Lot 71. Home Plate Nicely Signed by George Brett, Ozzie Smith, the Niekros and 6 More. This “mini” home plate, which measures 10” across and about 10” from front to back, has the Baseball Hall of Fame logo in the center. Around the logo are bold 10 signatures of Brett, Smith, Robin Roberts (died 2010), Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro (d. 2006 ), Vince Coleman, Enos Cabell, Jon Warden, Dave Bergman and Jamie Quirk. Produced by Schutt Sports, the reduced-size home plate serves as an excellent host for the signatures. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $92.
Lot 162. Jimmie Foxx and Connie Mack Signed OAL William Harridge Baseball. With Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and other future Hall of Fame stars in his lineup, Mack led the A’s to world championships in 1929 and 1930 and to the AL pennant in 1931. Mack and Foxx both autographed a side panel of this circa 1934-35 Harridge ball. All of the letters in Mack’s signature are light but completely readable, and there is no smudging. A grade of vg+ to ex 4.5 or ex 5 seems reasonable. The Foxx signature is not as strong, but still is vg-ex 4 with small portions of the “F,” the first “x” and especially the second “x” missing. As for the ball, 50-75% of the pre-printed area has faded; otherwise, it remains very presentable, with an off-white color and light, even soiling. Nice collector example for an Athletics’ fan or Foxx or Mack collector. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $500.
Lot 242. Quality Walter Buck Leonard (HoF) Pre-Stroke Autograph. Playing for the Homestead Grays in the 1930s and early 1940s, Leonard and Josh Gibson were the Negro Leagues’ equivalent of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. A lifetime .328 hitter, Leonard averaged 34 home runs per year in an eight-season period. He was enshrined at Cooperstown in 1972. In 1986, Leonard suffered a stroke that partially paralyzed his right side. After that, he wrote with his left hand. Pre-stroke autographs such as this one command a premium. The signature is large, bold nm-m 8 beauty, filling a 1 ½” x 4 ¾” section of unlined paper that is matted and framed to about 10 ½” x 13 ½” with a Perez-Steel postcard of Leonard. Kevin Keating, author of The Negro Leagues Autograph Guide, authenticated this signature.
Minimum Bid $75.