Lot 1. Robin Roberts’ Philadelphia Phillies Uniform – Autographed by the HoF Pitcher. During 1987, Roberts served as a roving pitching instructor for the Phils. This is the uniform he wore. It comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Roberts dated July 24, 2009. Kevin Keating has authenticated the signature on the letter and jersey; Roberts added “HOF 76” below the jersey autograph. A Phillies team issue shows Roberts wearing the jersey, which has number 36 on the front and back, and Roberts’ name on the back. Besides the jersey, the uniform includes Roberts’ pants, socks and hat. All show good use, but no abuse. In the early 1950s, no pitcher was better than Roberts. He won at least 20 games each season from 1950 through 1955, for a total of 138 victories during the period. In 1999, The Sporting News counted him among the top 100 players (#74) in baseball history. Roberts passed away at his home in Florida on May 6. For the rest of this baseball season, the Phillies will wear a commemorative “36” patch on their jerseys and hang a Roberts uniform in the dugout. Tremendous collectible representing one of baseball’s great players, and an outstanding person as well.
Winning Bid $1,391.
Lot 4. Mickey Mantle Boldly Signed 1951 New York Yankees Replica Jersey. Gem mint 10 autograph authenticated by Kevin Keating on a mint Cooperstown Collection home jersey by Mitchell & Ness of Philadelphia. The jersey has Mantle’s familiar “7” on the back and an American League Golden Anniversary patch on the left sleeve. The autograph and jersey display magnificently!
Winning Bid $1,433.
Lot 5. Mickey Mantle Diamond-Studded Commemorative Career Ring. Produced by Balfour, this extremely attractive high-quality ring celebrates Mantle’s 536 home runs in a career that extended from 1951-68. Only 536 of these rings were produced; this example is engraved “105/536” inside the band. The face of the 10k gold ring has a blue stone as a backdrop to six diamonds that form a “7,” Mantle’s uniform number. The years of his first and last seasons are above the face, and his first and last name are beside it. One side of the ring has a raised facsimile autograph, an image of Yankee Stadium and the date Mantle’s uniform number was retired. The other features “536 Home Runs” and five bats marking Mantle’s career achievements, including his 1974 Hall of Fame induction and his 1956 Triple Crown. Mint, impressive ring that comes in the original wood presentation box! PLEASE NOTE: THE RING IS SIZE 11.
Winning Bid $1,909.
Lot 7. Chicago White Sox 1916 Panoramic Photo Featuring Joe Jackson. This 8 ½” x 27 ¾” original sepia panorama captures White Sox players at the original Comiskey Park with rural letter or mail carriers. They were in Chicago for the 14th Annual Convention of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association. On Aug. 9, they gathered with the White Sox players, who lost that day to the Boston Red Sox. Joe Jackson, in his first full season with the team, is kneeling at the far left. Eddie Collins and Ray Schalk are among the other players pictured. The panorama was once surrounded by a matt, and some glue residue remains along the edges. A section of the photo to Jackson’s right has been reattached with tape on the back. Otherwise, the photo is strong, shows light soiling, has a stain in the lower center and upper left and is generally free of creases. Outstanding early collectible featuring Joe Jackson.
Winning Bid $711.
Lot 13. 139 Different 1910 S22 Murad “Athlete and College Seal” Silks. This collection of colorful 3 ½” x 5 ½’ silks constitutes more that one-half of the 250-silk set. It is one of the largest groups to be offered. For each team, we have listed the number of silks and indicated the design present with “bb” for baseball, “f” for football, “g” for golf, “h” for hockey, “r” for rowing and “t” for track and field. There are two different designs for baseball and four different for track. The collection includes 24 baseball silks, 13 football, six golf and 14 hockey: Annapolis (Navy, 8, 2bb, h, r, 4t), Brown (5, f, r, 3t), California (6, baseball batter, h, 4t), Chicago (10, 2bb, f, g, h, r, 4t), Colorado (10, 2bb, f, g, h, r, 4t), Columbia (2, batter, hammer throw), Cornell (6, g, h, 4t), Dartmouth (7, 2bb, h, 4t), Georgetown (4, h, 3t – hurdles, runner, shot-put), Harvard (6, f, r, 4t), Illinois (8, batter, f, h, r, 4t), Michigan (7, baseball pitcher, f, g, 4t), Missouri (10, 2bb, f, g, h, r, 4t), Ohio State (9, 2bb, f, h, r, 4t), Pennsylvania (7, f, h, r, 4t), Princeton (2, bb, f), Purdue (5, h, r, 3t – hammer, hurdles, shot-put), Stanford (9, 2bb, f, h, r, 4t), Syracuse (8, 2 bb, f, h, r, 3t – hammer, hurdles, shot-put), Texas (football), Virginia (2, pitcher, golf), West Point (Army, 2, bb, runner) and Yale (5, batter, r, 3t – hammer, runner, shot-put). These silks are routinely offered on the Internet for $20 and more. They generally are free of stains and average vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $1,667.
Lot 14. 26 Different 1910 S21 Murad “Athlete and College Seal” 5” x 7” Silks. Much scarcer than the smaller S22 silks, these beauties are seldom offered in quantity. They tend to be offered on the Internet for $40 and more, and in the American Card Catalog, Burdick priced them at 2.5 times the S22s. This group includes three baseball batters, three pitchers, three silks with the hockey design, one with golf and two with football: Annapolis (Navy, hurdles), Brown (2, baseball pitcher, rowing), Chicago (4, baseball batter, golf, hockey, rowing), Colorado (2, runner, shot-put), Columbia (hockey), Cornell (rowing), Minnesota (4, batter, pitcher, hurdles, shot-put), Missouri (hockey), Ohio (batter), Princeton (rowing), Purdue (2, pitcher, runner), Stanford (football), Syracuse (2, hammer throw, rowing) and West Point (3, football, hurdles, shot-put). These silks generally are free of stains. Vg-ex overall.
Winning Bid $572.
Lot 37. 1951 Wheaties Unopened Single-Serving Box with Stan Musial on the Back. In the early 1990s, some unused complete boxes surfaced containing these cards. This is the first off-the-shelf cereal-containing box that we have seen. This unopened single-serving box still has the cereal inside. At the time of its production, cereal boxes didn’t carry an expiration date. It would seem safe to say that the Wheaties inside, now nearing 60 years of age, might not be the “breakfast of champions” any longer. The box itself, however, seems appropriate for a collection of champions even though there are creases and soiling throughout the wax-coated box as well as some scuffs on the Musial card!
Winning Bid $204.
Lot 59. Lou Gehrig Very Scarce 1973 Bob Laughlin Super Stand-Up Signed by the Artist. Printed in color on layered heavy paper, this die-cut figure of the Hall of Fame Yankee first baseman stands 10” tall and measures 7 ½” at its widest. Just above Gehrig’s right elbow, there is a small bubble in the paper. Otherwise, the figure is ex to ex+ with the standee on the back intact and unused. Also on the back is Laughlin’s large, bold signature. These stand-ups seldom turn up, and this is a quality example made all the more collectible by Laughlin’s autograph. Autograph authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $324.
Lot 60. Joe DiMaggio Uncommon 1973 Bob Laughlin-Autographed Super Stand-Up. Possibly the scarcest of the Laughlin issues, these die-cut figures are infrequently offered. This stand-up of the Yankees’ Hall of Fame center fielder is printed on layered heavy paper and stands just over and is a maximum of 7” wide. It has a light surface crease behind DiMaggio’s left knee; otherwise, ex with some very minor soiling. The standee on the back is unused and rests to the right of Laughlin’s autograph, which is bold with a smudge on the first “L.” Seldom-seen and desirable DiMaggio, New York Yankees and “type” collectible. Autograph authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $242.
Lot 61. 1887 N184 Kimball Champions Opened Pack – Possibly the World’s Finest! To compete with Allen & Ginter and Goodwin, the W. S. Kimball Co. of Rochester issued a set of 50 “Champions of Games and Sport” in 1887. Cards were offered in boxes of High Grade and Little Jock- ey cigarettes. The High Grade pack offered here is just that. Its appearance is nm. Close examination reveals a scuff on each side of the tray, and also on one side of the box. One scuff seems to be where a tab on the tax stamp may have been removed, and the other, where something was attached to the tray and the side. There also is a very light crease on the top of the box. These conditions have little effect on the appearance of the box. The colors are strong and bright, as though the lithography were completed yesterday, instead of 123 years ago. If measured against 99 other 19th century opened cigarette packs selected at random, this one almost certainly would be in the top 5. And if anyone could find 99 other Kimball packs, it’s unlikely that any of them would rate higher than this one!
Winning Bid $148.
Lot 62. 1887 N172 Old Judge Stemmeyer, P., Boston with Original Old Judge Tobacco Tin. The card of Stemmeyer exhibits significant paper loss on the blank back along with a moderate amount of glue and scrapbook residue. The front, which has several light inoffensive creases, possesses spectacular eye appeal. Unlike many N172 photos, the photo of Stemmeyer exhibits strong contrast and razor-sharp focus. It is absolute eye candy for the vintage collector. The Old Judge Tobacco tin measures 4” x 3” x 2”. It features the “Old Judge” logo on the lid and on the front panel. Above his image, the large bold text reads “Old Judge Smoking Tobacco.” Below it, “Goodwin & Co.” also appears in large bold text. The tin has a small to moderate amount of scratching that seems to do little more than add to its overall appeal. It displays beautifully. This is the first such tin we have seen. What can be said of the card and the tin together? Smokin!
Winning Bid $218.
Lot 55. 3 Topps 5-Cent Display Boxes: 1967 (2 Different) and 1968. Both 1967 boxes are quality examples. One advertises the 1967 Pin-Up inserts on a panel at the front of the base; it carries an ad for a Bazooka Gum catalog on the back. It has two heavy ¾” creases next to the die-cut on the lid. Otherwise, it is ex-m with a light 1” crease on a base side panel and creases on the flap that typically is unseen inside the box. The second 1967 example lacks the ad for the inserts and promotes Gold Rush Bubble Gum and Bubble Gum Shake on the underside of the base. The lid is fully present but detached. Otherwise, the box has a couple of minor creases. Both boxes are well printed and exhibit bold colors. The lid of the 1968 box is attached with tape on the outside. Otherwise, the box is clean and free of significant creases.
Winning Bid $75.
Lot 64. HoFer John Ward in an Impressive, Historically Significant 1888 Newspaper Print. On the front page of the Nov. 27, 1888 Daily Graphic published in New York, artwork by C. Rigby portrays the New York Giants’ star shortstop on the auction block with the caption “Slavery Days Again.” The artwork and caption refer to the predicament of major league players resulting from the actions by the baseball owners in 1887 and 1888. In 1887, the owners made the (in)famous “reserve clause” a standard part of players’ contracts. That year, Ward published an article in Lippincott’s Magazine criticizing the clause and other owner practices. He was in a position to do so because in 1885, the players had formed the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players and elected him president. In the article, Ward asked, “Is the Base Ball Player a Chattel?” He specifically mentioned Chicago’s sale of King Kelly to Boston for $10,000. Kelly had no say in his sale. Matters became worse for the players in 1888. At the end of the season, Al Spalding took a group of players, including Ward, on a world tour. While Ward and they were out of the country, the owners instituted a salary classification that limited salaries to $1,500 to $2,500. The new scheme effectively lowered players’ salaries. While on the tour and as the owners’ shenanigans progressed, Ward and other players came up with the idea for a “Players League.” Ward and others launched the short-lived new league in 1890 after the owners declined to recognize the Brotherhood. After baseball, Ward became a successful lawyer. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. The Daily Graphic artwork depicting Ward and presaging the Players League is large, about 14” x 20 ½” and framed. It is incredibly clean and bright with a horizontal crease at the center where the paper was folded, and there may be a ½” border tear along the fold. Great display, and an outstanding piece of baseball history.
Winning Bid $321.
Lot 146. Roberto Clemente (HoF) Limited Edition Lithograph. Artist Angelo Marino provides five images of the Great One in this 17” x 23” print, #17 of only 50, double-matted and framed to 22 ½” x 28 ½”. Signed by Marino. The Clemente cut signature in Lot 145 would be a great addition to it. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $61.
Lot 147. Original Sepia Photo of the 1925 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Piloted by Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie, these Pirates defeated the Washington Senators in seven World Series games. The team featured several other future Hall of Fame members, all pictured, including Pie Traynor, Kiki Cuyler, Max Carey and owner Barney Dreyfuss. The photo has a variety of creases and a small chip in the upper right corner. It is sharply focused with very good contrast.
Winning Bid $163.