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Heritage Auction - Sports Auction Catalog 7037 - Rosemont, IL


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Press Release - August 9, 2011

Lou Gehrig Collection Brings Nearly $1 Million To Fuel Record-Setting $4.95+ Million Heritage Sports Auction

Cy Young’s 1908 Red Sox jersey, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s baseball bat and Bobby Jones’ 1937 Green Jacket show spectacular strength in Vintage Sports Collectibles auction, Aug. 4 in Chicago

DALLAS, TX – A grouping of six items, known as The Lou Gehrig Collection, brought to auction by the son of a woman who was left the trove by Gehrig’s mother, Christina, brought almost $1 million altogether as the emotional centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 4 Signature® Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction.

The lead lot of the group was Gehrig’s previously-unknown 1934 Tour of Japan game worn uniform, which realized $507,875. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

“The chances of a group of material like this, so intimately related to one of the greatest sportsmen to ever live, turning up together all at once,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, “is akin in the sports collecting world to finding a stack of Picasso paintings in the art world.”

Overall, the auction yielded just more than $4.95 million, on just 97 lots sold, translating into an average lot value of more than $51,000 with a general sell-through of 93% as 579 bidders competed for a piece of the unparalleled sporting history that was on the block.

“I believe this was the most spectacular assembly of sporting artifacts presented within a single auction in the 21st century,” said Ivy. “We smashed records and we burnished our reputation with each record result. If there were any questions about our ability to deliver results for the hobby's elite pieces, none could have survived last night.”

Live bidding at the Muvico Theaters in the shadow of Rosemont, IL’s National Sports Collectors Convention was interrupted repeatedly by loud applause as hobby veterans were stunned by results that continually dwarfed pre-auction estimates by significant amounts. The tone of the evening became apparent with the very first lot, as a baseball autographed by the 1926 New York Yankees opened at $30,000 before skyrocketing to the world-record price realized of $131,450, the highest figure ever paid at auction for a team sphere.

It was the first of six lots representing the highlights of the recently unearthed Lou Gehrig Collection, as mentioned above, which continued to draw gasps with each subsequent drop of the auctioneer's gavel. Besides the 1926 ball and legendary first baseman's 1934 Tour of Japan uniform, which commanded a live bidding frenzy on its way to the aforementioned $507,875 price realized, Gehrig's matching cap from the 1934 Japanese tour, sold separately, added another $95,600 to the tally, while the American League Championship wristwatch presented to the Iron Horse for his service to the 1926 Yankees notched a remarkable $155,350. Baseball's career pitching victories king, Denton T “Cy” Young, for whom baseball’s highest

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Heritage Auction - Sports Auction Catalog 7037 - Rosemont, IL

  1. 1. Heritage Signature® Auction #7037Vintage Sports CollectiblesFeaturing: The Lou Gehrig CollectionAugust 4, 2011 | ChicagoLIVE AUCTION Signature® Floor Session PRELIMINARY LOT VIEWING(Floor, Telephone, HERITAGE Live!,™ Internet, Fax, and Mail) Heritage Auctions, Dallas • 17th Floor 3500 Maple Avenue • Dallas, TX 75219Muvico Rosemont 189701 Bryn Mawr Ave. • Rosemont, IL 60018 Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28 • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CTThursday, August 4 • 8:00 PM CT • Lots 80001–80103 LOT VIEWING The 32nd National Sports Collectors ConventionPlease note that space within the auction room is Rosemont, ILlimited, with reservations granted on a first response Wednesday, August 3 • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM CTbasis. Attendance requires a $100 charitable donation Thursday, August 4 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CTto The Ronald McDonald House of Chicago. Dinner andcocktails will be served prior to the start of the auction. View lots & auction results online at BIDDING METHODS:LOT SETTLEMENT AND PICK-UP BiddingLots will be available for pick up at the Heritage Bid live on your computer or mobile, anywhere in the world,Auctions corporate booth on the floor of the during the Auction using our HERITAGE Live!™ program atNational Sports Collectors Convention. will also be available for pick up:Friday, August 5 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT Live Floor BiddingSaturday, August 6 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT Bid in person during the floor session.Sunday, August 7 • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT Live Telephone BiddingAfter 12:00 PM CT on Sunday all lots will be returned Phone bidding must be arranged on or beforeto Dallas and will be available for pickup starting Wednesday, August 3, by 12:00 PM CT.Wednesday, August 10th by appointment only. Client Service: 866–835–3243.Extended Payment Terms available. Email: Internet Bidding Internet absentee bidding ends at 10:00 PM CTLots are sold at an approximate rate of 50 lots per hour, but it the evening before each session. not uncommon to sell 35 lots or 75 lots in any given hour.This auction is subject to a 19.5% Buyer’s Premium. Fax BiddingIL Auctioneer license: Robert Korver 441001421; Mike Sadler 441001478; Fax bids must be received on or before Wednesday, August 3, bySamuel Foose 441001482; Scott Peterson 441001659; Jacob Walker441001677; Bob Merrill 441001683; Chris Dykstra 441001788; Heritage 12:00 PM CT. Fax: 214–409–1425Numismatic Auctions, Inc. 444000370. Mail Bidding Mail bids must be received on or before Wednesday, August 3. Phone: 214.528.3500 • 800.872.6467 Fax: 214.409.1425 Direct Client Service Line: 866.835.3243 Email: Bid@HA.comThis Auction is presented and cataloged by Heritage Auctions© 2011 Heritage Auctioneers & Galleries, Inc. 21813
  2. 2. Sports Department Specialists Steve Ivy CEOCo-Chairman of the Board Chris Ivy Derek Grady Director of Sports Auctions Vice President Jim Halperin Jim HalperinCo-Chairman of the Board Co-Chairman Mark Jordan Peter Calderon Mike Gutierrez of the Board Consignment Director Consignment Director Consignment Director Greg Rohan President Jonathan Scheier Chris Nerat Lee Iskowitz Consignment Director Consignment Director Consignment Director Paul Minshull Chief Operating Officer Consignment Directors: Pete Calderon, Derek Grady, Mike Gutierrez, Lee Iskowitz, Chris Ivy, Mark Jordan, Chris Nerat, Jonathan Scheier Cataloged by: Peter Calderon, Chris Nerat, Jonathan Scheier Todd ImhofExecutive Vice President
  3. 3. Dear Fellow Sports Collector,It was Heywood Broun, esteemed journalist and member of the famous Algonquin Round Table, who wrote, “Sports donot build character. They reveal it.” While we might take issue with the first half of the statement, the second is clearlytrue. Had Lou Gehrig instead been the captain of a fishing boat, surely no rough seas would have kept him at harbor.Bobby Jones, the ultimate sportsman on the links, was equally noble in the courtroom as one of Augusta’s leadingattorneys. And poor Shoeless Joe, born with far more talent than good sense, may well have fallen in with a bad crowdon the streets of Greenville had he never left home for the Majors. Though each charted his own unique path to thepantheon of sport, it was their humanity that ultimately made them larger than life.Today each iconic athlete straddles the line between fact and folklore, and as the last few surviving eyewitnesses totheir brilliance pass away, the equation will shift even further to the latter. The incredible artifacts of these lives you’llencounter on the pages that follow become all the more important with each passing year, and we here at Heritagesee it as a tremendous privilege to play a part in their history. There are lessons to be learned from each and every lot,whether as inspiration or cautionary tale, or something in between.It should quickly become apparent, as you page through this catalog, that this is no ordinary auction. Through acombination of hard work and the occasional blessing of good fortune, our staff here at Heritage has assembled anunprecedented assortment of the greatest treasures of American sports. These are not just mementos of our greatestathletic figures, but key relics from their definitive moments. Consider just the game used bats—we have Joe Jackson’sfabled “Black Betsy.” We have Jackie Robinson’s lumber from the first integrated All-Star Game in 1949. We haveRoberto Clemente’s bat from his first World Series victory in 1960. And we have one of the first twelve LouisvilleSluggers issued to Derek Jeter as a member of the New York Yankees.Though the contents of this auction span a wide array of sports, collecting disciplines and estimate ranges, this is thetheme we have aspired to maintain throughout—the best, the first, the last, and the only.Bidding for this auction, as always, is possible by Internet, telephone, mail and fax. But we hope that we’ll see manyof you during Wednesday 8/3 and Thursday 8/4 previews at our corporate booth (number 814) at the National SportsCollectors Convention in Rosemont, and then for the Live Auction at the Muvico Theaters across the street from theconvention center on Thursday night. As always, we close with a word of gratitude to the consignors who made thisauction possible, and to the bidders who will give these treasures a new home. Thank you for putting your trust in us,and for helping to establish Heritage as the World’s Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.Sincerely,Chris IvyDirector of Sports Auctions
  4. 4. Prices realized from our April 2011 Signature AuctionVIN TAGE SPORTS COLLEC TIBLES AUC TIONNOVEMBER 11, 2011 | DALL AS | LIVE & ONLINE 1916 D381 Ferguson Bakery Walter Johnson SGC 30 - Newly 1909-11 T206 Sweet Discovered and Only Caporal Eddie Plank SGC Copy Known 50 VG/EX 4 Sold For: $8,962 Sold For: $83,650 1954 Hank Aaron Game Worn Milwaukee Braves Rookie JerseySeeking consignments. Sold For: $167,300 Significant Cash Advances Available. 1947 Ted Williams Triple Crown Season Game Used Vault Marked Bat Sold For: $72,675 1955 Topps Sandy Circa 1950 Charles Koufax #123 PSA NM- “Kid” Nichols Single MT+ 8.5 Signed Baseball Sold For: $5,676 Sold For: $53,775TX & NY Auctioneer license: Samuel Foose 11727 & 0952360. Heritage Auction Galleries CA Bond #RSB2004175; CA Auctioneer Bond: Leo Frese #RSB2004176. These auctions are subject to a 19.5% buyer’s premium.
  5. 5. The Top Reasons that you can TRUST in your Relationship with Heritage Trust our STRENGTH: Heritage enjoys more than $100 million in assets and over $50 million in equity and owners’ capital. Trust our LEADERSHIP: Privately owned and led by the same executive team for more than three decades. Trust our EXPERTISE: Heritage actively recruits the hobby’s best minds to ensure that your treasures are properly identified, appraised and marketed to their fullest benefit. Trust our TRANSPARENCY: No hidden reserves. No hidden fees. All results are available forever in our Auction Archives. Trust our MARKETING: More than $7 million spent annually to aggressively advertise in top trade publications. Mainstream press coverage in CNN, Sports Illustrated, Investor’s Business Daily and many more. Trust our SECURITY:In knowing that each of our 45,000+ consignors have been sent their auction settlement checks in full and on time, without exception. Trust our RESULTS: Heritage has established World Record prices for many of the premier pieces in the hobby. Heritage routinely outperforms typical “market values” at auction, assuring the highest possible financial return for your consignment. Trust our TECHNOLOGY: An IT department staff of more than 30 has allowed Heritage to develop proprietary software such as HERITAGE Live!TM* bidding and MyWantlist™ that helps to keep Heritage at the forefront of the hobby. Trust our EXPOSURE: A bidder-member audience of more than 500,000 and web marketing campaigns that generate more than 360,000 web visitors per month to our award winning website ensure that your consignments are receiving the best exposure in the industry. Trust our REPUTATION: In addition to working with the families of some of the greatest names in sports, Heritage has sold collections on behalf of the DEA, IRS, and FBI. Annual Sales Exceed $700 Million | 600,000+ Online Bidder-Members3500 Maple Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75219 | 800-872-6467 | D A L L A S | N E W Y O R K | B E V E R LY H I L L S | S A N F R A N C I S C O | PA R I S | G E N E VA
  6. 6. “You have to get knocked down to realize how people really feel about you.I’ve realized that more than ever lately.” —Lou Gehrig
  7. 7. The Lou Gehrig CollectionT he six lots that lead off this 2011 Platinum Night auction derive from what is unquestionably the most significant hobby find of the year, a small archive of mementos saved by the famed New York Yankees first baseman and left to ourconsignor’s family after the passing of Lou’s mother Christina Gehrig. The Lou GehrigCollection is remarkable not just in the importance and desirability of its contents, but also inthe remarkably pristine condition of its individual pieces, illustrative of the same manner ofcare and consistency that earned Gehrig a Cooperstown plaque and his “Iron Horse” moniker.While the most valuable and historic pieces within the collection are featured within thisAugust 2011 auction, there will be more to come in our November 2011 Signature auctionand in various Sunday Internet auctions in the fall. Heritage is honored to occupy this smallportion of the timeline of these important relics, and we have every confidence that ourwinning bidders will show this collection the same loving care that it has enjoyed since itsdays in Lou Gehrig’s trophy room. 7
  8. 8. 80001 1926 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball from The Lou Gehrig Collection, Finest Example KnownThough the 1925 campaign, by virtue of his 126 appearances, is considered Lou Gehrig’s rookie season, the following year is recalled as theyoung infielder’s first great one. The native born New York slugger would almost double his run production for the 1926 season, beginninga remarkable streak of triple-digit RBI tallies that would only end with the year of his tragic farewell. The 1926 campaign would likewiseprovide Gehrig with his first taste of October baseball, the only Fall Classic which would conclude joylessly for him.Provided is a spectacular relic from that pivotal season of Lou’s storied career, likely signed during the Bombers’ World Series meetingwith the St. Louis Cardinals, as indicated by the short panel’s “American League Champions 1926” notation. This same faultlessly boldblack fountain pen ink supplies twenty-seven autographs from the Bronx’ fourth pennant winners, notably Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Combs,Pennock, Hoyt, Shocker, Collins, Koenig, Dugan, Meusel, Jones and many more. Not a single signature suggests a hint of its advanced age,averaging a stunning 9/10. All stamping remains equally unscathed from time’s ravages, with the pale horsehide’s creamy tone the onlyvariation from its original state. Unquestionably one of the finest 1926 Yankee balls by virtue of aesthetics alone, and the undisputed champwith the added provenancial appeal as Gehrig’s personal model. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,500 8
  9. 9. 80002 1927 New York Yankees Infield Signed Photograph from The Lou Gehrig Collection, PSA Mint 9.Though this infield unit remained unchanged from second baseman Tony Lazzeri’s 1926 rookie season until Joe Dugan’s departure for theBoston Braves at the close of 1928 World Series, we are definitively able to peg this image to the center of that three-year span. Advancedbaseball photography hobbyists will recognize the image as part of a famous Yankee Stadium photo shoot dating to the storied Murderer’sRow season of 1927, when the man at far left earned his first MVP Award and World Championship ring. Already a spectacular artifact freeof any consideration of provenance, this 6.5x8.5” photograph is further enhanced by its status as the Iron Horse’s personal keepsake, one ofthe six featured lots within this “Platinum Night” auction from The Lou Gehrig Collection.Our catalog imagery tells no lies—the black fountain pen signatures of Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Mark Koenig and Joe Dugan survivewith the same 9/10 boldness with which they were originally applied, and the photo itself likewise presents flawlessly. An “InternationalNewsreel” stamp appears on verso, as do the remnants of the paper caption. Unquestionably one of the finest and most desirableautographed pieces to derive from baseball’s greatest team, and from its noblest servant, no less. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, Mint9. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,500 10
  10. 10. 80003 1928 Lou Gehrig’s New York Yankees World Championship WristwatchIf one were to imagine a hypothetical standardized test for institutions of higherbaseball learning, the following question might appear within:Babe Ruth is to Lou Gehrig as the 1927 New York Yankees are to _________.The proper answer: the 1928 New York Yankees.Allow us to explain. Babe Ruth and the ‘27 Yanks effectively enjoy a mythical statusamong collectors and historians alike, representing the pinnacle of individual andteam brilliance respectively. In the absence of either, the exploits of Lou Gehrig andthe 1928 Yankees would assume that abandoned mantle, as each still stands headand shoulders above the remainder of the competition.As the Hall of Fame first baseman had done in the fabled 1927 campaign, Gehrig tookthe top rung of the American League ladder for RBI’s again in 1928, a fact made themore astonishing when considering the frequency with which the Babe had clearedthe bases immediately prior to Gehrig’s plate appearances. Yet Gehrig remainedshackled to his perception as the Babe’s sidekick. Lou put it best when he quipped,“I’m not a headline guy. I know that as long as I was following Ruth to the plate Icould have stood on my head and no one would have known the difference.”But as the Babe brought pure, unbridled joy to the Golden Age of the Yanks, Lou supplied the grace and nobility, so Heritage is humbled bythe opportunity to present to the collecting community one of the most important Championship awards ever made available for sale, thewristwatch earned for Lou Gehrig’s extraordinary service in capturing the New York Yankees’ third World Championship.A true masterpiece of art deco timepiece design, the presented Hamilton “Yankee Piping Rock” watch is intensely coveted for morethan simply its relevance to baseball’s greatest age/hero. The design is considered the crowning achievement of the period’s leadingmanufacturer of timepieces, and has been widely reproduced in more recent decades. But advanced watch collectors are well aware thatthe original production was limited only to players and staff of the 1928 Yankees, signifying an original population of fewer than threedozen. Of this population, fewer than five have surfaced in the collecting hobby. “Holy Grail” terminology is bandied about far too often inthe cataloging of collectibles, but is fully appropriate in this instance.Much like its original owner, the timepiece exudes a dignified and unassuming countenance, certainly a far cry from the gem-encrustedmonstrosities of modern Championship jewelry. Roman numerals adorn the black circular bezel, set upon a fourteen karat white gold casestill linked to its original leather bands. The wear on the band recalls the circumference of Gehrig’s wrist to this day. Skillfully engraved onthe left edge of the case is the owner’s identification: “Henry L. Gehrig.” But the aesthetic climax appears in the design engraved upon theverso of the case, an eagle clinging to a shield and crossed bats situated amidst text reading, “Yankees, 1928 World Champions.”The watch is not currently operational, but we have no reason to believe that its ticking pulse could not be revived by an expert in the field.For collectors in the watch field, we supply the following technical details as provided by our resident timepiece department head Jim Wolf:movement grade 979, nineteen jewels, serial number 2903640. The original records of the Hamilton Finishing Department indicate that 979movements with serial numbers from 2903001 and 2904000 were delivered between 10/27/28 and 12/18/28, perfectly matching post-Seriesproduction. The condition is exactly as one would desire—clearly worn and cherished by its presentee, but free of anything which could becharacterized as damage. The extraordinary convergence of historical import to both baseball and timepiece collectibility seems perfectlyappropriate here, mirroring the partnership between Ruth and Gehrig that set the Murderer’s Row-era Yankees in a league of its own. Starting Bid: $5,00012
  11. 11. 80004 1934 Tour of Japan Team Signed Cigarette Lighter Baseball from The Lou Gehrig CollectionWe all know that smoking is dangerous, but the true vintage baseball fan must still show theaddiction some grudging gratitude. Without the siren’s song of nicotine, the hobby would lack itsgreatest trading card era, and Honus Wagner wouldn’t be its million dollar baby. But of course itwas the Babe’s ubiquitous cigar that fueled his early demise from throat cancer, and we’d bet hispersonal example of this unique Tour of Japan keepsake is the worse for wear because of his habit.The Iron Horse, on the other hand, was at most a casual smoker, and the evidence survives in theremarkable condition of the offered lot. This specially crafted keepsake from baseball’s mostnoteworthy foreign excursion exhibits a stunning absence of handling, the lighter forgottenfor decades within its original, included box.It’s interesting to note that this is a baseball specially made for its service as acigarette lighter, a fact made apparent when viewing the extra wide sweet spots ofthe sphere. One side sprouts the lighting mechanism, its wick still a virgin white.The bottom bears a tiny handwritten “G,” designating the lighter for Gehrig. Thefour panels bear spectacularly preserved signatures from the following:Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Earl Averill,Charles Gehringer, Moe Berg, Earl Whitehill, Joe Cascarella, Frank Hayes, ClintBrown, Bob Schroeder, Rabbit Warstler, John Quinn, Doc Ebling, Bing Miller.An unknown hand has penned “1934 Oriental Tour” on one panel, and “AllAmerican Baseball Team” on the opposing side. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOAfrom James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50014
  12. 12. 80005 1934 Lou Gehrig Tour of Japan Game Worn UniformRepresenting the highlight of what is unquestionably the most significant hobbyfind of this young decade, the presented uniform ends a widely debated mystery andbrings this Platinum Night auction squarely into the crosshairs of the hobby’s mostserious and advanced uniform collectors. Only a tiny handful of uniforms from thegame’s most noteworthy foreign excursion have been unearthed in the seventy-fiveyears since Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and about a dozen other American Tourists steamedback to our shores, the Babe’s commanding more than three quarters of a milliondollars in a 2005 auction. But even before Ruth’s personal model established itsmark as the highest price ever paid at auction for an exhibition baseball uniform,hobbyists wondered where, and if, Lou Gehrig’s might be found.It was not Moe Berg-inspired intelligence gathering that led Heritage to this buried treasure, but rather a simple telephone call from theson of a serious ex-girlfriend of the legendary Yankees first baseman who had almost become Mrs. Gehrig before Eleanor took the job.Despite their fractured romance, this ex remained close with Lou and the Gehrig family, a bond that survived past her former love’s tragic1941 death and until Lou’s mother herself passed away in the 1950’s. This special friendship is documented in Christina Gehrig’s will,which provides for a college fund for our consignor and stipulates that a portion of her famous son’s belongings be left to her.For over half a century this uniform, and the five other “The Lou Gehrig Collection” lots likewise listed within this Platinum Night auction,resided in the familial home of Gehrig’s ex, its residents largely unaware of the historic and monetary value stored in the attic. Thoughthe Iron Horse had twice barnstormed the United States with the Babe in the late 1920’s, and participated in the original 1931 JapaneseTour, there is little question but that the 1934 Baseball Tour of Japan was his most important exhibition. The same could be said of the1934 Tour’s relevance to baseball history at large, as Major League Baseball continues to reap Asian talent from the seeds sown those manydecades ago. While Gehrig’s noble and unflinching service to the New York Yankees will always make us think of him first in pinstripes,the grey flannel of the presented uniform could effectively be argued to have even greater relevance as a representation of history’s mostconsequential road team.Like the owner of baseball’s second-longest consecutive games streak himself, the uniform is an absolute miracle of survival, effectivelyunchanged since its Depression-era service short of the slightest hint of toning to its paler identifiers. Not a moth hole or distracting stainis to be found, and the patriotic red, white and blue piping that adorns the sleeves and button path exhibits none of the typical fraying. Thechenille “All Americans” circular patch remains firmly affi xed over Lou’s indomitable heart, with smaller patches balancing the designat each sleeve. The red and blue felt number “4,” which would soon become the first retired from Bronx service at Gehrig’s heartbreakingfarewell, commands the verso. Artfully chain stitched at interior collar is a scripted “Gehrig,” the proper period “Spalding” label to its left.The matching pants continue the theme, with not a thread or button out of place. The rear interior waistband mirrors the interior collarof the jersey, with an embroidered “Gehrig” and “Spalding” manufacturer’s label applied. Please note that the matching cap is presentedas its own lot immediately following the uniform. A photocopy of Christina Gehrig’s will, with redacted names, will be included in the lot.Graded MEARS A10. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Starting Bid: $75,00016 See: Video Lot Description
  13. 13. 80006 1934 Lou Gehrig Tour of Japan Game Worn CapBoth literally and figuratively the crowning finale of the full Tour of Japan uniform listed in the preceding lot, this deep navy caprepresents the first known survivor from the famed 1934 Tour. It joins just two other Gehrig hats, both Yankee models, to have been placedupon the hobby’s auction block in the past dozen years, the scarcest of all Gehrig uniform components.While modern Major League caps are maddeningly indistinguishable from those available to the general populace, such was not the casein the pre-war era, and certainly not for this historic barnstorming excursion. As if the provenance of its pairing with Gehrig’s jersey andpants from the Tour were not enough, the interior leather headband is artfully embroidered “7 1/8 L. Gehrig.” A patriotic white and redembroidered “US” appears above the visor, with a red button at the peak. The cardboard interior of the brim has stiffened with age butremains unbroken, as could be reported of the interior headband. Only a small scattering of moth holes at front must be noted as liabilities,discounting the apparent light sweat staining of the interior. A truly marvelous relic from the final days of the Ruth/Gehrig age. LOA fromHeritage Auctions. Starting Bid: $12,50018
  14. 14. 80007 Circa 1900 Adrian “Cap” Anson Signed BaseballThough this rookie with the 1871 Rockford Forest Citys would prove to be baseball’s first great star and the founder of the 3,000 Hit Club,Anson remains one of the toughest autographs to locate on the defining tool of his trade. While his post-baseball employment in Chicagocity government has provided the hobby with more autographs than just about any other 19th century star, the amount of Cap Ansonautographed horsehide to have reached the hobby could be counted on Mordecai Brown’s pitching hand.This Official National League baseball convincingly presents as a six-figure single, but we must report that the jet black side panelsignature was enhanced by an early owner. The experts at PSA/DNA also make note of signature removals throughout, though we candetect no instances of this with the naked eye. An ancient coating of shellac accounts for the tobacco shade of the toning. Despite anyshortcomings, the key, undisputed fact that this is a genuine Cap Anson signed baseball should not be dismissed. For all but the smallestfraction of a percentile of collectors lacking Anson in their Hall of Fame or 3,000 Hit collection, this may well be the only opportunity tochange that status. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Starting Bid: $2,50020
  15. 15. 80008 1914 Boston “Miracle Braves” Team Signed Baseball from the George Tyler EstateArguably the most inspirational lot in this Platinum Night auction, the presented team signed sphere would serve well as a reminderto never give up, even if the odds seem hopelessly stacked against you. The 1914 Braves knew the feeling well, marking the nation’sanniversary on July 4th at the bottom of the National League rankings, a full fifteen games out of first place. Approaching the midpoint ofthe season, it appeared that merely repeating their fifth place finish in 1913 was an optimistic goal.But instead the Braves strode into the most torrid pace in professional baseball history, claiming victory in seventy of their finaleighty-nine games to finish a full ten games ahead of the second place New York Giants in the National League pennant race. The utterdomination would continue through the World Series, where the Braves swept the Philadelphia Athletics in four games, marking theunceremonious end (with some help from the rogue Federal League) to Connie Mack’s first great dynasty.Just a small handful of team signed baseballs from this remarkable chapter in baseball history have survived to see the dawn of thetwenty-first century, and here we offer the finest yet encountered, consigned by the family of star pitcher George Tyler. The ONL (Tener)sphere is autographed by twenty-eight comeback kids, most boldly by Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville, whose seventy-eight RBI’s led theoffense. Fellow legend Johnny Evers is here as well, along with the full starting line-up of Gowdy, Schmidt, Deal, Gilbert, Mann, Connolly,starting pitchers Rudolph, Strand, Tyler and manager George Stallings. All listed names are readily legible, with signature boldnessranging from 1.5/10 to 7/10. Any condition issues must be forgiven in light of the tremendous scarcity. A remarkable new hobby “find” makesits debut in this Platinum Night auction. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50022
  16. 16. 80009 Circa 1915 Eddie Plank Single Signed Baseball, Only Example Known!He learned his trade on the blood-soaked grounds of America’s most hallowed battlefield, fashioning his slab of baseball immortality witha sidearmed curveball that earned him 326 Major League victories. The third winningest southpaw of all time behind Warren Spahn andSteve Carlton, “Gettysburg Eddie” is best recalled for his fourteen seasons of service to the first great Philadelphia Athletics dynasty. Justeight and a half years after pitching his last game, Plank fell victim to a fatal stroke at age fifty, ensuring that his signature would remainone of the most challenging of all twentieth century stars.But while Plank is a rare sight in any autograph format, he has only been encountered one time in single signed baseball format. You’relooking at it. To be fair, the leather that comprises the skin of the baseball did not begin life in its current spherical format, but was insteada leather satchel once belonging to the star lefty, who wrote his name as a means of identification. This story was confirmed to us by SteveGrad at PSA/DNA, who saw the signature before its transformation soon after the collector purchased it from the Plank estate.The deeply toned leather competes with the black fountain pen ink for contrast, but the autograph would likely rate a 5/10 on a white ball.It is still instantly apparent and legible against the dark background, and quibbles over condition or the somewhat rudimentary stitchingthat binds the leather around the guts of a genuine baseball are silly considering the singular nature of the piece. The experts at PSA/DNAlikewise confirm that they have never seen another Plank single, so this offering represents the definitive “now or never” moment. Bidaccordingly. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Starting Bid: $12,50024
  17. 17. “The greatest pitcher I ever saw was Eddie Plank.He had everything. But most of all, he had brains.” — Ty Cobb
  18. 18. 80010 Late 1920’s Lou Gehrig Single Signed BaseballThe New York Yankees has supplied the sporting world with true icons of the game ever since Babe Ruth took up Big Apple residence at thestart of the 1920 season. Derek Jeter today carries the mantle he inherited from Mantle, who took it from Joe DiMaggio, who singled anddoubled off Cleveland’s ace Bob Feller to extend his hitting streak to nineteen on June 2, 1941, the day the great Iron Horse drew his finalbreath. Surely, after Jeter’s pinstriped deuce joins the rest of the gang in Monument Park, there will be another. Love the Yankees or hatethem, the magic is undeniable.But in that elite brotherhood memorialized beyond the center field fence of the new Stadium, Lou Gehrig commands a certain reverencethat even the Babe, the Clipper and the Mick cannot. Gehrig had been the antithesis of the prima donna athlete, quietly brilliant in theshadow of the game’s greatest figure, unfailing in his fidelity to his team and the simple dignity of his labors. For fourteen seasons, Gehrignever called in sick, playing through broken bones and concussions which many today believe served a significant role in his fatal illness.Taken far too soon, and perhaps never fully appreciated during his life, Gehrig provided the hobby with just a tiny fraction of the singlesigned spheres produced by his rotund slugging cohort. Ruth singles outnumber Gehrigs by a factor of one hundred, and solo Gehrigspheres predating the Babe’s Bronx departure in 1934 are all but non-existent. But here we find the definitive example.The elegantly scripted side panel signature appears in ideal unpersonalized format, retaining a boldness rated a solid nine on a ten pointscale. The Official American League ball is only lightly and evenly toned between its red and blue stitching, the bold “E.S. Barnard”presidential stamping limiting its possible vintage to the span between 1927 and 1931. It is a baseball artifact at once unassuming andbrilliant, and, as such, a fitting tribute to its creator. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $7,50026
  19. 19. 80011 1923 Christy Mathewson Single Signed BaseballIn the rough and tumble Dead Ball Era of our national pastime, when the sport was populated by brawling drunks and illiteratefarmhands, Matty was recognized almost as much for his gentlemanly comportment as he was for his remarkable Hall of Fame abilities.As commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis famously eulogized the fallen baseball hero, “He was an inspiration to everybody, and maywe have more of his kind.” The 373-game winning right-hander autographed this Official American League (Johnson) ball just two yearsbefore his untimely demise, the delayed result of a World War I gas attack.This early passing, and the eight and a half decades that have since elapsed, have conspired to deny the collecting hobby of all but ameager few autograph exemplars, particularly on the hide of a baseball. In fact, fewer than five Matty singles have been offered by majorauction houses in the past dozen years. This is perhaps the finest of that skimpy bunch, providing a boldly penned sweet spot signaturewhich survives at a conservative 7/10. Surface abrasions, likely the result of years rolling around in a dresser drawer, represent the entiretyof condition problems, and make it difficult to discern the month of the date penned by Big Six beneath his autograph: “— 30, 1923.”It should go without saying, of course, that such deviations from perfection must be forgiven in light of the tremendous scarcity, and ourcatalog imagery should clearly indicate that the signature remains bold and unmistakable. A rare opportunity for the advanced singlesigned baseball collector, and one which is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JamesSpence Authentication. Starting Bid: $5,00028
  20. 20. “You can learn little from victory.You can learn everything from defeat.” — Christy Mathewson
  21. 21. 80012 1926 Hughie “Eeh Yah” Jennings Single Signed BaseballThough Jennings is best recalled in baseball history for his comical stork-legged pose and battle cry of “Ee-Yah,” his was a life steeped inshared tragedy. A bean ball during his playing career and and a 1911 automobile crash from a bridge each left Jennings teetering for daysat the brink of death. Best man at his dear friend John McGraw’s wedding in 1897, he likewise served as a pallbearer at the young bride’sfuneral just two years later. It is widely theorized that this physical and emotional trauma, paired with the stress of taking the managerialreins of the New York Giants when McGraw himself fell ill, caused the nervous breakdown which rendered Jennings unable to report to1926 spring training and ultimately contributed to his 1928 demise.Jennings’ health had apparently shown temporary improvement by June 5, 1926, when he appeared at the Polo Grounds to watch theGiants, with McGraw back at the helm, win a one-to-nothing pitchers’ duel over their rival Brooklyn Dodgers. From this contest derivesone of the rarest and most coveted singles Heritage has yet offered, a spectacular ONL (Heydler) sphere gorgeously inscribed by the Hall ofFame manager:Best wishes from Hugh “Eeh-Yah” Jennings, New York Base Ball Club, June 5, 1926.Jennings remains one of the toughest challenges for collectors of 20th century Hall of Fame singles, and the 8.5/10 black fountain pen inkutilized here establishes the presented example as the finest of that microscopic supply. The addition of Jennings’ famous nickname andclosing notation only enhances its tremendous appeal. The ball itself is attractively toned with minor handling which causes no detriment.We expect intense interest in this offering, so bidders are advised to prepare for a battle. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JamesSpence Authentication. Starting Bid: $5,00030
  22. 22. 80013 1947 Babe Ruth Single Signed BaseballSpectacularly preserved OAL (Harridge) sphere is consigned to this Platinum Night auction by the gentleman who acquired it personallyfrom the Babe on August 5, 1947 in Indianapolis, where the faltering Ruth was attending an American Legion baseball game in which ourconsignor was a participant. Now eighty-one years old, the owner reports that the ball was placed in a box in a cedar chest and essentiallyforgotten for six decades, and we can find no physical evidence that would suggest otherwise.Ruth’s blue fountain pen sweet spot signature registers at a remarkable 9/10, placing the baseball in the top percentile of all knownexamples. The pale horsehide has mellowed perhaps half a shade from its original starkness to a creamy vanilla tone, and the factorystamping exhibits considerable fading but is still easily recognizable as official American League issue. The search for any spotting,scuffing or other signs of age proves futile.Babe Ruth single signed baseballs have been the hobby’s most consistent performer for well over a decade, but the truly elite exampleshave seen their values expand exponentially. Every good baseball autograph collection begins with a Ruth single. A truly great one beginshere. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Letter of provenance from consignor. Starting Bid: $5,00032
  23. 23. 80014 1951 St. Louis Browns Team Signed Baseball with Eddie Gaedel, Bill VeeckWhen Browns owner Bill Veeck got the impression that the diminutive Gaedel might be tempted to swing at a pitch, he warned thethree-foot seven inch batter that he had taken out a million dollar insurance policy on his life, and that he would have a rifle’s crosshairstrained upon him from the stadium roof should the bat leave his shoulder. Little Eddie would take Veeck’s warning to heart, drawingthe most famous four-pitch walk in Major League history, stopping twice on his jog to first base to bow to the crowd’s standing ovation.American League president Will Harridge was not quite so amused, accusing Veeck of making a mockery of the game and immediatelyvoiding Gaedel’s contract. Veeck responded with a threat to demand a ruling on Yankees shortstop and MVP Phil Rizzuto, requiring adetermination as to whether Scooter was “a short ballplayer or a tall midget.”Today Gaedel’s autograph is considered the most coveted rarity of all post-war Major Leaguers, with just a handful of examples surfacingin the hobby market. Here we find the only known team ball, autographed August 19, 1951, Gaedel’s single day of Browns service. His blackfountain pen ink signature rates 7/10 on the side panel of the presented OAL (Harridge) sphere, joined by twenty other Browns includingVeeck (later signature), Taylor (twice), Tobin, Long, Kennedy, Hogue, Garver and Young. Quality averages 7/10. Scuffing underneath thesignatures strongly suggests this was a ball actually used in that famous game, ratcheting up the appeal of a ball with no lack thereof. FullLOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50034
  24. 24. 80015 1952 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe, Kissed by Marilyn!The presented Official American League (Harridge) baseball lived a dreamshared by countless millions of red-blooded American males, smooched by thedefinitive blonde bombshell at the height of her Hollywood fame. If the vintagehorsehide is still weak at the knees from the experience, however, it doesn’t showit, surviving with impressive strength to challenge for the title of most desirablepost-war signed baseball on earth.We begin with the ideal sweet spot pairing of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe,whose romance and brief 1954 marriage established the pair as Americanhistory’s most famous couple. Joining the iconic lovebirds are twenty-sixsignatures from the World Champion 1952 Yankees, notably the rare rookie-format Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Mize, Billy Martin, AllieReynolds, Gene Woodling and more. A pair of secretarial Casey Stengel signaturesappear as well. Signature quality averages 7/10 with none dipping more than apoint below.The Mick finds even more reason to enjoy the 1952 season, inheriting not justDiMaggio’s coveted center field position in the Bronx, but also the good fortuneto appear on the sphere’s western panel, where Marilyn’s red lipstick kiss isinstantly apparent.Exceptional provenance enhances the monumental appeal, as a pair of includedphotographs document the ceremony during which the baseball was presented.The ball was one of fifteen gifted to the victorious squad of a 20th Century Fox intramural softball league. Each team was represented bya studio star for its mascot, and it was the Marilyn team that took home the 1952 Championship. One photo finds the team posing with Ms.Monroe, each holding his baseball. A second pictures the wives, one of whom is the consignor of this lot. Also here is a February 1953 issueof Movies Magazine, which features the latter photo with the caption, “Guests at the only party Marilyn has given in her new home werethe wives of the fi fteen 20th Century film cutters. They won the studio’s softball championship and were on Marilyn’s team.”Experienced Heritage clientele will recall the May 2006 Signature Auction in which the World Record for autographed baseballs wascrushed with a $191,000 result for a baseball autographed by Joe and Marilyn. Adding joint sweet spot placement, a lipstick kiss from theprettier half of the couple, and the World Champion 1952 Yankees as well, this baseball should separate the men from the boys when thebidding war begins. Photographic documentation. Letter of provenance from consignor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JamesSpence Authentication. Starting Bid: $5,00036 See: Video Lot Description
  25. 25. “It was better thanrooming with Joe Page.” — Joe DiMaggio, on the topic of his marriage to Marilyn Monroe
  26. 26. 80016 1961 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball, PSA NM-MT+ 8.5Featuring a hard-slugging duo as sweet as the candy that shared its nickname, the 1961 Yankees and their fabled M&M boys stand inbaseball history among the greatest of pinstriped editions. The Mick himself put it best when he told a reporter, “The best team I ever saw,and I really mean this, was the ‘61 Yankees. I never got to see the ‘27 Yankees. Everyone says that was the greatest team ever, but I thinkit would’ve been a great series if we’d have had the chance to play them.”If Murderer’s Row would have presented a formidable challenge for the Kennedy-era crew, there could be few if any 1961 team signedspheres that could compete with the listed representation. The experts at PSA/DNA clearly agree, assigning matching grades of 8/10 ontheir painfully strict scale for both the autographs and the baseball itself, the ideal OAL (Cronin) variety. Their half point addition for“visual appeal” completes the scoring.Twenty-six bold blue ballpoint autographs adorn the pale, blemish-free horsehide, with not a single instance of the clubhouse signatureswhich plague most Yankee balls from the era. Mantle and Berra share sweet spot duties, giving way to a World Championship cast of Maris,Ford, Howard, Richardson, Lopez, Terry, Blanchard, Skowron, Kubek, Boyer and more on the adjoining panels.Unquestionably one of the finest autographed pieces of any format to derive from this hair-raising (and, for Maris, hair-losing) chapter ofYankee history, the presented baseball makes its first hobby appearance on the Golden Anniversary of its birth. Full Grading LOA fromPSA/DNA, NM-MT+ 8.5. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $3,75038
  27. 27. 80017 1984 Ronald “Reagan Reagan” Single Signed BaseballA sibling squabble erupted earlier this year within the Reagan clan as the family and the nation recognized what would have beenthe hundredth birthday of the former President and towering icon of the modern American conservative movement. Biological sonand namesake Ron Reagan wrote in his biographical My Father at 100 of his concerns that his father’s mental faculties had begun tobetray him years before the news of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis had been made public. Of the elder Reagan’s October 1984 Presidentialdebate with Walter Mondale, Ron wrote, “My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes,uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered.” Adopted son Michael Reagan took to the Internet with his response,“Ron, my brother, was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother.”With this utterly unique offering, Heritage presents an artifact which could be considered supporting evidence in Ron’s case. It is oneof twelve baseballs delivered to our consignor by the White House, a favor for a Republican Party donor who was involved with a youthbaseball league. Eleven of the baseballs came back to our consignor properly signed, but this one stood out from the pack. In black ink fartoo bold to be denied, the President had mistakenly signed “Reagan Reagan.”The allegation that our Commander in Chief may have been battling dementia in the midst of his Presidency is a serious one, and let therebe no mistake that Heritage makes no judgment in the matter. But even as a mere curiosity, absent any troubling context, it’s a thoroughlyunique Presidential artifact worthy of attention. Reagan single signed baseballs are rare and desirable in any format, and this oddest ofvariations provides the boldest sweet spot signature we’ve ever encountered. An unknown hand has adorned the northern and southernpanels of the non-official sphere “USA Sunbelt Champions 1984,” the baseball team for which the dozen balls were autographed. Mildfoxing on the eastern panel remains clear of the signature and there is no other writing on the ball. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOAfrom James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50040
  28. 28. “I wouldn’t even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then.” — Ronald Reagan
  29. 29. 80018 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Panoramic Photograph from The Paddy O’Connor CollectionIt’s an image which may be familiar to some collectors, though the same could not be said of the format. This marvelous shot of the 1909World Champions was reproduced on paper for several varieties of supplements originally issued with periodicals of the day, but the hobbyalways wondered when (and if) an original photograph might surface. Heritage Auctions is pleased to report that the wait has ended.This flawlessly preserved specimen derives from the personal collection of back-up catcher Paddy O’Connor, who stands fifth from left withhis teammates before a darkened vista of the newly constructed Forbes Field grandstand. The lower central caption, “Pittsburgh Base BallClub, National League Champions 1909,” and the photographer’s marking “R.W. Johnston Studios of Pittsburgh Sep-1909,” would indicatethat this image was captured very shortly before the historic clash of Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb in the 1909 World Series.We find the Old Dutchman standing third from right, joined by fellow future Hall of Famers Fred Clarke at far right and Vic Willis at deadcenter of the line-up. The image measures 9x31”, housed in its original frame bearing an ancient label from a framing shop in Springfield,MA, the town where O’Connor is buried. The entirety of condition flaws is represented by a half-inch indentation at Dots Miller’s wrist, anissue which falls well clear of derailing our NRMT-MT+ rating. Starting Bid: $2,50042
  30. 30. 80019 1911 Addie Joss Benefit Game Panoramic PhotographThose who joined us for our October 2005 Signature auction were surely struckby the $90,000 price realized for Frank “Home Run” Baker’s personal copy of thisremarkable panoramic photograph. A quick check of the auction results databaseconfirmed everyone’s suspicions-it was indeed the highest price ever paid for anunsigned sports photo. And this makes perfect sense.Consider the factors that propel such a piece to the pinnacle of sports photographycollection. First, of course, is the exceptional collection of talent captured onfilm. No fewer than nine Hall of Famers are pictured among the thirty-sevenuniformed ballplayers: Cy Young (in his twenty-second and final season), NapoleonLajoie, Walter Johnson, Bobby Wallace, Frank “Home Run” Baker, Sam Crawford,Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, and Ty Cobb, who appears third from the right inborrowed Indians gear, his Tigers uniform still in his luggage which never madeit off the train. And, of course, we cannot forget the great “Shoeless Joe” Jackson,essentially a rookie having played in only thirty games prior to this season. Eachand every one of these legends, appearing in uniform in a period photograph,commands tremendous attention from collectors. But a congregation of Dead Ballgods such as this could only have happened on this single day, July 24, 1911, as theCleveland Naps took on the best in the American League in what could justifiablybe called the first All-Star Game. It was the tragic death from meningitis of Hall ofFame pitcher Addie Joss that brought the best in the game to League Park, the only time prior to the birth of the modern All-Star Game in1933 that so many different Major League uniforms shared a single diamond.Next, we must remember how very rare this photograph was, even in 1911. The technology used to print these very special images wasparticularly expensive, and the run was very limited as a result. Each of the players pictured would have received a copy, and then a verysmall assortment of executives and VIP’s. That is all.Finally, only a year from the centennial of this historic baseball event, just a tiny handful of the original small supply still exists. Vintagephotography has so many enemies-water damage, tearing, creasing, Spring cleaning, you name it. The overwhelming majority of theseprints have long ago found a final resting place in the landfill, leaving he who can boast of one in his collection in truly elite company.And no collector could possibly set himself further apart than with the ownership of this, undoubtedly one of the finest examples of aJoss panoramic photo on earth. The only condition issues worthy of note are represented by an irregularly shaped area of emulsion loss(approximately the size of a silver dollar) at upper left and an area of damp-staining at far right. Neither of these concerns infringe uponthe player images, leaving the prime focus unencumbered by any distractions. Vintage tape on verso appears to be the result of an ancientand long-lost framing job, as there are no tears to repair nor a single crease to reinforce. We encourage serious bidders to examine ourenlargeable images online which will present the most accurate assessment of condition. Dimensions are 8x40”. Starting Bid: $5,00044
  31. 31. 80020 1924 Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, John McGraw Signed Large Photograph Presented to Jack DempseyParticipants in our inaugural “Platinum Night” auction at last year’s Baltimore National will recall the incredible Christy Walsh Collectionthat anchored the event, comprised of rare and important artifacts from the estate of the first sports agent. We have “The Christy WalshSyndicate” to thank for this remarkable keepsake as well, a splendid oversized photograph gifted to the reigning Heavyweight Champion ofthe World, the legendary Jack Dempsey.Experienced collectors will recognize the image, or at least similar shots featuring Walsh’s stable of sports stars typically found posingat the outskirts of a World Series contest. This illustrious crew stands shoulder to shoulder before the start of the Series which wouldultimately earn the great Walter Johnson his sole World Championship. He and fellow Washington Senator Nick Altrock appear in theirhome whites in the shot, joined by Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, John McGraw, George Sisler and Christy Walsh in civilian garb. Each subject hasapplied a black fountain pen ink autograph at the lower edge, none dipping below a boldness of 8/10. Only Altrock’s surname is visible,suggesting that the matting job hides some edge damage—the image has not been examined outside of the frame. Some creasing alongthe upper edge, where “To Jack Dempsey = ‘Champ!’” is scripted in white paint, is apparent at certain angles to the light, but does little todistract. Otherwise the image presents very well.The photo is matted and framed to 20x23”, with a sticker on verso identifying the piece as a former lot in the famous 1999 Barry Halperauction. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $5,00046
  32. 32. 80021 1925 Washington Senators Team Signed Panoramic PhotographIn baseball history, there were few more daunting shark tanks in which to swim than the American League of the 1920’s. If the Murderer’sRow-era Yankees didn’t get you, Connie Mack’s second great Athletics dynasty would. It’s actually no small surprise that two of the threeAmerican League flags earned during six decades of consistent mediocrity in our nation’s capital would come during this age of JuniorCircuit brilliance. Pictured is the team that repeated as AL Champs the season after Walter Johnson earned his sole Fall Classic victory,appearing upon this marvelous oversized panorama certainly manufactured in strictly limited quantities for players and VIP’s.Twenty-eight team members appear before a packed Griffith Stadium grandstand, each subject applying his signature to his respectiveimage. Most notable are Walter Johnson (8/10), Sam Rice (5/10), Goose Goslin (7/10), Bucky Harris (9/10), Stan Coveleski (2/10), MuddyRuel (4/10), Tom Zachary (8/10), Joe Judge (7/10), Everett Scott (10/10), Roger Peckinpaugh (7/10), Al Schacht (9/10), Nick Altrock (8/10).Tate, Marberry and Jeanes have been deemed secretarial. The photo measures 10.5x18.5” and is housed in its original wood frame whichexpands the total dimensions by two inches on each side. Original lot sticker from the famous Barry Halper auction of 1999 remains affi xed.Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50048
  33. 33. 80022 1929 Philadelphia Athletics Team Signed Panoramic PhotographHighly collectible and capable of realizing prices approaching $3,000 in its unsigned state, this glorious panorama first offered in thefamous Barry Halper sale takes on an elephantine appeal with the addition of twenty-seven autographs, representing almost every last manpictured, all the way down to the young mascot that kneels at center. Only Harold Ehmke is absent, suggesting that this may have oncebeen the personal possession of the 1929 World Series Game One starter.Those familiar with the composition of this squad, prominent in any educated discussion of the all-time greatest teams, will be intimatelyfamiliar with the cast of characters: Mack, Foxx, Cochrane, Collins, Grove, Simmons, Bishop, Dykes, Earnshaw, Miller, Boley and Haas.The signature quality ranges from a perfectly respectable 6/10 to a flawless 10/10, with each entirely legible and all but a few falling quitecomfortably into the 8/10 to 10/10 range. The photograph itself measures 7x30” in its original frame and exhibits none of the creasingor staining typical of large vintage photos, save for the smallest defect at the easternmost edge, clear of Earle Mack’s body. The photo ishoused in what we believe to be the original frame, measuring 12.5x35.5”. An absolute dream piece for the uncompromising collector. Starting Bid: $3,75050
  34. 34. 80023 Circa 1930 Babe Ruth Signed Oversized Photograph“I swing big, with everything I’ve got,” the Babe once famously reported. “I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” Acontinuation of that oversized theme survives here in the form of a rare and eminently desirable original 11x14” photograph of Ruth and hissidekick Lou Gehrig, autographed by the former in bold blue fountain pen ink.This charming spring training shot is particularly appealing for a few reasons. Perhaps most notably, the vastness of this vintage print isquite rare for pre-war photography, derivative of an expensive process which would suggest the photo was created for a recipient of somenotoriety. The few similarly large examples we’ve seen from Ruth have borne personalized inscriptions, as is the case with most Ruthsigned photos of any scale. But the Babe adds only a “Best wishes from” salutation to his signature here, establishing this as the firstoversized Ruth signed photo we’ve ever encountered lacking an identified beneficiary.While condition problems seem to gravitate to oversized vintage photography, this specimen bucks the trend admirably, with not a singlevisual distraction worthy of note. An investment-quality piece for the collector who understands what a special opportunity this offeringrepresents. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50052
  35. 35. 80024 1933 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Photograph.Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, as first baseman Lou Gehrig and outfielder Babe Ruth find themselves in the unfamiliar role of“little guy” when standing next to their hulking Red Sox counterparts Smead Jolley and Dale Alexander. This great Yankee Stadium shot isclearly meant to be a “study in sluggers,” as Jolley and Alexander would end the 1933 season in second and third place for the Sox with nineand five long balls respectively. Ruth and Gehrig would combine for sixty-six.Obviously it’s the men in pinstripes who steal the show here, and their Yankees uniform is noteworthy as the majority of Ruth/Gehrigsigned photos derive from their barnstorming tours rather than their shared Bronx tenure. Ruth and Alexander provide signatures rating9/10 and 10/10 respectively, while the pair of first basemen are a couple shades lighter at 7/10. The 7x9” image exhibits a degree of handlingwear, with tack holes at the corners, some damage at lower right, and scattered bends and ripples, but nothing which negatively affects theautographs or the photo’s central focus. Vintage tape on verso repairs minor tears at lower edge. News service stamping on verso dates theimage to April 13, 1933, opening day at Yankee Stadium and most likely the day Ruth and Gehrig received their 1932 World Championshiprings. Photo derives from the Jolley estate. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50054
  36. 36. 80025 1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class Signed First Day Cover, PSA/DNA Mint 9The identity of a sleepy little town in upstate New York was transformed forever on June 12, 1939, the day the ribbon was cut at the newlyfounded Baseball Hall of Fame on the shores of Lake Otsego. Though Cooperstown had enjoyed some limited fame with its controversialproclamation as baseball’s birthplace, never had the eyes of the nation been so keenly focused upon the leafy hamlet until the day thatthe greatest living ballplayers convened to receive the game’s highest honor. This exceedingly rare first day cover, affi xed with four newlyreleased three-cent stamps commemorating baseball’s centennial, bears the postmark of that historic date and is autographed by theiconic eleven known to history as the Hall’s inaugural class: G.C. Alexander, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Larry Lajoie, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, J. Honus Wagner and Cy Young (twice).Joining this elite brotherhood are the signatures of ruling Commissioner of Baseball and future Hall of Famer Kenesaw Mountain Landis,and an unidentified signature notated “PM,” ostensibly the postmaster of Cooperstown. It should be noted that United States PostmasterGeneral James A. Farley was in attendance this day, but the signature is clearly not his. All signatures retain every last degree ofboldness they enjoyed upon their initial application, with mild toning of the envelope’s glue the only possible stone to throw. We couldn’timagine a finer surviving specimen, and PSA/DNA bolsters this opinion with its Mint 9 rating, a grade rarely delivered by the service’sexacting experts. One of the most important and desirable autographed pieces in the hobby, a granite cornerstone for the finest of privatecollections. Encapsulated PSA/DNA Mint 9. Starting Bid: $10,00056
  37. 37. 80026 1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class Signed Program.Extraordinary autograph display is as regal as they come, both in terms of the personnel represented and the magnificent black fountainpen exemplars each provided to a witness of the June 12, 1939 opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Whether bychance or pure stroke of genius, the lucky attendee for the celebration of Baseball’s Centennial chose the rear inside cover of his DoubledayField program to present to the honored legends for signing, creating the finest aesthetics imaginable for these “cornerstone” enshrinees.From top to bottom, we encounter the following: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, George Sisler, G.C. Alexander, Tris Speaker, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, J. Honus Wagner, Larry Lajoie.It must be noted that the front and rear cover of the program have become detached from the spine, leaving the eventual new owner withthe choice of either submitting the cover for a rather simple restoration and reaffixing, or to mat and frame the signed page for greaterenjoyment. Our instincts would lead us to the latter. The signed page exhibits some chipping along the right edge, some inconsequentialtoning and mild creasing. Our catalog imagery should properly indicate that the distraction is minimal at best. The program is otherwisecomplete and free of any flaws of note. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $6,25058
  38. 38. 80027 1939-43 Mel Ott Game Bat Signed by 1945 New York Giants TeamImportant artifact dates to the year the high-stepping Giants slugger made the 500 Home Run Club a trio, the last complete seasonposted by the Hall of Fame outfielder. The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby’s labeling actually dates the lumber to the 1939-43 era,but somehow the bat was spared the trauma of duty in the hands of the Manhattan long ball artist, instead enjoying a relatively peacefulslumber before being passed around the Giants dugout during the closing days of the Second World War.Ott himself is most prominent among the extraordinarily bold black fountain pen signatures that adorn the barrel, joined by fellow futureHall of Famer Ernie Lombardi and notables Nap Reyes, Adolfo Luque, Van Mungo, Bill Jurges, Phil Weintraub, Buddy Kerr, Johnny Rucker,Bill Voiselle and more. None of the twenty-seven signatures dips below 9/10 in strength.The bat is crafted from thirty-four ounces of blonde ash and measures thirty-five inches, perfectly matching Ott’s factory ordering recordsfor the period. PSA/DNA has assigned the bat a grade of GU5, the highest possible rating for a bat lacking game use. LOA from PSA/DNA(bat). Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autographs). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autographs). Starting Bid: $2,50060
  39. 39. Every time I sign a ball, and therehave been thousands, I thank my luck that I wasn’t born Coveleski or Wambsganss or Peckinpaugh. — Mel Ott
  40. 40. 80028 1940 Joe DiMaggio Signed Uniform Player’s ContractA batting crown (.381 average) and an American League MVP Award in 1939 provided the superstar center fielder with no shortage ofleverage for negotiating a salary for 1940, and here we find Joltin’ Joe agreeing to the sum of $32,500. Sure to thrill even the most casual ofbaseball fans, this Uniform Player’s Contract assures the Hall of Fame legend’s services to the New York Yankees for the 1940 season, onein which he would again top the American League with a .352 batting average while driving in over 130 runs. DiMaggio initials the firstpage to assert his acceptance of the salary figure, then signs a complete “Joseph DiMaggio” autograph on the second page, adding his “2150Beach St.” address. The contract exhibits original storage folds, and twin punch holes for filing, but otherwise exhibits no condition issuesof note. One of the most important documents from this American icon to reach the auction block, for the serious collector and baseballhistorian. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $2,50062
  41. 41. 80029 1943 Babe Ruth Signed Fielder’s Glove with Extraordinary ProvenanceEver since young New Yorkers clambered to the railing of the Polo Grounds tomeet the newly arrived Boston transplant in 1920, the autograph of Babe Ruthhas reigned as the most popular in the collecting hobby. But as the Babe’s fameand belly swelled throughout the course of his professional career and beyond,his head never grew to match. He remained one of the most approachableathletes in history, and the most generous of signers. It is only due to themassive demand that Ruth’s signature maintains a lofty price tag, as signedbaseballs, photos and album pages survive as the most common of pre-warplayers.There are exceptions, however, to the theme of availability, and we encounteran example here, one of just two Babe Ruth single signed gloves to appearwithin a major auction in the past decade. We can only hypothesize as to theglaring scarcity of signed gloves, but one can assume that the high cost relativeto balls and photos played a role. One could also imagine that a number ofsigned gloves have indeed existed, but the call of the sandlot proved irresistiblefor most young owners, dooming the signatures to the brutality of play.Young Jim Headley was clearly not your typical youngster, however, a fact borneout by his incredible dedication to the sale of war stamps as a carrier boy for theAkron Beacon Journal newspaper. As an included photocopy of a May 22, 1942issue of the paper indicates, Headley was one of the boys responsible for sellingwell over four million war stamps, outpacing every other newspaper in thecountry of a comparable size. The prize for the boys’ patriotic dedication was aJune 23, 1943 celebration at the Cleveland Public Auditorium where Babe Ruth,Jim Cagney and other celebrities would applaud their efforts.An included 8x10” photo from that event provides ironclad provenance, with a beaming young Jim looking on as Babe Ruth autographs hisPinky Higgins endorsed glove manufactured by local Cleveland sporting goods retailer “The Newman Stern Co.” The black fountain pensignature aligns perfectly to the photo, mellowed to some degree over the passing decades but still readily legible from any reasonableviewing distance. Finally, we have Jim’s ticket for admittance to the show, bearing a vintage ink notation on verso that reads “Jim went toCleveland with Mr. Chapes of Beacon Journal Wed 25, 1943, reward for selling 58,091 10 cent defense stamps. Came home with a (sic) autographed by Babe Ruth.”Now the pride and joy of a patriotic young man can elevate your Ruth collection to a place only a tinyhandful could reach. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Starting Bid: $5,00064
  42. 42. 80030 1940’s Baseball Stars Multi-Signed Glove with Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggioExtraordinary relic was the pride and joy of young Jan Dolcater, a resident ofTampa, Florida who took advantage of Major League Baseball’s annual southernmigration to compile one of the most impressive rosters of autographs we’veyet encountered. While there is a percentage of lesser names among theforty-seven signers, Dolcater was clearly a discerning young manwhen it came to his glove, choosing his targets wisely. The Hallof Fame is disproportionately represented, with thirteen nowimmortalized in Cooperstown bronze:Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams,Warren Spahn, Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, ErnieLombardi, Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, StanMusial, Hal Newhouser, Bill McKechnie, BuckyWalters.Other notables include: Johnny Pesky, JohnnySain, Marty Marion, Harry Brecheen, DomDiMaggio, Al Schacht, Tom Henrich, BirdieTebbetts.While any single item blessed by the touchof so many diamond legends is worthy ofattention, the unique medium of a baseballglove sets this specimen apart—almostnever do signed gloves of this vintage surface.Perhaps even more noteworthy is the simplyspectacular condition of the piece, providingboldness of 8/10 or better for each of the forty-seven autographs without exception. Full LOA fromPSA/DNA. Starting Bid: $2,50066
  43. 43. 80031 Circa 1950 Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Signed “Who’s on First?” PhotographA roster comprised of the most unusually named ballplayers in the game’s history served as the premise of the canonical comedyroutine that stands to this day as the defining work of Abbott and Costello’s partnership. One might reasonably assume, therefore, thatphotographs such as the presented example are widely available, but that assumption is negated by the fact that this is the first signedphotograph of the routine to reach the major hobby auction block in the past dozen years.The few autographed items relating to this side-splitting battle of wits between a befuddled prospective ballplayer and the quirky team’smanager are typically vinyl recordings of the routine, though a signed baseball did emerge eight years ago, realizing a price just short of$8,000 at auction. From a display standpoint, this relic has all the others beat. The black fountain pen signatures of each comedian wavera point at most from perfection, and the 7x10” image likewise provides no cause for complaint. A charming and quite possibly uniquepiece of pure, unadulterated Americana, sure to charm generations to come. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James SpenceAuthentication. Starting Bid: $2,50068
  44. 44. Costello: St. Louis has a good outfield? Abbott: Oh, absolutely. Costello: The left fielder’s name? Abbott: Why.Costello: I don’t know, I just thought I’d ask. Abbott: Well, I just thought I’d tell you.
  45. 45. 800321960 Mickey Mantle 300th Career Home Run BaseballOn the twenty-first anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s brave andheartbreaking farewell, fellow pinstriped legend MickeyMantle again made Independence Day a memorable onefor Yankees fans, taking Washington Senators pitcher HalWoodeshick deep in the first inning at Griffith Stadium.The blast would establish Mantle as the first switch hitterto summit the 300 home run plateau, and the eighteenthslugger in Major League history to accomplish the feat.The home run would prove to be one of forty at the close ofthe 1960 season, the last that Mantle would top AmericanLeague long ball artists.The Mick was able to retrieve the historic sphere after ithurdled the outfield wall, and years later he would donateit to the Little League Museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas,just fifteen miles from his Joplin, Missouri childhoodhome. There it joined other Mantle artifacts including hisGold Glove Award, 500th home run baseball, 1000th RBIball and first career home run baseball. A pair of photosof that museum display is included in this lot, along withan enlarged copy of the newspaper coverage of the game.After years of display, the museum deaccessioned theMantle material and it was sold at public auction in early1997.Over a decade later, the 300 home run ball reappears in this Platinum Night Auction. The baseball has developed an amber hue over thepassing half century, and a distinctive tape stain crosses the hand applied “300,” perfectly matching the image from the Baxter Springsdisplay. Ironclad provenance, milestone cachet and derivation from the hard-slugging height of the M&M era? What could be better? Photosfrom Mantle museum display. Starting Bid: $2,50070
  46. 46. 80033 1972 Roberto Clemente Signed Personal CheckThe tragic Hall of Famer’s autograph could not be considered “common” in any format, but collectors of signed checks have been bedeviledfor decades by the scarcity of these official documents. Perhaps two or three will change hands at auction each year, but here we encounterthe finest of that supply, Clemente’s blue ink rating a stellar 10/10 on a check free of any folds, tears or stains.The date of “May 10, 1972” and the “Atlanta Motor Hotel” stamped payee correspond, as expected, to the last of a two-game series at theBraves’ Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Seventy dollars is paid from the star outfielder’s “Mellon National Bank and Trust Company,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania” account.Clemente led the unsuccessful Pirates charge this day, going three for four with a double in the eight to four defeat. Just eight monthslater, the newly initiated member of the 3,000 Hit Club would perish at sea, bringing an end to one of the game’s most brilliant careers, andsecuring Clemente’s status as one of the toughest autographs of post-war Hall of Famers. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JamesSpence Authentication. Starting Bid: $1,50072
  47. 47. 80034 1972 Roberto Clemente 3,000th Hit Full Ticket, Only Known ExampleIt’s hard not to believe in fate, in the benevolence of the Baseball Gods, when considering that the noble Clemente recorded his 3,000thcareer hit during the last of his 2,433 regular season games. Just three months later his airplane, loaded with supplies for the victims of aNicaraguan earthquake, would fall into the sea, ending the life of one of the few athletes truly worthy of the label of “hero.”Stubs from this otherwise inconsequential game—the Pirates had long since locked up the National League East to ultimately finisheleven games ahead of the second place Cubs—rarely surface at public auction. Heritage realized a price of $4,182 for a stub in May 2005,one of just four to pass through our offices. But this is the first full ticket from that contest known to exist, and there’s no reason to think itwon’t be the last as well.The untorn ticket which would have supplied the owner with a third row view of history exhibits mild bending but none of the typicalstaining or tearing found in period paper. PSA encapsulation of this exceedingly rare relic provides both protection and unquestionedauthenticity. Starting Bid: $2,50074
  48. 48. “If I could sleep, I could hit .400.” — Roberto Clemente
  49. 49. 80035 1980’s Mickey Mantle Signed Index Cards Lot of 100The legendary Yankee once joked that he expected the following response from St. Peter when he encountered him at the Pearly Gates ofHeaven: “Sorry Mickey, but because of the way you lived on Earth, you can’t come in. But, before you leave, would you autograph thesebaseballs for Him?”And if death is anything at all like life, you can bet that Mickey remains hunched over cartons of baseballs, wrist cramping, back stiff,signing away. Autograph shows served as Mantle’s main source of income for the last decade of his life, and while the huge demand for hissignature is still not entirely satisfied, a Mickey Mantle autograph could not be considered “rare” under the strict definition of the term.There are a few exceptions to the rule, however, and perhaps the most glaring of them is presented here. Mantle signed baseballs andphotos are everywhere. Bats and jerseys are less common but still readily available. But Mantle signed index cards exist in the thinnest ofpopulations. In fact, this presentation of 100 represents, by far, the largest assembly we’ve ever encountered.Each blank card measures 4.5x6” in size and bears a flawlessly rendered black ballpoint ink signature from the iconic center fielder. Nonefalls below 9/10 in strength, and all cards are free of creasing, tearing or staining. The winning bidder will effectively control the market onMantle signed index cards, creating a unique opportunity for dealers and investors alike. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from JamesSpence Authentication. Starting Bid: $3,75076
  50. 50. 80036 1988 “The 500 Home Run Club” Original Artwork by Ron Lewis.The hundreds of signed prints created from this work has made the image one of the most recognizable in the hobby and established thisas unquestionably the most famous work from Ron Lewis’ sizable catalog of sports-themed art. “The Original Eleven,” as they are typicallycalled, mix magic and mastery as each appears in his youthful prime and most memorable uniform style against a backdrop of the oldYankee Stadium. While reproductions number in the tens or hundreds of thousands, there is only one original work, and this is it.The massive 30x57” acrylic on canvas was commissioned prior to the famous Atlantic City summit of the game’s greatest living sluggers,where they joined forces to create some of the most popular signed collectibles in the modern hobby. The expanded dimensions of theoriginal provides stunning detail lost in the conversion to smaller prints—even the facsimile signatures on the Louisville Sluggers arehandled with exacting care. Individually, each of the eleven portraits is sure to impress fans of photorealistic artwork—together, the effectis mesmerizing.When it comes to investing potential for fine collectibles, one-of-a-kind status and universal recognition will always take you far, and theoffered lot is the definition of each. Mint condition. Interested bidders be advised—you’ll need some serious wall space for this enormouseye-catcher! Third party shipping required. Starting Bid: $18,75078
  51. 51. Standard size poster is pictured for scale. It is not included in this lot.
  52. 52. 80037 1998 Joe DiMaggio, Study for “Yankee Clipper” Original Artwork by LeRoy NeimanThe pose will be instantly recognizable to any student of the legendary sports artist’s work, as well as most fans of the late, great JoeDiMaggio, who signed boatloads of the lithograph printed from Neiman’s “Yankee Clipper” original. This brightly colored pastel on artist’spaper represents one of the final steps in the evolution of Neiman’s famous work, and a comparison to the later oil on canvas with revealthe identical positioning of Joltin’ Joe and his famous swing, the yellow bursts of spectators and the deep navy of the stadium structure.Neiman autographs and dates the image “LeRoy Neiman ‘98” at lower center, and identifies the work “Joe DiMaggio, Study for ‘YankeeClipper’” at lower right. The image area measures fifteen inches square, tastefully matted and framed to final dimensions of 28x28”.This is one of two Neiman originals presented within the Heritage “Platinum Night” auction. Though this most famous artist ever towork in the sporting realm is notoriously prolific, his iconic images are intensely coveted are fiercely pursued when made available. Weexpect investment-minded bidders to be keeping close watch on this offering. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James SpenceAuthentication. Starting Bid: $10,00080
  53. 53. 80038 1875 Prescott & White CDV Hartford Dark Blues SGC 80 EX/NM 6 – Newly Discovered Example!Nestled in between a pair of musty pages of a literary volume, an account of the battles of the Civil War, comes one of the more surprisingnew discoveries of recent years—a very rare, fresh and seemingly uncirculated CDV of the 1875 Hartford Dark Blues (or Blue Stockings),a card that features one of the more significant players of the 19th century in pitcher William “Candy” Cummings (1848-1924). Cummings(pictured in the back row, center) is given credit for inventing the curveball, now standard issue in the arsenal of every Major Leaguepitcher.The invention helped earn Cummings a place in Cooperstown among men who claim membership in the Hall thanks in part to hisinnovation. His role of president of the International League (the first minor league) cements his status as a true baseball pioneer.Photographic images of Cummings are almost non-existent. This CDV represents the only photo of Cummings made available during hisbaseball career. The Dark Blues finished second in 1875, bolstered by a career season for Cummings who went 35-12 with an eyebrowraising 1.60 ERA.The first ‘75 Hartford Blues CDV’s known portrayed the team in front of a blank, lifeless backdrop. In the Heritage Signature sale of April2009 we offered the first known copy upon which the team is shown inside an elegantly decorated room, resulting in a aristocratic auraworthy of the now historic team. Of the handful of examples that have been made available at auction or that rest in private hands, this isonly the second copy to offer this photo treatment. The team is posed in full uniform with a few holding a tool of their trade. An array ofcaps is dispersed as decoration.This example is the second to earn a SGC 80 EX/NM 6 assessment, thanks to the fragile but loving pages. The photo is virtually mint. Theimage offers string detail quality and contrast. The thin card mount is 4.125x2.5” with barely discernable edge wear and one tiny surface“dot” on the obverse, which is all that keeps this amazing find from being the finest technically graded copy recorded to date. Hardly asecond thought would be given had the label read “84 NM 7.”The flat black reverse surface is as perfect as one could dream from a 135+ year old artifact. The bottom area offers completely legible“Prescott & White” and “Hartford” gold metallic text identifying the photographer and studio location. A truly stunning card and asignificant addition to the hobby collective. Starting Bid: $5,00082
  54. 54. 80039 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Roger Connor, Redemption Back SGC 60 EX 5The most challenging and rewarding genre of baseball card collecting is the rarified world of the late 19th century. Presented is a keycard from series known as N403 or the Yum Yum Tobacco, an issue considered tremendously rare even by Victorian-era standards. Littleis known about the endangered Yum Yum beyond the Chicago, IL derivation from August Beck & Co., but there is no mystery about theextreme rarity. We do know there are over fifty subjects cataloged, with only a total of eighty-six cards graded by both of the most widely-utilized third-party grading services.Why these treasured collectibles are so exceedingly difficult to find seemingly rests with a redemption offer advertised on the backs of apercentage of cards from the N402 Yum Yum Actress edition. To date no baseball subject carried this rare reverse treatment. Until now...Offered for the first time at auction is an extremely rare N403 Yum Yum of early home run king and Baseball Hall of Famer Roger Connor,featuring an August Beck & Co. verso with the Yum Yum redemption offer. Roger Connor (1853-1931) was the premier slugger of his era.His 138 career home runs over eighteen seasons set the benchmark which stood until a man named Ruth raised the bar to seeminglyastronomical new heights. Connor was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1976, and is noted forclubbing the very first grand slam in Major League Baseball history.The offer on verso of this intense rarity reads, “SMOKE and CHEW ‘YUM YUM.’ Upon the return of 100 of these Photographs, we will sendyou by mail one Elegant Japanned Tin Patent Folding Lunch or Picnic Box. AUG. BECK & Co. Chicago, Ill.” Never before has this offer beenseen on the back of a baseball subject, and is very possibly the explanation why these cards are so rare. The card has been graded SGC 60EX 5. A very attractive high-end example, this is the second-finest copy known of a total population of only three. The card offers strongphoto quality and light signs of wear at the corners. The back has some light soiling which is quickly overlooked for the all-important YumYum back stamp. A quality example of a major 19th century Hall of Famer from one of the rarest baseball card releases. Without question,this is a card that would fittingly serve as the crowning touch to any advanced vintage card collection. Starting Bid: $7,50084
  55. 55. 80040 1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Christy Mathewson SGC 88 NM/MT 8 – The Finest Example Known!This simply stunning artifact earns high marks in each and every category of judgment (except spelling!), beginning, of course, with theidentity of the man it honors. The inaugural class Hall of Fame pitcher is captured just before the apex of his storied career, framed againsta vibrant vista of gold and green. His face conveys the look of determination that would earn him a third place tie with G.C. Alexander onthe career victories chart.Joining the most famous (Wagner, Cobb, Plank) and infamous (Merkle, Cicotte) ballplayers of the age, Matty stands as one of the keycomponents from the twenty-five card issue, though this particular representation stands as the finest example of the 185 total cardsgraded by both SGC and PSA combined. A pair of 80 EX/NM 6 examples are the second-finest recorded. The centering is testament to fineAmerican engineering, the colors have retained their rich vibrancy and the surfaces are beyond compare. Razor-sharp corners indicate alonely life free from human touch. It’s simply one of the finest examples from the E95 Philadelphia Caramel edition, and from most other“E” class promotions as well. A tempting target for the most discriminating of collectors. Starting Bid: $6,25086