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See a Picture of this Item 61 Herb Carneal 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series Champions 10K gold ring. Beautifully designed ring has "M" team logo accented by (15) diamonds and set against a blue background. Top face is lettered around the edge, "Twins World Champions." Left shank has the year "1987" above a relief of the World Series trophy which is flanked by Twins and Cardinals team logos. Right has the name "Carneal" above a rendering of the Twins and American League logos. Marked "10K Jostens" on the interior band. Size 11.5 with little mentionable wear. Weighs (35) grams. Housed in original presentational box. Exceptional representation from a primary source as relates to one the most beloved teams of the era. Includes letter of provenance from the Carneal Family: NM $9,500.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $9,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 122 Significant Johnny Bench game used bat from July 26, 1970 Three Home Run Game (NL MVP, NL Championship Season). Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35 1/2" long and weighs 31.8oz. Showing exceptional use including ball marks, stitching impressions, pine tar residue, and light grain swelling. Model number B278 stamped on knob end along with vintage "5" written in black marker also found on end on barrel as well. The offered bat was used in one of the finest offensive performances of Bench's Hall of Fame career on July 26, 1970. During a game played at Riverfront Stadium between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds hammered the Cardinals by a final score of 12 to 5 behind Bench's offensive explosion. Johnny Bench went 4 for 5 with three home runs and seven RBI's. If that were not impressive enough the three home runs were hit off of Cardinals ace Steve Carlton. Vintage black marker inscription of the game statistics were written by Bench on the barrel of the bat. Absolutely superb Johnny Bench game used bat with career significance that is very likely the finest of its type to have entered the marketplace. **NOTE: The offered baseball bat may be autographed by Johnny Bench if the winning bidder wishes to do so but was preserved in its original state for its initial presentation at auction. Includes a matted and framed photo of Bench in full Reds catching gear c.1970s. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX-EX/MT $22,500.00 ($10,000-$15,000) Closed to online bidding $22,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 130 Significant 1989 Johnny Bench -The Catcher+ original painting by Leroy Neiman. Stunning original painting on board depicting Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench in full uniform and catcher+s gear in a standing position. Superb composition, execution, and use of light are vividly evident by Neiman who is universally lauded as the finest sports artist of the 20th century. This particular rendering is one of Neiman+s more popular of the 1970-80s era of Hall of Fame player subjects well illustrated within the related serigraph and print editions of same. The painting is signed at lower left , -Neiman 89+ and -Johnny Bench HOF 89+. The reverse of the painting has also been signed and inscribed in large black marker, -of and for Johnny, your friend Leroy 1989+. Overall sight size measures an impressive 24+x47+ with custom framing having side lighting in red tube bulbs. Outstanding original condition with only a few minute surface flakes mentioned for accuracy only. Important master work from Neiman+s portfolio which was prominently displayed within the Bench residence since its execution. Includes auction LOA from JSA (signature): NM $45,000.00 ($40,000-$60,000) Closed to online bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 143 1975 Cesar Geronimo Cincinnati Reds World Series trophy. Original high quality figural trophy fashioned after the full sized version representing one of the most recognizable and desirable Championship season mementos. Those with direct provenance to prominent team members are seldom offered with this example being one of only a handful to reach the market. Stands 12" tall with a series of team name lettered brass pennants circling the perimeter of a black plinth base. Set atop are a pair of World Series press pin accents and brass hoop with crown finial. Band which encircles the base has been lettered "Cincinnati Reds World Champions 1975 Cesar Geronimo, Centerfielder" at front. Touch of light tarnish to metal portions and a hint of other wear: EX/MT $13,500.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $13,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 156 Pete Rose "Babe Ruth Crown" for "Outstanding Batting Achievement." Highly visual award piece done in the fashion of the "Sultan of Swat Award" which was an honor bestowed each year, starting in 1956, to the player with the highest slugging percentage. The roster of recipients read like a who's who of great hitters to include Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, and even Joe DiMaggio whom was honored in 1956 for his 1939 season statistics. This later period piece, awarded by the same organization, offers similar display value with some subtle differences in text/design. Done in brass with affixed placard at front that reads, in both applied block letter and engraved text, "Babe Ruth Crown Presented to Pete Rose, For Outstanding Batting Achievement, Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association." The (6) points are each done to resemble a baseball diamond with colored jewel fitted at center. Ringing the body are applied crossed bat/ball decor pieces alternating with engraved career related statistics/notations. In fine overall condition with hint of light tarnish/wear mentioned for accuracy. Includes signed letter of provenance from Pete Rose: EX/MT $32,000.00 ($50,000-$75,000) Closed to online bidding $32,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 161 Fine 1971 Pete Rose autographed Cincinnati Reds professional model road jersey (with possible 1970 World Series attribution). Playing with determined intensity Pete Rose cemented a baseball legacy that is rooted in his time as a central figure in Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine." The 1970 season marked the first in which the team reached post-season play and offered a glimpse of the dominance they would put on display in capturing (4) National League titles and a pair of World Series Championship during his time with the club. Desirable all original gray flannel jersey has "Cincinnati" lettered across the front with number "14" below. Number also appears on back below the name, "Rose." Chain stitch embroidered strip tag in the collar reads "Rose" and the year "1971" is done in similar fashion on the front tail. Also on front tail is a Wilson manufacturers tag noting size (42). The jersey remains in an exceptional state of preservation displaying mild usage and wash wear with no mentionable flaws. Signed in black marker, "Pete Rose 1971" rating 8/9 out of 10. Includes a detailed letter from MEARS with assigned grade of "A10" (their highest rating for a jersey which has been deemed "Authentic") and presents evidence that it was possibly issued for use in the 1970 World Series based on button placement/configuration and photographic analysis. LOA from Hunt Auctions and LOA from JSA: EX $18,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to online bidding $18,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 175 Magnificient 1894 Spalding "Most Popular Player" presentational bat. Spalding brand bat (model "No. O.X.") has applied metal accenture throughout with the endcaps decorated in repousse floral pattern. Rectangular plate applied to left of manufacturers mark reads in full, "Peter Brogan Of The Woodline B.B. Club, Voted The Most Popular Base Ball Player In South Brooklyn, November 15th 1894." Additional circular ball shaped plate to the right reads, "Presented by Yager & Gabey 326 Columbia St. Brooklyn N.Y." In fine overall condition with original surface intact exhibiting only minor surface wear to teh bat itself and some light surface tarnishing to the metal placards. . Baseball's history has deep roots in Brooklyn with some of the best known early teams originating in the area. Although the particular accomplishments of Brogan the player, and record of Woodline Club, remain unknown this piece presents as one of the most tastefully executed early presentational bats we have handled with regarding to quality of construction and level of preservation: EX-EX/MT $25,000.00 ($30,000-$40,000) Closed to online bidding $25,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 178 Joe Wood c.1912 presentational pocket watch in recognition of his pitching and the Boston Red Sox Championship. Stately 14k gold pocket watch by Dubois with Longines movement has "JW" initials engraved on outer casing and lengthy inscription on the interior reading in full, "Presented to Joe Wood By His Friend A.E. Smith, In appreciation of his Splendid Pitching which brought the World's Championship to Boston, 1912." Wood, 22 years old in 1912, put forth an exceptional season long effort winning (34) games en route to a World Series apperance against the New York Giants. In a now Legendary performance he faced Christy Mathewson twice and is credited with (3) of the Red Sox wins including the final and deciding Game (8). In a 1981 New Yorker article Wood recounted Smith, a prominent Boston area businessman, gifting him the watch stating, "I've had that watch for 68 years...I always carried it in my vest pocket." Watch face, set below glass, has some minor scattered cracks/fissures and a small area of loss at lower left. The casing has light to moderate general age and handling wear along with a small indentation at one side. Desirable period piece as relates to perhaps the most important member of the 1912 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team. Includes vintage leather pouch in which Wood housed the watch and letter of provenance from the Wood Family: EX $20,000.00 ($20,000-$30,000) Closed to online bidding $20,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 179 Significant 1911 Philadelphia Athletics World Champions pendant presented to Bris Lord. Striking circular charm with garland ringed edge has "World's Champions 1911" lettered on. A stone at center is set within baseball field d√Ącor. "Philadelphia Athletics" team name is engraved on the back along with player name, "Briscoe Lord." The medal displays a hint of light wear which is largely mentioned for accuracy. One of the more appealing designs which pre-dates the awarding of Championship rings and an extraordinary rarity with a scant few examples to have entered the market. After capturing their first World Series Championship in 1910 the Athletics repeated again in 1911 lead by their fabled "$100,000 Infield." Although the team counted four future Hall of Famers amongst their ranks, Legendary Manager Connie Mack is said to have acknowledged that it was the signing of Bris Lord in 1910 that pushed them from perennial Pennant winners to World Series Champions. Includes letter of provenance from the Lord Family: EX/MT $45,000.00 ($15,000-$20,000) Closed to online bidding $45,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 180 Exceedingly rare 1910 Philadelphia Athletics Imperial sized team photograph. Imposing large format photograph of the Championship team with members shown on field and posed in full home uniforms. Among their ranks are a host of the era's best known players highlighted by Eddie Plank, Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, and Legendary Manager Connie Mack. Baseball's first true dynasty, the Athletics teams of the early 20th Century won (6) American League Pennants between 1902 and 1914 and in 1910 won their first World Series Championship. They would go on to repeat in 1911 and then did it again in 1914. One of less than half a dozen Imperial sized examples of this photograph which are known to have survived, this example derives from the estate of outfielder Bris Lord. All others which have surfaced can similarly be traced back to a team source. Image displays a crisp clarity which is especially uncommon given the era and large size. It has been laid to backing by a professional conservator and lightly cleaned however a strip of discoloration remains at extreme right edge All (4) corners have been restored (replaced with modern color matched paper) as have portions of the edges. All work was done at the highest level of quality with attention paid to the historical import of the piece itself. Measures 20.5"x36.5" overall with image size of 18"x33". Includes letter of provenance from the Lord Family: Displays EX, see description $3,250.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $3,250.00
See a Picture of this Item 185 Important 1923 New York Yankees "World's Champions" gold pocket watch presented to Doc Woods. Five sided watch by Gruen is beautifully engraved on back of the casing with a batter, pitcher, and catcher scene. "Yankees" is lettered across the top and a caption below reads "World's Champions 1923." Engraved on the interior, "Presented by Yankee Baseball Club To A.A. Woods" and marked "Gruen Verithin" along with "14K.G." The original face (under glass) has a few very small areas of discoloration (mostly at top) and the watch displays some mild general handling and age wear. After losing the World Series to their cross town rival New York Giants in both 1921 and 22, the Yankees opened the 1923 season to great fanfare. The team introduced a newly built Stadium, summarily dubbed "The House That Ruth Built", and the crowd was not dissapointed when Babe christened it with a homerun. Finishing atop the American League they once again met the Giants in Championship play and this time emerged the victor; it was the foundation of Yankee dominance of baseball throughout the 20th Century and the first of a remarkable (27) World Series Championships to follow. An historically significant piece as presented to the Yankees highly regarded team physician and one of the more desirable pieces of 1920s era baseball related jewelry: EX $37,500.00 ($40,000-$60,000) Closed to online bidding $37,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 188 Exceptional Kid Nichols single signed baseball. Bold blue ink "With Sincere Regards, Charles Kid Nichols" full name signature appears across the sweetspot of a MacGregor Goldsmith "Official League" baseball. The signature rates 8 out of 10 and contrasts well against the ball's lightly toned surface. Given the significance and condition grade of the offered baseball, and for the sake of accuracy, we note a few extremely minor scattered condition imperfections which would not typically warrant mention. These include a minute area under the signature where a tiny line of modern era ink was professionally removed. This is detectable only under magnification and has no negative impact on the ball or signature itself again mentioned for extreme accuracy only. Nichols broke into the Major Leagues with the 1890 Boston Beaneaters winning (27) games to begin a string of (10) consecutive (20) win seasons. Interspersed were a Major League record (7) in which he recorded (30) or more and he lead the Beaneaters to (5) National League pennants during the period. He is the youngest pitcher in history to reach the three hundred win plateau and is currently ranked 7th all-time with a career total of (361). He was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1941 and autograph seekers were given a limited window of time to seek out his signature. The rarity of a Nichols single signed baseball can not be overstated with this the first we can recall auctioning and one of the finest condition examples to have surfaced. Includes full LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM with note to description $18,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to online bidding $18,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 190 Very fine June 12, 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame Inauguration autographed postal commemorative cover. Original postal cover as issued in commemoration of the June 12, 1939 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies held at the inaugural opening of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Large format cover measuring 4 1/4" x 9 1/2" featuring decorative image of Doubleday Field at left end and has been postmarked June 12, 1939 at Cooperstown, NY. The cover has been signed by an amazing grouping of (23) ceremonial participants to include Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, G.C. Alexander, Eddie Collins, George Sisler, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Connie Mack, Kennesaw M. Landis, Clark Griffith, Bill Terry, Ford Frick, Warren Giles, W.B. McKechnie, and U.S. Postmaster General James Farley. Black fountain pen signatures remain in very fine original condition ranging from 8-10 out of 10. The Hall of Fame inaugural ceremonies remain one of the more notable and significant events in baseball history with an assemblage of Hall of Fame players which may well be the finest in the history of the game. Cover has been neatly separated for display as it was signed on both front and back due to signature quantity. The cover itself has a few expected fold lines likely from original mailing with some very minor edged flakes and chips. Archivally matted and framed for display with an 8"x10" image taken at the 1939 Hall of Fame ceremonies. Superb rarity ranking as one fo the finer baseball autographed pieces of its type that we have offered. Includes auction LOA from JSA: $15,000.00 ($10,000-$20,000) Closed to online bidding $15,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 202 Fine 1934 New York Yankees team autographed baseball. Lightly toned Spalding "Babe Ruth Home Run Special" model baseball signed by (22) players to include Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Dickey, Ruffing, Crosetti, Rolfe, Gomez, and Crosetti. Signatures range from 6 to 8 out fo 10 with Ruth displaying prominently across one sweet spot and Gehrig on the other. Small area of vintage writing which has been abraded to the left of "Gehrig" mentioned for accuracy only. Very fine condition grade example with outstanding display qualities. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball: EX, Signatures: Range EX-NM $11,000.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $11,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 233 Satchel Paige life sized bronze statue from Legacy Square. Fine work depicting Paige in uniform stands approx. 6'7" tall (79 inches) atop 44"x36"x6" base. Years of outdoor display have resulted in choice surface patination with no flaws worthy of mention. Includes 26"x24" biographical plaque which can be wall mounted for display: EX $30,000.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $30,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 237 Josh Gibson life sized bronze statue from Legacy Square. Fine work depicting Gibson in uniform stands approx. 5'8" tall (68 inches) atop 44"x36"x6" base. Years of outdoor display have resulted in choice surface patination with no flaws worthy of mention. Includes 26"x24" biographical plaque which can be wall mounted for display. Please note - this piece will not be available for onsite viewing or pickup: EX $40,000.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $40,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 244 Scarce and significant Kansas City Monarchs professional model jerseyc.1945-47. Grey flannel pinstriped jersey with red and navy blue piping retaining its original -KC+ lettering across the front with matching -9+ on the back. Interior collar area retains a stitched label which has faded from age and is not legible. Evident use and wash wear throughout including a single tiny moth hole on the -K+ on front. The offered jersey originated from the family of Jack Edward Harrington who had a tryout with the Kansas City Blues in the 1940s at Blues Stadium in Kansas City. The players were all issued uniforms of various types to which Harrington received the offered Monarchs jersey. Blues Stadium (known by several other names as well) was shared by the Blues and the Monarchs between period of 1937-1954. Based on comparison with documented period images we can ascertain that the Blue never wore jerseys with the identical traits of the offered jersey. Additionally, this particular jersey style was worn by the Kansas City Monarchs during the mid 1940s era as documented within period identified photography. We believe the jersey to be attributable to Walter Thomas dating to the 1945 season who wore uniform #9. Negro League jerseys of any period are exceedingly scarce with this example being one of less than five which we have handled in our 24 year history. Truly incredible scarcity as recently discovered having descended directly within the Harrington family until its offering within the current auction. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions, LOA from MEARS Authentication, and letter of provenance from the Harrington family: EX $80,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to online bidding $80,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 253 1953 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game professional model bat (Direct Team Employee Provenance, PSA/DNA "GU 9"). Significant bat as issued to Mickey Mantle for use in his second All-Star Game appearance is one of the earliest dated examples, which can be definitively dated, to have surfaced. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat has Mantle facsimile signature burned into the barrel along with "All Star Game Cincinnati 1953" in block letter. Model "K55" is factory stamped in the knob and the bat measures 35" long and weighs 33.2oz. An expected level of mild but well defined use is evident throughout with ball and stitch marks visible on the hitting surface along with some rack streaks. The offered bat was obtained directly from Mickey Mantle by the former equipment manager of the Washington Senators continuing with the Minnesota Twins. The young man had worked to earn Mantle+s trust by assisting the player while in town for visiting games. In return, the young man asked Mantle for his bat after he was done with it at the 1953 All-Star Game. Mantle obliged and the bat has remained in his personal collection until its current offering. Hitting for both average and power through all of his (18) seasons in baseball Mickey Mantle is firmly established as one of the games' greatest sluggers. Named Most Valuable Player of the American League (3) times, he won the Triple Crown in 1956, and played on (7) Championship teams. In total Mantle enjoyed (20) All-Star Game appearances, a feat topped only by Aaron, Musial, and Mays. Statistics aside, there is a lore which surrounds his name that few others can conjure up. Mantle simply had -it+, intangibles which cannot be charted in box scores or accounted for in comparison to the standard measure of pure athletic ability. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA (graded "GU 9"),LOA from Hunt Auctions, and letter of provenance with related photo (see catalogue image) from the equipment manager: EX $70,000.00 ($75,000-$100,000) Closed to online bidding $70,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 254 Important Ted Williams 1960 All-Star Game autographed professional model bat used for his final All-Star game appearance and base hit (Ted Williams Collection Provenance). Ted Williams illustrious playing career cannot be captured within words themselves. The statistics, accolades, and records all serve as a valiant attempt to provide context as to Williams legacy on a baseball field but simply can+t quantify his value to the history of the sport. Such information does however supply benchmarks by which to measure others within the history of the game. One of the more memorable portions of Ted Williams Hall of Fame career was his appearance in an incredible (19) All-Star Games which would have included at least 2-4 others had Ted not been courageously serving his country in WWII and the Korean War. Williams, as in all aspects of his life, did not merely -appear+ in the All-Star Games but rather he excelled. In 2002, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig acknowledged Ted+s All-Star prowess by naming the game+s MVP award the -Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award.+ His dramatic walk off home run in the 1941 contest remains to date one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Mid-Summer Classic. It is within that context that we are honored to present the final bat used by Ted Williams in All-Star Game play. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 35+ long and weighs 31.5 ounces with model #W166 stamped on the knob end. The bat exhibits superb evidence of use including ball marks, rack marks, stitching impressions, and handle scoring. Stamped on barrel end, -1960 All Star Game Ted Williams Kansas City New York+. Williams has autographed the barrel in blue sharpie rating 10 out of 10. We were honored to conduct the Ted Williams Collection live auction event on behalf of the Williams family in 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston. Within that sale was included Ted+s other 1960 All-Star Game bat which also exhibited fine overall use indicative of regular sea $120,000.00 ($100,000-$150,000) Closed to online bidding $120,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 286 Significant Roy Campanella 1953 National League Most Valuable Player award. A star player in both the Negro and Mexican Leagues, Campanella transitioned into the Brooklyn Dodgers Minor League system in 1946 and would ultimately join Jackie Robinson in the Major Leagues in 1948. A fixture in every All-Star Game played from 1949 to 1956, Campy was the National League's Most Valuable Player (3) times in that same span of seasons. In 1953 he set then records for home runs (41) and RBIs by a catcher (142) hitting .312 in the Dodgers effort for a second consecutive National League Pennant. Important original award measuring 16" across has octagonal Sterling Silver placard affixed at front. A gold colored bust of K.M. Landis sits below the second base position of a baseball diamond which also holds "Roy Campanella" engraved nameplate below "Most Valuable Player National League" titling, "Brooklyn Dodgers" team name, and a crossed bats/baseball applique which notes year, "1953." Front is marked, "Sterling Dieges & Clust" and their tacked on metal tag remains on back below an eyelet for hanging. Very clean overall with a few minor scattered imperfections. One of the most high profile pieces of its' type to have entered the marketplace. Includes letter of provenance from the Campanella Family: EX/MT $150,000.00 ($175,000-$200,000) Closed to online bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 287 Fine 1914 Buck Herzog Cincinnati Reds Stolen Base Leader presentational bat. Figural metal bat has barrel area engraved with text reading in full, "Barker & Freisens Tophy Presented to Charles Lincoln Herzog, Manager of the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, Having The Greatest Number of Stolen Bases During Season 1914." All set within a fancy garland style border. The bat, measuring 32" long, is hollow and cast in metal which is possibly silver plated (though unmarked). Lettering remains bold, deep, and fully decipherable; there is some light surface wear scattered throughout the bat along with some scattered indentations (the most notable of which appears over the name "Freisens"). In his first season as Reds player/Manager Herzog stole (46) bases to lead the team finishing second League wide. He tallied (312) total during his career which spanned 1908-1920: EX $22,500.00 ($25,000-$50,000) Closed to online bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 292 Important 1939 Bucky Walters National League Most Valuable Player presentational pocket watch. Fine quality Longines pocket watch has been engraved on the casing, "Wm. H. Bucky Walters, Most Valuable Player of National League for 1939, Selected By Baseball Writers Ass'n Of America, Presented By The Sporting News." Walter's Major League career spanned (16) seasons which included a (10) year stint with the Cincinnati Reds that was far and away his most productive. He helped lead the club to a pair of National League titles in 1939 and 40 and the later culminated in a World Series Championship. His triple crown winning efforts in 1939 (with League leading numbers in wins, strikeouts, and ERA) earned recognition as it's Most Valuable Player. The watch remains in strong overall condition having long been stored in the original box (included) displaying little meaningful wear. Includes letter of provenance from the Walters family, vintage telegram from Warren Giles to Walters congratulating him on the NL MVP, and a period article detailing the presentation of the watch to Walters: NM $27,500.00 ($30,000-$40,000) Closed to online bidding $27,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 293 Unique 1938 Ernie Lombardi National League MVP Presentational shotgun. Appropriate to the 1920-30s era within Major League Baseball players were often given a choice as to the precise type of award that they received for various honors. Offered may well be the most unique National League MVP award to have been presented in the form of a custom manufactured Browning Arms Co. 12 gauge shotgun. Beautifully crafted gun features incised decoration on the metal stock area with original mahogany grip intact. The gun exhibits evident use and age wear while retaining a fine vintage patina. The gun includes its original leather handled casing which displays an applied silver plated label inscribed, -Presented to Ernest N. Lombardi Catcher Cincinnati Reds by The Sporting News in Recognition of Being Named the Most Valuable Player of 1938 in the National League by the Baseball Writers Association of America+. Lombardi was hailed as one of the finest catchers of the 1920-40s era and led the Reds to several National League Championships and a World Championship during his tenure. Highly interesting and significant MVP award with fine display qualities. Includes letter of provenance from the Lombardi family and letter of authenticity from Browning Co. detailing the manufacture and delivery of the gun in 1938. **NOTE: The gun must be received by a buyer with proper firearms license or shipped through a licensed firearms dealer. Call for more details : EX $20,000.00 ($25,000-$35,000 Closed to online bidding $20,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 296 1940 Harry Craft Cincinnati Reds World Series Championship ring. Desirable original ring has "World Champions Cincinnati Reds" lettered around the top face which has an inset diamond displayed against red stone background. The year "1940" is in relief at top of either shank with Reds team name/logo below. Engraved on the interior band, "Presented by Baseball Commisioner to Harry Craft" and marked "14K." A cherished momento of his of time with the team, the ring displays wear throughout with loss to both the red and blue enameled areas. The Reds captured National League titles in 1939 and 1940 with Craft playing Centerfield regularly through both seasons. Leaving baseball in 1942 to serve in the Navy he never made it back to the Major Leagues as a player but did remain involved in the game for many years as a Manager. Size (6) (resized) and weighs (15) grams: VG/EX $11,000.00 ($15,000-$25,000) Closed to online bidding $11,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 310 1961 Cincinnati Reds National League Championship ring. Vintage ring as crafted in honor of the Reds NL pennant winning season which led them to a World Series appearance against the New York Yankees. Top of the ring features an inset half carat diamond on a red field with "National League Champions" lettering surrounding. One side panel features Reds logo above a baseball dated 1961 with the other side panel picturing the Reds mascot. Interior ring band is marked "Josten 14K". The offered ring appears to have not been specifically issued to a player, front office member, or organizational staff member remaining without an engraved recipient name on interior band as seen on several other known exemplars. Very attractive ring relating to the popular NL Championship team of the early 1960s: EX-MT $13,000.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $13,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 329 Rare Roger Maris autographed professional model baseball bat c.1967-68. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Maris facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 32.1oz. Model number "O16" is stamped in the knob and a vintage number "9" has been written on either end in marker. As noted in the accompanying PSA letter, the bat "shows evidence of light use. No discernable ball marks are visible on the barrel. Several red bat rack streaks from the St. Louis Cardinals bat rack are visible on the left and back barrel." Vintage signed, "To Hank Best Always, Roger Maris" rating 5/6-6 out of 10; a very rare and highly desirable trait which serves to put the bat directly in his hands in the period. An outstanding example from one of more storied sluggers of the time. Includes LOAs from PSA/DNA for bat and autograph, auction LOA from JSA, and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $3,000.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 336 Vida Blue 1971 American League Most Valuable Player award. Important original award presented in recognition of his 1971 season accomplishments measures 16" across with octagonal Sterling Silver placard affixed at front. A gold colored bust of K.M. Landis sits below the second base position of a baseball diamond which is titled "Most Valuable Player American League" and notes "Vida Blue" player and "Oakland Athletics" team names. The year "1971" appears in crossed bat and ball applique. Front is marked "Sterling" and the original "Dieges & Clust" label is on back below eyelet for hanging. Blue won (24) games with (8) coming by way of shutout and posted a League leading 1.82 ERA; also good enough to earned the Cy Young Award. In fine overall condition with a touch of light natural ageing and wear: EX/MT $60,000.00 ($75,000-$100,000) Closed to online bidding DNS
See a Picture of this Item 347 Fine Roberto Clemente autographed baseball bat c.1965-68. Rico Carty professional model baseball bat measures 34 1/2" long and weighs 34.5oz. Exhibiting evident use with rack marks and "25" written on knob end. The barrel of the bat has been boldly signed by Roberto Clemente in black marker rating 8/9 out of 10. Originally obtained by John Hupp directly from Rico Carty who was a an aquaintance and is accompanied by several vintage color photos picturing John Hupp with Carty holding 1960s Pirates nodder. One of the finest Roberto Clemente signatures on a baseball bat which we have encountered with strong display qualities. Includes auction LOA from JSA (signature), LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), small photographic Rico Carty souvenir lighter, and letter of provenance from the Hupp family: Bat: EX, Signature: NM $6,000.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $6,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 350 Fine 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team autographed Don Hoak professional model baseball bat with World Series attribution. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 36" long and weighs 35oz .having U1 model number stamped on knob end. Bat shows evident use and has a period clear coat applied. The bat has been autographed by (37) members of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Championship team to include Clemente, Mazeroski, Face, Friend, Law, Kabine, Vernon, Virdon, Skinner, and Hoak. George Sisler and Joe L. Brown (rare signature) have also signed the bat as members of the Pirates ownership and front office. The Danny Murtaugh signature has been clubhouse signed as commonly seen. Autographs range from 7-9 out of 10 having been nicely preserved. The offered bat originated from the family of Carleton who was an aquaintance of Don Hoak and attended the 1960 World Series as evidenced by the accompanying original image picturing same. The bat was signed by the team at the request of Hoak for Mr. Carleton and presented to him as having been the bat used by Hoak during the 1960 World Series. Exceptional team signed bat being offered for the first time publicly by the Carleton family. Includes auction LOA from JSA (autographs), LOA from Hunt Auctions (bat), copy of the photograph picturing Carelton/Hoak at 1960 WS, and letter of provenance from the Carelton family: Bat: EX, Signatures: Range EX/MT-NM $6,500.00 ($7,500-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $6,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 351 1969 Jim Bunning Pittsburgh Pirates professional model road jersey. Grey flannel vest style jersey retains its original "Pirates" team name across the front with #14 beneath and on the back. Proper Rawlings mfg. label affixed to the tail front along with dry clean tag and "Set 1 1969" flag tag. It is noted for accuracy that we have encountered 1969 Pirates professional model jerseys from the 1969 season with, and without, player names chain stitched onto the tail area neither of which seem to be indicative of any specific reasoning. Shirt exhibits excellent use and wash wear including appropriate age fading "line" at the belt area from sun exposure. Piping at the collar area shows some typical fraying from use mostly to the back of the neck. Bunning played for the Pirates during the 1968 and 1969 seasons after his Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Difficult Hall of Fame player jersey specimen with fine display qualities. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX $4,500.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $4,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 417 Fine Pete Rose attributed Cincinnati Reds early 1970s professional model jacket. Red satin jacket with "Cincinnati" lettered across the front with the Reds team logo on left sleeve. Interior is fleece lined and there is a "Rawlings" manufacturers tag affixed parallel to the zipper. Next to this a wash tag which has "14" player number block letter stamped on in the same manner as the team is widely known to have used in the period. Signed in marker, "Pete Rose" rating 8/9 out of 10. In outstanding overall condition with light evident usage and wash wear. Letter of provenance from a former Reds bat boy relates that it was obtained in the 1972-73 time period. Includes auction LOA from JSA (auto), LOA from Hunt Auctions, and additional letter of authenticity: EX $3,500.00 ($5,000-$10,000) Closed to online bidding $3,500.00