Clean Sweep Auctions current auction is a 2-day affordable (almost all lots have a retail value of $500 or less) all sports autograph and memorabilia-only auction. The auction is LOADED with fresh and interesting material. It ends on Wednesday December 3 and Thursday December 4. Initial bids need to be placed by 6 PM EST EACH DAY.
We are also running a small free show this weekend in Farmington, CT (just west of Hartford on I-84). We will have free catalogs for the current auction and a small sampling of our inventory for sale. We will be ACTIVELY AND AGGRESSIVELY BUYING AND ACCEPTING FOR CONSIGNMENT ALL QUALITY VINTAGE MATERIAL. IN PARTICULAR, WE ARE ACCEPTING ITEMS FOR OUR MAJOR AUCTION IN JANUARY 2015.
This is a truly fun auction that contains a wide variety of fresh material. The auction is our unique affordable autograph and memorabilia-only auction, with almost all lots carrying a retail value of $500 or less and very low minimum bids.
Spread out over two days, it is funny that this ended up with 1,492 lots as we were finishing this up on Columbus Day. This is very likely the finest example of this type of auction that we have run.
We open the auction with five full pages of signed cachets, a tremendous single-owner collection. We have many single lots, and some great group lots that offer a terrific value. The auction continues with over 150 different lots of signed cards. This section begins in the 1920s, with pre-war cards, many good signed Bowmans and some very scarce cards from the 1960s. As always, there are some nice collections here as well in lots. Baseball autographs continue with a run of Perez Steeles and our usual extensive selection of signed 8×10 photos.
This auction is notable for many extremely scarce signed full Who’s Who pages of players who died in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. There are many fun multi-signed and vintage photos, seven different Mickey Mantle signed images, some multi-signed and more. We have some new GPCs, cuts and 3x5s, including affordable examples of key HOFers like Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Honus Wagner. We have a nice run of signed baseball documents from the 1960s, including Hank Aaron, Earle Combs, Hank Greenberg, Pie Traynor and Zack Wheat. There are some interesting signed letters that follow, including a great Sparky Anderson from 1971, Gavvy Cravath and a great John Lindsay letter to Yogi Berra after the 1973 World Series. Autographs continue with some desirable team signed programs from the 1960s and 1970s, including some from the great Met collection we have been working with. Day one closes with a good run of signed Yellow HOF Pl aques, including toughies Dean, Faber, Hafey, Hartnett and Wheat.
Day two opens with one of the real highlights of this auction, a tremendous ticket collection, almost all single-owner that spans all of the major sports and more. Collected by an almost fanatical collector, we pulled some Mantle home run tickets but otherwise there are all sorts of good lots with which a ticket collector or dealer should have a field day! There are also some full World Series and LCS tickets from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The other majors sports follow. There are some good basketball signed items, with note to a great Michael Jordan autograph from 1984. Boxing collectors will see some Ali signed items and some interesting boxing movie posters, going back to the 1920s, but also including some 1970s Ali titles. Football collectors will see some better signed footballs including Walter Payton, a nice mix of vintage and contemporary autographs, and some interesting vintage programs. Golf contains a terrific 1961 PGA signed program.
We have a tremendous variety of fresh items from a great New York Mets collection that we acquired from the daughter of a long-time Mets employee going back to the 1960s. There is all sorts of interesting and potentially unique items throughout. There are truly world class condition yearbooks, including the 1962 of course, good tickets, programs,
vintage paper items from 1969 & much more. If you are a Mets collector, this section is a must-see.
Baseball memorabilia continues with some quality pins, including a 1944 World Series and a 1961 All Star Game. We have some interesting early gloves, bats and unsigned balls. Sheet music makes its first major appearance in a Clean Sweep Auction, with note to a Ty Cobb from 1912 and various pieces from 1885 – 1925. Baseball publications include our usual selection of earlier World Series Programs and team yearbooks. Also of note are some good All Star Programs going back to 1943, some interesting large format pubs from the 1910 – 1919 era and better group lots from the 1950s and 1960s.
Signed baseballs conclude the auction. We offer over 200 different lots of single signed baseballs. These are mostly fresh to market, including our usual selection of HOFers and stars. Of note, we have desirable singles from the many HOF broadcasters that are so popular and key players from other sports like Mario Lemieux, Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas. Scarce baseball singles also include an affordable Dizzy Dean, a Mint Curt Flood, Babe Herman, the rare Deron Johnson, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Lopat, Sal Maglie and Allie Reynolds. This section also has many good group lots at the end.
Collectors of multi and team-signed baseballs should have fun with this auction as well. We have baseballs going back to the 1920s, several good Old Timer and star balls, several late 1930s and early 1940s Brooklyn Dodger balls, a 1953 Yankees, a 1971 Yankees with a real Munson, quality All Star balls from the 1980s and 1990s and various Yankee team balls from 1998 – 2001.