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Back Items For The Auction of July 14, 2009  
 
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See a Picture of this Item 401 1969 Fred Hutchinson Major League Award presented to Joe DiMaggio. Large white alabaster desk set measures 15" long with a brass clock and two pen receptacles. Applied brass placard is inscribed, "Fred Hutchinson Major League Award Presented at Sicks Stadium, Seattle April 25, 1969 to Joe DiMaggio for outstanding contributions to professional baseball". Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: EX-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 402 1964 Joe DiMaggio Old Timers Day trophy. Fine quality brass ice bucket was presented to DiMaggio by the New York Mets on July 25, 1964 for an Old Timers Day game played at Shea Stadium commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1939 All-Star team. 10" tall and in original condition, the bucket features an applied brass plaque on the front inscribed to DiMaggio and an embossed Mets logo with three inset jewels. Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: NM ($750-$1,000) $1,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 403 Significant Joe DiMaggio 1969 Greatest Living Player award set. During the celebration of the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, Babe Ruth was voted the "Greatest Player in Baseball History". Mrs. Ruth was present at the gala function held on July 21, 1969 in Washington, D.C. to accept the award on behalf of her late husband. Numerous other baseball greats were also on hand to receive honors for their various talents. The evening belonged, however, to the Yankee Clipper. Joe DiMaggio was honored with three titles at the historic gathering as "Baseball's Greatest Living Center Fielder", "Baseball's Greatest Center Fielder Ever", and of extreme importance "Baseball's Greatest Living Player". While others had lofty statistics and better career numbers, DiMaggio had the impressive accolades of his peers with regard to his level of play: "Joe was simply the greatest player I ever saw, as well as the most graceful." - Ted Williams "He had no weaknesses." -Tommy Henrich "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century." - Mickey Mantle The trophies, each measuring 10" tall, are comprised of a black onyx base with an applied brass placard on the front inscribed to DiMaggio along with the Major League Baseball 100th Anniversary logo. A gold baseball is situated atop the base surrounded by a figural brass ring. Considering the innumerable baseball greats that graced Major League stadiums for the first 100 years of baseball, it is a true testament to the respect accorded to Joe DiMaggio that he was honored with not one, but three awards. Included with the awards is a Major League Baseball leather presentational album with gilt lettered titling on the front cover that includes DiMaggio's name. Interior includes numerous photographs taken during the event including Joe holding the awards, Joe with Joe Cronin, Joe with Mrs. Babe Ruth, and Joe with other recipients incl. Willie Mays and Casey Stengel. Lot also includes a large format 11"x14" black and white image of the winners including DiMaggio. One of the more unique and significant player awards ever offered to the collecting public. Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: EX/MT-NM ($10,000-$15,000) $12,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 404 1951 Joe DiMaggio trophy plaque with photographic provenance. Attractive shield shaped mahogany plaque has an incised brass placard inscribed to DiMaggio from the "Diamond Social Club & Citizens of Vineland, NJ" in "recognition of his outstanding and sterling qualities of character...". Measuring 15" tall, the plaque has crossed bat and ball decor with only some minor surface wear. Includes an original 1951 photograph from DiMaggio's personal collection of Joe receiving the award. Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: EX ($1,000-$1,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 405 1984 Joe DiMaggio Distinguished New Yorker award medal. Presentational medal was given to Joe DiMaggio by the Bowery Savings Bank in celebration of their 150th year in business. The medal features a depiction of the New York City skyline incl. the Empire State building and Statue of Liberty with raised lettering and date around the border. Framed in a shadowbox style display along with an inscribed brass placard to DiMaggio. Includes 8"x10" color photograph of DiMaggio wearing the award. Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: NM ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 406 Joe DiMaggio figural baseball trophy c.1930s. One of the earliest trophies within the DiMaggio collection, this example has a black painted metal base with a sivlerplated band around the bottom. Figural batter is atop a domed support with a sprig of floral dTcor affixed to the front of the trophy. The player has been resoldered at the feet and ankle joints from re-attachment. Includes a very early newspaper photograph picturing DiMaggio admiring the trophy with a young boy. Given the dating period of the trophy and indications from the accompanying period news photo, DiMaggio could very well have won the trophy during his amateur or youth league levels. As the trophy is unmarked and not identified in the period news photo, the exact event for which it was presented is unknown. Very interesting period piece with potential relation to DiMaggio's PCL era. Includes a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: VG ($1,000-$1,500) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 407 On March 1, 1969, New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball. Mantle, a self-proclaimed “country boy” from rural Oklahoma, had become an idol to millions, known for his remarkable power and speed and his everyman personality. While "The Mick" patrolled center field and batted clean-up between 1951 and 1968, the Yankees won 12 American League pennants and seven World Series titles. June 8, 1969 was declared Mickey Mantle Day by New York's Mayor Lindsey, and Yankee Stadium played host to one of the most memorable tributes a team and its fans ever bestowed on a player. The ceremonies on that day included introductions of teammates, a celebration of Mantle’s career milestones, and most importantly, the New York Yankees retirement of the number 7 worn by Mickey Mantle. At that time the only other Yankee retired numbers were 3, 4 and 5 - for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Of the numerous words of praise sung by Mantle’s peers throughout the ceremony, the most memorable line came from Frank Messer, Yankees broadcaster and master of ceremonies, who introduced the honoree with, “Ladies and gentlemen, A magnificent Yankee, the great number seven, Mickey Mantle.” The crowd of 61,157 showered their hero with a thunderous nine minute ovation and had to be quieted to allow Mantle to speak. “When I walked into this stadium 18 years ago,” Mantle said in his speech, “I felt much the same way I do right now. I don’t have words to describe how I felt then or how I feel now, but I’ll tell you one thing, baseball was real good to me and playing 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.” The Mick’s heartfelt words received another rousing 10-minute standing ovation as kids paraded around the field with posters in tribute to their idol. Joe DiMaggio himself was on hand that day, receiving his own moment of tribute, being inducted into the New York Yankees Hall of Fame. The two living legends exchanged plaques and delivered words of mutual admiration as the highlight of the proceedings. Mantle was driven around the Stadium on a golf cart to the rising roar and cheers of the packed house. “And the guy that was driving me,” Mantle recalled, “was Danny, one of the grounds crew guys who came up at about the same time I did in ’51." Mickey Mantle's June 8, 1969 Mickey Mantle Day plaque presented to him by Joe DiMaggio on behalf of "The Grateful New York Yankee Fans". 13"x17" wood plaque features applied chrome plate bearing an image of Mantle and a summary of his career statistics. Bottom reads, "Mickey Charles Mantle from the grateful New York Yankee Fans" with the Yankees top hat logo. Plaque shows minor wear including a few light scratches. Includes numerous photos of Mantle receiving and holding the plaque, as well as a letter of provenance from the Mantle family: EX ($15,000-$25,000) $11,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 408 On March 1, 1969, New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball. Mantle, a self-proclaimed “country boy” from rural Oklahoma, had become an idol to millions, known for his remarkable power and speed and his everyman personality. While "The Mick" patrolled center field and batted clean-up between 1951 and 1968, the Yankees won 12 American League pennants and seven World Series titles. June 8, 1969 was declared Mickey Mantle Day by New York's Mayor Lindsey, and Yankee Stadium played host to one of the most memorable tributes a team and its fans ever bestowed on a player. The ceremonies on that day included introductions of teammates, a celebration of Mantle’s career milestones, and most importantly, the New York Yankees retirement of the number 7 worn by Mickey Mantle. At that time the only other Yankee retired numbers were 3, 4 and 5 - for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Of the numerous words of praise sung by Mantle’s peers throughout the ceremony, the most memorable line came from Frank Messer, Yankees broadcaster and master of ceremonies, who introduced the honoree with, “Ladies and gentlemen, A magnificent Yankee, the great number seven, Mickey Mantle.” The crowd of 61,157 showered their hero with a thunderous nine minute ovation and had to be quieted to allow Mantle to speak. “When I walked into this stadium 18 years ago,” Mantle said in his speech, “I felt much the same way I do right now. I don’t have words to describe how I felt then or how I feel now, but I’ll tell you one thing, baseball was real good to me and playing 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer.” The Mick’s heartfelt words received another rousing 10-minute standing ovation as kids paraded around the field with posters in tribute to their idol. Joe DiMaggio himself was on hand that day, receiving his own moment of tribute, being inducted into the New York Yankees Hall of Fame. The two living legends exchanged plaques and delivered words of mutual admiration as the highlight of the proceedings. Mantle was driven around the Stadium on a golf cart to the rising roar and cheers of the packed house. “And the guy that was driving me,” Mantle recalled, “was Danny, one of the grounds crew guys who came up at about the same time I did in ’51." Joe DiMaggio's New York Yankees Hall of Fame plaque presented to him by Mickey Mantle on March 1, 1969 on behalf of "The Grateful New York Yankee Fans". 13"x17" wood plaque features applied chrome plate bearing an image of DiMaggio and a summary of his career statistics. Bottom reads, "Joseph Paul DiMaggio from the grateful New York Yankee Fans" with the Yankees top hat logo. Plaque shows minor wear inc. a few light scratches. Includes numerous photos of DiMaggio receiving and holding the plaque, as well as a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio family: EX ($5,000-$7,500) $4,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 409 Dizzy Dean single signed baseball. Clean, white Worth brand "Dixie" model ball is signed on a side panel by Dean in black ink. Signature rates 7/8 out of 10 presenting very nicely on a high-grade 1960s era baseball. Fine single signed example from the legendary St. Louis Cardinals HOF pitcher. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: NM, Signature: EX/MT-NM ($1,500-$2,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 410 1937 St Louis Cardinals Louisville Slugger commemorative baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model brown bat measures 35" long displaying facsimile signatures in gilt lettering of Cardinals players incl. Frisch, Martin, Dean, Medwick, and Mize. The bat shows typical light to moderate surface wear: EX ($500-$750) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 411 1930 Dizzy Dean autographed typewritten letter. Typewritten letter dated September 7, 1930 was sent to William Dewitt, who, at the time, was serving as Treasurer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Letter contains a request by Dean (through the team President) to authorize Dewitt to forward a $100.00 payment for a past due bill. Authorized and signed, "J.H. Dean" in black fountain pen at the bottom. Early signature style rates 8/9 out of 10. Notably rare rookie era Dean signed piece with uncommon full name signature. Matted and framed with a black and white image of Dean. Includes LOA from JSA: EX-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 412 St. Louis Cardinals souvenir pennant c.1930-40s. Bright green pennant depicts an early Cardinals mascot perched atop the "C" in the team name. Retains its original tassels with light general wear: EX-EX/MT ($300-$400) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 413 Pepper Martin professional model baseball bat with Leo Durocher factory side writing c.1936. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35" long and weighs 33.4oz. The bat shows heavy use including ball marks, cleat marks, and original handle tape (2 of 3 pieces remaining). Louisville Slugger mfg. stampings and Pepper Martin facsimile signature stampings remain quite bold. Additionally, the bat exhibits Hillerich & Bradsby Co. factory side writing on a side panel, "330. Leo Durocher . 5-20-36 St. Louis, Nat'l Lea.". Two period applied labels also are present as addressed by Leo Durocher to Henry Morrow at Hillerich & Bradsby. Very fine game bat with relation to two of the most prominent members of the St. Louis Cardinals "Gashouse Gang". Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: VG-EX ($3,000-$5,000) $2,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 414 Dizzy Dean and Paul Dean dual signed baseball. Dizzy Dean and his brother Paul (Daffy) were the pitching backbone of one of the most famous teams in history - the 1934 'Gas House Gang' St. Louis Cardinals. Before the 1934 season, Dizzy boldly predicted that he and his brother would win 45 games combined that year. Incredibly, Dizzy won 30 and Paul 19 on their way to a World Championship. Appearing together on the side panel of this medium toned Spalding brand ball are the signatures of the famous twosome, each rating 8-9 out of 10. Rarely are baseballs seen featuring the Dean brothers signatures isolated in this manner for ideal display. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($1,500-$2,500) $2,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 415 Dizzy Dean autographed photograph. 8"x10" b&w photo picturing Dean in a close up portrait pose in uniform is signed in bold blue ink. The signature is nearly flawless rating 9-10 out of 10. The photo itself free from noticeable wear. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 416 Pair of St. Louis Cardinals figural ashtrays c.1940s. Chalkware figural ashtrays depict the Cardinals mascot perched atop a bat and ball. Shows minor wear including some scatter chipping to paint. 8" tall each: EX ($500-$750) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 417 Vintage photographic album with baseball autographs c.1930's-40's. Period black album includes numerous small 1 1/2"x2" snapshots of ballplayers and a few 4"x6" photos. Players are primarily St. Louis Browns although some others are included. Several have signed the black album page by their photos in white incl. Joe Medwick, Pepper Martin (twice), Hank Greenberg, Paul Dean, John Berardino, Schoolboy Rowe, Marty Marion, Eldon Auker, Fred Haney, etc. Signatures average 8 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: EX ($400-$500) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 418 1934 World's Champion St. Louis Cardinals Old Judge Coffee display. 14"x17" display features vignette images of Cardinals players Dizzy Dean, Paul Dean, Paul Waner, Pepper Martin, Frankie Frisch (mgr.) and others beneath a lithographic image of actual Cardinals. Produced by Old Judge Coffee, the attractive "Gas House Gang" display originally included a section of calendar pages attached at the bottom which have been trimmed away. Several creases and edge wear are apparent. Framed: VG ($500-$750) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 419 1926 St. Louis Cardinals World Series press pin. Tough early Cardinals pin was issued for their series match up with the Yankees. Some chipping has occurred to the red enamel on the Cardinal image and threaded post on back is bent. Missing clasp: VG-EX ($750-$1,000) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 420 1944 St. Louis Browns AL Champions souvenir pennant. Rare full size pennant features crossed bats and ball dTcor at the left side along with player names printed in white. Players include Potter, Gutteridge, Zarilla, Mancuso, and Mancuso. Pennant retains its original tassels and exhibits light general age/handling wear: EX ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 421 Lot of (2) St. Louis Browns souvenir pennants c.1940-50s. Includes one example with a batting scene at the left end and another with a "Brownie" mascot: Range EX-EX/MT ($250-$350) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 422 1944 St. Louis Browns team autographed baseball. Off white Harridge AL ball is signed by (30) members of the AL Champion Browns team incl. Potter, Kreevich, Kramer, Galehouse, Gutteridge, and L.Sewell. Stephens and Hayworth are clubhouse signed. Sigs range from 6-9 out of 10. Very rare championship team ball from the St. Louis Browns' lone appearance in the World Series. Includes LOA from JSA: Range EX-NM ($1,000-$1,500) $1,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 423 Lot of (2) vintage St. Louis Browns items to include: 1945 Browns vs. Cleveland scorecard autographed on the front cover by (26) players incl. P.Gray, D.Gutteridge, L.Sewell, V.Stephens, and N.Potter. Sigs range from 6 to 8 out of 10: EX-EX/MT and 1944 St. Louis Browns souvenir yearbook. Pennant shaped yearbook features interior player images and information: EX ($500-$750) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 424 St. Louis pennant c.1910-15. Early oversized pennant measures 34" long with "St. Louis" applied white lettering on the front. Overall condition is quite good with some minimal age wear: EX ($300-$400) $275.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 425 1922 St. Louis Browns team panoramic photograph. Large 9"x46" sepia tone image pictures the team in uniform lined up in front of the stadium seating with players identified under the image incl. Sisler, Austin, Collins, and Shocker. Marked A.W. Sanders photo in lower right corner. Retains excellent clarity and contrast with some slight surface damage at the far left edge. Appears to be mounted to rigid backing and framed. EX Barry Halper collection: Apparent EX ($1,000-$1,500) $1,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 426 Philadelphia Athletics original painting by Todd Schorr. Modern era painting by accomplished artist Todd Schorr depicts a Philadelphia Athletics player in full uniform standing with a bat. Stadium background provides a beautiful backdrop including period tobacco advertising on the outfield walls with a factory pictured in the background. 17"x24" in a burl walnut frame: NM ($2,000-$3,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 427 Philadelphia Athletics pennant c.1905-1915. One of the most visually appealing vintage pennants that we've handled features a southpaw A's pitcher in the manner of Waddell and Plank in full follow through with script team name to the right. Blue felt and applied lettering and graphics retain original color, surface, and tassels with minimal wear given its age and fragility: NM ($1,000-$1,500) $2,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 428 New York Giants pennant c.1910-20. Two-piece construction blue and white pennant measures 24 1/2" with applied felt "NY" logo and "Giants" team name. Complete and intact with minor toning and age wear: EX-EX/MT ($750-$1,000) $1,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 429 Rare Chicago Cubs souvenir pennant c.1910-20. Oversized 36" long red pennant displays early "C" dTcor on a baseball graphic to the left side with "Chicago" lettering in Old English script across the body of the pennant. The pennant retains its original tassels and remains in very fine overall condition for its age with a few areas of light age toning/fading to the bottom edge and top left corners areas. One of the earliest Chicago Cubs pennants that we have encountered: VG-EX ($1,500-$2,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 430 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees professional model baseball hat circa late 1920s to early 1930s. Shortly after discovering he had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig removed himself from the Yankees lineup on May 2, 1939. On July 4, the Yankees honored Gehrig with an incredible on field celebration attended by teammates, former colleagues, and dignitaries alike. It was on this day that Gehrig delivered his famed "Luckiest Man" speech. In his remarks, Gehrig expressed concern not for his own well-being, but for his team, his teammates, and his wife, concluding with, "When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for..." His humility in the face of such an insurmountable adversity was regarded by his peers as virtually immortal. Fitting for a man of Gehrig's integrity, the "Iron Horse" succumbed to the horrid disease on June 2, 1941, at 10:10 p.m., sixteen years to the day after he had first replaced Wally Pipp as first baseman for the New York Yankees. The model by which Gehrig played the game, and more importantly, lived his life, is a standard that even many of the greatest players in history have not achieved. It is for those reasons that treasured pieces of Lou Gehrig's garner such passionate interest from the collecting public. Offered is an exceptional Lou Gehrig professional model hat worn by Gehrig as a member of the Yankees. Classic Yankees navy blue hat retains its original white "NY" logo on the front. Interior of the hat retains its original leather headband with A.G. Spalding Bros. manufacturer's label affixed to the back area. Size "7 1/8" and "L.Gehrig" are chain stitched into the leather band and have appropriately faded to a light golden yellow. The hat shows tremendous usage including interior perspiration toning (forehead area in particular) and appropriate light color fading to the exterior from sunlight exposure. The hard composite bill is a rare style worn only for a brief period during the late 1920s and early 1930s (dating attribution includes Spalding label design) and remarkably, remains fully intact with no cracking commonly seen on hat bills of this type. The fabric covering the bill has worn in a few areas down to the composite. The button on the top of the hat is a period replacement which is noted for accuracy only and appears identical to its original issue. Of the scant few Gehrig game worn hats to have entered the marketplace, the offered example cannot be matched with regard to condition and display qualities with special note to the scarce intact hard-shell composite bill. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($75,000-$125,000) $65,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 431 Lou Gehrig bronze statue. Exceptional quality figural bronze statue of Lou Gehrig batting was sculpted by artist R.P. Daus in 1988. The attention to detail is extraordinary with the statue itself mounted on a pinstriped alabaster base. 16" tall. Daus' work is highly regarded as evidenced by the "Fireman's Memorial" sculpture which stands outside of City Hall in St. Louis: NM ($1,500-$2,500) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 432 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball. Lightly toned Spalding NL baseball with International League stampings has been signed on a side panel by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Ruth signature rates 7 out of 10 with Gehrig rating 5/6 out of 10. Signed baseballs with Ruth and Gehrig alone on a panel are notably rare with the offered example numbering as one of only three that we have handled. The ball is additionally signed by Pitt. Pirates player Al Mamaux on a side panel with a presentational inscription as he apparently obtained the ball for the respective recipients. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: Range EX-EX/MT ($5,000-$7,500) $4,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 433 Fine Lou Gehrig single signed baseball c.1928. Lightly toned Wilson "Official League" ball with W.G. Bramham stampings on a side panel (Southern League President 1924-30) has been signed by Gehrig on a side panel in black fountain pen rating 7/8 out of 10. A period ink date of "April 6, 28" is written at the base of the same side panel. The ball itself exhibits typical age/handling wear with a small hole on one side panel from previous a mounting, which is surrounded by a 1/2" abrasion. One of the finer Gehrig single signed baseballs that we have handled with uncommon large format signature style. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX/MT-NM ($10,000-$15,000) $9,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 434 Lou Gehrig professional model baseball bat c.1920s. Zinn Beck Bat Co. model 300 bat measures 36" long and weighs 36.2oz. The bat features bold manufacturer stampings at the centerbrand area with "Professional" stamped on the barrel end. "Lou Gehrig Type" is stamped in block lettering under the centerbrand. The bat shows evident use including barrel wear and some checking to the back of the barrel. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($3,000-$4,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 435 Significant Lou Gehrig autographed letter with relation to his illness. Dated July 3, 1939 one page typewritten letter was sent by an ailing Lou Gehrig to the U.S. Postmaster General James Farley. Farley was a noted baseball fan and developed relationships with several notable players during the 1920s-30s era. Letter is typed on Gehrig's personal stationary with a Larchmont, New York address just one day before he delivered his famed farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. July 4, 1939 had been proclaimed "Lou Gehrig Day" at the stadium with dozens of dignitaries in attendance, including Farley himself, who spoke before the standing room only crowd at Yankee Stadium. Farley concluded his remarks with a poignant message, "For generations to come, boys who play baseball will point with pride to your record." The offered letter speaks to the succinct quality of character possessed by Gehrig. This very tenacity and strength had been the hallmark of Gehrig's playing career and the record he established of consecutive games played. The letter reads, "Dear Jim: Your words of encouragement have meant a great deal to me. It gives a fellow added strength to know he has a booster of your caliber, and I hope I shall always prove worthy of your friendship. I am going to give the germ a real fight, and although it sneaked over a few fast ones, I feel it has only a 3-2 count against me. In the game you speak of against Dizzy Dean you will remember he had the same count on me. I shall keep your letter and always remember the thoughtful gestures you made during my active career. Cordially Yours, Lou". The black fountain pen signature remains very bold rating 9 out of 10. The letter has been archivally matted and framed with a fine 4"x5" sepia tone portrait of Gehrig wearing a Yankees uniform c.1920s which is stamped on the reverse by Acme News Pictures (1920s stamping). Condition of the letter itself is very fine with slight vestiges of a paper clip at top left. The letter has been stamped "Received Jul 6 1939 Postmaster General" at the top right (light). Incredibly poignant and rare Gehrig signed letter dating to the day before one of the most historic moments in the history of American sport. Includes LOA from JSA (autograph): NM ($15,000-$25,000) $27,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 436 Imperial size 1932 World Champion New York Yankees team photograph that once hung in Yankee Stadium (from estate of Lefty Gomez). Enormous 26"x38" framed original photograph pictures the World Champion 1932 Yankees posed in their home pinstriped uniforms at Yankee Stadium including Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Gomez, Pennock, McCarthy, Ruffing, Sewell, Combs and Dickey. Image quality is nothing short of extraordinary for a photograph of this size, with the image retaining remarkable clarity, contrast and overall sharpness. The photograph's provenance can be traced to Lefty Gomez. It was amongst a number of artifacts from Gomez's personal collection that were sold at auction by the Gomez family in the 1980's near their former home in Meriden, Ct. This provenance is validated by Gomez's handwritten identification of each individual pictured on their respective image in dark black fountain pen. On Gomez's own image he has penned "Me". All writing is neatly rendered, rating 9-10 out of 10. Titling printed in the lower right area of the photo reads "N.Y. Yankees World Champions 1932" with photographers markings "Cosmo-Silo Co. A-1571 N.Y." near the lower left area. The image is in completely original, unrestored condition with no visible wear or notable condition faults. Held in its original frame, it shares common characteristics with other photos known to have hung within the interior of Yankee Stadium. A marvelous piece transcending the categories of baseball photography and stadiana with the added appeal of Hall of Fame player provenance: EX-MT ($7,500-$10,000) $6,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 437 1932 New York Yankees World Series press pin. Clean example of this classic pin was issued for the World Series in which Babe Ruth hit his famed called shot home run en route to defeating the Chicago Cubs: EX/MT-NM ($1,000-$1,500) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 438 Babe Ruth autographed hot dog napkin c.1930-40s. Unusual cream colored linen style paper, which appears to be an unused hot dog napkin from a ballpark, has been signed in bold black fountain pen by Babe Ruth. Signature is quite large measuring 3 1/2" in length and rating 9 out of 10. According to the family history from the original recipient, Babe Ruth was spotted at a baseball game at a hot dog stand and was asked by the young man to sign the offered napkin. Includes LOA from JSA: Napkin: VG-EX, Signature: NM ($2,500-$3,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 439 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball c.1920s. B.Johnson AL ball is signed by Ruth on the sweet spot and Gehrig on a side panel. Ruth signature rates 4/5 out of 10 while Gehrig rates 5/6 out of 10. The ball itself has some minor age toning and surface abrasions. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($3,500-$4,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 440 Fine Lou Gehrig autographed photograph. Classic sepia tone portrait pictures Gehrig posed in Yankees home uniform. The image is signed across the bottom by Gehrig in black fountain pen rating 7/8 out of 10. Photo quality and condition remain outstanding with no mentionable defects, and the autograph presents nicely in contrast with the lighter uniform background. Includes LOA from JSA. 8"x10" matted and framed: NM ($5,000-$7,500) $6,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 441 Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1920s. Moderately toned Spalding "Official League" baseball is signed by Babe Ruth across the sweet spot in blue fountain pen. Desirable 1920s era signature style rates 7 out of 10. The ball itself has a small area of surface toning (green) on the south panel presumably from resting on a particular mount type. Otherwise, the ball exhibits typical light handling/age wear. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX-MT ($5,000-$7,500) $4,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 442 Lou Gehrig "Never Forgotten" souvenir pin c.1941. Uncommonly clean example of this tough stadium pinback button was issued as a memorial to Lou Gehrig after his passing in 1941. The pin surface remains very clean with original contrast and retains its original ribbon and charms: EX-MT ($400-$500) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 443 1932 World Series souvenir miniature baseball bat with pennant. 18" long bat is stamped "Souvenir World Series Cubs vs. Yankees 1932". Includes its rare original miniature Cubs pennant which has some toning and a chip to the point: VG-EX ($300-$400) $250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 444 Babe Ruth autographed photograph with related large format image c.1930-40s. Matted and framed display contains a pair of original sepia tone images that originated from the estate of the initial recipient. The display includes an 8"x10" image picturing Babe Ruth and two other gentleman with various hunting implements. Photo is signed in blue fountain pen, "To Mr. Matthews Sincerely Babe Ruth" rating 9 out of 10. The photo is also signed by "Bob Edge" who is presumably the other gentleman in the photo. Image itself remains fairly clean with bold contrast and some typical light surface crazing. Small portion of the bottom left corner is missing which is not visible under the matted display. The display also includes a large format 11"x14" image picturing Babe Ruth and the two gentleman with a car-load of game including deer and a black bear. Impressive period display piece with a very fine condition grade Ruth signature. Includes LOA from JSA: Signed photo: EX, Signature: NM, Unsigned large format photo: EX ($3,000-$4,000) $3,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 445 1927 New York Yankees team photograph. Original matted and framed 7 1/4"x9 1/4" black and white image pictures the most dominant team ever assembled posing on the field in Yankees home pinstriped uniforms. Excellent clarity and contrast. Marked "Cosmo Foto N.Y. 1927" on the lower right corner. Photo is adhered to a large scrapbook page (not visible under matting). Front appears EX-MT. Includes letter of provenance from the Eddie Collins family. ($1,000-$1,500) $750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 446 Babe Ruth single signed baseball. Light to moderately toned Barnard AL baseball is signed across the sweet spot by Ruth in black fountain pen. Signature displays nicely rating 6-7 out of 10. Ball itself shows some typical light to moderate handling/age wear with fairly pronounced manufacturer's stampings. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX/MT-NM ($4,000-$5,000) $6,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 447 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig auto. baseball. Mildly toned Spalding official NL baseball with Western League President Dale D. Gear stamping is signed by Ruth on the sweet spot and Gehrig on the adjacent side panel. Ruth's signature rates 4-5 out of 10 and Gehrig rates 6-7 out of 10. Ball itself shows some typical light handling/age wear with bold manufacturer's stampings. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: VG/EX-NM ($4,000-$5,000) $2,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 448 Babe Ruth auto. photograph. Black and white 3 1/2"x5 1/2" image picturing Ruth batting has been signed in bold blue fountain pen by Ruth at the upper left corner. Signature rates 8-9 out of 10. The framed image itself retains strong eye appeal with the visible area appearing in NM condition. Includes LOA from JSA: Apparent NM ($2,000-$3,000) $3,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 449 Superb Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed photograph c.1927-28. While Babe Ruth autographed photos can be fairly easily attained, and Lou Gehrig signed images, although rare, occasionally surface, it seldom occurs that photographs signed by both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig become available to the collecting public. In addition to the aforementioned scarcity, it is also extraordinarily difficult to find a Ruth and Gehrig signed photo in a high condition grade. Offered is a recently discovered example of this classic sepia tone photograph of Ruth and Gehrig in their barnstorming uniforms, which was commonly given out during their tours of 1927 and 1928. The photo itself remains very clean with strong original contrast. Both Ruth and Gehrig have signed the image in bold black fountain pen rating 10 out of 10 each. We have been fortunate in handling a few of these signed images, and have noted a handful of other examples in other auctions. Regarding the other known exemplars, however, only a small percentage remain in a high condition grade. To even the most discriminating collector, the offered specimen must be considered the finest known of its type. Image quality, signature strength, non-personalization, and highly uncommon Christy Walsh Tour stamping on the reverse all place this particular photograph among the elite Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signature items we have handled. 8"x10" matted and framed with a singular minute pinhole at the top white margin (not visible under matting) mentioned for acute accuracy only. Includes LOA from JSA: Photo: EX-MT, Signatures: NM/MT-MT ($15,000-$25,000) $42,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 450 Lou Gehrig auto. photograph multi-signed on reverse incl. Ruth and Lazzeri c.1935. 5"x7" black and white image captures The Iron Horse at Spring training. Gehrig has signed the photo across his body in blue fountain pen. Signature rates 7-8 out of 10. The back of the photo features (19) signatures of mostly Braves and Yankees players with a few Cardinals. The combination of signatures suggests it was signed in 1935, most likely at one or more spring training events. Interestingly, Babe Ruth, one year removed from his tenure as a New York Yankee, appears to have signed this photo as a member of the Boston Braves. Ruth's signature appears at the top center with a procession of Braves signatures below his that includes Wally Berger, Randy Moore, Huck Betts, Les Mallon and Jack Rothrock. Other Braves signatures include Ed Brandt, Rabbit Maranville, Frank Hogan, Fred Frankhouse and Bill McKechnie. Yankees signatures on back include Tony Lazzeri, Joe McCarthy, Red Rolfe, Dixie Walker, Russ VanAtta, Earle Combs and Art Jorgens. Joe Medwick has also signed. Signatures on reverse average 8-9 out of 10. Photo has multiple creases, yet retains excellent clarity and image quality. Framed (double sided). Includes a LOA from JSA: Photo: VG, Signatures: NM-NM/MT ($4,000-$5,000) $3,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 451 Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth Huskies cereal advertising displays c.1930's. Includes paper display sign picturing an illustration of Gehrig advertising cereal. Unusual cut measures 11"x20" and is mounted on board with some light surface wrinkling: VG. Also includes framed Babe Ruth cardboard advertising sign measuring 11 1/2"x19 1/2" (visible area) featuring a head shot of Ruth eating cereal that was once part of a larger Huskies Cereal advertising display. Printed text includes, "Babe Ruth says 'A hit with me every time!' You will be delighted too". Color and image remain fairly strong with a few creases and surface tears visible and a spot of minor color touch-up: VG-EX ($1,500-$2,000) $1,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 452 Lou Gehrig handwritten letter to Gabby Hartnett. In this one-page handwritten letter, Lou Gehrig reaches out to Chicago Cubs catcher, and fellow future Hall of Famer, Gabby Hartnett. On behalf of his mother, Gehrig requests a copy of a poem she heard on a radio program during which Hartnett had recently appeared. Penned on Gehrig's personal letterhead, it reads, "Dear Gabby, My mother has requested me to drop you a line to see if you wouldn't send her the poem, 'When Father Played Baseball' that you had on the radio tonite (Tuesday). Shake your tails and win, or we'll be disappointed as hell - Joe, Pat and I are always talking and asking about you. My best, Lou". Accompanying the handwritten letter is a copy of a typewritten reply to Gehrig apparently from the host of the radio program acknowledging the fulfillment of Gehrig's request for the poem that had been forwarded by Hartnett. This missive ends with the lines, "Today I am sending under separate cover for her [Gehrig's mother] a copy of the book in which the verse, "When Father Played Baseball" appears. Will you see that she gets it, and believe me when I say to you that it comes with the best wishes of one who has been a great admirer of her son". This reply is dated October 13, 1937. Given this date, it is likely that the Joe and Pat that Gehrig refers to in his letter are teammates Joe DiMaggio and Pat Malone. Gehrig's black fountain pen writing rates 9 out of 10 in boldness. The 7 1/4"x10 1/2" letter itself has typical fold lines and some scattered, unobtrusive wrinkles. Two small holes from a single staple are present to the left of Gehrig's printed name at top. Gehrig handwritten letters are notably scarce with the "Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer" aspect of the offered specimen making it a particularly appealing example. Includes LOA from JSA: EX ($5,000-$7,000) $5,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 453 Babe Ruth auto. display. Ruth's dark black fountain pen signature appears on a blank 1 1/2"x3" (visible area) card. Signature rates 9-10 out of 10. The signature is framed with a modern reproduction of an image of Ruth giving batting instructions to a young boy on the field at Yankee Stadium. Framed and triple matted. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA (full) and JSA: NM-MT ($2,000-$3,000) $3,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 454 1937 New York Yankees team auto. baseball. Toned Harridge AL ball is signed by (22) members of the World Champion Yankees incl. Gehrig, Ruffing, Lazzeri, Rolfe, and Henrich. DiMaggio, Gomez, and Pearson are clubhouse signed. Sigs range from 2-7 out of 10 with Gehrig on the sweet spot among the best. Ball has been lightly shellacked with surface abrasions throughout. Includes LOA from JSA: Ball: GD-VG, Sigs: Range GD-NM ($750-$1,000) $1,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 455 Rare "Bambino" baseball pinball machine c.1938. Quintessential baseball related pinball machine, with a large hand painted playing field, includes a full color image of Babe Ruth batting. Reverse painted glass backboard remains very clean with only a few very minor chips. Interior playing field is also clean with minimal age wear. The machine is not currently in running order but appears to be fully intact with all necessary components needed for a rewiring and tune up to become fully functional. The exterior wooden casing also remains intact and original with colorful baseball graphics. Exterior casing exhibits some typical surface wear incl. scuffing and light scratching along with a few fissures to the wooden paneling. Overall size is 22" wide, 52" long, and 35" tall. Very seldom offered classic from the 1930s era: VG-EX ($5,000-$7,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 456 Babe Ruth New York Yankees movie prop flannel jersey. Thick flannel replica of Ruth's home Yankees pinstriped jersey features his famous number "3" in thick blue felt on back. Tagging on the inside front tail notes the manufacturer as "Western Costume Co.", one of the most established and notable movie costume houses in Hollywood. While there is no documentable attribution to use in a specific film, the detail and craftsmanship of the jersey are of the highest order. Outstanding Babe Ruth display piece: EX-MT ($1,500-$2,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 457 1993 Babe Ruth "Babe" serigraph by James Anthony signed by Julia Ruth Stevens. Framed 33"x44" four color serigraph features modernist abstraction of a classic Babe Ruth image by artist James Anthony. Numbered "241/714" from the edition of 714. Serigraph is signed by the artist at the bottom margin in pencil as well as Babe Ruth's daughter Julia Ruth Stevens. Signatures rates 10 out of 10. A embossed seal from the "The Estate of George Herman (Babe) Ruth" appears in the lower right corner. Archivally matted and framed. Includes LOAs from publisher Smith/Isaacs Fine Art, Inc. and JSA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 458 Enormous Babe Ruth autograph on paper placemat. Uncommonly large Babe Ruth blue ballpoint signature measuring 4.75" in length and penned on a paper placemat rates 9-10 out of 10. The placemat features an embossed floral pattern in each corner and is dated "9-15-47" in pencil along the bottom. An ideal medium for obtaining the baseball legend's coveted signature, this 12.25"x10" placemat was likely presented to Ruth during a restaurant encounter. Ruth clearly took advantage of the large writing surface by scripting his name in correspondingly large fashion. The placemat has a light vertical fold and a number of small border tears. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($3,000-$4,000) $2,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 459 April 18, 1923 Yankee Stadium Opening Day program. Scarce programwas issued for the first game played at Yankee Stadium between the Yankees and Red Sox. The front and back covers show some soiling and wear, most notably at the edges with slight paper loss at the corners. The cover has partially split at the spine and the centerfold has loosened at the staples. A vertical fold line runs the length of the program. The interior scoring grid is partially scored in pencil. Original programs from this historic game have become exceedingly rare and desirable. When Yankee Stadium first opened on April 18, 1923, more than 25,000 fans had to be turned away at the gates, though most, sensing the historical significance of the occasion, lingered outside in the cold just to hear the sounds of music and the roar of the crowd. Before the game, Babe Ruth famously said, "I'd give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in the first game in this new park". His wish, and that of the tens of thousands in attendance, came true. In the third inning, the Sultan of Swat christened "The House That Ruth Built" by hammering the first home run in Yankee Stadium history: GD-VG ($7,500-$10,000) $6,486.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 460 Early Babe Ruth sheet music pair. Includes 1919 "Batterin Babe: Look at Him Now" sheet music. Rare early issue depicts Ruth in Red Sox uniform on front cover. Interior text is very ironic giving the overwhelming praise for the Boston slugger, who was sold within the year to the NY Yankees. Moderate general wear: VG-EX. Also includes 1921 "Oh! You Babe Ruth - The 1921 World Series Song" sheet music. Tough early Ruth endorsed sheet music features a photo of Ruth in uniform on front cover. A small section of the top right corner is missing: VG-EX ($750-$1,000) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 461 Babe Ruth autographed photograph c.1940's. Ford Motor Co. premium photo of Ruth batting is signed in very bold blue ink at lower left corner. The signature rates 9 out of 10. Framed image measures 5"x7" with the visible area showing no significant wear. Includes LOA from JSA: Apparent NM ($2,500-$3,500) $3,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 462 Lou Gehrig autographed barnstorming photograph. Classic 8"x10" sepia tone photo of Ruth and Gehrig in their Bustin Babes and Larrupin Lous uniforms was given out for promotion of their legendary tour. Gehrig has inscribed the photo near the upper right corner, "To Earle With Kindest Personal Regards, Lou Gehrig" in black fountain pen. Signature and inscription rate 8 out of 10. Photo itself is very clean with nice original contrast. Back is stamped by Christy Walsh Management with handwritten name "Earle Herbst". Fine high grade example of a classic Gehrig signed photograph. Includes LOA from JSA: EX-MT ($3,000-$5,000) $4,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 463 Rare Bill Dickey professional model catcher's mitt c.1930s. Fine quality Spalding catcher's mitt is attributed to use by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey while playing for the New York Yankees c.1930s. Glove exhibits evident use including pocket wear and interior padding wear. Both front and back surfaces display some light to moderatesurface crazing as frequently seen on period gloves. Back of the glove retains its original Spalding label (red) with buckle back strap (split at center of strap but not missing any portions). The lot includes an original sepia tone 8"x10" image picturing Dickey seated with his wife (Violet Dickey) and daughter (Violet Dickey Stafford) looking at a baseball with the mother holding what appears to be the offered mitt. Additionally, the glove includes a signed letter of provenance, on Bill Dickey's personal stationary, from Dickey's daughter, attesting to the fact that the offered glove is in fact the glove pictured within the photograph. Pre-1950s Hall of Fame game worn professional model gloves with proper provenance and attribution are notably rare with the offered example among the finest of its type/era. Includes letter of provenance from Dickey's daughter and LOA from Hunt Auctions: VG-EX ($7,500-$12,500) $8,250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 464 Rare 1939 Lou Gehrig Day Commemorative plaque. Ornately decorated brass plaque was crafted by Col. Charles J. Dieges of New York's famed metalwork shop Dieges & Clust. Plaque measures 4 1/4"x10 1/2" with an intricate vine and flower border surrounding a stirring tributary lyric at top by John Kieran, below which are printed the names of Gehrig's Yankee teammates. Wording at the top reads as follows, "To Lou Gehrig-We've been to the wars together; We took our foes as they came; And always you were the leader; And ever you played the game. Idol of cheering millions, Records are yours by sheaves; Iron of frame they hailed you; Decked you with laurel leaves. But higher than that we hold you, We who have known you best; Knowing the way that we hold you, We who have known you the best; Knowing the way you came through, Every human test. Let this be a silent token, Of lasting Friendship's gleam, And all that we've left unspoken; Your Pals of the Yankee Team". Archivally matted and framed with a reproduction image of Gehrig delivering his July 4, 1939 farewell speech. This is one of 6 examples that we know of in existence and was most likely given to baseball executives, teammates, or dignitaries: EX-MT ($3,000-$4,000) $6,250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 465 2009 Albert Pujols autographed game used baseball bat. Marucci custom made Albert Pujols professional model bat was used by Pujols in a game played on April 24, 2009 in St. Louis against the Cardinals' rivals the Chicago Cubs. The bat measures 34" long and weighs 32.4oz. exhibiting evident use including pine tar residue and several ball marks with stitching impressions. The knob end is impressed with the number "5" in gold along with "3/17/09" and "4 1" numeral codes. Signed on the barrel in silver sharpie on the back "Albert Pujols" and again on the barrel front, "Albert Pujols MVP 05, 08 4-24/09 vs. Cubs". The bat is a one of one issue from the Upper Deck Authenticated program with a portion of the proceeds going to the Pujols Family Foundation. Very desirable game used and autographed baseball bat from the most prolific slugger in Major League Baseball today. Includes COA from Upper Deck Authenticated (along with orig. UDA box), LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), and LOA from JSA (autographs): EX-EX/MT ?($2,000-$3,000) $4,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 466 2009 Albert Pujols autographed game worn St. Louis Cardinals home jersey. White knit home jersey retains its embroidered Cardinals logo across the front with #5 beneath. The back of the shirt has "Pujols" applied lettering above #5 as well. Majestic mfg. tag is affixed to the tail front with "2009" and "52" year and size flag tags. Interior tail has appropriate dry clean tag with 0062/0327/52C codes. The jersey exhibits evident use including some soiling to the back of the neck area and the bottom left tail. 2009 All-Star game patch is affixed to the left sleeve. The offered jersey was worn on April 24, 2009 during a game played at St. Louis against the Cardinals' rivals the Chicago Cubs. Signed on the back by Pujols in black marker and also signed on the front, "Albert Pujols 4.24.09 vs. Cubs". The jersey is a one of one issue from the Upper Deck Authenticated program with a portion of the proceeds going to the Pujols Family Foundation. Rare game worn and signed jersey from the dominant player in Major League Baseball today with impeccable primary source provenance. Includes COA from Upper Deck Authenticated (along with orig. UDA box), MLB Authenticated hologram (LH 229304), LOA from Hunt Auctions (jersey), and LOA from JSA (autographs): EX ($5,000-$7,500) $8,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 467 Albert Pujols autographed color photograph. Large format 16"x20" color image of Pujols walking towards home plate is signed in blue sharpie across the front. Includes LOA from JSA and COA from Steiner Sports: NM-MT ($300-$400) $375.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 468 Game ball from Albert Pujols' career home run number 300 game. Albert Pujols honored America on July 4th, 2008 by hitting his 300th career home run in the Cardinals game against the Cubs. Pujols reached the milestone at the tender age of 28 years old. He is the fifth youngest player to reach 300 career homers. This ball, while not the one hit for #300, was nevertheless used in that historic game. The ball shows typical game use and bears the MLB hologram. Includes LOAs from MLB.com and Hunt Auctions: EX ($300-$400) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 469 St. Louis Cardinals autographed line-up card from Albert Pujols' first career grand slam game. This is the actual Cardinals line-up card that hung in the dugout on Sept. 21, 2001 in Pittsburgh for a game in which the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-5. The Cards were propelled by Albert Pujols' first career grand slam, belted in the top of the ninth giving Pujols the NL record for most extra base hits in a season by a rookie. Pujols would ultimately earn Rookie of the Year honors for 2001. The late Darryl Kile started the game for the Cardinals. The scorecard is fully executed including inter-game line-up changes and is signed by (11) Cardinals including Pujols, Kile, La Russa, Paquette, Drew, Edmonds, Renteria, Timlin, Kline, Hackman and Stechschulte. All signatures rate 9-10 out of 10. Includes LOA from Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation and additional LOA from JSA: EX-MT ($400-$500) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 469a ***Updated Description*** Opening Day panoramic photo of the first game at Busch Stadium. Artist Rob Arra has captured a sweeping view of the first Major League game ever played at Busch Stadium during opening day on April 10, 2006 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Braves. Enormous 8'x26' reproduction photo has been printed on 4'x8' gatorfoam panels for use at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest "You Call the Play" attraction (size may vary to fit the size of the attraction). Proceeds from the sale will benefit Tickets For Kids Charities: NM - $40.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 470 Darryl Kile professional model baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 33 1/2" long and weighs 25.6oz. The bat shows evident use including ball marks, stitching impressions, and has a large section missing from the back of the barrel. Stamped in block lettering on the barrel, "Darryl Kile St. Louis Cardinals". Kile died tragically during the 2002 season from heart disease while in Chicago for a series. The offered bat includes a letter of authenticity from the Chicago Cubs dated September 24, 2002 certifying its use by Kile along with a Chicago tribune Sports section picturing Cubs catcher Joe Girardi making the announcement regarding Kile (signed by Girardi): VG ($300-$400) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 472 Wade Boggs auto. professional model cleats and batting gloves from 3,000th Hit Season. Nike Zoom Air model cleats feature Boggs' number "12" embroidered on the tongues. Size 11.5 cleats show moderate use incl. dirt remnants in spikes. Accompanying pair of Franklin batting gloves each have Boggs' number "12" written in black marker at the base of the thumbs. Glove shows extensive usage wear and soiling. Both the cleats and batting gloves were used by Boggs in 1999 as a member of the Devil Rays in the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed all four pieces with his added notation "Game Used 3,000 Hit Season". Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (cleats, batting gloves) and JSA (autos.): EX ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 473 Wade Boggs auto. game used ball from 3,000th career hit game. Medium toned and soiled Budig AL ball bears Wade Boggs' signature across the sweet spot and adjacent inscription "Game Ball From 3000 Hit Game". Signature and inscription rate 10 out of 10. This ball was used during the game in which Wade Boggs garnered his 2,998th, 2,999th and 3,000th career hits on August 7, 1999 against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Boggs' 2,998th that day was a bases loaded run-scoring single in the third off of Charles Nagy between first and second for a run-scoring single. He struck again off Nagy in the fifth, slapping a 1-and-1 pitch to right for another run-scoring single for #2,999. The crowning blow came in the sixth, with Tropicana Field pulsating with excitement and the clock reading 9:08, as he drove a 2-and-2 pitch from left-hander Chris Haney into the right field seats for a two-run homer. Boggs became the first member of the 3,000 Hit Club who homered to get in. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (ball) and JSA (auto.): EX ($500-$750) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 474 Wade Boggs auto. professional model bat from 3,000 Hit Season. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34 1/4" long and weighs 32.4oz. Bat shows heavy use incl. ball marks, rack marks, stitch impressions and a handle crack. Heavy application of pine tar appears on the upper and lower portion of handle. Model number B349 is stamped on the barrel along with Boggs' name in block letters and "Tampa Ray Devil Rays" team designation. Boggs' uniform number "12" is written in black marker on the knob end. The bat was used by Boggs in 1999 as a member of the Devil Rays in the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed the barrel with his added notation "Game Used 3,000 Hit Season" in blue sharpie. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (bat) and JSA (auto.): EX ($750-$1,000) $1,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 475 Wade Boggs auto. professional model bat from 3,000 Hit Season. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34 1/4" long and weighs 32.4oz. Bat shows heavy use incl. ball marks, rack marks, stitch impressions and remains uncracked. Pine tar appears on the upper and lower portion of handle. Model number B349 is stamped on the barrel along with Boggs' facsimile signature and "Tampa Ray Devil Rays" team designation. Boggs' uniform number "12" is written in black marker on the knob end. The bat was used by Boggs in 1999 as a member of the Devil Rays in the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed the barrel with his added notation "Game Used 3,000 Hit Season" in blue sharpie. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (bat) and JSA (auto.): EX-MT ($750-$1,000) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 476 Wade Boggs auto. professional model bat from 3,000 Hit Season. Rawlings model bat measures 34 1/4" long and weighs 32.4oz. Bat shows heavy use incl. ball marks, rack marks, stitch impressions and remains uncracked. Pine tar appears on the upper and lower portion of handle. Model number 456BM is stamped on the knob end. Boggs' full name appears in block letters on the barrel along with "Devil Rays" team designation. Boggs' uniform number "12" is written in black marker on the knob end. The bat was used by Boggs in 1999 as a member of the Devil Rays in the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed the barrel with his added notation "Game Used 3,000 Hit Season" in blue sharpie. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (bat) and JSA (auto.): EX-MT ($750-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 477 Lot of (5) Wade Boggs auto. milestone hit game balls. Each of these medium toned and soiled official Budig AL (3) or Coleman NL (2) balls was smacked for a base hit by Boggs in 1999 as he approached the 3,000 hit plateau. Each bears Wade Boggs' signature across the sweet spot and adjacent inscriptions including: "Hit #2981 7/10/99", "Hit #2982 7/11/99", "Hit #2983 7/16/99", "Hit #2985 7/17/99" and "Hit #2996 8/3/99". All signatures and inscriptions rate 10 out of 10. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (ball) and JSA (auto.): EX ($750-$1,250) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 478 1999 Wade Boggs auto. Tampa Bay Devil Rays professional model home jersey from 3,000th career hit game. White knit shirt features Devil Rays lettering and Devil Ray logo on front with player #12 on back. Embroidered Devil Rays patch appears on left sleeve and Boggs' name is stitched on nameplate on the back. Russell tagging is stitched on the front tail noting size "48" with two attached flag tags noting "100% polyester" and "2' extra length". This jersey was worn by Boggs during the single game in which he garnered his 2,998th, 2,999th and 3,000th career hits on August 7, 1999 versus the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Boggs' 2,998th that day was a bases loaded run-scoring single in the third off of Charles Nagy between first and second for a run-scoring single. He struck again off Nagy in the fifth, slapping a 1-and-1 pitch to right for another run-scoring single for #2,999. The crowning blow came in the sixth, with Tropicana Field pulsating with excitement and the clock reading 9:08, as he drove a 2-and-2 pitch from left-hander Chris Haney into the rightfield seats for a two-run homer. Boggs became the first member of the 3,000 Hit Club who homered to get in. Boggs has signed the back of this jersey with his added notation "Jersey From 3000 Hit Game Hit #2,999". This clearly indicates that Boggs wore a different jersey later in that game when he got his 3,000th hit. Jersey shows moderate usage wear including some infield clay staining. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (jersey) and JSA (auto.): EX-MT ($1,500-$2,500) $2,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 479 1999 Wade Boggs auto. Tampa Bay Devil Rays professional model alternate jersey. Black knit shirt features Devil Rays lettering and Devil Ray logo on front with player #12 on back. Embroidered Devil Rays patch appears on left sleeve and Boggs' name is stitched on nameplate on the back. Russell tagging is stitched on the front tail noting size "48" with two attached flag tags noting "100% polyester" and "2' extra length". The jersey was used by Boggs during the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed the back with his added notation "Game Used Jersey 3,000 Hit Season Road" in silver sharpie. Jersey shows moderate usage wear. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (jersey) and JSA (auto.): EX-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 480 1999 Wade Boggs auto. Tampa Bay Devil Rays professional model road jersey and cap. Road grey knit shirt features Tampa Bay lettering and Devil Ray logo on front with player #12 on back. Embroidered Devil Rays patch appears on left sleeve and Boggs' name is stitched on nameplate on the back. Russell tagging is stitched on the front tail noting size "48" with two attached flag tags noting "100% polyester" and "2' extra length". The jersey was used by Boggs during the season in which he garnered his 3,000th career hit. Boggs has signed the back with his added notation "Game Used Jersey 3,000 Hit Season Road" in blue sharpie. Accompanying Devil Rays professional model cap is a New Era brand (size 7 1/4). Boggs number "12" is written on the underside of the bill in black marker. Boggs has signed the underside of the bill with his added notation "Game Used Hat 3,000 Hit Season" in blue sharpie. Both items show moderate usage wear. Includes letter of provenance from Wade Boggs with additional LOAs from Hunt Auctions (cap, jersey) and JSA (autos.): EX-MT ($1,500-$2,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 481 2005 Ryan Howard auto. Philadelphia Phillies rookie home jersey. White with red pinstripes home jersey was worn by Howard during his rookie campaign in 2005. Shirt retains its original embroidered team name on front with "Howard" lettering on the back above the number 6. Howard's number "6" is also stitched on the left sleeve. Majestic tagging remains affixed to the tail front with size 54 flag tag. Interior tail tag has professional code of 0062. The shirt exhibits light to moderate usage and wash wear. Howard has signed the back number in black sharpie. Authentic Howard game used jerseys are highly sought after with very few examples having entered the marketplace. Superb game jersey from Howard's rookie season. Includes LOAs from Grey Flannel, Hunt Auctions (jersey) and JSA (auto.): EX-MT ($3,000-$4,000) $2,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 482 2008 Chase Utley Phila. Phillies home jersey. Fine example dating to the historic 2008 World Championship season displays embroidered team name across the front with "Utley" on the back above #26. Majestic Athletic/size 46 tag is adhered to the tail front along with "Cool Base" flag tag at the inseam area. Interior "100% Polyester...." tag displays the proper "0063" uniform code. Additional chain stitched "08" year tag is found inside the tail area. The jersey shows evident use/wash wear to both the body and lettering/numerals and has been signed by Utley across the back. Exceptional example from the game's perennial All-Star second baseman originated directly from the Phila. Phillies. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions (jersey), Phila. Phillies (jersey and autograph), and JSA (autograph): EX-MT ($2,000-$3,000) $2,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 483 1993 Phila. Phillies National League Championship ring. Rare ladies ring presented to General Manager Lee Thomas features "National League Champion Phillies" lettering surrounding a central inset diamond of .10 carat weight along with (12) smaller diamond chips. One side panel exhibits a Phillies logo with "Thomas" name, while the other side panel displays the NL Championship trophy and "P-4 A-2" series scoring. Marked 10K gold on the interior ring band: NM ($1,500-$2,500) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 484 Lot of (2) game balls from Cal Ripken's record tying (2,130) and record breaking (2,131) appearances for consecutive games played. As a coach for the Anaheim Angels, Sam Suplizio was on the field at Camden Yards the night of Sept. 5, 1995, when Cal Ripken tied Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive starts, and again the following night when Ripken broke the record by playing in number 2,131. Suplizio kept a favorite picture on his desk of himself embracing Cal Ripken Jr. minutes after the Baltimore Orioles infielder set baseball's ironman record. Mr. Suplizio called it the biggest thrill of his career in baseball. Offered here are baseballs obtained by Suplizio from each of those games. Both balls are Ripken special edition Budig AL balls with notations including "Game 2130 -Tied Record Orioles 8, Angels 0 Official Game Ball" and "Game Ball 2131 - Broke Record Orioles 4, Angels 1 Official Game Ball". Both show moderate soiling and typical usage characteristics. Includes an elaborate custom display that features two glove shaped ball holders and a plaque with images of Ripken and Gehrig and engraved titling. Includes LOAs from the Suplizio family and Hunt Auctions: EX ($2,000-$3,000) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 485 1994 Lefty Gomez Award presented to Sam Suplizio. Sam Suplizio, a one-time prospect in the New York Yankees farm system, rose to help bring Major League baseball to Colorado and made the National Junior College World Series a community institution on the Western Slope. Also a coach for the Anaheim Angels for a time, Suplizio was on the field at Camden Yards the night of Sept. 6, 1995, when Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive starts. This 16 1/4" tall trophy representing the Lefty Gomez Award was presented to Suplizio in 1994 "For His Outstanding Contributions and Distinguished Service To College Baseball". Wooden trophy features metal accoutrements including two figural baseballs and an applied figure of a batter. Includes LOA from the Suplizio family: EX-MT ($500-$750) $125.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 486 Joe Torre autographed original painting. Handsome original oil on canvas rendering of L.A. Dodgers manager Joe Torre by artist Paul Kleinkopf depicts Torre wearing a Dodgers home uniform. Nicely executed portrait exhibits fine color and attention to detail and has been signed in blue across the front by Torre. 20"x24" framed in gilt decorated gesso frame (minor chipping). The proceeds of the offered painting will benefit the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk. Includes LOA from JSA (autograph): NM ($1,500-$2,500) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 487 Sandy Koufax autographed baseball bat. Cooperstown Bat Co. commemorative Sandy Koufax model bat displaying a colorful decal image on the barrel end is signed in blue sharpie by Koufax. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($300-$400) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 488 Sandy Koufax autographed statistics baseball bat. Uncommon Sandy Koufax Adirondack model commemorative bat with his career statistics impressed on the barrel end is signed on the barrel, "Sandy Koufax Dodgers 165-87 .655" Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($750-$1,000) $0.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 489 Sandy Koufax single signed and inscribed baseball. W.White NL ball is signed across the sweet spot by Koufax in blue ink with desirable "HOF 72" inscription beneath. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($400-$500) $425.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 490 Sandy Koufax auto. replica jersey and single signed baseball. Mitchell & Ness replica jersey commemorating Koufax's 1963 season is signed on a swatch of fabric stitched to the front tail. Limited edition piece is numbered "79 of 169". Accompanying is an official Major League baseball signed by Koufax on the sweet spot in blue ink. Ball is authenticated and graded 9.5 by PSA/DNA. Each item comes with full LOAs from PSA/DNA and an additional LOA from JSA: NM/MT and MT respectively ($750-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 491 Enormous Sandy Koufax auto. photograph. Imposing 30"x40" black and white framed photograph is signed across the front by Koufax in blue sharpie rating 10 out of 10. The photo pictures Koufax holding up four baseballs with "0" written on the side signifying his four no hit games. Incredible Koufax signed display item. Includes LOA from JSA and COA from PSA/DNA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 492 Sandy Koufax single signed and inscribed baseball. W.White NL ball is signed across the sweet spot by Koufax in blue ink with desirable "4 No-Hit" inscription beneath. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($400-$500) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 493 Roy Campanella autographed baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 Roy Campanella professional quality bat measures 35" long and is signed by Campanella (post-accident, modern era) on the barrel in blue sharpie. Signature remains fairly legible for the few assisted signings that Campanella conducted later in his life. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($500-$750) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 494 Large Stan Musial auto. Saturday Evening Post front cover poster. 30"x40" color reproduction of the famous 1954 cover is signed in blue sharpie by Musial. Signature rates 10 out of 10. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($300-$400) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 495 Ted Williams autographed large format photograph and single signed baseball. Includes matted and framed 16"x20" black and white image picturing Williams batting. Image is boldly signed by Williams in blue sharpie rating 10 out of 10: NM-MT and B.Brown AL ball signed by Williams across the sweet spot in blue ink rating 9/10 out of 10. The ball has a Green Diamond sports hologram affixed and includes COA from PSA/DNA: NM-MT ($500-$750) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 496 Ted Williams and Stan Musial auto. large format photograph inscribed by Williams to Musial. Superb 16"x20" sepia toned image captures two of the greatest players of their generation, whose Major League careers coincided for 17 seasons in the American and National Leagues respectively. The photograph is signed by the photographer Jack Zehel in the lower right corner with his date notation "1948", suggesting the image may have been captured during the 1948 All-Star game at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park. Musial has added his large signature across his image in thick blue marker. In the same blue marker, Williams has penned an extraordinary inscription to Musial himself that reads, "To my friend Stan, I told my son you were every bit as good as ever went to the plate. Best Wishes, Ted Williams". Signatures and inscription rate 8-9 out of 10. Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer inscribed pieces of this caliber are seldom seen. An important and aesthetically superior dual signed image linking two of baseball's most prolific figures. Matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM ($1,500-$2,000) $2,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 497 Stan Musial autographed jersey and baseball. Includes Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals replica jersey signed across the back in silver sharpie by Musial: NM-MT and a L.Coleman NL ball signed across the sweet spot, "Stan The Man Musial" in blue ink: NM. Includes LOA from JSA. ($200-$300) $425.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 498 1991 Ted Williams "The Splendid Splinter" large format serigraph by LeRoy Neiman. Framed 20"x28" color serigraph depicts the classic swing of Ted Williams after the original abstract painting by noted artist LeRoy Neiman. Numbered "182/270" from the limited edition of 270. Serigraph is signed by artist LeRoy Neiman at the bottom right margin in pencil. Signature rates 10 out of 10. Fine example of one of Neiman's most coveted baseball serigraphs. Archivally matted and framed. Includes LOA from JSA: NM-MT ($1,500-$2,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 499 Joe DiMaggio auto. vintage style rookie replica jersey. Unique replica jersey was created with vintage materials in order to more accurately commemorate Joe DiMaggio's early career. Joe DiMaggio later signed the jersey in the collar for its former owner, noted collector Barry Halper. Created using a vintage flannel jersey from the period as a foundation, this jersey offers the true look and feel of a 1930s Yankees jersey. The New York lettering, number 9, and stitching in the collar were carefully applied to mimic DiMaggio's 1936 rookie road jersey. A vintage "Spalding" tag and size tag appear in the collar. "J DiMaggio" is chain-stitched in red directly to the right of the Spalding tag. The year, "36," is chain-stitched in red along the interior rear tail. Heavy to moderate wear is displayed throughout including a small hole in the rear tail. DiMaggio's signature in the collar rates 8-9 out of 10. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA (full) and JSA: EX ($750-$1,000) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 500 Roger Maris single signed baseball. Nearly pristine white Worth "Little League" ball is signed on the sweet spot in bold blue ink by Maris. Signature rates a solid 9/10 out of 10 with some minimal surface soiling visible underneath the last name "Maris". Very fine example with desirable sweet spot positioning. Includes LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA (full): NM-MT ($4,000-$5,000) $3,850.00
 
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