger crack in the upper handle (not visible when the bat is positioned for display). Through research of factory ordering records, PSA has concluded that this bat was likely shipped to Mantle in 1965, specifically. In the twilight of his storied career Mantle had lead the Yankees through an unprecedented string of (12) American League Championship seasons including (7) in which they earned World Series titles. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA and Hunt Auctions: EX $18,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $18,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 894 Rare Mel Allen 1952 New York Yankees World Series ring. Beautifully crafted original ring as presented to Yankees Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen having "1952" date above Yankees team insignia on both side panels. Top of ring features inset diamond solitaire encircled with "New York Yankees World Champions" lettering. Interior is properly marked "Balfour 14K" along with "Mel Allen" in cursive. Condition is superlative with mininmal surface wear. Mel Allen remains to date one of the more beloved figures in Yankees history whose trademark phrase "How about that?" endeared him to legions of fans over his 25 plus year career with theteam. Notable rarity with relation to an iconic baseball broadcast figure: NM $27,500.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $27,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 895 Superlative Mickey Mantle New York Yankees professional model hat with direct provenance c.1968 (Tom Tresh Provenance). Classic New York Yankees navy blue wool hat with embroidered "NY" on front. Interior of the hat retains original white headband with "New Era" manufacturer's tagging and 7 3/8 size flag tag. Evident use is visible throughout including perspiration toning to the white headband, cracking to interior bill support from wear, and general appropriate surface wear. One portion of an exterior seam on the second pleats has begun to separate near the base of the hat. "Mick 7" written in period black marker under the bill along with hand signed inscription from Mantle, "To Tom My Best Wishes, Your Friend Mickey Mantle". The inscription was written to Mantle's teammate and close friend Tom Tresh who had received the offered hat directly from Mantle. An accompanying hand written and signed letter from Tresh corroborates the fact that Mantle did in fact give him the offered hat in 1968. Mickey Mantle game worn uniform pieces are among the most desired of any player with hats rating as the most difficult to acquire given the typical lack of provenance. The offered example clearly rates among the finest Mantle hats to have ever been offered at auction with original condition and superb direct provenance. Includes hand written letter of provenance from Tom Tresh, LOA from Hunt Auctions (hat), and two full LOAs from JSA (Mantle and Tresh autographs), LOA from JT Sports/John Taube who is lead game used bat authenticator for PSA/DNA: EX $50,000.00 ($50,000-$100,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $50,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 991 1934 Mel Ott autographed New York Giants Player's contract. Original Uniform Player's Contract as issued to Ott retaining his services for the 1934 season has been signed "Melvin Ott" in period fountain pen (9-9/10 out of 10) with Charles Stoneham just above (7-7/8) on behalf of the team. Ott made his All-Star debut in 1934 (the first of what would become 11 consecutive appearances) and would end the season leading the National League in both homeruns (35) and RBIs (135). Fold lines and mild wear throughout along with some scattered discoloration. Includes choice 8"x10" sepia toned photograph of Ott for display (seated behind a desk), full LOA from JSA, and letter of provenance from the Ott Family: Sig. NM/MT, Contract EX $16,000.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $16,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 1003 Important Mel Ott single signed baseball with handwritten "Home Run 1933 World Series" home run attribution. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed "Melvin Ott" across the sweet spot. Fountain pen signature rates 6-6/7 out of 10. It is inscribed in his hand just off to the side, "First home run 1933 World Series." The inscription has been enhanced in blue ink with original fountain pen writing visible beneath quite possibly by Ott himself. The ball displays soiling and obvious use with some scattered surface wear. Under the leadership of Bill Terry the New York Giants would claim three National League Pennants in (10) years and won the World Series in 1933. It would be the only Championship team Mel Ott was a part of and he performed admirably hitting .389 with a pair of home runs. The offered ball is attributed to his first; a two-run blast in the first inning of Game #1. The offered baseball represents one of the most significant of its type with primary source documentation from a member of the vaunted 500 Home Run Club. Includes full LOA from JSA and letter of provenance from the Ott Family: Overall EX $10,000.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 1004 Significant 1929 Mel Ott single signed baseball with handwritten "42nd Homer" home run attribution. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed "Melvin Ott" across a side panel. It is inscribed in his hand on the opposite side, "42nd Homer Sept 24' 29." Both signature and inscription rate approx. 7-7/8 out of 10. The ball displays soiling and obvious use with some scattered surface wear. Ott was then twenty years old and had joined the Giants roster just three seasons earlier. At 5' 9" and (170) pounds he seemed an unlikely candidate to blossom into one of the National League's most feared power hitters but he would retire as its' first to hit the now benchmark level of (500) home runs. His (42) homeruns in 1929 proved to be a high watermark (he never again hit better than 38) but he would lead the N.L. a total of six times in his twenty-two year career. One of two home run attributed baseballs within the Ott Collection offering with special note to hand inscribed identification. Spectacular rarity as a milestone baseball with added desirability of a rare Mel Ott single signed example. Includes full LOA from JSA and letter of provenance from the Ott Family: Overall EX $12,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 1033 Significant Mel Ott National Baseball Hall of Fame presentational plaque. Original tooled leather framed plaque as presented to Mel Ott during his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951. Photographic replica of Ott's Hall of Fame bronze plaque is matted with the original tooled leather matting having "National Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, NY" gilt lettering at bottom. Retains its original wooden frame which has had its leather re-surfaced due to age damage. Ott retired as the National League leader in home runs and rbi's earning election to the Hall of Fame in 1951. One of the more significant examples of its type to have been offered at public auction with special note to the rare earlier dating period wooden frame format. Includes letter of provenance from the Ott family: EX-MT (with note to frame re-surface) $10,000.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $10,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 1036 Significant Mel Ott game used baseball attributed to 400th Home Run. Lightly toned Ford Frick NL baseball exhibiting evident use, inscribed by Mel Ott in blue fountain pen, "400th Home Run June 1st 1941". The ball itself clearly shows game use with several notable areas of impact. Ott clouted his milestone 400th home run during the first game of a double header played against the Cincinnati Reds at the Polo Grounds in New York. The blast occurred in the third inning with one man aboard in the 17th season Ott had spent with the New York Giants. The offered baseball certainly bore great importance to Ott as it was one of only a few career milestone baseballs preserved within the family collection. Additionally, the characteristics of the 400th home run baseball are identical to Ott's 500th home run example which was donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame some time ago by the family themselves. Documented milestone baseballs from elite Hall of Fame members dating to the pre-war period are exceedingly rare with very few having entered the collecting marketplace. Exceptional Mel Ott home run baseball with direct family provenance. Includes vintage Spalding baseball bag in which ball was stored and letter of provenance from the Ott family: EX $22,000.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $22,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 1084 Outstanding early 1980s Mike Schmidt autographed and "Gamer" inscribed professional model glove. Rawlings brand left handed glove has "Gold Glove Series" and model number "KBB01" impressed along the outer thumb. A vintage "20" player number notation appears in faded marker just below the webbing on the outside and the manufacturer's label has been removed from the wrist strap. In its place, Schmidt has signed the glove, "Mike Schmidt" and inscribed it "Gamer" in blue marker rating 9/10 out of 10. Outstanding use and some general wear is evident throughout. Includes a color photo of Schmidt wearing a nearly identical glove. An exceptional and well documented example dating the Phillies Championship era and the heart of Schmidt's Hall of Fame career. Includes LOA from Denny Esken, JSA(autograph), and Hunt Auctions: EX $13,500.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS