Lot 113. Baseballs Single-Signed by 7 Members of the 1961 World Champion New York Yankees. The autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10 on the sweet spots of nm-m or better OAL Budig baseballs. 1. Tex Clevenger, who added “1961 & 1962 World Champions, NY Yankees.” 2. Jim Coates, “NY Yankees 1956-59-62, World Champs 1956-61-62.” 3. Ryne Duren. He was traded early in the season. 4. Bill Gardner, “1961 World Champion Yankees.” 5. Jesse Gonder, “1961 Yankees.” 6. John James, “N.Y. Yankees 1958, 1960 & ’61, 1958 & 1961 World Champs.” 7. John Sain, “As Coach 1961-62, As Player 1951-1952-1953 N.Y. Yankees.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating. For additional members of the 1961 team, please see Lots 112 and 114-116.
Winning Bid $125.
Lot 214. Official Baseballs Single-Signed by 8 A.L. Rookies of the Year, 1949-65. This collection includes the first American League ROY, Roy Sievers, who received the award in 1949. The signatures are mint 9 or gem mint 10 on the sweet spot of nm-m or better OAL Bobby Brown baseballs from 1949-55 and OAL Gene Budig baseballs for 1958-65 unless otherwise noted: 1. Roy Sievers, added “1st A.L. R.O.Y. 1949.” 2. Walt Dropo, “1950 R.O.Y.” 3. Gil McDougald, “1951 AL ROY, N.Y. Yankees ‘1951-60’.” 4. Herb Score (died 2008), “A.L. 1955 R.O.Y.,” nm-m 8 to mint 9 (very slight bleeding). 5. Albie Pearson, “A.L. R.O.Y. 1958,” vg-ex ball ( with uneven discoloration). 6. Don Schwall, “1961 A.L. R.O.Y.” 7. Gary Peters, “A.L. 1963 R.O.Y.” 8. Curt Blefary, “1965 A.L. R.O.Y.” Excellent start on a comprehensive collection of A.L. Rookies of the Year. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. Please see Lot 223 for additional AL ROY-signed baseballs.
Winning Bid $100.
Lot 215. Al Dark Signed ONL Coleman Baseball with “1948 R.O.Y” Addition. Dark was the second winner of baseball’s Rookie of the Year award (Jackie Robinson was the first) and the last to be chosen as the best new player in all of Major League Baseball. Beginning in 1949, a top rookie was selected in each league. Few individuals who are not in the Hall of Fame had a more distinguished career than Dark. A .289 career batter, he was the first NL shortstop to hit 20 home runs more than once. When he retired, his .411 career slugging average was the seventh highest among NL shortstops, and only Ernie Banks and Travis Jackson had hit more home runs. He also was seventh in double plays and tenth in fielding average. After retiring, he won pennants in the NL and AL as a manager; only two other managers did so before him. He likely would have put up better career numbers if his major league debut had not been delayed by his service is World War II. Dark’s signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on the sweet spot. The ball is nm to nm-m with slight discoloration in the stitches above “Al.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20.
Lot 217. Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Signed Baseball. Both applied gem mint 10 autographs to the sweet spot of an ONL William White baseball, and Thomson wrote “Oct. 3, 1951” on the north panel. Branca delivered the pitch and Thomson delivered the shot that sent the New York Giants, instead of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to the 1951 World Series. Thomson passed away in August. We haven’t seen a better example signed by these two competitors. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $45.
Lot 218. Larry Jansen Signed Baseball – “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Winning Pitcher. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph on the sweet spot of an nm-m ONL Feeney baseball. Jansen was the pitching beneficiary of Bobby Thomson’s famous hit off Ralph Branca on Oct. 3, 1951. A starter for the New York Giants from 1947-53, he twice won 20 or more games. After that, arm troubles limited his effectiveness and career. Later, as a pitching coach, he was instrumental in the success of Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal. Jansen passed away in 2009. This signed ball will make an excellent, almost necessary, complement to a Thomson-Branca autographed ball! Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15.
Lot 219. Warren Spahn (HoF) and John Sain Autographed ONL Giamatti Baseball. Sain was the ace of the 1948 Boston Braves pitching staff with a 24-15 record, and Spahn went 15-12. Their performances inspired this poem by Boston Post sports editor Gerald V. Hern: “First we’ll use Spahn, then we’ll use Sain, Then an off day, followed by rain, Back will come Spahn, followed by Sain, And followed, we hope, by two days of rain.” Spahn, who won more games than any other major league left-handed pitcher, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. He passed away in 2003. After his playing career ended, Sain became one of baseball’s best all-time pitching coaches. He died in 2006. Both players placed gem mint 10 signatures on the sweet spot of a mint ONL Giamatti baseball. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $55.
Lot 221. OAL Bobby Brown Baseballs Single-Signed by Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn. These three players gave the Cleveland Indians one of baseball’s most formidable pitching staffs in the late 1940s to mid-1950s. From 1949-56, they combined for 404 victories. For their careers, they recorded 773 victories. The total almost certainly would have been higher if Feller (266 wins) had not lost three full seasons at the peak of his career to World War II. Each player signed the sweet spot. The Feller autograph is extremely strong, mint 9 to gem mint 10 with a very slight smudge at the top of the “F.” The ball is nm-m. The Lemon and Wynn signatures are mint 9, both on nm to nm-m baseballs. All three pitchers are in the Hall of Fame. Wynn passed away in 1999, and Lemon, in 2000. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $75.
Lot 222. 10 Single-Signed Baseballs – Aparicio, Gary Carter, Rickey Henderson, Killebrew, Etc. The autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10 on the sweet spot of an OAL or ONL ball that is ex-m or better unless otherwise noted: 1. Luis Aparicio, side panel, unofficial vg-ex ball (toning). 2. George Bell, nm 7 signature (scuff). 3. Albert Belle, ex 5 to ex-m 6 signature, OAL batting practice ball. 4. Gary Carter, side panel, unofficial ball, personalization (name) rubbed off. 5. Carl Erskine, vg-ex ball, strong signature with a stain behind the signature. 6. Rickey Henderson, bold signature, vg-ex ball (toning). 7. Keith Hernandez, ex-m ball (toning). 8. Harmon Killebrew, vintage signature personalized to “Ed,” OAL MacPhail ball. 9. Mickey Lolich. 10. Gregg Olson, who was the 1989 AL Rookie of the Year. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $70.
Lot 223. 10 Single-Signed Baseballs – Schmidt, Killebrew, Dick Williams, Raines, Etc. The autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10 on the sweet spot of an OAL or ONL ball that is ex-m or better unless otherwise noted: 1. Jose Canseco. 2. Vintage Harmon Killebrew (HoF), signature personalized to “Ed” on a side panel of an ex to ex-m (toning) OAL Croinin ball. 3. Mickey Owen, “World Series 1941” added, significant bleeding, vg-ex 4 signature. 4. Tim Raines, ex 5 to ex-m signature (light) on an ex ball. 5. Pedro Ramos, MacPhail ball. 6. Dave Righetti, ex 5 ball. 7. Mike Schmidt (HoF), bold 10 autograph, light uneven toning on the ball. 8. Tony Taylor, ex+ ball. 9. Dick Williams (HoF), nm-m 8 autograph (minor bleeding). 10. Walt Weiss. Canseco, Righetti and Weiss all earned Rookie of the Year honors. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $60.
Lot 224. 1978 Cincinnati Reds Team-Signed Baseball – Bench, Rose, Seaver, Morgan, Anderson. Sixteen Big Red Machine signatures on an nm+ Wilson baseball that shows light, uniform toning. The signatures in green-blue ink are nm 7 to 7+: Sparky Anderson (sweet spot), Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tom Seaver, Joe Morgan, George Foster, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey, Dan Driessen, Cesar Geranimo, Pedro Borbon, Dave Tomlin, Rick Auerbach, Mike Lum, Dave Collins and Jr Kennedy. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $113.
Lot 226. 2 Florida Marlins Inaugural Season Baseballs Signed by 31 Different Players and Officials. Both are nm-m ONL William White baseballs. Manager Rene Lacheman signed the sweet spot of one ball, which has 17 other signatures, including team owner Wayne Huizinga. The other signatures are by Cris Carpenter, Scott Chiamparino, Bryan Harvey, Charlie Hough, Bob Natal, Orestes Destrade, Dave Magadan, Walt Weiss, Chuck Carr, Jeff Conine, Charles Jackson, Matt Turner, Doug Radar, Don Smiley, Gary Hughes and John Panagakis. The Lachemann autograph and one other are nm 7s. The rest are 9s and 10s. Gary Sheffield occupies the sweet spot of the second ball. It is signed also by Richie Lewis, Steve Decker, Benito Santiago, Alex Arias, Bret Barberie, Junior Felix, Scott Pose, Chris Hammond, Rich Renteria, Rob Nen, Rich Rodriguez and Marcel Lachemann. Almost every signature, including Sheffield’s, is a 9 or a 10. These pair of baseball are a “must” for serious Marlins collectors! Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $35.
Lot 227. Florida Marlins 2006 Fotoball Signed by 10 – Girardi, Ramirez, Cabrera, Etc. Joe Girardi signed the sweet spot. Side panels have the autographs of Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Anibal Sanchez, Wes Helms, Bobby Meacham, Alfredo Amezaga, Adam Bostwick, Mike Harkey and Miguel Oliva. The ball was signed during spring training. Bleeding makes the signatures ex-m 6 to nm 7. The ball, a “Palm Beach Post” premium, is nm-m. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $7.