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See a Picture of this Item 16 Rare Fred Merkle professional model baseball bat c.1911-15. Spalding brand bat with "Merkle" block lettered in the barrel end measures 35" long and weighs 40.1oz. Uncracked with strong usage wear evident throughout including ball, stitch, and cleat marks. Exceptional display value with bold and well pronounced markings along with a hand painted ring decoration at the center. Merkle played the better part of (16) Major League seasons and was a member of (5) National League pennant winning teams. Despite excellent play in the field and more than adequate skill at the plate he is best remembered for one of history's most notorious plays; an error in judgment while running the bases which ultimately cost his team, the Giants, the 1908 pennant and earned him the nickname "Bonehead." Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA (GU 8): EX $18,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $18,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 23 Significant Ben Tincup 1915 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies presentational pocketwatch. Exceptional quality (23) jewel 14K gold presentational pocket watch by noted maker Howard has "BT" 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. In fine overall condition with a hint of light wear although not presently in working order (it is likely that a skilled jeweler could restore function). Housed in it's original mahogany lidded case with Howard manufacturer's markings on interior (mild wear to box). Choice 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. A fresh to the market example and one less than half a dozen we know to have surfaced: EX $10,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $10,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 68 Exceptional Mel Ott autographed professional model baseball bat as presented to Charles "Chub" Feeney c.1946-48 (PSA/DNA GU 10). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measuring 35" long and weighing 32.6oz. Bat shows excellent use including ball marks, stitching impressions, and appropriate light grain swelling to the barrel end. The knob end of the bat displays a small area of writing which certainly resembles Ott's uniform number "4" but is not conclusive. The barrel of the bat has been signed in bold fountain pen, "Best Wishes, Mel Ott" rating a string 8 out of 10. From a very young age young Charles Feeney followed the New York Giants which were owned by his grandfather Charles Stoneham. His favorite player on the team was Mel Ott as documented within several period baseball publications. The offered bat was signed by Ott and presented directly to Feeney remaining in the family collection until its current offering. The back of the barrel has remnants of a period shipping label which was from Feeney shipping the bat from New York to San Francisco in the 1950s. The label could be easily removed but was left intact for originality. Ott game used bats are among the most desirable and uncommon of the 500 home run club members. According to PSA/DNA and consistent with our research this particular bat is the only documented autographed Ott game bat known to exist. Coupled with its impeccable provenance we are pleased to bring to market the finest Mel Ott bat of its type. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA (GU 10), LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), full LOA from JSA (signature), and letter of provenance from the Feeney family: EX $75,000.00 ($50,000-$100,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $75,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 145 Exceedingly rare 1907 World Series Game (4) full ticket (at Detroit). Important original full ticket issued for the game played at Bennett Park on October 11th. Lead by (20) year batting Champion Ty Cobb, Detroit could not hold off the Cubs whom would win both Games (4) and (5) to take home a World Series title. Outstanding visual appeal with technical grade lowered only by a pair of small wrinkles and minute tear along the upper edge. One of only a handful of surviving examples: GD-GD/VG $10,450.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $10,450.00
See a Picture of this Item 149 Exceedingly rare 1908 World Series Game (4) full ticket (at Detroit). Important original full ticket issued for the game played at Bennett Park on October 13th. Once again the Cubs bested Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers and would go on to claim a second consecutive World Series title. Outstanding visual appeal with a light horizontal wrinkle/crease. A touch of mounting residue on back suggests that the piece may have been professionally cleaned. One of only a handful of surviving examples: GD/VG $10,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $10,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 178 Exceedingly rare 1915 World Series program (at Philadelphia). Original program issued for a game played at the Baker Bowl as Babe Ruth made the first of what would become (10) World Series appearances. Displays in very nice overall condition with general handling and age related wear to covers which includes some creasing, wrinkles, and discoloration. Interior pages are clean and intact (some pencil marks on scorecard pages) and the spine has been professionally reinforced for stability. An incredible rarity representing one of only a handful of examples to have surfaced: GD/VG $26,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $26,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 191 Extremely rare 1917 World Series program (at Chicago). Desirable original program is unscored but has handwritten lineup changes which reflect Game (1) played at Comiskey Park. Expert professional restoration has been performed throughout to secure the bound edge and reverse damage that includes chipping and small tears (to both covers and some interior pages). There are portions of several small stickers which remain in place, or evidence of their removal, on the back cover and in a few places inside. One of the great program rarities of the period and the first example which we can recall offering in some time: see description $17,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $17,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 345 Important 1884 John D. Rockefeller signed Standard Oil check. Original check drawn on the account of the "Standard Oil Company of N.Y." in the amount of $130,000 has been signed at lower right by the now Legendary tycoon "J.D. Rockefeller." This was an immense sum at the time (roughly equivalent to just under $3,500,000 today when adjusted for inflation) and the payee was Charles L. Colby who's family held significant railroad interests. In fine overall condition with the slightest touch of storage and handling wear. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of only two Rockefeller checks which have ever been offered. One of the important pieces related to the career of one of history's most storied barons. Includes full LOA from JSA: EX/MT $9,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 360 Significant Michael Jordan autographed UNC Tarheels sneakers from his NCAA Championship Freshman season c.1981-82. Pair of white leather Converse All-Stars have each been signed on the outer heel, "Michael Jordan" and inscribed "1982 NCAA Championship" in ink rating 8 out of 10. Size (12.5) with light evident usage wear remaining in an outstanding state of overall preservation. An included letter of provenance relays that they were gifted to a store owner near Chapel Hill, NC just after the 1982 season and traces ownership to the present day. Jordan joined Legendary Coach Dean Smith and the Tarheels for the 1981 season and would lead them to the 1981-82 NCAA Championship. For his efforts he was named ACC Freshman of The Year. He spent a total of (3) seasons playing at the school averaging 17.7 PPG and was a consensus All-American his Sophomore and Junior years. On the cusp of immortality Jordan entered the NBA Draft one year shy of graduation and remarkably the man who would go on to be called the greatest of all-time was not selected until the third pick. The ensuing years saw record books completely rewritten and the sport changed forever as Jordan cemented his legacy as one of the great names in American sports history. The offered represent what are very likely the earliest documented Jordan sneakers to have surfaced with particular note to his own handwritten "1982" dated inscription. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions, letter of provenance, and individual LOAs from PSA/DNA: Sneakers EX, Sigs. EX/MT-NM $10,000.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 439 Mickey Mantle professional model baseball bat c.1950-60 (MEARS A8). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Mantle facsimile signature in the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 32.6oz. Model number "K55" is factory stamped in the knob. As noted in the accompanying documentation the bat "exhibits heavy use with deeply embedded lace marks present predominantly on back of the barrel". The barrel of the bat has had some professional restoration to an area of deadwood and an after market stamping neither of which remain visible. Includes LOAs from MEARS Authentication (A8) and Hunt Auctions: EX $10,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 441 Rare 1951 Joe DiMaggio World Series professional model baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with highly desirable factory stamped designation for the 1951 World Series (World Series engraving began in 1950) which would be the final games of DiMaggio+s career. Bat measures 36+ long and weighs 33.4oz. with model number D29L stamped on knob end. Trademark and barrel stampings present very nicely with bold impressions. Bat shows evident light use including ball marks, cleat marks, and grain swelling. The 1951 season culminated with another World Championship for the Yankees+ dynasty of the 1940-50s era. The title also marked the changing of the guard with the final season of the legendary career for the Yankee Clipper would give way to the young outfielder by the name of Mickey Mantle in his first season. This bat was one of only four World Series engraved bats ever ordered by DiMaggio, it also represents the final bat order of his career. Hall of Fame professional model bats with World Series designation are among the most rare and sought after of all game bats with this particular example dating to the historic final season of DiMaggio+s career. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA: EX $26,000.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $26,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 442 Rare 1966 Roberto Clemente All-Star Game professional model baseball bat (PSA/DNA GU 9). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat has Clemente facsimile signature impressed in the barrel along with "All Star Game 1966 - Saint Louis" text. It measures 36" long and weighs 37oz which appears to match an order of "U1" bats noted in factory records as having shipped that year. Evident usage wear includes stitch and cleat marks scattered about the barrel. Clemente made his 7th All-Star appearance in 1966 which was arguably his finest overall season. For his efforts he was named the National League Most Valuable Player and claimed a Gold Glove Award. One of only a handful of Clemente All-Star bats to have entered the market. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA(Graded GU 9): EX $28,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $28,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 449 Roberto Clemente 1991 Rawlings Gold Glove Hall of Fame presentational award. Highly prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Award as presented in recognition of Roberto Clemente's selection to the Gold Glove Hall of Fame. The award was created for an elite group of players who were previous recipients of the Gold Glove honor on multiple occasions to include Clemente, Willie Mays, Jim Kaat, Johnny Bench, and Brooks Robinson. Fashioned in the manner of the traditional Gold Glove with a mahogany wooden plinth base having applied brass placards with image of Clemente and titling at the bottom. Few minor surface scratches to the brass titling placard and some minor age toning to the gilt surface on the leather glove. Very rare and coveted honorarium with relation to one of the greatest defensive players in baseball history. Includes letter of provenance from the Clemente family: EX-MT $20,000.00 ($25,000-$30,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 466 Fine 1960 Dick Groat National League Batting Championship presentational silver bat. Classic Louisville Slugger presentational silver bat awarded to Groat for his National League leading .325 batting average during the Pirates Championship season. Bat measures 34+ long and weighs a total of (53) ounces fashioned of solid sterling silver which is hallmarked on one end. -Batting Champion 1960 National League .325+ titling is impressed in the barrel along with a Louisville Slugger 125 model centerbrand and Groat facsimile signature. Fine overall condition with a hint of light handling wear including some small indentations on either end which have no effect on display value. One of the most significant award pieces with which a player can be bestowed and among the more desirable in the collecting field. Includes letter of provenance from Dick Groat: EX-EX/MT $19,000.00 ($20,000-$40,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $19,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 467 Important Dick Groat 1960 National League Most Valuable Player award. With one swing of the bat in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, Bill Mazeroski+s walk off home run crowned an incredible 1960 season delivering the Pittsburgh Pirates the World Championship. While Mazeroski deservedly captured the glory with his iconic home run and Roberto Clemente delivered another stellar 1960 season another Pittsburgh Pirate player may well have been more responsible for the success of that season than any other. Dick Groat enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1960 with a .325 batting average, (186) base hits, and (26) doubles in addition to exceptional fielding statistics and NL All-Star team selection. Groat also had several key plays in the World Series to contribute to the Pirates victory including a crucial double play and two RBIs. The award itself measures 16+ across having an octagonal sterling silver placard affixed at front with 10K gold appointments to include bust of K.M. Landis positioned below the second base position of a baseball diamond. -Richard M. Groat+ engraved 10K gold nameplate below -Most Valuable Player National League+ titling, -Pittsburgh Pirates+ team name, and a crossed bats/baseball applique which notes year, -1960.+ Marked, -Dieges & Clust Sterling+ at lower front and their original manufacturer+s label remains in place on the back. Overall condition is outstanding with minimal surface wear to the metalwork and only typical minor age wear to the wooden plaque. Groat joined Honus Wagner, Paul Waner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Barry Bonds, and Andrew McCutchen in the group of Pirates pantheons who had won the National League+s most coveted honor. Superlative rarity which is being offered for the first time publicly. Includes letter of provenance from Dick Groat: NM $34,525.00 ($40,000-$60,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $34,525.00
See a Picture of this Item 490 Fine Ted Williams autographed professional model glove with exceptional provenance c.1938-40. Ted Williams and Wilbert Wiley grew up within a typical group of young boys that loved playing the game of baseball. The two young men would head down to the North Park Playground to play baseball almost on a daily basis in the San Diego area neighborhood where they lived. "Wilbert Wiley was my first real boyhood pal." remarked Ted Williams. "It was right here that you and I used to play together with a ball that was wrapped in black tape, or white t ape once in a while. We used to throw curveballs at one another when he'd get off his paper route with enough light to play. Curveballs, curveballs, and then I'd go out and throw him curveballs, curveballs." as relayed by Williams about Wiley during 1992 interview. History now tells us that those endless sessions of curveballs served Ted Williams very well as he ascended quickly through the Minor League system and onto an iconic Hall of Fame career with the Boston Red Sox. Ted Williams never forgot Wilbert Wiley or any other of his young friends often keeping in touch with them over the years and on occasion sharing fond memories at that very field where it all began. In a 1992 interview at the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego Williams recounted, "I did hit my first home run here. It was 280 feet or something. Maybe 250 feet. It was just a fly ball but it was a big thing to me. Now, the last I heard is that I hit it over the street, or maybe those houses". In corroboration of that life long bond Ted Williams shared with Wilbert Wiley we are pleased to offer a professional model baseball glove used by Ted Williams which was presented to Wiley. Rawlings left handed glove is a top of the line "BH" (Billy Herman) model which at the time of issue had unusual lacing which ran through the tip of each finger (no longer present). The web between thumb and forefinger is presently a leather lace but at the time of production was a different $60,000.00 ($50,000-$100,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $60,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 520 Exceedingly scarce Joe Jackson autographed baseball displaying as single signature example c.1938. Reach Official American League baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Joe Jackson" in fountain pen rating 5/6-6 out of 10. The ball has mild toning and areas of scattered surface wear throughout. . In addition, the ball has been signed by approx. (6) members of the1938 Detroit Tigers: Elden Auker, Rudy York, Tom Bridges, and Don Ross. The additional signatures are generally less prominent in nature and range between 1 to 4 out of 10. None of the Tigers player's signatures effect the Jackson autograph or display. Desirably, the Joe Jackson autograph displays as a lone signature on a side panel. With no documented single signature Joe Jackson baseballs known to exist the offered example may well be the lone surviving specimen to be considered for that vaunted collecting category. Jackson's autograph remains one of the most desirable and elusive across the entire spectrum of collectibles. As a product of a rural upbringing it is famously well documented that he struggled with literacy and writing skills throughout his entire life. On rare occasions however Joe Jackson was able to essentially "draw" his signature as evident with the offered example in its crude formation and deliberate appearance. In our 26 year company history we have handled less than (10) items of any type having been authentically signed by Joe Jackson. The value of a pure single signature Joe Jackson baseball is simply incalculable. With no known examples having surfaced in the last 100 years since his professional baseball debut the odds of such a baseball being discovered are almost non existent. Incredible opportunity to acquire one of the holy grails of autograph collecting with noted importance as a single signature display example. Includes full LOA from JSA: Ball :VG-EX, Signature: VG-EX $64,350.00 ($75,000-$100,000) Closed to Online Pre-Bidding $64,350.00