Completed Live Auctions

Back Items For The Auction of August 23rd and 24th, 2002  
  Lot Number Item Description Est. Price Range Sold For Price
See a Picture of this Item 1201 Lot of (31) vintage football related publications c.1930-60's. Majority are Collegiate football programs incl. Michigan, East/West All-Star, Harvard, Denver, and Notre Dame. Also ncludes 1994 Super Bowl program, 1933 Gulf football manual, and 1929 Michigan program: Range VG-NM ($500.00-$750.00) $850.00
  1202 Lot of (17) vintage baseball related books. All but (2) are hard cover incl. "The Ultimate Baseball Book", (2) "The Glory of Their Times", "Ty Cobb", "The Real McGraw", and "All-Time Rosters of Major League Baseball Clubs:: Range GD-NM ($75.00-$100.00) $50.00
See a Picture of this Item 1203 Ty Cobb single signed ball from last game played in Comiskey Park. Fascinating piece which originated from the collection of a family whose patriarch ran a small baseball museum from 1940-60's. This object was one of the display items and is a Barnard AL ball which was used in game played on September 39, 1928 which was the last game that Cobb was at in Chicago's Comiskey Park. Cobb was not in the lineup that day and in fact had his last hit on Sept. 3, 1928 against Washington. The ball is signed by Ty Cobb on side panel with personalization on sweet spot (To Marshall From), signature rates 1/2 out of 10. Written below signature is "Cobb's Last Day in Sox Park" which remains clear and legible. Ball remains in its' original cellophane with letter dated 1964 from the gentleman who donated the ball to the museum. Includes LOA from James Spence PSA/DNA regarding the signature: GD-VG ($1,000.00-$2,000.00) $750.00
See a Picture of this Item 1204 Baseball bat signed and game used by Babe Ruth c.1943. Wonderful baseball historical object obtained at an exhibition game played in Hartford, CT at Bulkeley Stadium. The teams were the Savitt Gems who were a semi-pro team owned by Connecticut jeweler Bill Savitt and a travelling exhibition team for which Ruth was playing. During the course of the game (as retold by former Hartford Times sports reporter Harold Ogden) Babe Ruth hit several home runs one of which cracked the offered bat which was used to hit the home run. The bat is a 34" Louisville Slugger model 125JFS Special Jimmie Foxx bat with foil stamped markings and fasc. signature. Bat has handle crack and period black tape which according to family history was placed on bat by Ruth before he presented it to Morton Gillman who was the 16 year old batboy for the Gems. After the game Gillman and Fred Silliman (boy who caught the home run ball) had Babe autograph their respective treasures. The photo pictured in the catalogue captures this moment with a copy of the image included with the lot. The bat markings are clearly visible in the photo adding a "fingerprint" to the authentication of the piece. The bat was used for many years after by Gillman's son as the signature has faded with the last name rating 2 out of 10 and the first only visible under black lighting. Includes LOA regarding signature and notarized letter of provenance regarding bat from Gillman's son Mark detailing the history. Unique opportunity to acquire a Ruth game used bat at a fraction of its' typical pricing range: Bat: VG, Signature: PR-GD ($4,000.00-$5,000.00) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 1205 Superb Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball. Off white Spalding Official NL ball signed in blue ink by Babe Ruth on the sweet spot and Lou Gehrig underneath on side panel. Each signature rate 9-9.5 out of 10 retaining original color and boldness. Opposite side of ball has period notation of "Chicago, Ill. August 18, 1927 38 Home Runs Each" denoting the fact that both Ruth and Gehrig were tied for the lead in the home run race; Ruth would not look back en route to 60 home runs with Gehrig finishing at 47. The ball was obtained at the game played that day at Comiskey Park between the Yankees and White Sox by a Chicago Board of Trade employee who took his daughter (an avid baseball fan) to numerous Chicago Cubs and White Sox games. Once married the woman then promised the ball to her son (at time of her passing) when he reached the age of 21. Until that point when he was 8 years old it resided in the infamous sock drawer where it was gently preserved for many years. The ball has remained in the original recipient's family until this point. Includes LOA and letter of provenance from family, finest quality Ruth/Gehrig ball that we've offered with desirable family lineage and historical notations: Ball: EX-EX/MT, Signatures: NM ($17,500.00-$25,000.00) $22,000.00
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