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Back Items For The Auction of July 10th and 11th  
 
  Lot Number Item Description Est. Price Range Sold For Price
 
See a Picture of this Item 101 Lot of (2) Official American League baseballs with boxes c.1920s. Includes red and blue stitched ball with well defined stampings and mild evident usage wear. This ball includes box that displays at FR/GD-GD level but has moderate to severe condition issues; additional later period ball with well defined stampings and Harridge facsimile signature. This ball has moderate toning, light wear, and a period fountain pen signature on sweetspot (unknown signer). Box displays at VG/EX-EX level with scattered wear and some scotch tape repairs: FR-VG ($750-$1,000) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 102 1886 Pittsburgh Alleghenys vs. Philadelphia Athletics scorecard. Rare original scorecard as issued for game played in Philadelphia. Unscored with pre-printed lineups inside. Wear largely affects the spine which has some chipping and a small separation at bottom: VG ($400-$600) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 103 1884 Pittsburgh Alleghenys vs. Brooklyn Atlantics scorecard. Rare original scorecard has been neatly scored in pencil on the pre-printed interior lineups. Marked "Sage" on the front cover with mild general handling and age related wear including some creases and unobtrusive staple holes. There is a small piece of tape on the back cover and some scattered pencil marks/writing: GD ($400-$600) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 104 Baseball figural shot glass holders (with glasses) c.1920-30s. Baseball decorated metal container with hinged lid that opens by pressing a small button. Housed inside are the (4) original metal shot glasses. Chipping and loss to portions of the exterior decoration which remains intact over the majority of the surface. "Mr. & Mrs..." handwritten name on side is partially worn off and there is a "Ges.Gesch" mark on the underside: VG-EX ($500-$1,000) $927.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 105 Rare c.1930s "Junior League Bat-A-Ball" table top game. Wooden cased game with appealing baseball player graphic retains its original marquis on top. Mild general wear consistent with use as intended with some minor restoration to the upper titling piece. The handles remain in working order however the coin receiver is jammed. Stands 29" tall with 15.5"x7.5" footprint. The first of this type, with the original upper portion, that we can recall offering in many years: EX ($1,000-$1,500) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 106 "Home Baseball Game" by McLoughlin c.1900. Early board game having beautifully illustrated lid (14"x15") featuring batter and catcher likenesses. Lid has some general corner and edge wear/chipping with a small tear to lower left flap and some scattered mild to moderate wrinkles/creases. Playing surface inside shows a touch of light wear and there are some wooden playing pieces included along with portion of what was likely a spinner: VG ($750-$1,000) $900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 107 "The College Base Ball" game by Parker Bros. c.1910. Period board game features a handsome color lithographic lid depicting a baseball scene. Interior playing field remains clean overall retaining its original wooden player pieces, die, and die container. Cover is in unusually strong condition given age: EX/MT ($400-$600) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 108 1905 World Series panoramic supplement by Reach. Large format black and white printed image on glossy paper stock as issued by Reach as a supplement to their 1906 guide. Captioned, "World's Championship Series" it shows Game 2 as played in New York with the Athletics on field and Hall of Famer Chief Bender pitching. Framed to 18"x46", there are a series of visible fold lines (as issued) along with a touch of other light wear: EX ($500-$750) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 109 Rare 1907 Detroit Tigers pendant. Baseball shaped brass pendant issued in celebration of the Detroit Tigers 1907 American League pennant featuring Tigers' mascot with "Pennant" and "Detroit" raised lettering. Dated 1907 with raised baseball stitching. 1" diameter with some surface wear and the clasp at top is separated. First example we have handled: EX ($750-$1,500) $362.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 110 Important Forbes Field figural arch cornerstone. Substantive piece was formerly incorporated into the ornate exterior facade that surrounded the steel and concrete park. Done in terra cotta and decorated with floral garland and interlocking "PAC" logo; the symbol for Pittsburgh Athletic Company. In fine overall condition retaining the majority of its original paint with only a few minor scattered chips. Measures approx. 29"x24"x5.5" at extremes and of notable weight. One of only a handful of known surviving examples and the first we have offered at auction in many years: EX ($4,000-$6,000) $6,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 111 Early Philadelphia Athletics souvenir pennant c.1910s. Rare early 15" long blue felt pennant having screened on titling and player graphic. Generally well preserved with a touch of light wear. Stitching along the left edge suggests that it may have been issued on a stick or cane: EX ($500-$1,000) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 112 Rube Marquard single signed baseball. Rawlings "Official League" baseball has been signed "Rube Marquard" across the sweetspot in black marker rating 7-7/8 out of 10. Mild scattered toning with some other minor scattered discoloration. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX-EX/MT ($750-$1,250) $480.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 113 Imperial size Honus Wagner autographed "Pittsburgh Gazette" large format original artwork c.1910. Oversized original artwork which is marked, "1910 By Pittsburgh Gazette Times" at lower right is the same likeness that was used in production of a postcard in the period. It has been signed "Honus Wagner" in ink rating 8 out of 10 and with a visible area of approx. 13"x19", the offered represents perhaps the largest autograph likeness of Wagner which we have handled. Included documentation relays that it was signed during a September 1953 visit to Wagner's home in Carnegie, PA and later displayed during a ceremony held at the Masonic Lodge of which he was a member. A superb display piece and one of the most highly visual as relates to Wagner that we have offered. Matted and framed. Includes full LOA from JSA: Sig. NM, Artwork EX ($7,500-$15,000) $5,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 114 Pie Traynor single signed baseball. Wilson "Official Pacific Coast League" baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Pie Traynor." Vintage ink signature rates 6/7 out of 10. Ball displays a hint of off white coloration. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX-EX/MT ($500-$1,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 115 Rare 1906 Pittsburgh Pirates team photograph. Choice sepia toned 6"x9" photo showing team members incl. Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Captioned "Pittsburgh Base Ball Team" within the lower right border and marked "American-Photo-Novelty-Co." Mounted to scrapbook page backing with some light silvering and a touch of light age related wear. First example of this particular image we have handled: EX-EX/MT ($1,500-$2,500) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 116 Rare "Spalding's Athletic Library" store display rack c.1920's. Painted wooden display rack stands approx. 29" tall with base measuring 34"x8.5". Lettered on the top front with "Spaldings Athletic Library Price 10 Cents" titling while the back has instructions for the retailer to store extra stock. Original surface displays mild expected usage and some general age related wear. One of only a few such store display pieces to have become available and the first we have offered in some time: EX ($3,000-$5,000) $4,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 117 1924 Washington Senators team signed baseball with Billy Evans. Reach red and blue stitched B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been signed by (25) incl. Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin, Tom Zachary, Nick Altrock, Muddy Ruel, Bucky Harris, Sam Rice, Joe Judge, Roger Peckinpaugh, and others. Also signing is Hall of Fame Umpire Billy Evans. All are done in fountain pen generally rating 6 to 7 out of 10 with a few lesser. Ball displays mild discoloration and a touch of light wear with well defined stampings. Includes full LOA from JSA: Overall EX ($2,000-$4,000) $2,250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 118 August 22, 1926 Athletics vs. White Sox first Sunday game in Philadelphia history attributed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been lettered on a side panel in fountain pen "Athletics 3-2 Chicago" with "First Sunday Game: Shibe Park, Aug. 22d 1926, E.E.E." on the opposite. The "E.E.E." initials are those of Dr. Edward E. Ebling, the Philadelphia Athletics noted long time trainer whose descendants retained the ball until its offering by Hunt Auctions in 1997. Due to long standing "Blue Laws", professional sports had been prohibited in the Philly area dating back to the 18th Century however a ruling handed down from a Common Pleas Court Judge allowed for the game to take place. Arguments would reach the Pennsylvania State Court and it would take intervention from the State Legislature in 1933 to reverse the antiquated statutes. Includes letter of provenance from the Ebling Family and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($1,000-$1,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 119 Rare Sam Rice single signed baseball. Rawlings "Official League" baseball has been signed "Sam Rice" on a side panel rating 8 out of 10. Ball has the slightest touch of wear isolated on the opposite panel which is mentioned purely for accuracy. Notably scarce with this being the first Rice single that we can recall handling in many years. Includes full LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($2,000-$4,000) $4,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 120 Babe Ruth autographed photograph. Matte finish 8"x10" image of Ruth in batting pose which has been signed in black fountain pen, "To Don From Babe Ruth 4-1-47". Inscription and signature rate 9/9 out of 10. In the period, an additional inscription of "& Paul" was added in by another hand. The photo itself has a few typical surface creases and some light soiling to few spots. Very fine Ruth signed 8"x10" with high condition grade autograph. Includes full LOA from JSA: Photo: VG-EX, Signature: NM ($3,000-$5,000) $2,250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 121 April 5, 1931 Babe Ruth autographed barnstorming home run attributed baseball. Red and black stitched Rawlings "Official League" baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth" in fountain pen rating 6-6/7 out of 10. Written on side panels, in unknown hand, are "Vols. 5 Yanks. 14 4-5-31" and "H.R. Ruth. Hoag. Byrd. Stimp." These markings refer to a barnstorming game in which Ruth took part; played in Sulpher Dell Park in Nashville, TN just days after another famed game in which female pitcher Jackie Mitchell struck out both Ruth and Lou Gehrig. A typewritten history which accompanies the ball relays that it has been passed down as the ball which Ruth hit over the fence at Sulpher Dell. At a later date it was signed by Chuck Dressen and Bob Lennon who are both noted in Nashville baseball lore in their own right. Includes full LOA from JSA, print showing numerous articles/clippings related to game, book on Nashville sports history, and typewritten history/notes: Overall EX ($3,000-$5,000) $2,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 122 Choice 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball with related photograph. Red and black stitched Wilson T.J. Hickey "Official League" baseball has been signed on the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth" with "Lou Gehrig" appearing on adjacent panel. Both are done in period fountain pen rating 8 out of 10. Ball displays just off white coloration with a slight touch of other discoloration mentioned largely for accuracy. An outstanding example with autographs positioned such that both can be viewed when positioned for display. Included 5"x7" vintage sepia toned photograph shows Lou Gehrig in barnstorming uniform with the original recipient, George Castagnola, who played catcher for the well known "Larrupin' Lou's" team when they made a stop in Santa Barbara, California. Includes full LOA from JSA, letter of provenance from the Castagnola Family, and period 5"x7" photograph: Sigs. EX/MT-NM, Ball EX/MT ($10,000-$20,000) $13,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 123 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball. Red and gold stitched Spalding "Official Cork Center" baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Babe Ruth" and "Lou Gehrig." Both are done in period fountain pen rating 7/8 out of 10. Ball displays soiling and evident usage wear. An outstanding example for display with highly uncommon signature positioning. Obtained by George Castagnola who played on Gehrig's "Larrupin' Lou's" barnstorming team during a stop in Santa Barbara, California. Includes 8"x10" photo (modern print) of the "Larrupin' Lou's" barnstorming team (with Babe Ruth), letter of provenance from the Castagnola Family, and full LOA from JSA: Overall EX ($7,500-$10,000) $11,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 123a Babe Ruth career related scrapbooks with choice content. Fascinating pair of scrapbooks as assembled by a dedicated fan and collector cover many notable events. Mixed through newspaper and other publication clippings are a number of noteworthy and highly desirable pieces including photographs and autographs. Highlights incl. autographed 3"x4.75" sepia toned snap shot photo with "Babe Ruth" signature on front that was traced/enhanced at later date. Notation on back relays that it was taken in 1920 at The Polo Grounds; Tour of Japan period c.1934 photographs (4) incl. choice snapshot of Ruth at bat and (3) small photos which a handwritten notation relays were obtained from the estate of Moe Berg. These incl. a shot of players (incl. Ruth and Gehrig) in kimonos, snapshot of Berg with Ruth in background, and an image of the famed group of players on the ship in which they sailed; c.1930s Claire and Babe Ruth Christmas card (unsigned but with mailing envelope that appears to have been addressed in her hand); original ink signatures of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris on vintage index cards (discoloration over signatures); snapshot of Ruth at the 1939 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony along with related pieces incl. ticket stub to 1939 Hall of Fame Game; several additional snapshots incl. early 1920s view of Ruth in uniform, (4) early 1920s shots of Ruth on vacation, (3) 1940s image of Ruth golfing, a pair of slightly photos of Ruth at the home of a young cancer stricken fan, and others; late 1920s 8"x10" sepia toned Ruth underwear premium photo with secretarial fountain pen signature (an "old new stock" label is mounted below); a selection of additional Ruth related photography to include a handful of images which may have been produced during his career/lifetime, a number of vintage second or third generation photos (some stamped "Culver" on back), and some which have been produced more recently; original notecard as sent to a well wisher in 1947 when he sick which has secretarial fountain pen signature (with envelope); portion of Ruth's 1947 "Ruth Day" speech at Yankee Stadium which has been handwritten/transcribed by Claire Ruth; original seating card as would allowed bearer into Ruth's funeral and a thank you card from the family as sent to well wisher; autographs of players/others whom have relation to notable Ruth home runs or other career related events incl. Joe DiMaggio (vintage), Yogi Berra (8"x10"), Jack Warhop, Bert Cole, Paul Hopkins, Tom Zachary (vintage index card), Willis Hudlin, Emil Fuchs, Guy Bush, (2) Mrs. Babe Ruth signatures (Claire), and signed image of his daughter Julia; and others. With the exception of the newsprint clippings, it appears that all of the material can be removed without risk of damage however it should be noted that there are varying degrees of wear to pieces themselves. Includes auction LOA from JSA: GD-NM ($3,000-$5,000) $2,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 124 Yankee Stadium seat. Curved back cast iron and wooden seat from Yankee Stadium retains its original blue paint with #6 at top of back slat. Light wear and pitting as consistent with long term outdoor use. A descriptive placard is included and can be affixed to the chair for display: EX ($750-$1,000) $950.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 125 1936 N.Y. Yankees "American League Champions" pennant. Scarce 26" long felt pennant having well preserved screened on titling and "Yankee Stadium" graphic. Touch of light discoloration and some light/mild natural wear. "Charles Shear Concessioner" label appears on back: EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 126 Jimmie Foxx single signed baseball. "City League" marked baseball has been signed "Jimmie Foxx" across the sweetspot in ink. Ball displays mild/moderate toning and discoloration along with some wear. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA which assigns "Overall Grade: 3.5" (sig. "4", Ball "3"): VG ($2,500-$3,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 127 Pittsburgh Pirates pennant c.1940s-50s. Black felt pennant (29.75" long) having screened on team name and graphic. Well preserved with just a touch of light wear. All (4) original tassels intact: EX/MT ($200-$400) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 128 Fine c.1920s Babe Ruth single signed baseball - an outstanding example long cherished by 1st NASA Director of Manned Space D. Brainerd Holmes. Spalding red and black stitched J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed "Babe Ruth" across the sweetspot. The fountain pen signature rates 7/8 out of 10. Ball displays mild age toning and has a touch of light scattered wear. The ball was a childhood keepsake of D. Brainerd Holmes who took over the running of NASA just as President John F. Kennedy made it a National priority to put a man on the moon. Under his leadership, the agency flew John Glenn into space making him the first US astronaut in orbital flight. Holmes would go on to run International Defense contractor Raytheon helping to develop many of our Nation's most important defense systems. It is relayed by the Holmes Family that through all of those years, the offered Babe Ruth baseball was proudly displayed on his desk. Includes full LOA from JSA, letter of provenance from the Holmes Family, and 1962 TIME Magazine with Holmes on the cover: Ball EX, Sig. EX/MT ($10,000-$20,000) $12,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 129 Dizzy Dean single signed baseball. Cream color Frick NL ball signed on side panel by Dean in black fountain pen. Signature rates 7 out of 10. The ball itself remains very clean with minimal wear and bold stampings. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA: EX-MT ($1,000-$1,500) $706.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 130 Rare 1937 Odell Hale Cleveland Indians professional model home jersey. Cream colored flannel jersey with red trim has the "C" team logo on left front chest and number "4" on back. "Reach" manufacturer's tag appears in the collar beside the name "Hale" which is done in chain stitch. Year "37" is chain stitched inside the tail. The sleeves have been shortened which likely accounts for removal of the patch which would otherwise have been on left sleeve. Well preserved with general usage and age related wear including a few minor scattered moth holes. An exceedingly rare and seldom offered early example. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($2,000-$4,000) $3,993.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 131 Tom Yawkey Boston Red Sox professional model hat c.1940s. Classic blue hat has the Red Sox "B" logo on front done in red on white felt. "Tim McAuliffe" manufacturer's tag remains on the interior leather band which has the name "Tom Yawkey" embroidered in chain stitch. Size "7 3/8" is stamped inside. Well preserved with evident usage and some general age related wear including some cracks to interior material of hardened brim. There are a handful of moth holes and a few loose stitches. An included letter of provenance signed by well known Red Sox clubhouse attendant, Johnny Orlando, states that Yawkey wore the hat while working out at Fenway Park. A choice association piece from one of the most noted team owners in baseball history. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($4,000-$6,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 132 Rare 1940 Mike McCormick Cincinnati Reds World Series attributed professional model home jersey. Cream colored flannel jersey has the "Reds" team logo patch on left front chest and number "20" back. "Goldsmith" manufacturer's tag appears in the collar and "M McCormick '40" is embroidered on the front tail. While Spalding provided the Reds jerseys for regular season use, the team turned to Goldsmith, a local source, for those which were intended for the post-season. The jersey remains in fine overall condition with light general usage and age related wear. McCormick was in his Rookie season and played in all 7 World Series games helping the team to their first Championship title since 1919. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($2,000-$4,000) $6,050.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 133 1948 Steve Gromek Cleveland Indians Championship Season professional model road jersey. Road gray jersey has player number "27" on back and a "Gromek 27" embroidered strip tag in the collar. An original team logo patch remains on the left sleeve. In the collar is a "MacGregor Goldsmith" manufacturer's tag (size 44) and there is a "48" embroidered year tag inside. "Cleveland" team name across the front is replaced (as a pair of buttons) as the shirt was likely sent down for Minor League use by an affiliate. Usage and general age related wear throughout with some scattered discoloration and a few small holes to material. A rare jersey from the Indians Championship season as issued to a key member of the team. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $5,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 134 Scarce 1924 "First Colored World Series" Monarchs vs. Hilldale panoramic photograph. Significant original sepia toned image shows the Opening Game of the 1924 Negro League World Series played at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Titled within noting the game date "Oct. 3, 1924" and participating Hall of Fame pitchers Bullet Joe Rogan and Louis Santop. A total of ten games were played in the best of nine series (one ending in a tie) with Kansas City winning (5) to claim the Championship. Framed to 17"x25.5" for display with mild visible toning (somewhat more accentuated at upper left) and some light general wear and a pair of more pronounced vertical creases. One of only a few surviving specimens to have entered into the marketplace: EX ($2,500-$5,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 135 Paul O'Dea Cleveland Indians professional model hat c.1944-45. Blue wool hat with red brim and button accent has "C" team logo embroidered on front. Interior leather band has the name "O'Dea" stitched in and there is a faint "Wilson" manufacturer's stamp. Displays nicely with some general usage and age related wear which is more accentuated on interior band which has chipping/loss. What may have been a small separation at front is repaired from the inside. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($400-$600) $440.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 136 Rare 1952 Monte Irvin autographed professional model All-Star Game bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with "All Star Game Philadelphia 1952" block lettered into the barrel along with Irvin facsimile signature. Model number "S2" has been factory stamped in the knob and the bat measures 34" long and weighs 34.6oz. Evident usage wear includes scattered ball/contact/stitch marks. Signed in black marker rating 7-7/8 out of 10. An outstanding example and one of only a small number of Irvin game bats which have surfaced. Includes auction LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($4,000-$6,000) $9,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 137 Negro League Hall of Famers and stars autographed hand carved baseball bat. Wooden bat measuring 34" long has "Hand Made By Lymon Bostock Sr. Negro Legends, Birmingham Black Barons" carved into the barrel. It has been signed throughout by approx. (75) former players incl. Hank Aaron, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Monte Irvin, Quincy Trouppe, Double Duty Radcliffe, Max Manning, Minnie Minoso, Toni Stone, Mahlon Duckett, Ray Dandridge, Edsal Walker, Nap Gulley, and others. Marker signatures rate 7 to 8 out of 10 with a small number lesser. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX-NM ($750-$1,500) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 138 Willie Mays single signed baseball c.1960s. Spalding W.Giles ONL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Best Wishes Willie Mays." Ink signature rates 7-7/8 out of 10. Ball displays light even toning with no mentionable wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($400-$600) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 139 Willard Brown handwritten letter c.1956. Handwritten letter signed "Willard J. Brown" as sent to then President of the Santurce Baseball Club, Pedro Zorrilla. Content relates to an injury which rendered him sidelined for several weeks. Ink signature rates 8-8/9 out of 10. Also includes a related letter signed by Zorrilla and additional from the Doctor who had been treating Brown. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($1,000-$1,500) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 140 1948 Don Larsen Northern League All Star Game ring. Attractive design featuring the year ("1948") between the seams of a raised baseball on the top face which is lettered "Northern League All Star" around the edge. An identical design on either shank incorporates a pair of crossed bats and ball. Stamped "Jostens Sterling" on the interior band which is engraved "D.Larsen." Size (11.25) with a hint of light wear. Includes letter of provenance from Don Larsen: EX/MT ($1,500-$2,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 141 Fine Willie Mays autographed professional model baseball bat c.1963. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with "Mays" block lettered into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 32.6oz. Model number "S2" has been factory stamped in the knob. Evident usage wear with visible ball marks, stitching impressions, and cleat marks along with evident red rack marks. Signed with uncommon inscriptions in black marker rating 8/9 out of 10, "Willie Mays #24 660 HR." A choice example dating to a particularly productive period in his Hall of Fame career. The bat originated from a long time acquaintance of Willie Mays who resided near the Giants Spring Training location in Arizona. It was obtained directly from Mays along with a number of other vintage items in the period including the 1960s era single signed baseball within this auction. Includes full LOA from JSA (autograph), LOA from PSA/DNA (Graded GU 8.5), LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), and letter of provenance from the original recipient: EX ($7,500-$12,500) $7,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 142 Rare Roberto "Momen" Clemente professional model baseball bat c.1959-60 (PSA "GU 7.5"). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35" long and weighs 33.1oz. Model number "S2" has been factory stamped in the knob which has an illegible vintage marker notation. Usage wear evident throughout with visible ball/contact marks and some grain swelling due to repeated contact. The bat finish has had some minor professional restoration to the surface and presents beautifully with a honey brown patination. Rare and desirable "Momen Clemente" facsimile signature stamping on the barrel differs from the traditional "Roberto" first name seen on later period examples. A choice example which is being offered publicly for the first time. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA (Graded "GU 7.5"): EX ($20,000-$30,000) $18,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 143 Rare Roberto Clemente souvenir pin c.1950s. Seldom offered 1.75" pin showing a young Clemente with the Pittsburgh Pirates is one of only a scant few we have ever seen. Touch of mild toning with some scattered darker spots and some rust on back. Original red, white, and blue ribbon attached along with plastic bat and balls charms: VG-EX ($1,500-$2,500) $1,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 144 Roberto Clemente nodder c.1960s. Original period nodder remains in fine overall state of preservation with little mentionable wear aside from typical light toning. High grade example with exceptional display qualities: EX/MT-NM ($1,000-$1,500) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 145 1960 World Series ticket stubs (4) incl. Mazeroski homerun game. Set of (4) stubs representing all games played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Most notable is Game (7) in which Bill Mazeroski hit his famed homerun (GD-GD/VG). Also includes Games (1), (2), and (6). Varying degrees of wear throughout: GD-VG ($500-$1,000) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 146 Ralph Kiner "Sealtest Ice Cream" die cut advertising display c.1950s. Large 26"x64" die cut cardboard advertising display depicting Ralph Kiner in Pirates uniform promoting Sealtest ice cream products. Two piece construction with the upper half having several panels which can be rotated through to select a particular product. Mild general wear throughout includes some small chips/tears, scuffs, edge chipping, etc. Difficult and rarely offered 1950s era advertising piece: VG ($500-$1,000) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 147 1955 Yogi Berra "200 Home Run Club" certificate. Presentational certificate as awarded to Berra after hitting his 200th career home run in the August 5, 1955 Yankees vs. Tigers game played in New York. Signed in period ink by League Presidents Joe Cronin (7/8 out of 10) and Warren Giles (8). Touch of light wear and toning with discoloration along the top edge. Includes auction LOA from JSA and Berra Family letter of provenance: EX ($1,000-$1,500) $750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 148 Roberto Clemente professional model baseball bat c.1965-68. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Clemente facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 36" long and weighs 36oz. Model number "U1" has been factory stamped in the knob which has "21" player number written on in vintage red marker. Light evident usage along with some general surface wear. Desirable example dating to the prime of Clemente's career. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($7,500-$10,000) $6,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 149 1964 Yogi Berra "Outstanding Contribution To Baseball" presentational award. Large bowl having affixed "Boston Chapter" Baseball Writers Association logo has been engraved, "The Paul Shannon Memorial Bowl, 1964, To Yogi Berra, For his Outstanding Contribution To Baseball." Marked "Paul Revere...Colonial Pewter" on the underside. Stands 5" tall and measures 10" across. Touch of very light wear. Includes Berra Family letter of provenance: EX/MT ($1,000-$2,000) $806.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 150 Red Kress attributed Cleveland Indians professional model jacket c.1950s. Navy blue bomber style jacket with red trim accents has the Indians team logo patch on front chest. "Wilson" manufacturer's tag appears in the collar with size "46" flag tag. A "Kress" embroidered strip tag is on the inside front tail over an area of discoloration (appears to possibly be a replacement which is adhered rather than stitched in). Well preserved with light evident usage wear. Includes documentation related to the time of initial offering from the Kress collection and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($400-$600) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 151 1965 Stan Williams Cleveland Indians professional model home jersey. Cream colored vest style jersey has the Indians logo patch on left front chest and player number "40" on the right. Number also appears on back. Wilson tag on the front tail notes size (50) and there is a "1965" embroidered year tag below. Well preserved with light evident usage wear. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($400-$600) $935.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 152 Mickey Mantle attributed c.1956-59 personal model baseball glove (MEARS "Authentic"). Rawlings top of the line "Mickey Mantle Personal Model" left handed glove displays considerable usage wear. As relayed in the accompanying documentation, the glove was obtained from Mantle by a young fan in September of 1959. The two had met several years prior when the boy was working in his father's bar and Mantle went in with teammate Hank Bauer. Over subsequent visits they struck up a friendship and it was discovered that they shared the same birthday of October 20th (albeit in different years). As the letter of provenance states, "...One night in September [1959] Mickey visited the bar and gave me a glove he said he had used and wanted me to have it for my birthday..." Although Mantle is documented to have extensively used a Harvey Haddix model glove, it is not at all uncommon for players to have worn their model gloves as furnished by Companies with whom they had endorsement deals. Though lacking any player specific identifiers (such as written on number or name), MEARS has concluded, based on provenance and their research, that "it is with high probability that this glove was owned and worn by the Mick." It should be noted that the written history relays that while the glove was broken in when it was gifted by Mantle to his fan, the boy then used it further not realizing the historical significance it might have held. Includes letter of provenance and related documentation from MEARS: EX ($4,000-$6,000) $3,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 153 Fine 1964 Mickey Mantle professional model All-Star Game bat (MEARS "A8"). Adirondack 302 model bat with "Mantle 1964 All Stars" block lettered into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 33oz. Model number "113A" has been factory stamped in the knob. A touch of light evident usage wear as identified by MEARS "appears to be a single ball mark on top of the barrel...along with some minor surface abrasions." Making his 14th All-Star Game appearance, Mantle went 1-4 and scored a run for the American League in the event which took place in New York's Shea Stadium. Despite playing in a total of (16) All-Star Games, the bats which were produced for his use in these mid-summer classics seldom surface and are particularly sought after. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions and MEARS (graded "A8"): EX ($25,000-$50,000) $22,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 154 Choice Roger Maris autographed c.1965-68 professional model baseball bat (PSA "GU 8.5"). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Maris facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 34.1oz. Model number "A92" has been factory stamped in the knob. Player number "9" is written on either end in vintage marker. Outstanding usage wear is evident throughout with deeply embedded ball and stitch marks covering the barrel. The handle has been taped in a spiral pattern with padding below to aid in grip, a trait which Maris is known to have adopted when he joined the Cardinals toward the later portion of the referenced labeling period. An "H" shaped crack to upper handle on the reverse side of stampings is not visible when the bat is positioned for display. Signed in ink, "Roger Maris" rating 7-7/8 out of 10, an exceptionally rare and desirable trait which serves to further place the bat directly into his hands. A fine example as relates to baseball's former single season homerun king. Includes full LOA from JSA and LOAs from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA (graded "GU 8.5"): EX ($10,000-$15,000) $8,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 155 1951 Barney McCoskey Cleveland Indians professional model home jersey. Cream colored flannel has the "Indians" team name across the front in scripted logo font and number "32" on back. On the left sleeve is a logo patch and on right is a rare original "American League Golden Anniversary" patch. "Wilson" manufacturers tag appears on front tail along with wash tags, size (44). Year "1951" is embroidered below. Usage and some general age related wear evident throughout with some scattered spotting/stains. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($1,500-$2,500) $4,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 155a Adirondack baseball bat rack c.1950s. Metal "A" frame bat rack has end panels that each feature an image of an Al Dark model baseball bat along with the Adirondack logo. The rack once had metal connecting parts which have been restored with finished wooden replacements that display beautifully. 36" long by 38" tall with the metal panels showing some surface wear and a few bends: EX ($1,000-$3,000) $6,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 156 1978 Ernie Banks "Hall of Fame Award." Presentational metal ice bucket has been engraved on the front, "Hall of Fame Award to Ernie Banks, In Recognition Of A Superior Career In Baseball, On & Off The Field, Milwaukee Baseball Writers Silver Jubilee Diamond Dinner, January 8, 1978." Banks had been elected to the Hall of Fame in his first appearance on the ballot the previous year. Touch of light wear: EX/MT ($1,000-$2,000) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 157 1956 Mayo Smith Philadelphia Phillies professional model home jersey with pants. Pinstriped flannel jersey has "Phillies" team name across the front in logo font and number "24" on back. A "Smith" embroidered strip tag appears in the collar and additional on front tail reads "1956." Also on the front tail are "Wilson" manufacturer's tag (size 42) and a wash tag (along with faded out flag tag). Included pair of pants, likewise done in pinstriped flannel, have "Wilson" tag in the waist along with size (36) and wash tags. General usage and wash wear evident with jersey having moderate discoloration throughout. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($1,500-$2,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 160 Hank Aaron professional model baseball bat c.1965-68. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Aaron facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 34.4oz. Model number "A99" has been factory stamped in the knob which has a highly desirable, slightly faded, vintage "44" player number marker notation. Evident light usage wear includes a few scattered ball and contact marks along with what appear to be some cleat and rack marks. Aaron was in the heart of one of baseball's most storied careers which saw him retire as the games' all-time leader in homeruns. Along the way he earned the 1957 N.L. MVP Award, a trio of Gold Gloves, a pair of batting Championships, and earned a remarkable (25) All-Star selections. An exceptional example for display with note to overall eye appeal and the vintage "44" player number on knob. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($2,000-$4,000) $3,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 162 Vintage Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn street sign. Original cast iron street sign from the famed Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn where Ebbets Field once stood. Sign is double sided and has the majority of its original yellow painted lettering intact with some areas of light rusting at the edges. 25.5" long: VG-EX ($500-$1,000) $1,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 163 Rare September 24, 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers final game at Ebbets Field full ticket. Desirable original ticket to the Dodgers vs. Pirates game which marked the last played in Brooklyn ending the era of the "Beloved Bums." Unused and in outstanding overall condition with little to mentionable wear aside from some extremely minor age toning and nearly imperceptible wear. The first full ticket we have offered at auction in over (20) years: EX/MT-NM ($2,500-$4,500) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 163a Sandy Koufax autographed c.1963 "Strike Out" game. Koufax is pictured on the lid which has been signed, "To Barry, Best Wishes, Sandy Koufax" in marker rating 8 out of 10. Includes a pair of original Styrofoam balls which are stuck to interior playing surface but removable as intended and original instruction sheet. Lid has scattered wear including some creases, what appears to be moisture damage, and a small area of missing material from the upper surface. Includes auction LOA from JSA and custom Lucite display box (wear to display) which has Barry Halper Collection Auction label affixed: Sig. NM, Game GD ($400-$600) $325.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 164 Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris nodders c.1960s. Pair of original nodders offer exceptional display value with crisp and clean appearance. There has been some very minor restoration done which is most notable on the facsimile of Maris on the base of his doll: EX/MT-NM display value with note to description ($500-$1,000) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 164a Gil Hodges autographed baseball with Hodges attributed c.1950s undershirt. Includes Reach J.Cronin OAL baseball which has been signed "Gil Hodges" in ink rating 8 out of 10. Additional autographs have been obscured from view to render the ball displayable as single signed with just a touch of other light wear; "Tim McAuliffe" brand undershirt (size XL) with vintage marker "14 Hodges" notation on the upper back displaying strong usage and wash wear. Includes full LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($400-$600) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 164b 1958 Jackie Robinson autographed personal check. December 13, 1958 dated personal check has been filled out in hand and signed "Jack R. Robinson" in bold fountain pen rating 8/9 out of 10. Touch of light handling with signature largely unaffected by bank cancellations. Includes auction LOA from JSA and letter of provenance from Rachel Robinson: Sig. NM ($1,000-$1,500) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 165 October 7, 2006 NLDS Game (3) Cardinals vs. Padres game used baseball. Rawlings B.Selig OML baseball (with Busch Stadium "Inaugural Season" logo) as used in the game played in St. Louis. Expected soiling and usage wear evident throughout: EX ($400-$600) $182.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 165a October 14, 2006 NLCS Game (3) Cardinals vs. Mets game used baseball. Rawlings B.Selig OML baseball (with Busch Stadium "Inaugural Season" logo) as used in the game played in St. Louis. Expected soiling and usage wear evident throughout: EX ($400-$600) $225.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 166 2006 World Series Game (3) Cardinals vs. Tigers game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 24th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals who would claim the Series in (5) games. Noted in the MLB system as a Miner pitch to Pujols who was hit by the pitch in the 8th inning. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $667.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 167 2006 World Series Game (4) Cardinals vs. Tigers game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 26th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals who would claim the Series in (5) games. Noted in the MLB system as a Suppan pitch to Granderson in the 3rd inning. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,000-$2,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 168 2006 World Series Game (4) Cardinals vs. Tigers game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 26th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals who would claim the Series in (5) games. Noted in the MLB system as a Suppan pitch to Casey in the 4th inning for a base hit. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $667.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 169 2006 World Series Game (4) Cardinals vs. Tigers game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 26th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals whom would claim the Series in (5) games. Noted in the MLB system as a Bonderman pitch to Eckstein in the 3rd inning. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 170 2006 World Series Deciding Game (5) Cardinals vs. Tigers game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 27th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals to earn the 10th World Series Championship in Franchise history. MLB Authentication hologram confirms that it was a Weaver pitch to Casey in the 6th inning. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,500-$2,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 171 2006 World Series Deciding Game (5) Cardinals vs. Tigers 9th inning game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 27th game played in St. Louis and won by the Cardinals to earn the 10th World Series Championship in Franchise history. MLB Authentication hologram confirms that it was an Adam Wainwright pitch to Placido Polanco (the game's second to last hitter) in the 9th inning. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,500-$2,500) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 172 2007 World Series Game (2) Red Sox vs. Rockies game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 25, 2007 game played at Fenway Park won by Boston who would sweep the Rockies in (4) games. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,000-$2,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 173 2007 World Series Deciding Game (4) Red Sox vs. Rockies game used baseball. Desirable ball as used in the October 28, 2007 game played in Colorado and won by Boston to claim their second World Series title in four seasons. Rawlings B.Selig OML World Series logo ball displaying expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($1,500-$2,500) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 173a 2007 World Series Deciding Game (4) Red Sox vs. Rockies game used base. Desirable base as used in the October 28, 2007 game played in Colorado and won by Boston to claim their second World Series title in four seasons. Game logo is imprinted on the top and there are medallions inset on all (4) sides. Expected usage wear and soiling throughout. MLB Authentication hologram affixed: EX ($5,000-$10,000) $3,250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 174 Bruce Sutter autographed professional quality glove. Wilson A2000 model "1670" left handed glove representing a top of the line professional grade example. Signed in blue marker, "Bruce Sutter 1982" rating 7-7/8 out of 10. No visible usage wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX/MT-NM ($300-$500) $175.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 174a 1983 Bruce Sutter St. Louis Cardinals professional model home jersey. White knit jersey has the "Cardinals" team logo embroidered across the front with number "42" below. The number also appears on back below the name, "Sutter." A Rawlings manufacturer's tag inside notes size (44) and adjacent is a "Set 1 1983" flag tag. Nice usage and wash wear evident throughout. A choice all original example from the Hall of Famer who had led his team to a World Series title the previous season. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($1,500-$2,000) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 175 Fine Robin Yount professional model baseball glove c.1981. Rawlings brand model "RY" left handed fielder's glove has faded number "19" written on in marker below the manufacturer's label along outer thumb. In addition, the name "Yount" is barley visible along the pinky. Evident usage wear with well formed pocket and matting to the fleece lined wrist strap. There is a custom finger pad which is similar to those that can be seen in images of Yount in the early 1980s. An outstanding and rare example dating to one of the most productive periods of his career as Yount would be named the 1982 American League MVP. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA: EX ($1,500-$2,500) $3,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 176 Outstanding and unique Mickey Mantle professional model baseball bat c.1958 - Confiscated by Umpire Ed Hurley! (PSA/DNA "GU 10"). Adirondack 302 model bat with "Mickey Mantle" block lettered into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 33.2oz. Model number "206A" has been factory stamped in the knob. Light usage wear is evident throughout and the entire reverse of the barrel has been "pock" marked with what must have the tip of nail or sharp tool. As relayed in the accompanying letter of provenance, signed by Umpire Ed Hurley, "...It was during the 1958 season that I confiscated this Mickey Mantle white letter Adirondack bat...While at bat I noticed the Mick's bat revealed pock marking, forming a grid of perforations on the barrel in an area thick enough to cover both sides of sweetspot for a switch-hitter. Apparently Mantle believed the waffle-iron effect would provide more traction and harder contact. I had no choice but to remove it from the game because this practice is against the rules of baseball." In the midst of his most productive seasons, Mantle would lead the American League in home runs for 1958 as the Yankees went on to claim their fifth World Series Championship with him as a team member. An exceptional example with regard to provenance and overall display value. Includes letter of provenance from Hurley and LOAs from PSA/DNA ("GU 10"), MEARS ("A10"), and Hunt Auctions: EX ($30,000-$50,000) $40,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 177 Exceptional Joe DiMaggio professional model baseball bat c.1948-49 - Museum quality example from teammate Phil Rizzuto (PSA/DNA "GU 10"). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with DiMaggio facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 36" long and weighs 36.3oz. Model number "D29L" has been factory stamped in the knob. Outstanding usage wear is evident throughout with ball and stitch marks visible on the barrel along with some scattered cleat and rack marks. A heavy coat of pine tar remains on the handle; a rare trait which has been observed in images of DiMaggio during the period. An included letter of provenance signed by teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto confirms that the bat is from his personal collection. Without reservation we can state that the offered ranks among the finest DiMaggio game bats in private hands and the best that we have handled in our (25) year history. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA ("GU10"), MEARS ("A 10"), and Hunt Auctions: EX ($50,000-$100,000) $120,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 178 Important 1949 Jackie Robinson All-Star Game professional model baseball bat (MVP Season)(PSA/DNA "GU 10")(MEARS A10). Historically significant bat as issued to Jackie Robinson for use in the game played at Ebbets Field during his National League MVP Award winning season. It was a banner year for Robinson who claimed a batting title and led the Dodgers to the National League Pennant. His selection to the N.L. All-Star Team was resounding with 1,891,212 votes cast by fans allowing him to take a rightful place alongside the greatest players of the era. Though his team would lose the effort, Robinson did not disappoint knocking in a pair of runs in the first inning. Louisville Slugger 125 model baseball bat has Robinson facsimile signature impressed in the barrel along with "All Star Game" and "Brooklyn 1949" text. Model number "S100" is factory stamped in the knob and the bat measures 35" long and weighs 35oz. Evident moderate use is visible including ball marks, stitching impressions and cleat marks at various points on the barrel. One of the finest Robinson pieces we have handled with provenance that can be sourced directly back to Jackie's personal collection as originally disbursed by his widow Rachel. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions, PSA/DNA (graded "A10") and there is a MEARS Authentication hologram affixed (Graded "A10"): EX ($150,000-$300,000) $190,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 179 Significant 1934 Lou Gehrig All-Star Game pendant from his Triple Crown winning season. On the heels of the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game which had taken place the previous year in Chicago, the elite players of the game gathered once more at New York's famed Polo Grounds. An amazing total of (28) future members of the Hall of Fame were among the American and National League participants and pitcher Carl Hubbell would go down in history striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx in succession. Gehrig would go on to have one of the finest offensive seasons in his career winning the American League Triple Crown. Handsome presentational charm is engraved "Lou Gehrig" on the back above "D&C" (Dieges & Clust) and "10KT" markings with engraving font and Dieges & Clust hallmarks identical to several other documented All-Star charms of the same issue. Light wear including some minor scratching to the back. One of a scant few documented Lou Gehrig personal award pieces to have been publicly offered: EX/MT ($50,000-$100,000) $120,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 179a Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1940s. Reach W.Harridge Official American League baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth." Black fountain pen signature rates 7/8-8 out of 10. Ball displays mild toning with a touch of light scattered wear and there is a very small spot of red discoloration near signature (mentioned for accuracy). A choice example with note to large and bold autograph. Includes full LOA from JSA: Sig. EX/MT-NM, Ball EX ($10,000-$20,000) $10,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 180 May 24, 1931 Babe Ruth single signed 571st home run attributed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach E.S. Barnard Official American League baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth." Inscribed to the left, in his hand, is "No 6" and on the right is "May 24, 1931." The Yankees hosted Philadelphia that day, at Yankees Stadium, and Ruth hit his 6th home run of the season off Athletics pitcher Rube Walberg; one of (46) total he would hit that season. We have been privileged to handle several notable Babe Ruth home run attributed baseballs however, this stands as the lone example which is so noted in his own hand. An important piece as relates to the game's most celebrated figure and perhaps a unique opportunity to acquire such a well documented home run ball. Includes full LOA from JSA: Sig. NM, Ball EX ($50,000-$100,000) $120,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 181 Superb Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat autographed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig c.1934-35 (PSA -GU 10+). Many fine objects of rarity often lack accompanying provenance or history. It is not to say that this scenario in any way deems an item to be not worthy of appreciation. However, when a significant item is uncovered with an overwhelming amount of history and identifying characteristics the degree of separation between it and inferior examples is clear. As such, we offer a Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measuring 35" long and weighing 36.9oz. Exceptional usage wear is evident throughout including ball and rack marks. Grain swelling to the upper hitting surface, appropriate for a left handed batter, and scoring of the handle, done to aid in grip, are trademark characteristics and ideal traits in a Ruth game bat. Louisville Slugger centerbrand and facsimile signature stampings remain pronounced and intact. On the back side of the barrel reside the signatures of the most famed pair of professional baseball players in American history. Both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig have signed the bat in black fountain pen rating 8/9 out of 10. It is the only Babe Ruth game used bat documented to have been autographed by both Ruth and Gehrig. Unlike most game used bats with no source or provenance the offered exemplar lays claim to an unparalleled chain of ownership having originated from the collection of George D. Donnelly. Donnelly was a Minor League player, Sunset League scorekeeper, and Newport Daily News columnist. He amassed an impressive and now well known collection of baseball related artifacts that were first offered by Hunt Auctions in 2005. The bat boasts: 1) Direct provenance 2) Scored handle characteristic of other documented Ruth game used bats 3) Consistent specifications with respect to Hillerich & Bradsby Co. factory records for Ruth 4) Appropriate usage traits including left handed batting indications 5) Period signatures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig placing the bat into Ruth's hands. It is for these reasons, and others as indicated throughout the lot description, that the offered Babe Ruth bat must be considered to be among the very finest in private hands. Includes LOA from PSA/DNA ("GU 10") and LOA from Hunt Auctions (serving to confirm the history as part of the Donnelly Collection): Sigs. NM, Bat EX ($300,000-$500,000) $390,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 182 Superb 1931 Babe Ruth autographed professional model baseball bat (Breslow Collection)(PSA "GU 10"). Hand turned Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Ruth facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 36.9oz. Exceptional usage wear is evident throughout with ball, stitch, and cleats marks to the barrel which has grain swelling due to repeated contact. On the handle are remnants of pine tar or a similar gripping agent. The back of the barrel has been signed, "To My Pal Lou Breslow, From Babe Ruth, Nov. 21st 1931" in bold period fountain pen rating 8 to 8/9 out of 10. Then at the height of his fame, Ruth joined forces with Breslow, a highly regarded Hollywood producer, to make a series of shorts which were released by Universal the following year. The two became fast friends and Babe took his time to autograph this bat before handing it to Lou; and exceptionally desirable trait which further serves to place it directly into his hands. With a (22) year playing career that stands as one of the most celebrated and storied in American sports, Babe Ruth cemented his indelible mark upon the game of baseball. Displaying unprecedented abilities to hit the ball with power, the likes of which had not previously been seen, Ruth captivated the American public and single handedly ushered in the era of the home run. No other figure in the history of our National Pastime has had so dramatic and lasting an influence. During our twenty five year company history we have been privileged to handle a number of top quality Ruth game bats with a very select few having the distinction of bearing his original autograph. In our experience these are, without qualification, the most desirable and sought after, never failing to attract the strongest interest. The offered example ranks among the very finest to have surfaced. Includes full LOA from JSA and LOAs from PSA/DNA (graded "GU 10"), and Hunt Auctions. In addition, a MEARS sticker is affixed to barrel end (graded "A10"): Sig. NM, Bat EX ($150,000-$250,000) $270,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 183 Exceedingly rare c.1925-28 Walter Johnson professional model baseball bat (PSA "GU 8"). Hand turned Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Johnson facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 39.4oz. Strong usage wear is evident throughout with ball and cleat marks along with mild grain swelling. Johnson is revered as one of baseball's greatest pitchers however, his accomplishments on the mound often overshadow his prowess at the plate. Johnson was perhaps the best hitting pitcher of his time and his .433 average in 1925 remains the highest ever recorded by a pitcher. By nature of their limited plate appearances bats made for and issued to pitchers are understandably rare. The offered example is only the second Walter Johnson signature model Louisville Slugger to have come to auction and represents what might be a unique opportunity. In fine overall condition with some minor and expert repairs to reverse of the barrel to secure grain swelling which was due to repeated ball contact. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA ("GU 8"), MEARS ("A8"), and Hunt Auctions: EX ($75,000-$125,000) $95,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 184 Important Walter Johnson single signed 1924 World Series final out attributed baseball. Significant red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed "Walter Johnson" across the sweetspot with "World Series 1924" inscribed just to the right. The fountain pen signature and inscription remain exceptionally bold and have been graded "9" out of 10 by PSA/DNA. The ball displays soiling and usage wear and there is a large vintage "X" drawn on a side panel. As relayed in the accompanying letter of provenance from Hank Thomas, grandson of Walter Johnson, the ball is one of just (3) that Johnson personally kept from his playing career. Each of these were related to what must have been his most proud accomplishments and the "X" was placed to distinguish this ball from the others. Entering his 18th season in the Major Leagues, Johnson had firmly established himself as one of history's most successful and dominant pitchers; the lone glaring exception from his otherwise fully accomplished career was an elusive Championship title. Posting numbers good enough to earn the American League M.V.P. Award, and a pitching Triple Crown, he lead the Senators to the 1924 World Series where they would face New York. It took (7) dramatic games but Washington earned the lone Championship recorded by a baseball team playing on behalf of that city. With regard to signature quality, provenance, and importance of both player and accomplishment we would firmly rank this ball among the most significant we have handled. Includes letter of provenance, full LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA, and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($75,000-$150,000) $115,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 185 Exceptional Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1925 (PSA "NM 7"). Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been signed on the sweetspot "Babe Ruth" in fountain pen. The ball displays light even toning with hint of light scattered surface wear (mentioned largely for accuracy). Manufacturer stampings remain unusually bold and well defined. Of the hundreds of Babe Ruth balls we have handled over (25) years, the offered ranks among the best with regard to dating period, signature strength, condition, and overall eye appeal. Includes full LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA (graded "NM 7") ($25,000-$50,000) $40,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 186 Exceedingly rare 1909 John "Chief" Meyers autographed professional model baseball bat (PSA "GU 10"). Hand turned Spalding "Autograph" model bat with Meyers facsimile signature burned in has been signed, "To Ed. R. Maier, From Chief N.Y. Giants 1909, J.T. Meyers." The signature is done in period fountain pen rating 8-8/9 out of 10 and appears with a small hand drawn pictograph. The bat measures 35" long and weighs a monstrous 62.5oz, ranking as quite possibly the heaviest pro model player bat which has been documented to date. A small metal star has been tacked into the knob end with a single nail; a trait which has similarly been observed on Joe DiMaggio and Rogers Hornsby bats and may signify membership in the Masons. Appropriate usage wear can be seen throughout with ball and cleat marks. Meyers joined John McGraw's New York Giants in 1909 and would become Christy Mathewson's regular catcher for the next (7) years. He hit better than .300 in each of the Giants (3) National League Championship seasons, spanning 1911 to 1913, and ended his career with a .291 lifetime average. As a Native American playing in the early part of the 20th Century, Meyers talent and intelligence helped to break many long held stereotypes. He was admired by his fellow players, fans, and the press. One of the most significant early 20th Century player bats to have surfaced. Includes full LOA from JSA, LOA from PSA/DNA ("GU 10"), and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX ($3,000-$5,000) $32,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 187 Historically significant 1914 Ty Cobb autographed professional model baseball bat from the year of his 7th batting title - an exceptional example from the Maier Collection (PSA "GU 10"). JF Hillerich & Son Louisville Slugger bat with double dash-dot-dash centerbrand measures 34.5" long and weighs 39.2oz. Uncracked and showing evidence of exceptional usage wear, there are ball marks concentrated on the front and right barrel and cleat marks on the left and back. Grain swelling on the front, due to repeated contact, has been repaired with a series of period nails. The handle is taped in a spiral pattern to enhance grip. This handle tape and the cleat marks are Cobb trademark characteristics and exceptionally desirable player specific traits. The bat has been signed "To Mr. Maier from Ty Cobb, Sept 18th 14" further serving to place it directly into his hands. The Tigers played Philadelphia at Navin Field on the 18th and Cobb drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances. It is no surprise that the Athletics were attempting to pitch around him; he had all but run away with the 1914 American League batting title by then and would finish the season with a .368 average. The bat originates from the collection of Edward Maier to whom it is inscribed. Maier was a well known Pacific Coast League team owner and one of the earliest documented collectors of noteworthy baseball memorabilia with a particular fondness for game used bats. Bats emanating from this source are considered to be among the most well documented and desirable to have surfaced and this example is no exception. With regard to first hand provenance, autographed nature of the bat, and player specific usage characteristics, we are proud to present what ranks among the very finest Ty Cobb bats ever offered. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA ("GU 10"), JSA, and Hunt Auctions: EX ($100,000-$200,000) $155,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 188 Exceedingly rare c.1914 Frank Baker autographed professional model baseball bat. Hand turned blank barrel bat measuring 34" long, and weighing 40.8oz, compares favorably with regard to construction and dimensions, with a factory side written example that was returned to Louisville Slugger, by Baker, in 1911. Outstanding usage wear is evident throughout with ball marks visible on all sides of the hitting surface which has been scored in a circular pattern. The bat has been signed, "To Ed. R. Maier from Frank Baker, Philadelphia Athletics 1914" in fountain pen rating 7/8 out of 10. Although not frequently occurring, it was not at all unheard of for a player to use a blank barrel bat when testing a new model or trying out one which had been modified to meet their requests. The appearance of his signature on the offered example, combined with provenance tracing it to the famed Maier Collection, serve to substantiate this bat as not only one of maybe half a dozen known Baker game bats, but also one of perhaps two which can be placed directly into his hands. "Home Run" Baker was one of the great batsman of the early 20th Century helping to lead Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics to 3 World Series Championships between 1910 and 1913. In 1914, the year in which he signed this bat, he posted an American League leading (9) home runs and finished the season with the 5th highest batting average. He would join the Yankees shortly thereafter and was a member of their 1921 and 1922 American League Pennant winning teams. He is regarded as one of the best power hitters of the deadball era. Includes full LOA from JSA and LOAs from PSA/DNA ("Authentic") and Hunt Auctions: EX ($20,000-$40,000) $30,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 189 1909-11 T206 White Border Tommy Leach (Portrait). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) $287.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 190 1909-11 T206 White Border Hal Chase (Throwing, dark cap). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 191 1909-11 T206 White Border Bob Ewing. Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) $290.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 192 1909-11 T206 White Border Tommy Leach (Bending over). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) $297.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 193 1909-11 T206 White Border Charley O'Leary (Portrait). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 194 1909-11 T206 White Border Hugh Jennings (Both hands showing). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 60 NM ($300-$500) $250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 195 1909-11 T206 White Border Bill Hinchman (Cleveland). Exceptional color and registration with no mentionable wear: SGC 84 NM ($400-$600) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 196 1909-11 T206 White Border Frank Chance (Batting). Outstanding color and registration with the slightest touch of wear. Stunning card which presents significantly higher than its technical grade: SGC 82 EX/MT+ ($500-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 197 Rare 1909-11 T206 White Border Old Mill Frank Chance (Portrait, red background). Exceptional color to well centered image with card having little mentionable wear: SGC 70 EX+ ($1,000-$2,000) $1,447.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 198 1909-11 T206 White Border Chief Bender (Pitching, Trees in background). Crisp color and registration with little mentionable wear: SGC 80 EX/NM ($500-$750) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 199 1909-11 T206 White Border Joe Tinker (Bat off shoulder). Bold and crisp color with little to no mentionable wear: SGC 60 EX ($300-$500) $225.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 200 1909-11 T206 White Border Roger Bresnahan (With bat). Exceptional and crisp color with little to no mentionable wear: SGC 82 EX/MT+ ($400-$600) $475.00
 
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