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Back Items For The Auction of July 14, 2009  
 
  Lot Number Item Description Est. Price Range Sold For Price
 
See a Picture of this Item 101 Perez-Steele "Celebration" baseball postcard set with (38) autographed cards. 38 of 44 cards in the set are signed including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Chandler, Dickey, Killebrew, Banks, Hunter, Musial, Reese, Mize, Berra and Snider. Signatures rate 9-10 out of 10. All cards have matching serial number "02631/10,000". Includes its full original cased presentational box and accompanying album. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($750-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 102 Lot of (4) auto. Perez Steele HOF postcards. Includes Ted Williams (2), Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. Signatures rate 9 out of 10 with exception of DiMaggio (7-8/10). Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 103 Billy Martin single signed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed by Martin in blue ink across the sweet spot. Signature rates 8/9 out of 10. The ball itself has some minor age toning to a few areas. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX-EX/MT, Signature: NM ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 104 Hank Aaron single signed baseball w/ rare notations. Clean B. Giamatti NL baseball is signed across a side panel in blue ink by Hank Aaron. Aaron has added his uncommon notations "Home Run King" and "755". Signature and inscriptions rate 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($400-$500) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 105 1985 Perez Steele "Great Moments" commemorative cabinet card set with (31) autographed cards. Complete set of Series #'s 1-9 includes (108) cards total along with their original boxes numbered 4,027 out of 5,000 produced. Very attractive color set in the manner of early 1900s tobacco cabinet cards includes (31) autographed examples. Signed cards include Mantle, Williams, Musial, Spahn, Banks, Berra, Snider, Gehringer, Hubbell, Mize, Koufax, Kaline, Aaron, Reese, and Ford. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 106 500 Home Run Club auto. poster. 22"x37" (visible area) color poster by Ron Lewis is signed by (11) members of the 500 HR Club incl. Williams, F. Robinson, Killebrew, Jackson, Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Schmidt, Banks, Mathews, and McCovey in blue sharpie. Additionally signed by artist Ron Lewis and numbered "674/1,000". Signatures rate 9 out of 10. Matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,000) $950.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 107 500 Home Run Club autographed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed by (11) members of the 500 HR Club including Mantle, Williams, Aaron, Banks, Mays, Jackson, Robinson, McCovey, Killebrew, Mathews, and Schmidt. Mantle and Williams display beautifully across the sweet spot. The ball itself has a few very minor toning spots mentioned for accuracy only. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,250) $1,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 108 Willie Mays "The Catch" display incl. signed photo and ticket stub. Framed display commemorates one of the greatest defensive plays in World Series history with an 8"x10" photo of "The Catch" signed by Mays in silver sharpie. Signature rates 8-9 out of 10. Photo is matted together with a ticket stub from Game 1 of the 1954 World Series in which the play occurred. Stub has multiple light creases, grading VG-EX. Includes LOA from JSA. ($400-$500) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 109 Scarce Willie Mays full name single signed baseball. Pristine official Selig MLB baseball is signed across the sweet by Willie Mays in very scarce full name format, "Willie Howard Mays Jr." Highly desirable Willie Mays full name signature baseball is one of only a handful to have entered the collecting market. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($750-$1,000) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 110 1978 "Willie Mays" large format serigraph by LeRoy Neiman. Framed 28"x30" color serigraph depicts the legendary slugger as a member of the New York Mets based on the original abstract painting by noted artist LeRoy Neiman. Numbered "299/300" from the limited edition of 300. Serigraph is signed by artist LeRoy Neiman at the bottom right margin in pencil. Signatures rates 10 out of 10. Fine example of one of Neiman's earlier and scarcer baseball serigraphs. Archivally matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($1,500-$2,000) $2,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 111 Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider autographed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed by the three Hall of Fame players in blue ink with signatures rating 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $390.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 112 Mickey Mantle autographed large format photograph. Oversized 16"x20" color photograph picturing Mantle at bat is signed across the front in blue sharpie. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 113 Mickey Mantle World Series Home Run ticket display piece with autographed photograph. Handsome 43 1/2"x45" matted and framed display piece features an impressive arrangement of original ticket stubs from Mickey Mantle's World Series home runs. In 1932, Babe Ruth set a record of 15 career home runs hit in World Series play, a mark many thought would never be broken. That was, until a young blond haired player from Commerce, OK burst onto the scene in 1951. Mickey Charles Mantle would finish his career with an unbelievable of 18 home runs in World Series play. Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Sal Maglie, and Curt Simmons were all victims of Mantle's thunderous batting. The offered display contains (16) original World Series ticket stubs corresponding to Mantle's home runs. Notables include: 1956 Game #5 (Don Larsen's perfect game), 1958 Game #2 (Mantle hits two home runs), 1960 Game #2 (Mantle hits two home runs), and 1963 Game #4 (Mantle hits record tying home run off of Sandy Koufax). The majority of the stubs grade EX or better: Range VG-NM. The display also includes a collage of (19) Topps Finest Mickey Mantle retro cards: Range NM-MT. Center image is a 14"x21" UDA portrait of Mantle by noted photographer Neil Leifer. The photo is signed by Mantle and Leifer in black sharpie in the bottom margin and os numbered "135/500": NM. Very substantive display piece with extensive breakdown value. Includes LOA's from UDA and JSA pertaining to the autograph. ($10,000-$15,000) $10,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 114 Mickey Mantle single signed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed across the sweet spot with "1710 K's" notation in blue ink. Signature and salutation rate 9 out of 10 with the ball displaying some minor age toning spots to a few panels. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX-MT, Signature: NM ($1,000-$1,500) $990.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 115 Mickey Mantle UDA auto. baseball bat with "NO. 7" inscription. Louisville Slugger 125 Mickey Mantle model bat measures 34" long and has been signed by Mantle in blue sharpie at the barrel end. Signature rates 8 out of 10. Includes Upper Deck Authenticated COA, LOA from PSA/DNA, and LOA from JSA: NM ($2,000-$3,000) $2,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 116 Mickey Mantle single signed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed boldly across the sweet spot by Mantle in blue ink rating a resounding 9/10 out of 10. The ball itself remains in nearly pristine original condition. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 117 Mickey Mantle single signed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed across the sweet spot with "No. 7" inscription in blue ink. Signature and notation rate 9/10 out of 10. The ball itself has a few very minor areas of toning mentioned for accuracy only. Includes its original UDA satchel/box, LOA from JSA, and COA from Upper Deck Authenticated: Ball: EX/MT-NM, Signature: NM ($1,000-$1,500) $900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 118 Mickey Mantle autographed jersey. Mickey Mantle 1952 New York Yankees replica road jersey is signed by Mantle in blue sharpie across the front. Signature rates 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($2,500-$3,500) $2,661.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 119 Mickey Mantle single signed baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed across the sweet spot by Mantle with desirable "536 HR's" inscription. Ball itself has a few relatively minor age spots. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signature: NM ($750-$1,000) $425.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 120 Mickey Mantle single signed portrait baseball. B.Brown AL ball is signed across the sweet spot in blue ink rating 9 out of 10. The side panel of the ball features a color portrait of Mantle in Yankees uniform. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($750-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 121 Mickey Mantle auto. 1952 Bowman artwork print. Matted and framed 16"x22" print of Gerry Dvorak artwork is signed by Mantle across the front in blue sharpie. Signature rates 9 out of 10. Print is also signed by the artist and numbered 184/450. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($400-$500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 122 Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio autographed photograph. Black and white 8"x10" image of the two Yankee greats is signed across the front by both players in blue sharpie rating 10 out of 10. Includes LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA: NM-MT ($750-$1,250) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 123 New York Yankees HOF'er and Old Timers autographed bat. Louisville Slugger Mickey Mantle store model baseball bat is signed by an incredible (148) New York Yankees players to include Mantle, Ford, Berra, Torre, Jackson, Gossage, Larsen, Guidry, John, Piniella, McDougald, Mattingly, Murcer, Winfield, Skowron, Lopez, Lemon, Dent, Randolph, Rizzuto, Slaughter, Hunter, Colavito, and Sain. Incredible and quite likely unique assemblage of Yankees signatures remains in fine overall condition. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($1,500-$2,500) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 124 Lot of (2) Mickey Mantle single signed baseballs. Includes B.Brown AL ball (near white) signed by Mantle across the sweet spot in blue ink rating 9 out of 10: NM-MT and a lightly toned B.Brown AL ball signed across the sweet spot by Mantle in black ink rating 7/8 out of 10: EX/MT-NM. Includes LOA from JSA (both balls) and (1) LOA from PSA/DNA (for ball #1 only, blue ink) ($750-$1,250) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 125 "Yankee Legends" autographed poster. Framed 24"x32" color poster is signed by Yankee Legends Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Dave Winfield, Catfish Hunter, Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Bob Lemon, Enos Slaughter, Reggie Jackson, and Phil Rizzuto. Signed by artist Ron Lewis at the bottom margin. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 126 Lot of (4) Joe DiMaggio autographed photographs. Two pairs of signed color photographs picture DiMaggio in Yankees uniform. Black sharpie signatures rate 9/10 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($400-$500) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 127 Joe DiMaggio autographed large format photograph. Matted and framed 16"x20" black and white photo of DiMaggio batting is signed in blue sharpie at the bottom margin. Numbered 542/194. Includes notarized COA picturing DiMaggio signing the run of photos and LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($300-$400) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 128 1998 Joe DiMaggio "The DiMaggio Cut" auto. large format serigraph by LeRoy Neiman. Framed 30 3/4"x38 1/2" color serigraph depicts the Yankee Clipper in a dramatic follow through swinging pose based on the original abstract painting by noted artist LeRoy Neiman. Numbered "233/458" from the edition of 458. Serigraph is signed by DiMaggio and artist LeRoy Neiman at the bottom margin in pencil. Signatures rate 10 out of 10. Large and visually impressive serigraph of the New York Yankee legend. Archivally matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($2,500-$3,500) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 129 Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams autographed display pieces. Includes Mickey Mantle autographed 14"x21" color poster by Richard Stephen Simon featuring a full panel of Mantle's career statistics. Signed by Mantle in blue sharpie: NM-MT; and Ted Williams autographed color lithographic poster depicting several poses of Williams signed at the bottom in black sharpie. Numbered 322/521 and includes an original COA from the Decathlon Sports Print Series: NM-MT. Includes LOA from JSA. ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 130 Ted Williams autographed large format photograph. Matted and framed 16"x20" black and white image of Williams posed in the dugout is signed very boldly in blue sharpie across the front. Includes LOA from JSA and Upper Deck Authenticated COA: NM-MT ($300-$400) $275.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 131 Ted Williams autographed baseball bat. Louisville Slugger Ted Williams model commemorative bat is signed across the barrel in blue sharpie. Numbered 390 of 406 issued, the barrel of the bat has stampings commemorating Williams' 1941 batting average of .406. Includes LOA from JSA and COA from a notary public: NM-MT ($750-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 132 1995 Babe Ruth "The Babe" serigraph by LeRoy Neiman. Framed 18"x23 5/8" color serigraph depicts baseball's most legendary figure based on the original abstract painting by noted artist LeRoy Neiman. Numbered "137/285" from the edition of 285. Serigraph is signed by artist LeRoy Neiman at the bottom margin in pencil rating 10 out of 10. Ruth is deftly captured in a characteristic home run pose, watching a ball sail off his bat and over the outfield wall. Although Neiman prides himself on normally working from life, for this work he searched the photographic archives for an image that was both instantly recognizable and expressive of character. It is a fitting perspective of the most prolific baseball players of all time, from one of today's premiere sports artists. Archivally matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($750-$1,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 133 Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Bob Doerr autographed baseball bat. Cooperstown Bat Co. commemorative bat is signed in blue sharpie by the three Boston Red Sox HOF players. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($400-$600) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 134 Fine Babe Ruth single signed baseball. Attractive off white Frick NL baseball is signed across the sweet spot by Babe Ruth in black fountain pen. The signature contrasts boldly against the clean background of the white leather rating 8 out of 10. The ball itself remains notably clean with intact manufacturer stampings remaining boldly visible. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($15,000-$20,000) $14,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 135 Rare Lou Gehrig single signed baseball c.1938-39. Lightly toned Frick NL ball has been signed on a side panel by Lou Gehrig in black fountain pen. Gehrig's later career signature style displays nicely at a rating of 6/7 out of 10. The ball itself remains fairly clean overall with only some minor surface nicks. Single signature exemplars of Lou Gehrig are notably rare with very few having entered the marketplace over the years. Includes LOA from JSA: EX ($7,500-$10,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 136 Fine Lou Gehrig autographed Christmas card c.1930s. Charming period Christmas card with a traditional holiday scene on the exterior has been signed on the interior by Lou Gehrig. Black fountain pen signature remains in nearly pristine as signed condition rating 9/10 out of 10. The card itself is also notably clean with some soiling to the top left corner of the exterior front. Rare and high condition grade Gehrig signed holiday card is among the finest that we have seen offered. Includes LOA from JSA: Card: EX/MT-Nm, Signature: NM-MT ($10,000-$15,000) $9,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 137 Babe Ruth autographed cut signature. Period green paper 4"x6" album page contains an affixed 4" long cut signature of Babe Ruth. Ruth has signed in pencil rating 8 out of 10. Dated neatly in pencil at the top of the page, "June 10, 1938 Night of Sports". Includes LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($2,500-$3,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 138 Vintage baseball autograph album with Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. Period leather bound album measuring 5"x6" contains (18) signatures including Ruth and Foxx. Ruth has signed in black fountain pen rating 9 out of 10, and Foxx has signed below in pencil rating 8 out of 10. Both signatures could be easily separated if so desired. Includes LOA from JSA: Book: VG-EX, Signatures: NM ($2,500-$3,500) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 139 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball c.1927. Lightly toned and clear coated B.Johnson AL baseball (1927 manufacturer stampings) is signed by Ruth on the sweet spot and Gehrig on the adjacent side panel. Babe Ruth's signature rates 7 out of 10 displaying nicely on the sweet sot. Side panel is signed, "To Roy Pinelli from Lou Gehrig" ranging from 6-7 out of 10. The ball itself displays nicely with some minor surface wear. Fine Ruth and Gehrig signed exemplar dating specifically to the 1927 era. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: EX-EX/MT ($3,500-$4,500) $5,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 140 Babe Ruth single signed baseball. Cream colored baseball (stampings not visible) is signed across the sweet spot by Babe Ruth in black fountain pen. Signature rates 6 out of 10. The ball itself has some minor surface soiling to a few areas along with several small abrasions. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($3,500-$4,500) $4,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 141 Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken dual-signed album page display. One of a kind display piece features Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr.'s autographs on a single album page. Gehrig has signed his name in bold pencil, and Cal has added the following inscription in ink along with his signature: "Lou, I'm sure you didn't set out to play 2130 games in a row, I didn't either. But I'm sure proud of what it represents. A sense of responsibility and a personal commitment to the team." The album page is matted and framed with a 16"x20" color photo of Cal in front of Lou's monument plaque at Yankee Stadium, and inset between their yellow Hall of Fame plaque postcards. Measures 29"x32" overall. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($2,000-$3,000) $2,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 142 Fine Connie Mack single signed baseball. Exceptionally clean Spalding "Official League" baseball is signed across the sweet spot by legendary HOF manager Connie Mack in blue ink. Signature rates 9 out of 10 with a date of "August 20th, 1947" penned in Mack's hand on the panel below the autograph. The ball itself displays in nearly original as issued condition with no visible defects. One of the finest condition grade exemplars of a Mack single signed baseball that we have handled. Includes LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA: NM ($2,000-$3,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 143 Al Brancato Philadelphia Athletics professional model hat c.1939-45. Classic royal blue hat retains its white "A" on the front. Interior leather band has a Spalding tag and "6 1/2 A.Brancato" chain stitched in green. The hat shows heavy use while remaining fully intact. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: VG-EX ($400-$500) $900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 144 Fine 1923-25 Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 36" long and weighs 37.5oz. Both the Louisville Slugger centerbrand (1921-31 labeling) and the "Babe Ruth" facsimile name stampings on the barrel remain quite pronounced. The bat presents perfect evidence of use including ball stitching impressions, grain swelling, and cleat marks. Bat retains its beautiful, original finish exhibiting a rich, deep brown color. The handle once had a typical crack from usage which has been professionally repaired. Babe Ruth's position as the most prolific figure in baseball history is rightly proportionate to his standing in the field of baseball collectibles. No object embodies Ruth's persona greater than a bat he personally used, the ultimate tool of his trade. The offered example is a superior specimen, dating to 1923-25 according to factory records. During that time, Ruth's transition from Boston to New York turned the baseball world on its head, gave birth to the greatest dynasty in team sports, and restored baseball as America's National Pastime in the wake of the infamous Black Sox scandal. With regard to era, ideal usage characteristics, and display quality, this bat ranks as a superb exemplar dating to the prime of Ruth's storied career. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions, Inc. and MEARS (Graded A8). ($50,000-$75,000) $40,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 145 New York Yankees autographed baseball c.1930. Toned and clear coated official AL ball (stampings faded) is signed by (9) players including Ruth, Gehrig, Pennock, Ruffing, and Shawkey. Sigs range from 3-7 out of 10 with a small portion of the "R" in Ruth having some period enhancement. Dated "1930" on the ball in period ink. Includes LOA from JSA: VG ($1,500-$2,500) $1,675.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 146 1932 Philadelphia Athletics/Chicago White Sox multi-signed baseball incl. Jimmie Foxx. Toned and soiled Harridge AL ball features (7) signatures including Philadelphia A's players Jimmie Foxx, Bing Miller, George Earnshaw and Jack Hayes. Also appearing on the ball are signatures from Chicago White Sox players Ralph "Red" Kress (sharing the sweet spot with Jimmie Foxx), Sam Jones and Jimmie Dykes. A period date notation "Aug. 7, 1932" is written on the ball, a day in which the Athletics hosted the White Sox for a doubleheader at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The date notation, combination of signatures, and characteristics of the ball itself strongly suggest this ball was used in one of the two games. Signatures rate 7-8 out of 10 minimally. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($750-$1,000) $825.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 147 Jimmie Foxx autographed album page. Unlined 4 1/2"x5" blue album page is signed by Foxx in black fountain pen. Signature rates 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $363.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 148 Connie Mack auto. large studio portrait photograph. 10 1/4"x13 1/2" studio portrait of Mack in formal attire is inscribed, "Henry Penn Burke, Very Best Wishes, Connie Mack" in white ink. Signature and inscription rate 8 out of 10. Photo itself is very clean with nice original contrast. Pencil signed by photographer H.M. Wagner in lower right margin. Embossed Wagner's Studio (Phila.) stamp is also present in lower right corner. A few light creases are present on borders and a small puncture is apparent at bottom border, not affecting central image. Includes LOA from JSA: EX ($300-$500) $275.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 149 Scarce Eddie Collins professional model baseball bat with Hillerich & Bradsby Co. factory label c.1920s. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35" long and weighs 33oz. The bat displays heavy use including ball marks, defined stitching impressions, period handle crack, pine tar residue, portions of a vintage return shipping label as sent back to the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., and (7) metal "studs" which once held a paperboard shipping label (vestiges of label remain under studs, studs were left for originality but could be easily removed/restored if so desired). Both the Louisville Slugger mfg. stampings and Eddie Collins facsimile signature remain very strong. Collins is one of the most elusive game bats of the 3,000 hit club to obtain with a scant few documented exemplars having surfaced. The offered bat remains in a stunning state of originality and as such must be considered one of, if not the, finest Eddie Collins game bats extant. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions:VG-EX ($10,000-$15,000) $8,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 150 Multi-signed baseball featuring (18) Hall of Famers incl. Ruth, Cobb and Foxx c.1940s. Off white Harridge AL ball features an extraordinary assemblage of (34) autographs incl. (18) marquis Hall of Famers in addition to former New York Yankees stars. Hall of Famers include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, George Sisler, Ed Walsh, Chief Bender, Charlie Gehringer, Harry Hooper, Herb Pennock, Lefty Grove, Ray Schalk, Red Faber, Frank Baker, Red Ruffing, Earle Combs and Waite Hoyt. Remaining signatures, consisting mostly of former Yankees, include Bob Muesel, Duffy Lewis, Red Rolfe, Wilcy Moore, Bob Shawkey, Roger Peckinpaugh, Joe Dugan, Mark Koenig, Everett Scott, Joe Judge, etc. Signatures rate 6-9 out of 10, averaging 7-8. Ball appears unused with light stampings. This ball was likely signed at some type of reunion event and contains one of the most significant accumulations of prominent Hall of Fame autographs of any ball we've ever handled. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA (full) and JSA: Ball: EX-MT, Signatures: Range EX/MT-MT ($10,000-$15,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 151 Jimmie Foxx autographed 1939 World's Fair Laurel Card. Cardboard stock participation card was issued for the 1939 World's Fair in conjunction with the Academy of Sport "School of Baseball". Card has been signed in black fountain pen at the bottom by Jimmie Foxx rating 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: Card: EX-MT, Signature: NM-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 152 Arky Vaughan autographed 1939 World's Fair Laurel Card. Cardboard stock participation card was issued for the 1939 World's Fair in conjunction with the Academy of Sport "School of Baseball". Card has been signed in black fountain pen at the bottom by Arky Vaughan rating 8 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: Card: EX-MT, Signature: NM ($300-$400) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 153 Lloyd and Paul Waner autographed 1939 World's Fair Laurel Cards. Cardboard stock participation cards were issued for the 1939 World's Fair in conjunction with the Academy of Sport "School of Baseball". Cards have been signed in black fountain pen at the bottom by Paul and Lloyd Waner rating 8/9 out of 10 each. Includes LOA from JSA: Cards: EX-MT, Signatures: NM ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 154 Chuck Klein autographed 1939 World's Fair Laurel Card. Cardboard stock participation card was issued for the 1939 World's Fair in conjunction with the Academy of Sport "School of Baseball". Card has been signed in black fountain pen at the bottom by Chuck Klein rating 7/8 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: Card: EX-MT, Signature: NM ($300-$400) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 155 Collection of (16) autographed 1939 World's Fair Laurel Cards. Cardboard stock participation cards were issued for the 1939 World's Fair in conjunction with the Academy of Sport "School of Baseball". Cards have been signed in black fountain pen at the bottom by the following: Joe Cronin, Joe Medwick, Bob Feller, Dom DiMaggio, (2) Curt Davis, Red Rolfe, Stanley Hack, Harry Lavagetto, Joe Marty, Billy Sullivan, Dixie Walker, Dolph Camilli, Bump Hadley, Schoolboy Rowe, and Fred Hutchinson. Signatures range from 7 to 9 out of 10. Very fine grouping with excellent breakdown value. Includes LOA from JSA: Cards: EX-MT, Signatures: Range EX/MT to NM/MT ($1,500-$2,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 156 George Kelly Player Release autographed by Barney Dreyfuss. Dated Aug. 13, 1917 original player release for HOF'er George Kelly was signed by Pittsburgh Pirates magnate and HOF member Barney Dreyfuss. Black fountain pen signature rates 9 out of 10. The lot includes an additional 1917 release of George Kelly signed by H. Hempstead and the original mailing envelope from the Dreyfuss release. Includes LOA from JSA: EX-MT ($500-$750) $2,150.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 157 Barney Dreyfuss autographed 1930 Pittsburgh Pirates Season pass. Original 2 1/2"x4" cardboard season pass issued to Mrs. Max Carey has been signed by Hall of Fame member Barney Dreyfuss. Black fountain pen signature display nicely at the bottom rating 9 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: EX-MT ($500-$750) $2,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 158 KiKi Cuyler 1939 handwritten letter. Two-page letter was handwritten on both sides of a single sheet of Chattanooga Baseball Association, Inc. stationary to Kiki's son Harold Cuyler. Cuyler writes, "Dear Harold, Glad you are getting along o.k. and hope you get at Base Ball soon too. Imagine Jimmy is making arrangements for you. Believe you should write him so he will keep it fresh in his mind and can write you for arrangements. I am sending along some money to keep away the wolves. Will be leaving on the 8th so write me before I leave. Was going to write on the back of that sheet but found I had written some Spring Training dope. I am glad you are so interested in Base Ball. It takes just that to make a success of anything. Love, Dad p.s. If you want to know any particulars ask." All writing rates 9 out of 10. Includes original transmittal envelope addressed in Cuyler's hand. Includes LOA from JSA: EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $360.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 159 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates foldout postcard. Accordion style card issued by W.M. Dick Co. features individual player photos incl. Wagner, Clarke, and Leach on interior and an image of Forbes Field on back. Interior player images are well preserved, with exterior showing mild age toning and slight wear including partially detached enclosure flap: VG-EX ($750-$1,000) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 160 Honus Wagner 1913 handwritten postcard from Wagner's estate. Honus Wagner sent this postcard from Cleveland to his future wife, Bessie Smith, in 1913 while on a road trip with the Pirates. The front pictures a steamship entering a harbor. On the reverse he writes, "Oct 6-13 10p.m. Hello Budy (nickname). Just a line. About 4 hours away. I suppose you are enjoying this fine Fall wheather [sic]. So am I. How are the folks? Hope they are O.K." He has signed it "Jay". It is written and addressed entirely in Wagner's hand. This postcard originates from the Honus Wagner estate and is accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from Wagner's granddaughter. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA: VG-EX ($500-$750) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 161 Paul Waner professional model baseball bat c.1926-31. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34" long and weighs 39oz. The bat presents handsomely with a deep, rich brown patina and heavy evident use including ball marks, stitching impressions, grain swelling, and a professionally repaired handle crack. Pronounced lathe marks are visible on both barrel and knob ends with Hillerich & Bradsby stampings and player facsimile signature stampings remaining quite bold. Exceptional vintage game bat from one of the premier batsman of the 1920-30s era and one of more elusive bats to acquire of the vaunted 3,000 hit club. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and has Mears Authentication hologram affixed to the barrel end: VG-EX ($3,000-$4,000) $3,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 162 Honus Wagner autographed personal check. Dated May 2, 1918 personal check was executed and signed by Honus Wagner, "John H. Wagner". Black fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. The check itself has a corner chip at the lower left. Includes LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM (with note to corner chip) ($1,500-$2,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 163 Harold "Pie" Traynor auto. baseball. Bright white unmarked baseball is signed across the sweet spot by HOF'er Pie Traynor with full name in sepia colored ink. Signature rates 7 out of 10. The ball itself has a clean, fresh appearance having benefited from some surface enhancement. Displays well as Traynor single. Includes LOA from JSA: Apparent NM w/ note to enhancement. ($500-$750) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 164 1909 NL Champion Pittsburgh Pirates celluloid mirror. Superb example of this fragile early piece features individual vignette photos of the Pirates players. Honus Wagner is rendered in remarkable detail and clarity. Celluloid side shows minimal surface and edge wear, while mirror side remains uncracked showing some minor rusting. Remarkable condition example given its age and nature of intended usage. Measures 2" diameter: EX-MT ($750-$1,000) $900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 165 1924 Washington Senators team autographed baseball. Lightly toned B.Johnson AL ball is signed by (20) members of the World Champion Senators incl. Walter Johnson and H. ["Muddy"] Ruel both on the SS, Harris, Judge, Bluege, Peckinpaugh, Mogridge, Marberry, Ogden, Russell, Zachary, Altrock, Shacht, Shirley, Tate, Hargrave, Leibold, McNeely, Rice and Goslin. Sigs range from 5/6 to 8 out of 10. The '24 group is the only World Championship for the Nation's Capitol and remains a highly coveted ball among collectors. Very fine and complete example of this desirable team signature baseball. Includes LOA from JSA: EX ($5,000-$6,000) $5,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 166 Walter Johnson autographed personal check. Dated June 25, 1941 personal check has been fully executed and signed by HOF pitcher Walter Johnson in blue fountain pen. Signature rates 9 out of 10. Check itself has a typical small center hole punch from cancellation. Includes LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($750-$1,250) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 167 Walter Johnson autographed handwritten letter. Dated Nov. 19, 1944 handwritten letter penned on Johnson's personal stationary refers to Johnson playing in several War Bond benefit games. Signed at the bottom, "Sincerely Yours, Walter" rating 8/9 out of 10. Includes its original envelope with Johnson's name/address monogram. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 168 1917 New York Giants team autographed baseball. Lightly toned Official NL baseball is signed by (26) members of the NL Champion Giants incl. Hall of Fame manager John McGraw, Jim Thorpe, the entire starting line-up, and all starting pitchers-Heinie Zimmerman, Art Fletcher, Chas. [Buck] Herzog, Al DeMaree, Geo. Burns, John Lobert, Fred Anderson, Dave Robertson, Lew McCarty, H. [Herman "Germany"] Schaefer-sitting directly above McGraw, John McGraw, H.F. [Slim] Sallee, Joe Wilhoit, Wm. Rariden, J.C. [Rube] Benton, J.J. Onslow, Thorpe, Geo. Gibson, W. Holke, J.J. [Red] Murray, Chas. [Jeff] Tesreau, F. M. [Ferd] Schupp, Jim Smith, W.D. [Pol] Perritt, Al Baird, B. [Bernie] Kauff, and a H. [Germany] Schaefer. Thorpe's signature dates the ball to the early part of the season as he was sold to the Reds mid-year. And while it is not known exactly why Schaefer was present, he was a good friend of McGraw's and was himself a baseball legend. It is likely that he was scouting for the Giants at the time - something he was known to do and something he was in the process of doing when he died in May of 1919 at the age of just 43. Schaefer's signature is one of the most coveted of all non-hall of fame autographs by collectors. It is exceedingly rare in any form and this is the first we have witnessed on a ball. Sigs range from 2/3 to 7 out of 10 with the vast majority remaining clearly legible. Pre-1920 championship team signed baseballs of quality are exceedingly rare with the offered example among the finest we have encountered. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: Range GD/VG-EX/MT ($4,000-$5,000) $4,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 169 Significant Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson autographed photograph c.1911. Classic image of the two great deadball era pitchers shaking hands on the field is one of the more recognizable baseball images of the period. The photograph was likely taken during spring training on March 29, 1911 in Atlanta, GA, which marked the first meeting of Johnson and Mathewson. Exhibiting excellent composition and detail, the photo remains on its original mount which has losses primarily to the top left and bottom right corner areas. The bottom portion of the mount has been signed by both Johnson and Mathewson in period fountain pen. The Johnson signature remains almost fully intact rating 8 out of 10. Tragically, the majority of the last name portion of the Mathewson signature has been lost with the damage to the mount. Additionally, the photo itself has some typical surface creasing and a small surface abrasion (soiled) at the bottom left corner. The mount has a vertical tear/crease at the bottom left area which does intersect with the Johnson autograph. Image size is 7"x9" on a 10"x14" mount (original size before damage). With note to the condition grade, a case could be made that the offered piece is one of the more scarce and significant baseball signed images of its type. Incredible rarity with relation to two of the finest pitchers in baseball history. Includes LOA from JSA: Image: EX (with note to top left corner), Mount: PR, Signatures: EX (with note to missing portion) ($4,000-$6,000) $4,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 170 1908 trophy cup presented to Christy Mathewson by E.Z. Club New York newsboys. In a career full of dominant seasons, Christy Mathewson's performance in 1908 easily ranks as one of the finest pitching years in baseball's annals. Matty compiled an astounding 37-11 record with 259 strikeouts, 11 shutouts, and a 1.43 ERA. Mathewson's effort carried the New York Giants to within one game of the N.L. pennant, but it was the Cubs who prevailed that year. Shortly after the Giants' season ended, Mathewson received the offered trophy, which his family would recall was his favorite among a multitude of tributary objects he had received throughout his career and lifetime. On October 13, 1908, while the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers convened for Game 4 of the World Series, Christy Mathewson was being honored by a small, loyal segment of his fan base: newsboys. That day, the "E.Z. Club" of New York newsboys presented Matty with this 8" tall sterling-silver trophy cup, which is elegantly engraved, "To Christy Mathewson from E.Z. Club - 3397 Third Ave N.Y. - October 13 1908." Mathewson - ever the kind-hearted, consummate role model known to many as "The Christian Gentleman" - was deeply humbled by the knowledge that these hard-working young newsies had gone to great lengths to raise the funds for such an expensive tribute. The award was cherished by Mathewson above even the most prestigious in his brimming trophy case. The provenance for this trophy comes from Christy Mathewson's daughter-in-law, Peggy, who confirms the family lore regarding Matty's affection for it. The second wife of Jane and Christy Mathewson's only son, Christy Mathewson, Jr., Peggy inherited her husband's estate upon his untimely death, and thus many of her famous father-in-law's personal effects. In March of 1982, famed collector Barry Halper acquired from her a selection of Matty's trophies, along with annotated close-up photographs of the items. The offered trophy was among the group. Peggy's handwritten caption on the back of an accompanying photo of this particular trophy cup states, "Trophy presented by E.Z. Club New York newsboys and CM's favorite trophy as it had been such an effort for them to buy it." Other provenance comes in the form of photocopies of more general documents verifying Peggy's status as the executor to the estate of Christy Mathewson, Jr. and Peggy's letter to Halper dated "3/3/1982" that reads, in part, "Dear Barry - I am glad that you are going to have the Christy Mathewson memorabilia, because I am sure that you will treasure it as the family did. I know that Jane Mathewson [Christy's wife] would be very pleased to know that it is being taken care of ..." The trophy remains in excellent original condition with no structural faults. That Mathewson preferred such an understated design in comparison to other, more impressive awards, speaks to his genuine appreciation for the every day fans who adored him. Unique opportunity to acquire a cherished relic from one of baseball's greatest and most humble legends: EX-MT ($7,000-$10,000) $6,086.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 171 1912 New York Giants Opening Day invitation and ticket. Rare, full unused invitation/ticket was issued for the opening day game played at New York's Polo Grounds on April 18, 1912 between Brooklyn and New York. The invitation measures 4"x6 1/2" retaining its fully intact original rain check. Very clean overall with four tiny adhesive residue areas at the corners on the back, likely from scrapbook removal. First example that we have handled: EX-MT ($750-$1,250) $750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 172 Rare 1907 Brooklyn BBC accordion style postcard. Foldout postcard pictures a full team image on the back and individual player images that fold out on the interior. Total of (12) individual players are depicted including Bergen, Pastorius, Rucker, and Jordan. Back is postally used and interior and exterior are unmarked. Inherently fragile postcard remains well preserved and fairly clean: VG-EX ($400-$500) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 173 G.C. Alexander autographed photograph. Printed photographic image on cardboard stock (likely taken from a larger broadside) of Alexander pictured in full House of David baseball uniform. Signed across the front, "To My Friend George H?? From G.C. Alexander". Signature rates 9 out of 10. Rare 1920s era HOF signature piece on a desirable photographic medium. Includes LOA from JSA: Photo: EX, Signature: NM ($2,000-$3,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 174 Charles Ebbets autographed Brooklyn Dodgers Player Assignment. Dated Dec. 18, 1924 player transfer is signed at the bottom by Brooklyn Dodgers magnate Charles Ebbets. Black fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. Transfer itself has some typical mailing fold lines and some paper residue on the verso from scrapbook removal. Difficult Hall of Fame member autograph on a desirable Brooklyn Dodgers document. Includes LOA from JSA: Transfer: VG-EX, Signature: EX-MT ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 175 1911 Brooklyn Dodger's player's contract signed by Charles Ebbets. Issued to Wilburt Schardt for the 1912 season and signed by Brooklyn Dodgers President Charles Ebbets at bottom. Ebbets' signature rates 9 out of 10. Contract shows light soiling and moderate general handling wear: VG-EX/EX ($500-$750) $375.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 176 1910 Boston Red Sox vs. Harvard BBC panoramic photograph. Sepia tone image pictures both teams posed in Huntingdon Ave. Grounds for an annual game played between the respective Major League and Collegiate teams. Red Sox players pictured include Speaker, Carrigan, and Joe Wood. Retains fine contrast and clarity. Marked "Falk Photo., Boston" and measures 8"x50" in period frame with minimal evidence of wear to the visible area: EX-MT ($1,500-$2,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 177 Significant April 20, 1912 Fenway Park Opening Day panoramic photograph. Author John Updike once noted, "Fenway Park is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg." On April 20, 1912, the new Fenway Park opened its gates to the public and assumed its place in history. Seated between the Muddy River and Stony Brook, the stadium was constructed by railroad owner John Taylor, who built the park as a real estate venture on an area known as the "Fens". Ground was broken in September 1911, and although not yet complete, the first game was played on April 20, 1912 before a crowd of 27,000 fans. Appropriately, the inaugural opponent was the New York Highlanders (who later became the Yankees). The game was decided a Red Sox victory in the 10th inning on a Tris Speaker hit. The offered panoramic image of that inaugural game at Fenway measures an impressive 7"x45" framed with both teams lined up in front of the grandstand. Pictured players include Speaker, Wood, Hooper, Cicotte, Chase, Ford, and Warhop. Speaker and Wood appear twice as they ran around to the Highlanders side after the first exposure was taken. Marked "Glines photo, Washington" at top right corner. Image has two minute ink marks at the bottom edge mentioned for accuracy only and some very minimal age cracking at the top left corner area. Photo retains excellent clarity and contrast with the (presumably) red, white, and blue bunting visible behind the players. The offered example is one of only a scant few known exemplars and represents both the beginning of the legendary stadium and the storied rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox: EX-MT ($5,000-$7,500) $5,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 178 1908 "Cy Young Day" Loving Cup Presented to Cy Young. This 7" tall brass tri-handled cup was presented to Cy Young amidst the celebration of "Cy Young Day" held in Boston on August 13, 1908. At the age of 41, Cy Young's playing days were winding down, and these special festivities were planned to celebrate the most prolific career enjoyed by any pitcher before or since. Some 20,000 fans packed the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston. It was the same field where Young had thrown the first pitch of the inaugural World Series in 1903, and where he'd tossed a perfect game the following year. The event included an exhibition game in which the Red Sox faced a team comprised of Young's former teammates and other American League luminaries, including the likes of Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, and "Wee Willie" Keeler. All gate receipts from the day were gifted to Young, a figure totaling more than he had ever earned in a single year. Young pitched briefly against the opposing All-Star squad with the game being interrupted several times for presentations that included an array of trophies, trinkets, and flowers that nearly overwhelmed the legend. Among the most treasured of the gifts received by Young that day, this loving cup is simply and aptly engraved "Cy Young, The King, Aug. 13, 08." This profound artifact was cherished by Young throughout his life, as evidenced by a photograph captured in the 1950's (copy included in this lot) showing the living legend in his home proudly posing behind a table full of career mementos including this cup. It is impossible to determine exactly which individual, group or organization gifted the cup to Young; however, its position in the photo suggests that Young held the presenter in the highest regard. The cup remains in excellent original condition with no dents or structural faults and a slight degree of oxidization to the vintage patina. No attempt has been made by Hunt Auctions to polish the cup, opting instead to present it in its natural state. Given its direct photographic provenance and the significance of the event it represents, this is among the finest Cy Young related presentation pieces that we are aware of outside a major institution: EX ($15,000-$20,000) $13,043.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 179 1928 Charles Comiskey auto. letter. Typewritten letter on ornate embossed Chicago White Sox stationary addressed to an associate concerns the scouting of players with a specific interest in learning about left-handed pitching prospects. The letter is very boldly signed by Comiskey in black fountain pen. Signature rates 9 out of 10. The letter itself has light original fold lines and retains its original transmittal envelope with an embossed White Sox logo. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,000) $1,275.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 180 Wahoo Sam Crawford and Davy Jones autographed baseball. Bon Tober model baseball is signed on two side panels by Detroit Tigers outfielders Sam Crawford and Davy Jones. Crawford's signature rates 6 out of 10 while Jones' rates 5/6 out of 10 with team/dating notations underneath. Jones and Crawford played alongside Ty Cobb for many years forming a powerful defensive and offensive outfielding core for the Detroit Tigers. The ball itself has a few age toning spots. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signatures: Range VG/EX-EX ($500-$750) $925.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 181 Ty Cobb single signed baseball c.1928. Official AL ball is signed on the sweet spot in black fountain pen. The signature rates 4/5 out of 10 retaining fine display qualities. Vestiges of a barely visible ink inscription on the panel below appear to date the signature to 1928. Highly uncommon playing career era single signature baseball with rare sweet spot positioning. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: VG-EX ($2,500-$3,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 182 1933 Inaugural National League All-Star team original wire photograph. The first NL All-Star team is depicted on the field at Comiskey Park in their All-Star uniforms prior to the historic game. Among those pictured are Bill Terry, John McGraw (manager), Chuck Klein, Lefty O'Doul, Gabby Hartnett, Hack Wilson, Frank Frisch, Carl Hubbell, Paul Waner and Pie Traynor. Image demonstrates outstanding clarity and contrast with minimal wear throughout. Original paper credit on reverse describes the scene and is dated "7/6/33". Stamped on back by Acme and UPI: EX ($750-$1,000) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 183 1945 Detroit Tigers World Series pennant. Full size pennant features a Tiger graphic at the center and player names printed on a scroll at the left. The pennant exhibits some age fading, surface crazing/cracking with some wear to the original tassels: VG ($400-$500) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 184 Charlie Gehringer professional model baseball bat c. 1933-34. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34" long and weighs 33oz. Rare game bat from one of the premier batsman of the 1930s era. The bat shows fine use including cleat marks, ball marks, stitching impressions, handle crack (repaired), and an area of "scoring" to the lower grip portion of the handle. Gehringer game used bats are very seldom offered and are among the more desired of the 1920-30s Hall of Fame members. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($6,000-$8,000) $5,750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 185 Rare Detroit Tigers Briggs Stadium pinback button c.1938 and 1970 Al Kaline Day button. Pair of Tigers related buttons includes scarce 3" diam. button featuring alternating graphics of a Tiger bursting through a baseball above the fatade of newly renamed Briggs Stadium. Early button features manufacturer's markings on back by Pictorial Productions, Inc. of Mount Vernon, N.Y. Also included is 2 1/4" diam. button issued for Al Kaline Day at Tiger Stadium on Aug. 2, 1970: EX-MT and EX respectively ($400-$500) $175.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 186 Scarce 1945 Chicago Cubs Phantom World Championship pennant. Original pennant issued for the 1945 World Series incorrectly names the Chicago Cubs as World Champions. Player graphic is found at the left side with Cubs player names printed in white on the body incl. Grimm, Hack, Sauer, and Nicholson. Retains its original tassels with slight wear to the tip: EX-EX/MT ($750-$1,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 187 Ty Cobb professional model baseball bat c.1921-31. Never before seen in the marketplace, this recently discovered Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34" long and weighs 38.6oz. Dating to the latter portion of Cobb's storied career, the bat shows outstanding usage characteristics including slight checking (grain separation) from repeated ball contact on the barrel, ball stitching impressions, and cleat marks. Remnants of a vintage gripping substance appear throughout the length of the handle. The quality of the wood is outstanding, though it appears that some grain separation on the back of the barrel has been repaired with five vintage nails. The knob end shows pronounced lathe marks with a 1" chip missing from the side of the knob. Both the H&B centerbrand labeling and Cobb's facsimile signature stamped along the barrel are deeply rendered. Ty Cobb's compulsion to succeed on the diamond prompted one sportswriter to describe him as ├┤possessed by the furies.├ Cobb broke into the majors in 1905 after being purchased from the minor leagues for $750. Manager Hugh Jennings made him a regular outfielder in 1907 and Cobb became the youngest player to win the batting title. It was the first of 12 batting crowns, including nine in a row, both still records today. When he retired from the game in 1928, he held 90 major league records, most of these achieved with his bat. Most telling of his superiority is his .367 lifetime average, a daunting mark accomplished over a 24-year career that will likely never be approached. This outstanding Cobb game bat dates to the apex of his reign as baseball's most feared and dominant competitor. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($40,000-$50,000) $38,260.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 188 Collection of Ty Cobb's personal effects given by Cobb to biographer Al Stump. While collaborating on Cobb's biography "My Life in Baseball" in 1960, the book's author Al Stump became close friends with his subject and received numerous gifts from the baseball legend. This group of (8) Cobb personal effects received by Stump includes the following: 1.) Lorillard two-handled "Tiger" brand tobacco tin with Tiger head graphics on each end and product graphic on lid. "Cobb" is stenciled in aged white paint on the underside of the lid; 2.) A shaving straight razor with initials "TRC" on blade arm with original box; 3.) A leather razor strap embossed "Prop. of Ty Cobb"; 4.) A leather tobacco pouch embossed with initials "TRC"; 5.) A corn cob pipepurportedly given to Cobb by Douglas MacArthur and documented by Stump; 6.) A black and gold fountain pen with engraved "Tyrus R. Cobb"; 7.) A vintage photo of Cobb wearing Japanese kimono/robe; 8.) Original photo of Cobb giving batting instructions to a group of young boys. Also included with the lot is a copy of Stump's book "My Life in Baseball, The True Record" inscribed by the author "For Barrie Sullivan, Collector of some fine Ty Cobb possessions, who can now add this book - Best Wishes Al Stump Oct. 1981". The group is accompanied by copies of correspondence between Stump and Mr. Sullivan, detailing the provenance of these items. Impressive and well documented group of Cobb artifacts with excellent break value: Range VG/EX-EX ($2,000-$3,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 189 1939 Cincinnati Reds NL Champions souvenir pennant. Desirable vintage pennant issued for the Reds 1939 NL Championship season features a detailed batter graphic at the left side. Notably clean for its age with general light soiling its only mentionable condition note: EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 190 Rare Ford Frick single signed baseball. Lightly toned Spalding "Amherst-Williams 1959 Centennial" commemorative model baseball is signed in blue ink across a side panel. Signature rates 7/8 out of 10. The ball itself remains fairly clean overall with a small green surface mark on one side panel and a few very minor age spots on another panel. Frick served as National League President from 1934-1951 and subsequently as the Commissioner of Baseball from 1951-1965. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1970 and passed away in 1978. Single signed examples from the former Commissioner are seldom offered and highly desirable. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signature: EX/MT-NM ($1,000-$1,500) $950.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 191 1937 Boston Red Sox team auto. baseball. Lt. toned Harridge AL ball is signed by (22) players incl. Foxx, Grove, Berg, Cronin, Pennock and Doerr. Sigs. range from 4-6 out of 10. Ball is lightly soiled throughout. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX/EX ($750-$1,000) $1,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 192 1938 Boston Red Sox auto. notebook page incl. Jimmie Foxx. 3 1/2"x6" lined notebook page is neatly signed by (8) members of the 1938 Boston Red Sox incl. Dusty Cooke, Johnny Welch, Wess Ferrell, Mel Almeda, Oscar Melillo, Jimmie Foxx, Fritz Ostermueller and Lee Rogers. Black ink signatures rate 9-10 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 193 Fine Mel Ott autographed photograph by George Burke c.1939. Striking 8"x10" b&w photograph pictures Ott in a fielding posewearing his Giants road uniform with 1939 World's Fair sleeve patch. Signed in black fountain pen, "To Hershel Martin, Mel Ott". Salutation and signature rate 7 out of 10. Herschel Martin enjoyed a 7-year Major League career with the Phillies and Yankees. Stamped by noted Chicago photographer Geo. Burke on the reverse. Includes LOA from JSA:EX-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 194 Ty Cobb autographed personal check. Dated 8/21/1956 personal check was executed and signed by Ty Cobb in blue ink rating 9 out of 10. Particularly clean and crisp example. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($1,000-$1,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 195 Ben Chapman's 1933 All-Star 50th Anniversary ring. 10k gold ring was issued to Ben Chapman in 1983 during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Major League Baseball's first All-Star game. Though he played for the powerful longball-hitting Yankees teams of the 1930s before bouncing around with six other teams in both leagues, Chapman was known as a fierce base runner with skills to scratch out runs. The outfielder led the American League in steals four times and was selected to play for the American League All-Stars in 1933. The gold ring has a purple colored stone inset at the center with the words "All Star 1933" on the left shank and a baseball flag logo above the word "Baseball" on the opposite shank. Chapman's initials "BC" are engraved inside the band. Ring shows minimal wear. Size 10.5: EX/MT-NM ($500-$750) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 196 Joe Gordon store model glove and orig. photo box. Marathon Sporting Goods 4205 Joe Gordon signature model glove shows moderate use and retains some of its original silver lettering. Photographic box is for glove model 4207 and shows some scattered creasing and wear at the corners: Glove: EX, Box: VG-EX ($300-$400) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 197 Scarce 1920 Joe Sewell professional model baseball bat with factory side writing. Louisville Slugger 40K model bat measures 34.5" long and weighs 38.4oz. The bat exhibits tremendous evidence of use including ball marks, stitching impressions, grain swelling, cleat marks, repaired handle crack, and several period finish nails in the barrel area. "SEWELL" is stamped boldly in block lettering on the barrel end. Period Hillerich & Bradsby Co. factory side writing is visible on a side panel, "Joe Sewell 4-25-23 Kork". Not only do Louisville Slugger factory records reference this very bat, but Sewell also signed his player bat contract on 10/2/1920. It would be reasonable, therefore, to deduce that the offered bat was manufactured and used by Sewell during his rookie season of 1920, which was also a World Series season for his Cleveland Indians. Notable collecting obscurity dating to Sewell's rookie season and World Series year. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and LOA from MEARS Authentication (Graded A10): VG-EX ($5,000-$7,500) $5,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 198 Joe Cronin single signed baseball. Very clean Wilson Florida State League ball is signed on a side panel by Cronin in blue felt tip pen. Signature rates 8-9 out of 10. Ball itself is unused and bright white throughout. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 199 Rogers Hornsby store model baseball glove in its original box c.1930s. Rare Wilson model 648L fielder's glove features a facsimile signature of Hornsby at the bottom on the interior heel. The glove retains its original mfg. stampings and exhibits light general usage wear. Hinged lid glove box presents in very fine original condition with some typical moderate wear to a few of the corners joints and surface areas. The exterior includes a colorful design including an illustration of Hornsby on the lid. Interior lid features a color portrait of Hornsby along with endorsement of the glove model and a facsimile signature: Range EX-EX/MT ($2,000-$3,000) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 200 Reach's Burley miniature "Blue Ribbon" decal bat c.1908. Diminutive 14" bat with original wrapped handle tape bears three decals including "Blue Ribbon" gilt logo, Reach trademark, and "Reach Burley No. 5/0". Back of the barrel has labeling that reads, "Sporting Writers Banquet given in honor of Monte Cross Feb. 24, 1908 Hotel Majestic Philadelphia, Penna." Very clean with minimal handling wear: EX-EX/MT ($300-$400) $550.00
 
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