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See a Picture of this Item 31 1986 New York Mets World series trophy presented to Bill Robinson. Original figural World Championship trophy presented to Robinson for his efforts as a Coach with the New York Mets. The trophy stands 12" tall with brass band encircling the base which is inscribed, "World Series Champions New York Mets 1986 Bill Robinson." Set atop are a pair of enameled World Series press pins, flags representing each Major League team, and small figural baseball in band with crown. The original "Balfour" logo label remains on underside. A desirable original representing one of the more beloved teams of era. Touch of light tarnish with no other mentionable wear. Includes letter of provenance from the Robinson Family: EX/MT $2,662.00 $2,928.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 103 Rare and important 1917 Babe Ruth early career autographed photograph. Sepia toned 6.5"x8.5" photograph shows young Babe Ruth as a member of the Boston Red Sox on the cusp of immortality. It has been signed on the back in pencil, "From Babe Ruth, To Sergt Hoffman, 1917" rating 8-8/9 out of 10. Well entrenched in the Red Sox pitching rotation by 1917, Ruth posted an impressive (24) wins which included (6) shutouts. In off season exhibition games later that year Manager Ed Barrow conceeded to his desire to play other field positions and the resulting increase in plate appearances allowed for The Babe to flourish as a hitter. The photograph itself has lightly toned and has scattered creasing and wear along with a largely faded/faint ink mark/impression on lower front corner. The large and bold signature remains uneffected by any of the above mentioned condition issues. Stamped by the noted Boston photography studio "R.W. Sears" within the lower front border and again on back within larger "International Film Service" stamping. Of all the Ruth related materials dating to this seminal time period with the Boston Red Sox it is worthy of note that dated autographed pieces are nearly non-existent. Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, the offered photo represents the earliest signed Babe Ruth image to which we were able to document. The scarcity and significance of same simply cannot be overstated. Includes July 5, 1917 dated typed letter on Red Sox stationary in which Boston Mayor James Curley offers a glowing recommendation of drillmaster Sgt. Hoffman. The letter is addressed to Harry Frazee and typed, presumably, by the club on behalf of Mayor Curley to be presented to Hoffman. The lot also includes a pair of scrapbook pages with affixed newsprint images showing and/or related to Hoffman. Truly incredible Babe Ruth signed artifact with exceptional primary provenance being offered for the first time publicly. Includes full LOA from JSA: Signature: NM, Photo GD-VG $5,360.00 $5,896.00 ($10,000-$30,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 143 Scarce and Important 1890 Louisville Colonels American Association championship pendant as presented to Peter Weckbecker. The 1890 Louisville Colonels team captured the American Association pennant finishing the season with a record of 88-44. Following a meeting of the team officials from the Louisville club and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Champions of the National League) it was agreed upon that a "World's Series" would take place. The agreement called for a best of nine series played in several cities to determine a champion. In the end, the games would be played only in Louisville and Brooklyn with the series being called short due to inclement weather after seven games. Both Brooklyn and Louisville won three games each with one game ending in a tie thus each team was able to lie partial claim to the championship. Offered is the original medal as presented to Louisville catcher Peter Weckbecker as a member of the 1890 championship team. Striking gold medal with ornate decor displays a crossed bat and ball pinback having a suspended circular medal beneath with an early uniformed player running the bases. Small inset diamond chips are fixed into second base with a baseball belt serving as the medal perimeter. Weckbecker's name is engraved into the top banner. Reverse of the medal is fully engraved, "Presented to Peter Weckbecker Catcher Louisville B.B. Club from Amy Lee's Clipper Co. Louisville, Sept. 27, 1890". Marked on the back of the pinback with hallmarks for "George Wolf Louisville, KY" denoting the highly regarded jeweler of the period in Louisville. Overall condition is outstanding with minimal surface wear retaining all of its original components. Along with the Dauvray Cup and Temple Cup presentational medals/trophies the offered pendant ranks as one of the earliest professional baseball championship awards. 2 1/2" total length. Exceptional 19th century baseball rarity being offered for the first time at public auction. Includes a color image of the 1890 $2,500.00 $2,750.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 158 Important 1913-14 White Sox and Giants World Tour journal with numerous player and dignitary autographs. Red leather tri-fold travel journal is gilt lettered -My Trip Abroad+ on the front with the name -Mrs. James Callahan+ on the interior. A handwritten account including detail related to travel, games, and players, as dutifully recorded by the wife of Manager James Callahan, fills a good number of the interior pages. Also inside are (4) pages of autographs which include players, their wives, and other participants. Notable signers incl. Buck Weaver, Jim Thorpe, Tris Speaker, Red Faber, Bill Klem, Mike Donlin, Germany Schaefer, Lee Magee, Bunny Hearne, Ivy Wingo,Tom Daly, and Steve Evans. Additionally, there are several other signatures incl. Charles Comiskey, John McGraw, Sam Crawford, Hooks Wiltse, and Larry Doyle. These particular autographs are currently under review to confirm whether signed by the individuals or their respective spouses and will be updated within our online description prior to the auction. Ink/pencil handwriting and signatures rate 7 to 8 out of 10. Book itself has mild general handling wear with some chipping and very small tears to exterior leather casement. Includes full LOA from JSA and a letter of provenance from the Callahan family: Book: EX, Signatures: Range EX-NM $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 174 Significant Ray Chapman incident related archive from the Barry Halper Collection (with 12 Carl Mays autographs). Substantial grouping of material as assembled by the noted collector as relates to the tragic on field death of Chapman resulting from a pitch thrown by Carl Mays. Includes: 1913 Cleveland Indians advertising postcard picturing Chapman and promoting home games vs. Red Sox; (2) different black leather bound Chapman memorial programs with the larger a gilt lettered presentational example (signed on the last page by Cleveland Mayor and Harry Davis as organizer of the memorial committee); appreciation card from Mrs. Chapman et. al. in thanks for a mourner's sympathies; (10) telegrams which were sent from either team to team or a team to Ban Johnson with (8) specifically referencing either the incident or player/team reaction (incl. pieces from Harry Frazee, Ban Johnson, and Jacob Ruppert); (2) Typed letters on American League stationary from Ban Johnson to Jacob Ruppert related to the aftermath of the Chapman incident. One of these is signed by Johnson and includes a telegram which he was forwarding, the other is secreterial signed; Tigers owner Frank Navin signed letter to Ruppert which references a telegram he sent to Manager Hugh Jennings. The included period file copy of the telegram text has choice content related to how he wished his team to react publicly; several additional file/copy letters from the period, some with choice content (one secreterial signed by Ruppert and T.L. Houston); early 1920s 6.5"x8.5" photo of Mays by Charles Conlon with his handwritten notes and "Conlon Photo" signature on back and similar period photo of Cleveland player wearing Chapman memorial armband which is marked "Van Oeyen"; 1921 Mays Exhibits postcard; several pieces related to a 1919 incident in which Mays threw at a fan in Philadelphia who later pressed charges (these incl. secreterial signed letters from both Johnson and Barrow); (3) page handwritten letter dated 1 $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 180 Ernie Lombardi 1938 National League Most Valuable Player presentational silver box. Exceptional quality sterling silver occasional box as presented to Lombardi in recognition of his selection as the MVP of the National League for the 1938 season. NL insignia adorns the top lid along with engraved inscription, "To Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds National League Most Valuable Player 1938". Marked "International Sterling" on the base with a total weight of approximately 14 Troy ounces. Minor general surface wear. Includes letter of provenance from the Lombardi family: EX-MT $1,000.00 $1,100.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 181 Fine Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1930s. Lightly toned Frick NL baseball boldly signed across the sweet spot by Ruth in black fountain pen. Signature rates 8 out of 10 displaying very nicely. The ball itself retains strong league and manufacturer stampings with some minor soiling to a few areas. The ball was originally obtained by a caretaker at Shibe Park in the 1930s and descended within his family. Includes full LOA from JSA and a dated 1999 letter of provenance from the family: Ball: EX, Signature: EX/MT-NM $6,486.00 $7,135.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 183 Rare Lloyd Waner professional model baseball bat c.1926-31. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Waner facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 34" long and weighs 39.6oz. Strong usage wear evident throughout the barrel (which has a crack) including scattered ball and stitch marks. There is a small imperfection in the knob which is mentioned for accuracy and likely results from a small nail being removed. The surface has a touch of light discoloration which may be the result of moisture exposure. Overall an exceptional example for display from this popular Hall of Famer. Includes LOAs from Hunt Auctions, PSA/DNA, and SCD Authentic ("A6"): EX $1,210.00 $1,331.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 188 Scarce Hack Wilson professional model baseball bat c.1923-31. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Wilson facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35.75" long and weighs 34.8oz. Strong usage wear evident throughout with ball and contact marks to the hitting surface which has a number of other impressions and some discoloration. A large handle crack was repaired in the period with a dozen vintage nails. Despite his small stature, Wilson established himself as one of the premier power hitters of late 1920s and early 30s when he turned in National League leading homerun totals (4) times in a (5) year span. His 1930 season ranks among the more memorable in baseball history as he hit (56) homeruns establishing an N.L. record which stood for over (50) years and (191) RBIs; a Major League record to which no one has come close since Lou Gehrig hit (184) the season after. A picture perfect Wilson gamer with his characteristic thin handle, "Hack Wilson" style knob, and wide barrel of noted rarity with this being one of only a scant few we have offered. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $4,356.00 $4,792.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 191 Important 1934 Eric McNair Tour of Japan professional model jersey. Gray flannel jersey with red, white, and blue decorative trim has the "All Americans" patch on left front chest and player number "1" on back. On the left sleeve is a "US" patch and on the right, a patriotic shield. Spalding tag appears in the collar beside "D E McNair" embroidered player name. In fine overall condition with expected usage and wash wear, a handful of small moth holes, and some very light scattered staining. To date, the U.S. All-Star Tour of Japan remains one of the more notable and significant events in baseball history. The occurence of the Tour in the midst of the inception of World War II along with the participation of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and other elite star players from the era has created an insatiable demand for related artifacts. To the best of our knowledge, the offered jersey numbers as one of four surviving exemplars (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx are the others). A magnificent and rare all original jersey as relates to this watershed moment in baseball's history. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $7,500.00 $8,250.00 ($30,000-$40,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 192 Rare c.1950s Larry Doby professional model baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with "Doby" block lettered into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 34oz. Model number "G80" has been factory stamped in the knob. Strong usage wear is concentrated on the upper hitting surface which is covered in ball and contact marks. A pioneer player having become the first African American in the American League, Doby excelled on the field earning (7) All-Star selections and helping the Indians to a pair of pennants and a World Series Championship. Exceptional display value with bold and well defined stampings. Only the second Doby bat we have auctioned in over (20) years. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $1,210.00 $1,331.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 196 Lou Boudreau "my game used bat" autographed c.1943-49 professional model bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Boudreau facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 36" long and weighs 35.5oz. Model number "S2" has been factory stamped in the knob. Strong evident usage wear with ball and racks marks scattered throughout and some grain swelling due to repeated contact. An outstanding example dating to the period in which he was earned a batting title, numerous All-Star Game appearances, and the 1948 American League MVP award; the same season in which he lead the Cleveland Indians to a World Series Championship. Of noted rarity with few known examples. Includes auction LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $1,772.00 $1,949.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 199 Outstanding Eddie Mathews c.1950s professional model glove with handwritten Mathews letter of provenance. Rawlings Bob Dillinger model "BD" right handed fielder's glove has a vintage "41" written on the wrist strap alongside the manufacturer's label. Strong usage wear is evident throughout along with some general age wear. The lacing at tips of fingers has split with some resulting loss of material (this effecting only the leather lace, not the glove itself). It has been signed along the interior middle finger in marker now rating 7 out of 10. Exceedingly well documented having been given in the period to a Braves substitute bat boy whose father owned "Roy Jackson's House of Hits", an establishment in Milwaukee which was frequented by Braves players. The boy, Jim Jackson, can be seen in an accompanying photo (modern printout) in his Braves uniform alongside Mathews and Hank Aaron. A signed letter of provenance from Jackson relays that Mathews handed him the glove at a 1962 function and an additional handwritten note reads, "This was the glove I used, Eddie Mathews." A rare opportunity with such exceptionally well documented pieces seldom coming to market. Includes full LOA from JSA, Kinunen/Bushing signed SCD Authentic LOA, above mentioned letter of provenance/picture/Mathews note, and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $2,500.00 $2,750.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 202 1959 Bobby Shantz Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Classic trophy features a wood base with brass placard applied at front that reads "1959 P - Bobby Shantz, The Sporting News American League All-Star Fielding Team". Mounted above are a metal figural baseball which is impressed with the year "1959" and a Rawlings brand baseball glove which has been finished in a light gold wash. The upright back bears affixed metal plate which is decorated to resemble a baseball diamond and is lettered "Rawlings Gold Glove Award." Fine overall condition with some natural age related wear. A highly prestigious honor as presented annually to the premier position players in each League with this being one of eight awarded to Shantz: EX/MT $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$12,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 203 Significant 1967 Orlando Cepeda National League Most Valuable Player Award. Important original award as presented to Cepeda for his efforts in leading the Cardinals to a World Series Championship. Measuring 16" across, it has an octagonal sterling silver placard affixed at front with 10K gold appointments to include bust of K.M. Landis positioned below the second base position of a baseball diamond. "Orlando Cepeda" engraved 10K gold nameplate below "Most Valuable Player National League" titling, "St. Louis Cardinals" team name, and a crossed bats/baseball applique which notes year, "1967." Marked, "Dieges & Clust Sterling" at lower front and their original tag remains in place on the back. Silver placard surface exhibits minimal wear with some typical surface scratching to the black painted wooden plaque front. Reverse of the wooden plaque has a secondary coat of vintage black paint. One of the more popular Cardinals players who played an integral role in their championship teams of the late 1960s period. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX-EX/MT $12,500.00 $13,750.00 ($50,000-$75,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 204 Fine Brooks Robinson professional model glove with handwritten "my game glove" letter of provenance c.1960s. Rawlings "SM6" "Stan Musial Personal Model" left handed fielder's glove has "Brooks 9" written on the outside in faded vintage black marker. An additional "Snyder" notation likely relates to teammate Russ Snyder with whom he played from 1961-67 and according to family history was presented to Snyder by Robinson for a period of additional use. Well preserved with outstanding usage wear evident throughout. An included handwritten and signed note on lined paper reads, "To Whom It May Concern, This is to certify that this is my game glove, Brooks Robinson." A fixture in the Baltimore Orioles lineup for more than (2) decades, Robinson remains among the more accomplished fielders in baseball history having won (16) consectuive Gold Glove Awards. An exceptional and well documented example with rare first hand player provenance. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and additional letter of provenance from a former Orioles team employee from whose collection the glove originated: EX $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$15,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 206 1973 Oakland Athletics full sized World Series trophy as presented to select players and front office members. Rare period original trophy stands a full (2) feet tall and measures 13" across. A metal band which encircles the base is lettered, "Oakland A's 1973 World Champions" across the front and has team member names impressed throughout the balance. Set on the base are a green metal placard inscribed with game scores, a pair of press pins, and a figural metal baseball with the year "1973" on front sits within a brass band that supports a decorative crown. Ringing the perimeter are a series of uprights which hold a flag representing each team in either League. A touch of light wear effects the top surface of the base and there is some flaking to the figural baseball. A few flags have scattered imperfections and it is possible that a handful are replacements. A visually imposing and instantly recognizable display piece: EX-EX/MT $5,000.00 $5,500.00 ($20,000-$40,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 207 Significant June 30, 1970 Riverfront Stadium "First Pitch" attributed baseball. Spalding C.Feeney Official National League baseball has been hand lettered on the side panel, "June 30, 1970, First Pitch From The 1st Game at Riverfront Stadium." An accompanying letter of provenance relays that, "After the first pitch was thrown...the home plate Umpire gave this ball to the umpires room attendant...the next day the ball was given to me..." The Reds moved into their new home part-way throughout the 1970 season and faced Hank Aaron and Atlanta Braves in the opening game. The venue would play host to the All-Star Game that same year along with a pair of World Series games. One of the more significant game attributed baseballs as related to the famed "Big Red Machine" to have surfaced: EX $2,199.00 $2,419.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 210 Superb 1975 Joe Morgan MVP and Cincinnati Reds Championship season professional model road jersey with "580 Gift Shop" provenance. Road gray jersey with "Cincinnati" team name lettered across the front has player number "8" below. Number also appears on back below the name, "Morgan." A Wilson manufacturers tag inside notes size, "40." In fine overall condition with evident usage and wash wear. The jersey was purchased in May of 1976 from the Reds "580 Gift Shop" and includes a copy of the receipt and the original team issued certificate. An outstanding and uncommonly well documented example dating to a key season in which Morgan won his first (of 2 consecutive) MVP Award and a World Series Championship with the fabled Big Red Machine. Includes above reference receipt/COA and LOAs from Hunt Auctions and SCD Authentic (Kinunen/Bushing): EX $4,695.00 $5,165.00 ($7,500-$12,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 219 Fine 1971 Billy Williams autographed Chicago Cubs professional model road jersey. Gray flannel jersey has "Chicago" team name lettered across the front with number "26" below. The number also appears on back and a team logo patch is on left sleeve. An embroidered strip tag in the collar reading "26-1971- Set 2-40" denotes player number, year, set number, and size. Size is further relayed on the Wilson tag which is on front tail. A faint outline of the year can be seen below with the chainstitch removed. Signed in black marker "Billy Williams" rating 8 out of 10 with additional errant mark below. The 1961 National League Rookie of The Year, Williams spent over a decade playing baseball in Chicago and is one the Cubs All-Time Greats. The team formally retired his number in 1987, the same year he was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Includes full LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $3,301.00 $3,631.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 220 1982 St. Louis Cardinals World Series replica trophy. Original figural trophy fashioned after the original which was presented to the World Champion Cardinals team. High quality figural piece stands 11" tall with brass team name pennants encircling a brass upright circle which supports a crown finial. Cardinals and Brewers enameled World Series press pin facades adorn the base. A brass band wrapped around it reads "St. Louis Cardinals World Champions 1982" in block lettering. Original "Balfour" label is on the underside. Desirable and highly visual piece as relates to the famed Cardinals team displays a touch of light/mild age related tarnish: EX-EX/MT $1,210.00 $1,331.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 233 Fine Ty Cobb single signed baseball. Lightly toned "Pittsburgh Sport Shop" model baseball signed on a side panel by Ty Cobb in blue fountain pen. Signature rates 8 out of 10 presenting very nicely on the clean unused baseball. Outstanding specimen which has remained within a private collection since 2000 when it was originally sourced from the family of the original recipient. Includes full LOA from JSA and a copy of full LOA from PSA/DNA (dated 2000) $4,950.00 $5,445.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 237 1946 Babe Ruth twice autographed personal check. February 10, 1946 dated check drawn on his own account and made payable to "Cash" has been signed "G.H. Ruth" on both the front and back. Fountain pen handwriting and signatures rate 8 out of 10. Check displays the typical bank cancellations and light general handling wear. The first double signed example we have offered in some time. Includes full LOA from JSA: Sigs. NM, Check EX-EX/MT $1,210.00 $1,331.00 ($4,000-$6,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 238 Fine Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat with provenance to the Hanna Bat Company c.1928-31. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35 _+ long and weighs 35.6 ounces showing evident use including ball marks and stitching impressions. There is a period numeral -5+ stamped on the knob end which was in reference to the model number assigned to Ruth by the Hanna Bat Co. The offered bat possesses a wonderful history linked to one of Babe Ruth+s personal visits to the Athens, GA factory of the Hanna Manufacturing Co. Hanna began in 1911 with the manufacture of farm tools and various other implements which expanded into children+s toys and eventually baseball bats during the 1920s. Along with other Major League players such as Luke Appling and GA resident Johnny Mize, Babe Ruth visited the Hanna factory with interest in having them produce a professional model bat for his use. This interest from Major League players sparked a marked response from the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. who were the primary manufacturer of professional model bats. This was clearly evident in the 1933 lawsuit between the two companies citing testimony from Lou Gehrig who also experimented with Hanna model bats. Upon one such visit to the Hanna factory Babe Ruth presented the offered bat to Mell Bond who was the foreman of the plant. Ruth remarked to Mr. Bond, -Make me some bats like this one.+ Bond, of course, obliged utilizing the offered Louisville Slugger bat as a model for the Babe Ruth Hanna -Batrite+ professional model bat as evidenced by the has markings found in pencil throughout the bat. These markings are commonly seen on similar bats of the period and were utilized in the process of replication for new production bats. The bat has descended within the family of Mell Bond and until its recent discovery has not been previously displayed nor offered to the public. Professional model game bats with direct lineage to their original receipt from Babe Ruth are exceedingly rare with s $12,500.00 $13,750.00 ($50,000-$100,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 239 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig New York Yankees autographed baseball c.1930s. Lightly toned and clear coated baseball which appears to be Heydler NL ball signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez, Bill Dickey (twice), Joe Sewell, Johnny Murphy, and Frank Frisch (St. Louis Cardinals). Signature strength is particularly strong ranging from 7-9 out of 10. Ruth presents beautifully across the sweet spot rating 9 to 9/10 out of 10 with Gehrig positioned across the opposite sweet spot rating 8/9 out of 10. The ball is being offered for the first time publicly by the family of the original recipient. Includes full LOA from JSA: Ball: VG-EX, Signatures: Range EX/MT-NM/MT $4,400.00 $4,840.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 242 Fine 1934 New York Yankees team autographed baseball. Spalding "Babe Ruth Home Run Special" baseball with light clear coat and light/moderate toning having been signed by (23) players to include Babe Ruth, Tony Lazzeri, Red Rolfe, Lefty Gomez, Frank Crosetti, Red Ruffing, and Joe Sewell. Sigs range from 6-8 out of 10 with Ruth displaying beautifully across the sweet spot rating 8 out of 10. Lou Gehrig is found on a side panel and has been secretarial signed. Includes full LOAs from PSA and JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: Range EX-NM $2,299.00 $2,529.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 248 1927 New York Yankees partial team signed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball bears a side panel notation done in the period which reads, "New York Yankees 1927." It has been signed by (17) incl. Babe Ruth, Earle Combs, Joe Giard, Charles O'Leary, Ben Paschal, Mike Gazella, Mark Koenig, Doc Woods, Walter Beall, Bob Meusel, Joe Dugan, Ray Morehart, George Pipgras, Cedric Durst and noted umpire Clarence Rowland. In addition, players Eddie Phillips and George "Kiddo" Davis have also signed whom were only with the team in Spring Training and serve to confirm the dating. All are done in period fountain pen rating an avg. 7 out of 10 with a few lesser. Ball has toned and has scattered areas of surface wear. A suitable example of this exceptionally desirable and historic team. Includes LOA from JSA: VG-EX $2,077.00 $2,285.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 263 Remarkable collection of (50+) Connie Mack signed letters (nearly all handwritten) with related scrapbook and additional material. Significant and intact archive of correspondence from Connie Mack as sent to and saved by scout Jack Murphy offers a fascinating glimpse into their personal and professional relationships. In total, there are over (50) authentically signed letters from Mack with the bulk of these being handwritten and some more than (1) page long. These cover a wide range of topics with relation to their personal interactions, working life, and other general topics (scattered throughout are mentions of Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, other notable players, the Athletics team in general, players being scouted, etc). The majority of pieces are housed within a large scrapbook however there are (14) handwritten letters and several typed which are loose. Of those which are in the book, a portion can be removed with only a few resulting staple holes while others would have scrapbook residue/page on back. Nearly all are signed "Con" or "Connie" with a handful bearing a full name autograph. The earliest appear to start around 1924 and they continue through the 1940s (a few are on 1939 Centennial logo stationary). Also found within the book/collection are a Connie Mack signed photo (damage/wear, sig. 6/7 out of 10); "C.Mack" signature on return address portion of envelope; (20+) Mack letters which are secreterially signed; a handful of letters from other notables incl. George Weiss (1928 TLS), Jake Pitler (1931 ALS), Rube Walberg (1933 ALS), Earle Mack, (2) Paul Krichell, several from Bill Hunnefield, Joe Cronin (1965 TLS), and others from different Minor League teams, scouts, etc.; 1931 World Series Game (5) ticket stub; a handful of other ticket stubs; small 1933 Yankees period team photo; several telegrams as sent from Mack, a pair of Mack christmas cards (unsigned), and photo premium of Mack which has printed signature (this piece framed); c.1940s A $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$15,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 285 President Ronald Reagan single signed baseball. B.Brown AL baseball boldly signed across a side panel/sweet spot area by President Reagan in blue ink. Uncommonly well formed example with fine execution rates 8/9 out of 10. The ball itself primarily presents as near white to white with a few small areas of typical light toning. Highly desirable and relatively rare Presidential single signed baseball with outstanding signature quality. Includes full LOA from JSA: Ball: EX-EX/MT, Signature: NM $1,300.00 $1,430.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 330 Exceptional Ted Williams autographed professional model baseball bat c.1955-57 (Breitbard Collection Provenance). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35" long and weighs 33.4oz. Indication of game use is superb throughout the bat including ball marks, stitching impressions, rack marks pronounced cleat marks, and appropriate grain swelling to specific hitting surface area. Model number W183 stamped on knob end with pronounced "9" uniform number written in period black ink. The barrel end has been uncommonly signed in blue sharpie, "Ted Williams 1941-406" rating 8 out of 10. The offered bat was one of the more treasured pieces withn the collection of Bob Breitbard having been received directly from Williams during their lifetime friendship. Included with the bat are two original photographs picturing Breitbard with Ted Williams one of which depicts Williams presenting him with a similar bat. Based on direct primary source provenance, presence of Williams' autograph, specific use characteristics, and overall condition we are absolutely confident the offered example is among the finest Ted Williams game bats to have been offered publicly. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), LOA from PSA/DNA (Graded GU 10), full LOA from JSA (autograph), and letter of provenance from the Breitbard family: EX-EX/MT $10,000.00 $11,000.00 ($40,000-$60,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 338 Scarce Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe autographed composition page. Vintage lined composition album page measuring 6 1/2"x8" having been signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in pencil across the front. Signatures rate 8 out of 10 with Monroe's displaying slightly lesser due only to penmanship style. The page itself has some age toning to the area around the signatures and another at bottom margin of page mentioned for accuracy only. Consigned by the family of the original recipient who obtained the signatures in Ensenada, Mexico in the period. Very uncommon offering as DiMaggio refused to sign any items with relation to Monroe after her passing. Matted and framed with black and white image of the famed couple whose marriage remains one of the most publicized in American history. Includes full LOA from JSA: Album Page: VG-EX, Signatures: EX/MT-NM $1,300.00 $1,430.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 339 Harmon Killebrew autographed and "game used...1954" inscribed professional model baseball bat. Louisville Slugger 125 model baseball bat with Killebrew facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 34oz. Model number "K55" has been stamped in the knob. It has been signed "Harmon Killebrew" and inscribed above, "This is a game used bat from my 1954 season" in marker rating 8-8/9 out of 10. Well known to have saved significant bats from throughout his career, Killebrew often signed pieces in similar fashion which originated directly from his personal collection. While factory records reflect orders matching these specifications as having been shipped to Killebrew in both 1954 and 1955, there is no reason to doubt that he retained this one during his 1954 Rookie season specifically. Evident usage wear throughout (denoted as "light" by PSA) with scattered ball and a few rack marks along with several deeper depressions. The number "3" written on knob is classified by PSA as having likely been added later. An outstanding early career example from one of the great power hitters of the era and a member of baseball's' fabled 500 Home Run Club. Includes auction LOA from JSA (auto) and LOAs from Hunt Auctions, PSA/DNA ("GU 6.5"), and MEARS ("A8"): EX $1,573.00 $1,730.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 345 Significant Jackie Robinson archive incl. early handwritten letters, related signed photograph, and wedding invitation. Important and intact grouping all originate from a supporter of Robinson with whom the Legendary figure had a friendship dating back as far as 1938. Includes: Dec. 6, 1938 dated letter handwritten by then (19) year old Jackie Robinson while attending Pasadena Junior College. Content references a picture which he was sending along and offers his well wishes for the Holiday season. "...I am sending you one of myself it was taken this year. I don't take very good pictures...I wish you a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, Yours truly, Jackie Robinson." A note below is written in unknown hand ("Bobby I think it was grand of you to write this colored football player..."); the referenced 5"x7" sepia toned photo of Robinson which has lengthy handwritten inscription reading in part, "Dear Bob, I am sending you this in return for the swell picture you sent me+I am sending it in hope our friendship which has just started continues. Sincerely, Jack Robinson"; March 18, 1939 handwritten letter filling (2) 6"x7" sides of a folded sheet of paper. Content reads in part, "Dear Bob...I have enrolled in U.C.L.A. extension school and if I make up a few deficiencies I will be playing for them next year...sincerely, Jack Robinson."; "Graduation Day" greeting card which has been signed "Sincerely, Jack Robinson." In addition, he has handwritten a lenghty note/letter, reading in part, "Hello Bob, I have been looking all over L.A. in an attempt to find you...I am pretty busy getting prepared for my wedding, if you can make it I would like you to...Best of luck at your graduation, Jack"; original invitation to the wedding of Jackie and Rachel Robinson along with the reception card; a napkin from the event with "Jack and Rachel" lettered on in silver; handwritten thank you card which has been signed "Rachel + Jack Robinson" by Rachel. With exception of the 1938 letter which was $2,500.00 $2,750.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 353 August 23, 1944 Jackie Robinson Court-Martial Aquittal document. Historic and important original typewritten summation of events related to a racially charged incident which took place while Robinson was serving in the armed forces. Despite riding on an unsegregated U.S. Army commissioned bus, he was repeatedly asked by the driver to move from his seat for white passengers whom were standing. Events following the ride landed Robinson in the custody of Military Police and he would ultimately be court martialed. Acquitted and later honorably discharged, the incident no doubt had a lasting impression and impact on his decision to join Branch Rickey in the integration of Major League Baseball. One page document is typwritten on both side with the fragile paper stock showing mild toning and a touch of light wear: EX $1,300.00 $1,430.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 359 Fine Roberto Clemente professional model baseball bat c.1969-72. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 36" long and weighs 36.2 oz. The bat shows evident use including ball marks, stitching impressions and rack marks. Model #U1 stamped on knob end along with "21" written in period red marker as well as "36 3/4" written in pencil denoting original weight. Center brand and player facsimile signature stampings present beautifully with bold strikes free of any damage. Highly desirable Clemente game bat being offered for the first time publicly from a primary source. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and letter of provenance from the Swartz family: EX $2,302.00 $2,532.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 360 Rare 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series ring. Original 14K gold ring as presented to Pirates+ player Charlie Sands in recognition of the 1971 World Championship. -Pittsburgh 1971 World Champions+ lettering encircles a central inset diamond of approx. ?? carat weight. The adjacent side panel displays the Pirates logo with team name above while the other side panel has -Sands+ player name positioned atop an image of the stadium. Properly marked, -Jostens 14K+ on interior ring band with an interior sizing spacer found within. Excellent overall condition with minimal surface wear retaining well defined craftsmanship detail. Player owned World Championship rings from the legendary 1970s Pirates team are notably scarce and of a high desirability with the offered example being the first we have offered: EX-MT $3,025.00 $3,328.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 367 Roberto Clemente professional model baseball bat c.1968-70. Adirondack 302 model Big Stick bat with "R.Clemente" block lettered into the barrel measures 36.5" long and weighs an imposing 40.2oz. Model number "234X" is factory stamped in the knob which has a period "21" written on in black marker. Evident usage wear throughout including ball/contact and rack marks along with a healthy coat of pine tar at mid-barrel. A fine representation from the heart of Clemente's noted career. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $6,930.00 $7,623.00 ($7,500-$12,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 368 Fine Willie Mays professional model baseball bat c.1968-70. Adirondack model 302 bat measures 35' long and weighs 34.6oz. The bat exhbits very fine evident use including ball marks, stitching impressions, rack marks, and light pine tar residue. Model #M63 stamped on knob end along with a very pronouned "24" written in vintage black marker. Center brand and player name stampings present in uncommonly fine condition for Adirondack model bats. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $1,900.00 $2,090.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 383 1991 Minnesota Twins World Series trophy from the Chili Davis Collection. Substantial personal trophy from Chili Davis in honor of the Twins 1991 World Championship title. Imperial size figural trophy from Balfour measures 25" tall and 13" deep having brass pennants atop poles with NL and AL team names. Center area features a finely cast silver plated baseball positioned inside a brass ring with crown figural finial on top. Twins and Braves World Series press pins facades are found affixed to the black base. Round base displays an inscribed brass band titled, "1991 World Series Champions Minnesota Twins Chili Davis". The reverse of the band has impressed lettering with the copyright of the Commissioner of Baseball markings. Personal player World Series trophies of this significant size format are very rarely offered at public auction. Their quality is of the absolute highest standard with a total weight of nearly 30 pounds. The offered example is one of only a handful of its size and type we have handled and is possibly the only example representing this team and year to have entered the marketplace. Includes letter of provenance from Chili Davis: NM $7,500.00 $8,250.00 ($30,000-$40,000) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 405 Fine Derek Jeter autographed and inscribed game used baseball bat c.2003-08 (PSA "GU 9"). Louisville Slugger 125 model P72 bat with Jeter facsimile signature and "New York Yankees" team name impressed measures 34" long and weighs 32oz. Usage wear evident throughout with ball, stitch, and cleat marks scattered about the barrel. Uncracked with a light coat of pine tar on the handle. Signed in silver marker "Derek Jeter" and inscribed "Game Used" rating 8/9 out of 10. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA assigning a grade of "GU 9", Steiner Sports hologram (autograph), and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $2,302.00 $2,532.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 442 Johnny Mize 1952 New York Yankees World Series ladies ring. Original 1952 New York Yankees World Series ring fashioned in a ladies sizing for Mize's wife as requested by Johnny Mize. The ring features an inset diamond of approx. ?? carat weight with each side panel displaying the Yankees insignia with 1952 date. Interior ring band is properly marked "Balfour 14K". Light to moderate surface wear is evident remaining in fine overall condition. Highly treasured award piece within the Mize family as related to Johnny's outstanding 1952 World Series performance in which he belted three home runs. Includes letter of provenance from the Mize family: EX-EX/MT $2,002.00 $2,202.00 ($5,000-$7,500) Open Place a Bid
See a Picture of this Item 443 Fine 1949 Johnny Mize New York Yankees World Series ring. Original ring as presented to Hall of Fame member Johnny Mize in recognition of his participation with the New York Yankees World Championship team of 1949. 10K gold ring features "New York Yankees World Champions' lettering on the ring top encircling a central inset diamond of approx. 1/4 carat weight. Each adjacent side panel features date of 1949 positioned above Yankees team insignia. Interior ring band displays proper "Balfour 10K" hallmark along with "John Mize" engraved name ("Mize" largely worn off). Size is a very impressive 15 (possibly slightly resized in the period), total weight of approx. 1 Troy ounce. After an illustrious tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants Johnny Mize was traded to the New York Yankees during the 1949 season. Mize became an integral role player for the Yankees over the next five seasons as a significant contributor to their consecutive World Championships during that same period. Only a scant few 1949 Yankees World Series rings have ever been offered for public sale with the Mize exemplar, and Casey Stengel's, ranking as the most notable of that population. Includes letter of provenance from the Mize family: EX-MT $4,598.00 $5,058.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Open Place a Bid