Mastro Auctions August Premier Sale Offers Another Round of Collecting Opportunity

Phenomenal array of high-end sports memorabilia and non-sports items available in last major summer
auction of the year On the heels of an extremely successful second Live Sports Auction in Chicago, Mastro Auctions is once again back on the block offering the industry’s best in sports and non-sports memorabilia. In true Mastro Auctions fashion, the August Premier sale has something for every sports and non-sports card and autograph collector. “As usual, the range and depth of material that our August Premier sale has to offer is unmatched in the industry,” said Doug Allen, COO and president of Mastro Auctions. “We know collectors look to our Premier events anticipating an exciting selection of material. This auction will not disappoint.”

Allen says that among the most amazing items being offered is a number of high-end game used bats, historically significant football items, and stellar autographed items, even a car once owned by Bill Veeck. For the non-sports collector, Allen says the emphasis in this auction is on incredible political and campaign items, including substantial presidential offerings. “There is a presidential pen collection and an actual presidential inaugural medal that is just unbelievable,” says Allen. In addition, Allen cites a number of highly desirable campaign flags that are sure to capture considerable bidding attention.

Bidding in Mastro Auctions’ phone/internet Premier Sports and Americana Auction will begin on August 11 and conclude on Wednesday, August 27 and Thursday, August 28. Specific highlights include:



Babe Ruth Circa 1924 H&B Game Used Bat – A 42-Ounce War Club! – MEARS A-10, PSA 10
Babe Ruth employed this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat as he helped shape the New York Yankees into the game’s most formidable dynasty. Hailing from the 1923-1925 labeling period, this 36-inch, 42-ounce war club features telling attributes that place it directly in Ruth’s capable hands. This particular bat has what Mastro Auctions considers to be perfect characteristics. Namely, a concentrated left barrel contact area and scored handle link this directly to the Sultan of Swat. Uncracked, the lumber shows evidence of outstanding game use. A plethora of ball and stitch impressions appear on the aforementioned left barrel. Visible, as well, is grain swelling (from repeated ball contact). Cleat marks appear on the right barrel and the handle has been scored (to enhance the grip) over an area of approximately 12″. A well-defined lathe mark (common for bats of the era) is visible on the knob, and the finish has aged to a warm caramel brown patina, giving the bat a beautiful luster. Finally, impeccable provenance accompanies in the form of a letter from the bat’s original recipient. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.

Joe DiMaggio 1951 H&B All-Star Game Used Bat – His 13th and Final All-Star Gamer! – PSA 10, MEARS A-10
Joe DiMaggio used this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat for the 1951 All-Star game—his thirteenth and final Mid-Summer Classic. The 36″, 34-1/2-oz. high-grade ash “D29L” weapon flaunts a well-defined centerbrand and equally prominent barrel stampings, with “ALL STAR GAME” and “DETROIT – 1951” flanking DiMaggio’s facsimile signature at the latter location. Uncracked, the item exhibits evidence of absolutely outstanding game use. Ball, cleat, bat-rack, and deeply embedded stitch marks attest to game use—with two notable characteristics placing it directly in DiMaggio’s hands. First, concentrated ball marks on the left side of the barrel is a classic DiMaggio gamer trait, as DiMaggio held the bat with the centerbrand facing upward. Secondly, blue bat-rack streaks at the top of the barrel provide evidence of the item’s repeated placement in the Yankees bat rack. Finally, review of the Hillerich & Bradsby shipping records reveal that this was one of (approximately) the last thirty bats sent to DiMaggio during his final season. Minimum bid $10,000.

Babe Ruth Bat – PSA 8
In defense of their 1927 title—and what many consider the prototype of season-long dominance—the 1928 New York Yankees ultimately turned to their most steadfast of warriors. Reliable in adding flavor to the mundane—and equally dependable in the most dramatic circumstances—Babe Ruth performed at a level above and beyond that realized by his contemporaries, rescuing a team that was plagued by injuries. Babe Ruth used this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat as he kept the pinstripers on their lofty perch. The 35″, 41-oz. weapon hails from the peak of Ruth’s and the Yankees’ dominance. A review of Ruth’s ordering records confirms shipments of hickory bats weighing 40 to 42 ounces beginning on August 22, 1928—and as late as August 29, 1929. The length of the offered example perfectly matches that of lumber ordered by Ruth during the referenced labeling period. The uncracked, the item shows phenomenal game use. Minimum bid $10,000.

Mickey Mantle 1968 H&B Signed Game Used Bat – His Final Season! – PSA 9.5
This Hillerich & Bradsby “K55″ signature model bat was signed and wielded by Mantle during his 1968 swan song. The 34”, 31-1/2-oz. white ash weapon features a well-defined centerbrand and barrel stampings. Factory records reveal that Mantle ordered three of these bats on July 18, 1968, and was to place an order for two more on August 2, making this one of only five bats ordered by and shipped to Mantle in the final season of his remarkable 18-year career. In addition to telling evidence of game use, the hitting surface showcases Mantle’s black marker signature, which resonates “9” strength and clarity. The uncracked item exhibits heavy use. Additionally, there is a black marker notation of Mantle’s since-retired number “7” on the knob. Minimum bid $2,500.

Hank Aaron 1974 H&B Game Used Bat – PSA 8
This high-grade ash weapon hails from Hank Aaron’s 3,077th and final game as a member of the Braves. An “A99” 35″, 32-1/2-oz. white ash weapon, this Kentucky-turned lumber was the war club with which Aaron concluded in setting himself apart from all who ever trotted the bases. Sporting a smooth, furniture-like surface and a prominent centerbrand and barrel stampings, the uncracked item exhibits evidence of outstanding game use, with ball, bat-rack, cleat, and deeply embedded stitch marks throughout. Additionally, there is medium pine-tar residue and scoring about the handle, black marker notations of Aaron’s since-retired number “44” on both the knob and barrel end, and a black ballpoint “33-1/2” weight indicator on the knob. Minimum bid $2,500.


1911 T205 Gold Border Frank Chance – PSA MINT 9 “1 of 1!”
This is one of only four cards in its entire series to receive PSA MINT 9 accolades, and no T205 has been graded higher. Fittingly evaluated as the finest of its type on earth, this full-sized insert (not a “mini”) offers unequaled balance in addition to beauty. Balance in its apparently freshly minted gold borders’ hues (and in their side-to-side, top-to-bottom orientation), as well as balance in the card’s visual harmony of color, are most prominent. Minimum bid $5,000.

1914/15 E145 Cracker Jack Complete Set (176)
The beautiful Cracker Jack cards of 1914 and 1915 are admired for their detailed portraits of the era’s star ballplayers. Every depiction is showcased within a blazing red background, boldly enhancing the accompanying illustration. The two key examples from the 1915 production: Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson are here offered in pleasing SGC 50 VG/EX 4 condition. Includes: 1914 E145-1 Cracker Jack (16) – Includes: #’s 9 (SGC 40 VG 3), 14 Crawford (PR), 24 (SGC 20 FR 1.5), 25 (PR), 35 Hooper (PR, clipped corner), 38 (PR/FR), 49 (VG), 66 Lajoie (PR), 67 (PR/FR), 81 (PR), 100 (VG), 108 (PR), 118 (FR), 120 (VG/EX), 122 (VG/EX) and 144 Walsh (SGC 30 GD 2); 1915 E145-2 Cracker Jack (160) – Includes: Graded Cards – Graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8: 1 card; SGC 84 NM 7: 1 card; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 2 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 1 card; SGC 60 EX 5: 2 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 9 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 14 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 3 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 3 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 1 card. Minimum bid $5,000.

1948 Leaf Short Print #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Card – GAI NM-MT 8
The legendary and charismatic hurler appeared on just three career-contemporary, nationally distributed trading cards: the pieces produced by Bowman in 1949, Topps in 1953, and this supremely challenging commemorative—the first of the three Paige tributes—released by Leaf in 1948-49. The distinctive cards manufactured by Leaf Gum Company during 1948-49 possess a vexing capacity to be technically strong yet aesthetically weak. The offered card, however, stands above the crowd in one important respect: the focus in its illustration is magnificent! Minimum bid $2,500.

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6
This example reveals splendid coloration in every aspect of the all-important player illustration. The great Hall of Famer’s likeness is flawless and graphic elements (team logo and caption block) are unblemished. The azure-blue background hue carries almost no hint of scuffing. The card’s reverse is fundamentally pristine. Minimum bid $2,500.

1887 N162 Goodwin “Champions” SGC-Graded Complete Set (50)
Each collectible displays a matching reverse format that excludes the lithographer’s credit tag line. This format is virtually unknown to United States hobbyists. In terms of printing, this was an era of beautiful colors and grand design. Includes: Graded SGC 88 NM-MT 8: 1 card; SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 2 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 3 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 3 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 3 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 14 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 9 cards; SGC 40 VG 3: 9 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 2 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 2 cards; and SGC 10 PR 1: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1968 Topps Test 3-D PSA-Graded Near Set (11/12) Including PSA MINT 9 Clemente – #5 on the PSA Set Registry!
Includes: Graded PSA GEM MT 10: 3 cards; PSA MINT 9: 2 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 2 cards; PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1965 Topps Complete Set (598) – All Graded PSA 8 NM-MT!
This mid-decade edition is one of the company’s more popular ’60s releases. This presentation is characterized by its abundance of sharp corners, fresh edges, and rich colors as evidenced by the appearance of the majority of the cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1952 Topps Complete Set (407)
Agreement is nearly universal that a completed 1952 set is the pinnacle of collecting accomplishment, even if the project requires years to fulfill. Offered is that enthusiasts’ dream come to fruition. Includes: Graded Cards – Graded PSA NM-MT 8 (OC): 2 cards; PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 3 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 3 cards; PSA EX 5: 3 cards; PSA VG-EX+ 4.5: 1 card; PSA VG/EX 4: 5 cards; PSA VG 3: 2 cards; PSA FR 1.5: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder PSA-Assessed Complete Set (132)
T202s are kinetic collectibles that feature black-and-white baseball “action” photographs flanked by two colorfully lithographed player portraits. Originally folded for insertion into packs, these beautiful cards have, by their nature, invited nearly a century’s worth of handling, and are difficult to find in a complete, visually appealing state of preservation. The set boasts an abundance of Hall of Famers, including multiple cards of Cobb, Mathewson, Johnson, Speaker and others. Includes: Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 6 cards; PSA NM 7: 15 cards; PSA EX-MT+ 6.5: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 31 cards; PSA EX+ 5.5: 2 cards; PSA EX 5: 37 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 24 cards; PSA VG 3: 3 cards; PSA GD 2: 2 cards; PSA “Evid Trim” – 11 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (519/524)
Unquestionably, this is the most recognizable and widely collected pre-war baseball issue in the industry. T206s account for many hobbyists’ first experience with pose variations, brand distinctions, condition assessments, and checklist building. The majority of the cards sport a “Piedmont”-branded advertising back. Includes: SGC 60 EX 5: 4 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 1 card; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 15 cards; PSA VG 3: 1 card; SGC 40 VG 3: 31 cards; SGC 30 GD 2: 7 cards; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 2 cards; SGC 10 PR 1: 1 card; SGC Authentic: 4 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1921-1935 Exhibit Collection (535) Including Ruth (4), Cobb (3) and Gehrig Rookie!
This presentation offers two complete sets (1922 and ’28), three near sets (1921, ’25, and ’27) and two partial sets (1923-24 and ’26). This is a rare chance to acquire an “instant collection” of these elusive items. Readily apparent is the impressive selection of Hall of Famers, including the “key” to the entire Exhibit library—the 1925 rookie card of Lou Gehrig. Other illustrious names appearing are Babe Ruth (1921, 1925, 1927, and 1928), Ty Cobb (1921, 1925, and 1927), Walter Johnson (1921, 1925, and 1927), Speaker, Hornsby, McGraw, Alexander, Frisch, Baker and Maranville. Minimum bid $1,500.

1933 R319 Goudey Complete Set (239)
The only missing subject is #106 Lajoie. This immensely popular and colorful edition is certainly one of the most highly sought-after series from the 1930s or any other decade. In total, 19 cards have been graded by PSA. Includes: Graded Cards – Graded PSA NM 7: 1 card; PSA EX-MT 6: 8 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 1 card: PSA EX 5: 7 cards; PSA VG-EX 4: 2 cards; PSA GD+ 2.5: 1 card. Minimum bid $1,500.

T205 Gold Border Joe Tinker -Â PSA NM-MT 8
There is isn’t a card that has been graded higher. This Hall of Fame depiction is one of just four copies at its tier. It features a”Sweet Caporal”-branded reverse. Minimum bid $1,000.

T205 Gold Border Ed Walsh – PSA NM-MT 8
This Hall of Fame depiction is the only copy at its tier. There is none that has been graded higher. It displays a “Polar Bear”-branded reverse. Minimum bid $1,000.

1912 T215 Pirate Tobacco Joe Lake – PSA EX-MT 6
These cards are said to have been distributed only among U.S. soldiers who were serving in England at the time the items were produced. The offered example of the intriguing rarity features a superb illustration of Detroit’s Joe Lake. Both of the card’s sides are unblemished and project fabulous eye appeal. Minimum bid $1,000.

1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb, Bat Off Shoulder – GAI NM-MT 8
This “Bat Off Shoulder” variety of Ty Cobb, with its detailed pose of the great Hall of Famer and its phenomenal palette of background hues, is one of the most colorful and aesthetically gratifying of all T206 subjects. The offered card of this mini-masterpiece promises visual enhancement for any high-grade collection. Its centering is precise, and its balanced, clean white borders harmonize with the card’s beautiful design to afford tremendous overall eye appeal. Minimum bid $1,000.

1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb, Bat On Shoulder – PSA NM-MT 8
The “Bat On Shoulder” pose of Ty Cobb is among the most subtly colorful and visually pleasing of all the designs included in the famed T206 set. The offered example artfully showcases the great player’s unmistakable intensity in his pose and features, and would fit nicely into any top-quality assembly. Minimum bid $1,000.


1976 Hank Aaron Signed Milwaukee Brewers Home Jersey – His Final Season - MEARS A-9
This autographed Milwaukee Brewers home jersey was worn by “Hammerin’ Hank” during the 1976 campaign, his 23rd and final season. The cream-colored knit pullover garment features “BREWERS” arched atop the chest in blue-on-gold double tackle twill and Aaron’s since-retired number “44” sewn to the back and left front. Just below the team name on the front of the jersey, a black marker inscription of “Best Wishes – Hank Aaron” is of the secretarial variety. Minimum bid $5,000.

Barry Bonds 1987 Pittsburgh Pirates Signed Uniform
This Bonds’ road apparel from 1987 consists of: Signed Jersey – a gray knit pullover garment with “PIRATES” arched across the chest in black-on-gold double tackle twill, “24” sewn to the back and left front, and “BONDS” arched on a name plate atop the back number. On the lower portion of the “2” on the back, Bonds’ silver Sharpie signature projects “9-10” strength; Pants – gray knit leg wear with a three- (snap) button, zippered fly, two nylon-lined back pockets, and black-and-gold striped trim along the outer legs and elasticized waistband. Minimum bid $2,500.

Brooks Robinson 1966 Baltimore Orioles Road Jersey
The Waverly neighborhood hero wore this autographed Baltimore Orioles road jersey during the 1966 season. Desirable in that this Hall of Fame apparel flaunts the script-style “Baltimore” name associated with baseball greatness, the diamond wear is all the more alluring as it was sported during the year it all came together for what became one of the game’s greatest franchise’s. The gray flannel button-down jersey features “Baltimore” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt, the legend’s since-retired number “5” sewn to the back and left front, and “B. ROBINSON” arched atop the number on the back. Just beneath the lengthy paraph, which accents “Baltimore,” Robinson’s black marker signature and inscription of “Orioles – 1955-1977” resonates “9” strength and clarity. Minimum bid $2,500.


Lou Gehrig Single Signed Ball – PSA/DNA EX-MT 6
This gorgeous, well-preserved Hall of Fame keepsake, an OAL (Barnard) ball, was autographed by Lou Gehrig during the memorable 1927 championship campaign. Symbolic of Gehrig’s modest disposition, his black ink signature on the offered sphere is executed in small cursive characters on the sweet spot. On the north panel, Gehrig has inscribed “27,” which can be seen using video spectral comparator (vsc-4) technology. Minimum bid $2,500.

1927 “Babe Comes Home” Signed Ball by Babe and Cast
The Babe’s second cinematic challenge was a light-hearted frolic entitled Babe Comes Home. It was a six-reeler that was released in the late spring of 1927. It was during the filming of Babe Comes Home that the cast and crew placed their signatures on this quality Spalding baseball. There are 29 signatures on the horsehide, and include Tom McGuire, Lou Archer, Arthur Stone, Louise Fazenda, Ted Wilde, Karl Struss, Anna Q. Nilsson, Wid Gunning, Mickey Bennett, and Ethel Shannon, and of course, Babe Ruth. Minimum bid $2,500.

Spectacular Roberto Clemente Ball
A splendid “8-9” blue ink signature is nicely situated on the sweet spot of this Worth “Official League” sphere. The near white ball reveals a few spots of age-induced toning about its surface (which has undergone restoration), with none of these acting to distract from its sought-after penmanship. Clemente “singles” of this quality are quite desirable and rarely offered. Minimum bid $1,000.


Rare 1897 California Tour Baltimore and All-America Base Ball Teams Imperial Composite Photograph
Having secured three straight National League titles, the 1897 Baltimore Orioles could have only succumbed to a collection of stalwarts, as no ordinary team had proved capable in recent memory. Playing on the popularity of baseball—and that of its champion Orioles—executives arranged a West Coast tour that pitted the Orioles against the National League’s finest stars. This treasure is from that embryonic hardball epoch: a composite imperial photograph depicting the combatants of the 1897 exhibition sojourn. Minimum bid $1,000.

Extremely Rare 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings B.B.C. Team CDV
It is important to note that this offering is much rarer than Peck & Snyder’s ’69 Red Stockings cards. Indeed, fewer than a handful of examples for this presented style are known to exist! This virtually never-seen survivor boasts exquisite photographic preservation. The all-important composite images are vivid and dramatically bold, rating “8” on a scale from 1 to 10. Manager Harry Wright occupies the center, surrounded by his seminal squad of George Wright, Asa Brainard, Will Hurley, Doug Allison, Andy Leonard, Cal McVey, Charley Sweasy, Fred Waterman, and Charlie Gould. Minimum bid $1,000.


A Dozen Ty Cobb Personal Checks (12) – PSA NM-MT 8
Issued to the hurlers in good faith that summer, these bi-weekly payroll checks were drawn on Comiskey’s account at Chicago’s “DROVERS NATIONAL BANK.” The green-hued documents are respectively made out to Cicotte (“SEP 5 – 19 – 476.25”) and Williams (“7/14 – 1919 – 250.00”). Each has endorsed the back of his check, Cicotte’s black ink signature rating PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 and Williams’ black ink scripting showing PSA/DNA GEM MT 10 quality. In black ink, Comiskey has signed the front of each check, his trademark swirling “C” characters highlighting pennings that show “9” strength and clarity in both instances. Minimum bid $1,000.

Exceptional Signed Lou Gehrig Photo
Before his 40-year career began as the artist of the Blondie comic book, Paul Fung, Jr., was a young, die-hard New York Yankees fan who developed a close relationship with some of the star players. One player that Fung came to know personally was the mighty “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, who inscribed this photograph for his young fan, “To my little pal Paul – With Kindest Regards – Lou Gehrig.” In the late-career dugout shot, a mature Gehrig holds up five bats by the knobs and stares down their length. His congenial fountain-pen message rates “8” in strength, and it is perfectly situated against the light background of the bats for premium visual contrast. Minimum bid $1,000.


Bill Veeck 1959 Ford Thunderbird
The sizable convertible spent time traveling the side streets, highways, and interstates from Chicago to Maryland and back, with Veeck grooming his prize to a showroom quality state all the while. Won in a June 1986 auction (shortly after Veeck’s passing) by a Chicago-area man, the vehicle had seen 95,578 miles. (The odometer reading is still less than 100,000 today.) The body remains blemish-free. The vehicle itself is drivable—though highway travel is not recommended, as the original tires may not withstand the conditions. Like its original owner, this car has a million stories—and character without rival! Minimum bid $5,000.

Dave Parker 1977 Gold Glove Award
This Rawlings Gold Glove award was presented to Parker for his defensive prowess during the 1977 season. This significant tribute is designed with a gilded Rawlings fielder’s glove set upon a three-tiered wooden base. A gold-colored baseball is displayed on either side of the glove, and the top tier of the base supports a gold metal facing that pictures Parker’s portrait illustration. The second tier carries a similar gold metal facing, and reads “1977 – RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE AWARD – PRESENTED TO – DAVE PARKER – 1 Time Winner – Honoring His Selection to The Sporting News National League All Star Fielding Team.” Minimum bid $1,000.

Dave Parker 1977 Silver Slugger Award
Offered is the actual Silver Bat trophy that was presented to Dave Parker in 1977 in recognition of his league leading .338 batting average. The sterling silver bestowment, measuring 33″ in length, is identical to its wood counterpart and features both the familiar Louisville Slugger centerbrand and Parker’s facsimile signature on the barrel. Engraved on the “sweet spot” of the barrel is “BATTING CHAMPION – 1977 – NATIONAL LEAGUE – B.A. 338.” Minimum bid $1,000.


Near Complete Run of Super Bowl I Thru XLI Full Unused Tickets (40 Different)
This collection of unused Super Bowl tickets (traversing the continuum of the annual gala from SB I through SB XLI – sans SB III) represents an exhaustive effort in hobby determination. All of these tickets have been encapsulated by PSA. The nearly complete run of full and unused tickets includes: PSA GEM MT 10: 3 tickets; PSA MINT 9: 3 tickets; PSA NM-MT 8: 10 tickets; PSA NM 7: 6 tickets); PSA EX-MT 6: 5 tickets; PSA EX 5: 9 tickets; PSA VG 3: 1 ticket; PSA GOOD 2: 2 tickets; PSA AUTHENTIC: 1 ticket. Minimum bid $5,000.

Walter Payton Complete Game Worn Uniform
This complete Chicago Bears road uniform was worn by the all-time NFL legend during the mid-1980s. It includes: Bears Mid-1980s Road Jersey – The white mesh pullover garment displays “PAYTON” heat-pressed to the back nameplate in orange-outlined midnight navy blue lettering. The athlete’s number “34” is featured on the front and back sleeves; Bears Pants – The midnight blue satin pants showcase the team’s orange-white-and-orange stripes on the sides. The garment’s original belt and laces are intact, and penned at the interior waistband in black marker is “34 – 87,” likely an indication that Payton wore these pants during the 1987 season.; Headband with “I Love World” Inscription – Payton penned his famous “I ♥ World” motto in black marker on this white headband. Bears Wristband – A triangular leather patch showcasing a side profile of a Bears helmet is sewn to this wristband.; Custom-Embroidered “Sweetness” Towels (2) – One of the pieces exhibits “KangaROOS – SWEETNESS – 34” embroidered in orange and navy blue lettering. The second towel bears, “SWEETNESS – 34” along with the tightly stitched likeness of a hippity kangaroo. Minimum bid $2,500.

Exceedingly Rare 1890s “Chicago” Style Spalding Head Harness
Celebrating the sport’s bygone era is this Spalding “Chicago”-style head harness, an example that qualifies as the rarest of all early football headgear. Unlike its rain cap-style contemporaries, this leather grid-wear is comprised of a bowl-like headcover, and the four-strap suspension sewn to the top of the bowl design supports the ear flaps. The elastic and leather straps remain completely intact, and an 1/8″-thick layer of foam padding lines the helmet’s underside. Incredibly, the Spalding trademark stamping at the top of the football relic is still clearly legible, and the helmet’s leather components show only modest signs of aging. Minimum bid $1,500.

Supremely Rare 1880s-1890s Union Football Uniform – One of Only a Few Known!
Absolutely among the most rare articles of football regalia ever offered at public auction, this 1880s-1890s uniform somehow survived the savage games of the past. The complete, canvas-style apparel is comprised of a long-sleeved lace-up vest, padded pants, an Eaton-style cap, and shoulder pads. Three of the well-kept pieces retain fully legible manufacturer information. Minimum bid $1,500.

Rare 1890s Spalding Union Football “Jumpsuit” Uniform
Gridiron stalwarts of the 1800s wore little in the form of protective equipment, so in an effort to alleviate the athletes’ primitive coverings, Spalding designed this style of “jumpsuit” uniform. Made mostly of orange canvas-like material, the full-sized football attire bears a cloth-covered midsection, which was added to facilitate maneuverability. The front of the garment employs a lace-up style, and supple leg padding covers an area that stretches from the upper thigh to the knee. A clearly legible Spalding label is sewn within the item’s collar. Minimum bid $1,500.


Salvador Dali “The Golfer” 100/199 Artist Proof
This is a limited edition reproduction of Salvador Dali’s 1973 “The Golfer” artwork. The significant issue was actually signed by the surrealist painter (1904-1989). Printed on Arches paper, the original, three-color lithograph is numbered “100/199,” as noted at bottom left, and gracing the lower right is an enormous example of Dali’s penciled scripting (“10”). Minimum bid $500.

Historically Significant 1933 Opening of Augusta (“The Masters”) FDC Signed by Bobby Jones! – PSA/DNA MINT 9
The great Bobby Jones himself signed this rare Augusta National Golf Club First Day Cover. Prominently showcased at the center of the piece is the athlete’s “Robert Jones” black fountain pen scripting. The cachet scene printed along the left side of the envelope displays the image of a golfer (who conveniently resembles the links legend), and the accompanying caption reads, “Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Course – Opening Jan. 13, 1933 Augusta, Ga.” Minimum bid $500.

1920s Hickory Clubs Matched Set (10 Irons and 2 Woods) in Vintage Golf Bag
A matched set of twelve 1920s golf clubs—ten irons and two woods—each boasting impressive hickory shafts, and the sturdy survivors are accompanied by a vintage golf bag. Highlights among the links weapons are a George Nichols signature model 6 iron, and both woods are brassie models. These early clubs are housed in a vintage, Cadabag leather/synthetic fabric golf bag, which retains all of its original features. Minimum bid $300.


1986/87 Fleer Complete 132-Card Sets on Full Uncut Sheets (6) – All Featuring Michael Jordan Rookie Cards!
The much-coveted rookie card of Michael Jordan appears in the bottom row of each sheet, and all of these sheets’ examples look virtually untouched! Overall display quality ranges from about EX to EX/MT. Spectacular display pieces! Minimum bid $2,500.

1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan Rookie Card – SGC 88 NM/MT 8
Mikan is recognized as one of the earliest players who permanently changed the game of basketball. He was also one of his sport’s first true superstars, as well as the game’s prototypical “big man”—an athlete who towered over his opponents. Mikan’s participation required that the rules of basketball be redefined, just to accommodate his unique talents. Only two copies in the industry, of this landmark gumcard, have ever been placed at a higher grading tier by SGC. Minimum bid $1,000.

Extremely Rare 1948 Bowman George Mikan Rookie Card “Gray Background” Blank Back Proof – PSA Authentic
This is perhaps the only Mikan rookie card of its kind in existence! On this “Gray Background,” blank-backed proof piece, the red printing on the obverse is absent, yielding a distinctive gray background color instead of the entry’s customary bright blue. The actual origin of the “Grays” remains speculative. Hobby conjecture holds that the items were intended as proof pieces, likely created as the factory brought its presses “up to color” in preparation for the manufacture of finished product. It’s believed that none of the “Gray” cards were ever actually issued in packs. Minimum bid $1,000.


1970/71 Kellogg’s Iron-on Transfers Signed Original Artworks Collection (50 Different) Including Orr, Hull and Mikita
Pelkowski’s name has long been associated with the Chicago Blackhawks (he did cover and interior artwork for the team’s programs and yearbooks), but here the Illinois artist expanded his hockey horizons to the Rangers, Flyers, Blues, Bruins, Red Wings, North Stars, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Blackhawks. Done on matte board from 1970 to 1972, almost all of the 11″ x 14″ original color artworks are signed by the respective featured player, either directly on the work or on an attached piece of paper. Signatures deliver “7-10” quality, and most of the caricatures are also signed by Pelkowski. Includes: Orr, Bobby Hull, P. Esposito, Clarke, Beliveau, Parent, F. Mahovlich, Cheevers, Bucyk, Mikit and Park. Minimum bid $1,000.

1954/55 Topps #8 Gordie Howe – SGC 96 MINT 9 “1 of 1!”
This is the only example at its tier with none graded higher among a total of nearly fifty copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting. The offered depiction of Red Wings Hall of Famer Gordie Howe—in his first U.S.-distributed card portrayal—imbues physical gratification in every respect. Minimum bid $1,000.

1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Champions Player’s Ring
This 10K gold ring was presented to a member of the 1946-47 world champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The sleek, size 11 heirloom boasts a glimmering diamond that is set upon a gold Leaf motif. Blue-enamel lettering surrounding the shining display reveals, “MAPLE LEAFS WORLD CHAMPIONS,” and also present is the year “1946-47.” Engraved within the band is “BIRKS 10K.” Minimum bid $900.


1950s Cassius Clay Post Training Gloves from Louisville Gym Where He Trained
Seldom is the hobby graced by the presence of “Cassius Clay” memorabilia, and these gloves were actually used by the legend as training gloves in the 1950s when the boxer trained at Columbia Gym in Louisville, Kentucky. The technical specs are consistent with Clay’s style: 14-16 oz., brown lace-up leather gloves with cloth labels along the wrists, and white vinyl trim surrounding the wrist extending to the lace area. “POST – New York” is featured upon the cloth labels in tightly wound blue stitching, and the initials “CC” has been penned at the interior wrist of each glove. Both relics show light use. Minimum bid $1,000.

1948 Leaf Boxing Set (49) – #2 on SGC Set Registry
This edition offers most of the major stars of the ring (both contemporary and retired) in bold, almost neon-like colors. Includes: Graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5: 4 cards; SGC 84 NM 7: 9 cards; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 8 cards; SGC 70 EX+ 5.5: 14 cards; SGC 60 EX 5: 10 cards; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 3 cards; and SGC 40 VG 3: 1 card. Minimum bid $500.

Official Ali/Frazier On Site Poster
Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali met for the second time at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1974, each seeking a victory to set up a title bout against champion George Foreman. The rare and official on-site poster from 1974 pictures the legendary pair, and the item bears the distinct printers label at lower right. Ali pounded out a solid, albeit close, 12-round decision. The pugilist poet later recaptured the Heavyweight Championship by defeating George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. Minimum bid $500.



Exceedingly Rare and Famed 1921 Warren G. Harding Silver Inaugural Medal – One of Six Known Examples!
This 1921 Silver Warren G. Harding Inaugural Medal is of the highest rarity! It is the unofficial Official medal as requested by the Inaugural Committee, which wasn’t publicized. It is 70 millimeters in diameter, weighs 99.3 grams, and is struck in perfect medal turn axis. It is fully struck with all detail possible and is naturally toned. The obverse depicts a stern faced bust of Warren Harding facing left with the legend “INAUGURATION MARCH FOURTH 1921.” The reverse is bold with Lady Liberty standing three quarter profile in an Ancient Greek gown. The eagle and Liberty both face right gazing upon the legend “PRESIDENT WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING VICE PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE 1921Â 1925.” Minimum bid $5,000.

Monumental Presidential Pen Collection (46 Different) from Truman Up Thru Clinton with Accompanying Documentation
Presidential pen collecting is a pursuit that combines a passion for both artifacts and autographs. Not only does it entail the very pens that were used by U.S. Presidents to sign key bills and documents, but it also often provides the pleasure of the chief executives’ accompanying hand-signed letters of authenticity. Presented is a phenomenal assortment of 78 presidential pens spanning the past 60 years in the Oval Office. Featured among them are pens used for such momentous legislation as Lyndon B. Johnson’s comprehensive bill on civil rights (H.R. 7152) and the Nixon Administration’s William Steiger Act (establishing the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, known familiarly as OSHA). Many of the pens come with official letters on White House (W.H.) stationery signed either by the President or his personal assistants, while others are supported by unofficial documentation. In all, there are 16 presidential autographs. Minimum bid $5,000.

Pristine 1799 George Washington Handwritten Letter from Mount Vernon
After serving two terms in office as the nation’s first commander-in-chief, George Washington retired from the presidency in March 1797 and returned to his beloved homestead, Mount Vernon. While in Virginia, he also paid for and supervised the erection of two buildings in Federal City that he had hoped would become living quarters for members of Congress. Washington was so dedicated to the idea that he personally created the floor plans. This well-preserved, one-page letter, scripted entirely by Washington was sent to Dr. William Thornton. Thornton was an architect who designed the United States Capitol. Washington’s black fountain pen signature and penmanship rate “9-10” strength. Minimum bid $2,500.

Bulbous and Magnificent John Adams Liverpool Pitcher
This sublime Liverpool pitcher is an early 19th Century artifact that was created to honor the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams. The 11-5/8″-tall ceramic piece presents a visual bounty of significant messages and imagery. The splendidly detailed countenance of Adams is displayed inside a portrait oval, surrounded by allegorical figures, on one of the pitcher’s sides, with the captioning legend, “John Adams – President of the United States of America,” embellishing the likeness. A head-on view reveals the florally framed motto, “Success to America,” above the Presidential eagle. On the pitcher’s reverse flank, a majestic sailing ship, its buoying water, wood-planked hull, and stern-mounted American flag enhanced with spectacular color, completes the motif. Minimum bid $2,500.

Scarce Unengrossed Circa 1800 Thomas Jefferson/James Madison Signed Ships Papers
This dramatic showpiece bears the signatures of the third and fourth U.S. Presidents. The piece, prepared during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, is a printed “unengrossed” certificate that is doubtless one of the earliest prepared in this fashion. Scarce in such a rare form, the document was designed to authorize a sailing ship to engage in oceangoing commerce. The complete signature of “Thos. Jefferson,” the sitting president, graces the lower right (“8”). His Secretary of State, “James Madison,” has affixed his written name in precise script (“8″), beneath. A chalk-colored and embossed, 2-3/4”-diameter Presidential seal is firmly attached to the face of this legal instrument at the lower left corner. Minimum bid $2,500.

Majestic 1930s President Franklin D. Roosevelt 30″ x 38″ Signed Original Photo – The Largest Known!
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is depicted nearly life-sized, with an expression of steadfast grit and determination, a fountain pen in his left hand, a pair of reading glasses in his right, and a stack of paperwork before him. As would be expected from the work of Harris & Ewing, the premier photograph studio of Washington, D.C. at the time, the sepia portrait photo is extremely well-focused and crisply resolved. The piece is inscribed to Governor of Illinois Henry Horner, who served from 1932 to 1940. Horner was one of the great supporters of Roosevelt’s New Deal reforms. The black ink script rates “10”, and the photo is in NM condition. Minimum bid $2,500.


Unlisted and Exceedingly Rare 1864 Lincoln/Johnson Presidential Campaign Flag
Presented is a specimen unknown to even the exhaustive records. This 35-star flag promoted Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson during the uncertain period leading up to their history-making electoral triumph. Still joined to its original, 10″-long flag stick, this uncataloged article measures 12-3/4″ x 8″ and displays hand-stenciled lettering of “OUR CHOICE – LINCOLN & JOHNSON.” Interestingly, and no doubt presumptively for a presidential campaign item, an emblem very similar in style to the presidential seal serves as the centerpiece of the canton; its bald eagle appropriately faces the direction of the talon that clutches a group of arrows (a symbol indicative of the nation’s involvement in a war). Campaign flags from the Lincoln/Johnson endeavor of 1864 are far more difficult to acquire than examples from 1860—fewer varieties were produced—and this specimen is certain to impress even the most accomplished of modern day presidential collectors. From the Frank Pollack Collection. Minimum bid $2,500.

Magnificent and Unique 1896 McKinley/Cleveland “Bicycle” Poster
This glorious campaign poster is a marvel of contemporary caricature. Although clearly produced in endorsement of William McKinley’s 1896 candidacy, his likeness is just one of the six men’s faces prominently featured in its message. The viewer watches the six men on bicycles approach, separated three by three and coming from two obviously different directions on their two different roads. From the left, fittingly, the route is labeled, “Democratic Road,” and, “Republican Road,” comes from the right. Glances are exchanged between the two lead riders, Cleveland and McKinley, as the small bands converge at this intersection. Each trio includes two sidekicks: Campbell and Brice are with Cleveland, Foraker and Bushnell accompany McKinley. The left road is pitted and barely navigable, the right is smooth and clear. The imagery, created by G.W. Bonte and lithographed by Strobridge of Cincinnati and New York, is brought to bear with penetrating simplicity in the poster’s yellow-and-black-on-white medium. Minimum bid $2,500.

Matched Pair of Incredibly Rare 1900 Jugate Presidential Campaign Flags (2)
These fabulously eye-catching campaign items were crafted to resemble small American flags—with the jugate likenesses of the era’s presidential election standard bearers artfully added to the left edges. The 13″ x 6-3/8″ versions of the Stars and Stripes depict Republican incumbent William McKinley and the Democratic challenger, William Jennings Bryan. Each man’s finely rendered line-drawing portrait is accompanied by the likenesses of vice presidential hopefuls Theodore Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson. All four illustrations are neatly captioned, and, set against their blazing red backgrounds, project with dramatic, vivid detail. Minimum bid $2,500.

Only Known 1856 Anti-Buchanan Campaign Banner
Millard Fillmore supporters used this in the 1856 presidential campaign to discredit the campaign of James Buchanan. In that year’s race for the White House, Buchanan, a Democrat, squared off against the newly created Republican Party’s first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, and the American Party nominee (and former president) Millard Fillmore. When the votes were tallied, Buchanan—who had served as Secretary of State from 1845 to 1849 in the Cabinet of President James K. Polk—had garnered enough votes to become the 15th President of the United States. This is the only known example and the very piece shown in Collins’ Threads of History (as #251 and #252). From the Frank Pollack Collection. Minimum bid $2,500.

1844 Henry Clay Portrait Presidential Campaign Flag
The attention-grabbing banner was designed to promote the 1844 presidential aspirations of Henry Clay. Clay was a lifelong legislator and effective pragmatist who was willing to be flexible in his principles when he felt it necessary to serve his country’s best interests. The 1844 election was probably the most heartbreaking event of Clay’s long and successful political career. The Clay/Frelinghuysen ticket lost to “dark horse” Democrat James K. Polk. This sublime and delicate textile artifact is crafted in fine, thin cotton. At the flag’s upper left is a glorious 10″ x 11″ printed blue field: there, inside an array formed by 26 stars, a portrait of Henry Clay has been lithographed directly onto the cloth. Minimum bid $2,500.

Incredibly Rare 1856 Fremont/Dayton Flag
History remembers John C. Fremont not only for his richly deserved reputation as an explorer and adventurer during the first half of the 19th Century, but also for the distinction as being the Republican Party’s first-ever presidential candidate in 1856. This truly significant campaign flag supported Fremont’s candidacy. With a red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes motif, the item features bold, black lettering endorsing, “For President, / John C. Fremont. / For Vice President, / William L. Dayton.” Minimum bid $2,500

Highly Sought “The Hero of Tippecanoe” 1840 William Henry Harrison Portrait Campaign Flag
This highly desirable William Henry Harrison political item dates to his 1840 presidential campaign and features a direct reference to the famed 1811 Indian battle for which he was dubbed “THE HERO OF TIPPECANOE.” This extraordinary campaign flag boasts twelve stars encircling a larger star at the upper left corner, as well as both a large portrait depiction of “Gen. Wm. H. Harrison” and the prominent reference to Tippecanoe in the center of the piece. From the Frank Pollack Collection. Minimum bid $2,500.


1930s “Big Little Books” Near Complete Set (543)
Whitman Publishing Company’s popular line of “Big Little Books” debuted in 1932 with the release of The Adventures of Dick Tracy. The early editions measured 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and were 1-1/2″ thick. Today, these books appeal to a broad range of collectors. The original owner of this collection wanted them all. He came within 543 different volumes. Key characters in the mix include Blondie, Buck Rogers, Bugs Bunny, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Popeye, Tarzan, and The Lone Ranger, as well as classic tales such as Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, and Treasure Island. Minimum bid $2,500.

1933-34 R136 National Chicle “Sky Birds” Complete Set (108) – #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
This famously beautiful series of cards features famous aviators and their planes. Its portrayals range from the Wright Brothers to Amelia Earhart, and the cards are deservedly appreciated by collectors today both for their nostalgic, 1930’s-style character and their masterfully executed artworks. The classic Sky Birds subjects include Edward Rickenbacker, Baron von Richthofen, Lt. James Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and The Spirit of St. Louis. Includes: Graded Cards – Graded PSA NM-MT 8: 63 cards; PSA NM 7: 32 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 11 cards; PSA EX 5: 2 cards. Minimum bid $2,500.

1959 Fleer “Three Stooges” Complete Set – #3 on the PSA Set Registry!
This is a sublimely attractive full-set gallery, with nearly three-quarters of its entries revealing superb MT condition. Fifty-one of the assembly’s PSA MINT 9 cards occupy the highest grading assignment ever awarded to any of their numbers. Includes: Graded PSA GEM MT 10: 1 card; PSA MINT 9: 70 cards; PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 2 cards; PSA NM-MT 8: 19 cards; PSA NM 7: 3 cards; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card. Minimum bid $2,500.

1st “Playboy” with Marilyn Monroe
The maiden Playboy magazine featured none other than Marilyn Monroe on the cover and a tastefully nude “full color” photo of the starlet as the “Sweetheart of the Month”. It sold more than 50,000 copies, producing just enough revenue to allow for a second issue. In time, the periodical came to be part of American culture. Minimum bid $1,000.

Highly Desirable Vintage Signed Hollywood Stars Photos (18 Different) Includes Cagney, W.C.Fields, Carol Lombard, Grable, Etc.

Many of the biggest names in Hollywood during the 1920s to the 1950s are featured. The roster of legendary stars includes Ward Bond, James Cagney, Olivia de Haviland , W.C. Fields, Betty Grable, Stan Laurel, Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Pat O’Brien, Mary Pickford, Dick Powell, William Powell, Tyrone Power, Will Rogers, Jane Russell, Phil Silvers, Marie Wilson and Marion Davis. Most signatures are quite bold, averaging “9” for strength and clarity. Minimum bid $500.

Elvis Presley Hair
In November of 2002, Mastro Auctions made history by offering the largest quantity of Elvis hair ever to be sold publicly. The landmark hammer price of $115,000 was worthy of an entry in The Guinness Book of World Records. Elvis Presley’s personal barber, Homer Gilleland, had gifted the hair sample to Tom Morgan, a friend of both men, who grew up with Elvis and also was an administrative assistant in the Memphis sheriff’s office. Immediately after the high-publicity sale, Mastro Auctions was contacted by another friend of Gilleland’s, Mrs. Linda Schieffer, whose family had become very close to the retired barber during the last years of his life. They too had received a substantial amount of Presley’s hair, and were now interested in parting with their cherished gift. John Reznikoff, the foremost expert on celebrity hair authentication, analyzed the two samples and compared them with his own exemplars. He determined that the Schieffer family’s heirloom was indeed bona fide, and in April of 2003, Mastro Auctions sold this second, enormous quantity of Elvis’ admired locks for more than $33,000.Approximately 25% of the hair sample from the Schieffer family’s collection comprises this offering. An enterprising collector could take advantage of the sheer, incredible quantity by selling the hairs individually for profitable sale or even as part of a corporate promotion. The marketing possibilities are endless. Minimum bid $500.


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