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New York Yankees - Munson, Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig, Etc.   58 Lots      

Lot 2.  CORRECTED DESCRIPTION: Thurman Munson’s Catcher’s Mask and BATTING Helmet from His Final Season. PLEASE NOTE: This is a corrected description. In the original, we described the helmet as one that Munson wore for catching. That description was incorrect. Munson wore this helmet while batting. IT IS HIS BATTING HELMET FROM HIS FINAL MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE ERROR. As described below, Yankees' equipment manager Pete Sheehy gave the helmet to Tommy John the following season. -- As battery mates in 1979, Munson, the Yankee veteran, and Tommy John, the veteran newcomer to the team’s pitching rotation, developed profound respect for each other’s capabilities. They also became friends. After one mid-summer game, Munson offered his mask to his friend. John accepted it with appreciation. Only weeks later, Munson’s life ended when his twin-engine Cessna crashed short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport. Munson had obtained his pilot’s license and purchased the plane so that he could get home to his family more frequently. Early in the next season, the Yankees’ equipment manager, Pete Sheehy, gave the final BATTING helmet Munson wore to the catcher’s friend. The mask by Rawlings shows good use. The helmet, which has Munson’s No. 15 on the back, SHOWS EXTENSIVE USE. The helmet and mask come with a letter of provenance signed by John.
Winning Bid $28,851.

Lot 3.  Thurman Munson Signed Game Baseball Given Personally to Tommy John in 1979. Sitting in the Yankees’ dugout in July 1979, John asked the team’s catcher and captain to sign a ball for him. Munson complied. His signature is nm-m 8 on the sweet spot of an OAL MacPhail baseball. Generally, the ball is evenly toned to a dark-cream color, and the pre-printed areas are relatively strong. Ex-m. The ball was taken from the game bag. Whether it was used in a game is uncertain. Excellent defensively and aided by an exceptionally quick release, Munson was the 1970 A.L. Rookie of the Year, the 1976 MVP, a seven-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. In 11 seasons, he batted .288. Less than a month after signing the baseball for John, he died when his twin-engine Cessna crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport. He was only 32. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. John has provided a letter of provenance.
Winning Bid $5,453.

Lot 20.  Mickey Mantle Signed Mitchell & Ness Cooperstown Collection 1951 Yankees Jersey. Large, bold and beautiful gem mint 10 autograph on a mint jersey that has the Mitchell & Ness and Cooperstown Collection Authentic tags. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Like the real 1951 jerseys, this example has the American League Golden Anniversary (1901-51) patch on the left sleeve. This jersey could serve as a stunning centerpiece for a Mantle or Yankees display!
Winning Bid $1,183.

Lot 21.  Rare 1929 New York Yankees Team Baseball Autographed by 26. The signatures are on an ex-m to nm Official American League E. S. Barnard baseball that is off-white with strong pre-printed areas. The Babe Ruth autograph on the sweet spot is a clubhouse example. Kevin Keating has authenticated the other signatures. They include Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Floyd Van Pelt, (Gordon) Dusty Rhodes, George Pipgras and Fred Heimach on the south panel, Bob Meusel, Lyn Lary, Tony Lazzeri, Tom Zachary, Johnny Grabowski, Charley O’Leary and Benny Bengough on the north, Bob Shawkey, Sammy Byrd, Gene Robertson and Earle Combs on the east, and Ben Paschal, Herb Pennock, Waite Hoyt, Cedric Durst, Julian Wera and Roy Sherid on the west. The autographs generally are light, ranging from poor-fair 1 to ex 5. For approximately one-half of the signatures, all letters can be deciphered with the naked eye (ex). The Gehrig signature rates very good 3; while light, half of the letters can readily be deciphered. The ball is dated 9-19-29. Examples from this year seldom turn up. The 1929 team was among the first to wear uniform numbers. One of the oddities is the presence of Van Pelt on the ball. Records show that he was assigned uniform No. 35, although he never got into a Yankees game. Here is a rare opportunity to own a rare memento from the 29th season of baseball’s most storied franchises. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $1,129.

Lot 23.  Roger Maris Autographed Unlined Index Card. Bold gem mint 10 signature. One of the strongest Maris autographs we’ve seen. Kevin Keating authenticated it.
Winning Bid $393.

Lot 24.  Roger Maris 61st Home Run “Story Ball” Done Entirely in the Hand of Tracy Stallard! Magnificent mint OAL Budig baseball signed on the sweet spot “Tracy Stallard #61 to Roger Maris 10/1/61.” On the four other panels, he tells the story of delivering the pitch for this record-setting home run: “-1- Last game of 1961 season. I arrived Yankee Stadium one hour before game time, with no clue who was going pitch when Sal Maglie handed me the ball. I warmed up for 15 minutes. 1st inning Maris popped out. -2- He hit it high & hard in the right field seats for his 61st home run. -3- The hit broke Babe Ruth’s single season record set in 1927. I pitched to Roger in the 7th and struck him out. (-4-) When I later talked to Roger he thanked me for having the nerve to pitch to him. (We) lost (the) game 1-0.” Stallard pitched for the Red Sox. His autograph and inscription are bold, mint 9 to gem mint 10. An incredible, unique, “must-have” for all serious collectors, especially Maris and Yankees collectors! Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $360.

Lot 25.  Lou Gehrig 1926-29 Postcard-Back Exhibit Card Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. The card shows Gehrig in a batting pose and has a photo background. A very scarce card.
Winning Bid $1,391.

Lot 26.  Scarce 1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle White Letter Variation Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. The more common variation has Mantle’s last name in yellow. This scarcer variation is the key to completing the set with all the variations. A quality example!
Winning Bid $862.

Lot 39.  George Steinbrenner Signed Letter Praising Tommy John. In a typed Sept. 12, 1984 letter on his New York Yankees’ letterhead, Steinbrenner recommend John for an award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. In part, he writes, “I think Tommy John, not only as a competitor on the ball field, but as a person and a citizen, exemplifies the highest level of citizenship, conduct and religious belief of perhaps any athlete I have known.” He asserts that he is well qualified to judge whether John deserves such an award because “at times Tommy and I have been in somewhat adversarial positions with each other. But when I put petty things aside, and stop to consider the values, beliefs and actions of the man, he is an exceptional young man.” He also says that since elbow surgery, John “has probably been one of the 10 most-effective pitchers in the American League.” Steinbrenner’s signature at the close of this uncommon letter of praise is a 10. Authentication by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $390.

Lot 59.  8” x 10” Color Photo Signed by Tommy John, Ron Guidry and Dave Righetti. Gem mint 10 signatures by the three lefties, who collectively racked up 540 victories, 260 saves and another 14 post-season wins. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $83.

Lot 61.  Billy Martin and Dave Winfield Autographed Hardback Books and a Pennant. Martin signed his biography by Gene Schoor, Billy Martin: The story of baseball’s unpredictable genius. His signature and inscription, personalized to “Tom and Sally,” is on the flyleaf of the 1980 stated first edition. Gem mint 10 autograph, nm book with one bumped corner and an ex-m dust jacket. Winfield’s autograph also is a 10, on the flyleaf of Winfield: A Player’s Life, which he wrote with Tom Parker. In has inscription, he calls Tommy “a Great Competitor.” Dated 1985, the signature is a 10. The book is ex-m, and the dust jacket, ex with light water stains visible on the inside. Both Martin and Winfield signed a Yankees full-sized pennant. Martin’s signature is mint 9, and Winfield’s, nm 7. The pennant is vg-ex. Martin died on Christmas day 1989 when his truck, driven by a friend, crashed. Cardinal John O’Connor eulogized him in a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Dec. 29. A program from the mass is included. These collectibles come with a “From the Desk of Tommy John” letter stating they are from his collection.
Winning Bid $150.

Lot 63.  John’s Surprise Party Jacket from Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, 3 Signed Baseballs. These items represent two birthday parties for the Yankees’ hurler. A size large unsigned jacket from “Mickey Mantle’s” (Restaurant) is embroidered on the front with “Surprise!!! 46th Birthday Party for Tommy John, May 22, 1989.” Mantle’s logo is on the front and back. The three baseballs, from a 1988 birthday party, are autographed to “Tommy” by Jack Clark, Rick Rhoden and Dave Righetti. The signatures, mint 9 to gem mint 10 authenticated by Kevin Keating, are on the side panels of nm OAL Bobby Brown baseballs. The Righetti-signed ball shows light discoloration. Clark wrote, “From ‘1’ great to another, Happy Birthday.” The ball is dated 1988. Also included is a Yankees cap signed on the underside of the bill by John. His signature displays as nm 7 to nm-m 8 against the dark background.
Winning Bid $168.

Lot 79.  4 Signed New York Yankees 8” x 10” Color Photos – Mattingly, Giambi and Gooden. The autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10 and have been authenticated by Kevin Keating. The photo autographed by Don Mattingly is mounted on a 10.5” x 13” plaque with a bronze plate identifying him as “The Hit Man 1985 American League M.V.P.” Jason Giambi signed two different photos that are framed. Gooden’s signature is on a photo that shows him and his teammates celebrating after a victory. They come with a signed letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.”
Winning Bid $75.

Lot 80.  29 New York Yankees Autographs Including Henderson, Mattingly, Guidry, Duren, John. Eleven autographs are on baseball cards, eight 1987 Topps: #5 Dave Righetti, 62 Bobby Meacham, 174 Henry Cotto, 224 Wayne Tolleson, 236 Tommy John, 584 Ron Kittle, 735 Rickey Henderson and 788 Tim Stoddard. John’s card is mounted on a 5.75” x 7.5” plaque. Ryne Duren, who died in January, signed a 2002 Winning Beyond Winning card; Gary Ward, a 1988 Sportflics card, and Ron Guidry, 1982 Donruss card #558 that shows him with John. Fifteen autographs are on a page from the Yankees’ 2000 Fantasy Camp: Gene Michael, Hector Lopez, Oscar Gamble, Johnny Blanchard, Mickey Rivers, Roy White, Mike Torrez, Joe Pepitone, Graig Nettles, Paul Blair, Elliott Maddox, Jim Spencer and John. Don Mattingly’s autograph and John’s are on folders that reproduce their 1988 Topps cards. There also is an 8” x 10” photocopied photo signed by John. The signatures are almost all mint 9 or gem mint 10, and they have been authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $68.

Lot 81.  7 Baseballs Signed by 8 Yankees – Gossage, Mattingly, Berra, Larsen, John, Etc. All are signed on the sweet spot. Six are single-signed: GOOSE GOSSAGE, mint 9 signature on a mint OML Selig ball. DON MATTINGLY, gem mint 10, re, ex-m to nm cream-colored Bobby Brown ball. DON LARSEN, 9-10 signature, nm+ OAL Budig ball. BERNIE WILLIAMS, 10 signature, mint OML Selig ball. John Candelaria, 9-10, ex-m to nm Brown ball. TOMMY JOHN, gem mint 10 signature, apparent game-used Brown ball. In addition, DON ZIMMER signed the sweet spot of an nm-m Selig ball, and YOGI BERRA autographed the south panel. Their signatures are 9s. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and accompanied by a signed letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.”
Winning Bid $291.

Lot 82.  1979 New York Yankees Picture Album Autographed by 22 Including Martin, Jackson. These autographs are mint 9s or gem mint 10s authenticated by Kevin Keating and accompanied by a signed letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.” Most are personalized to “Tommy,” one of John’s sons. The autographs are by Billy Martin, Mike Ferraro (not personalized*), Art Fowler*, Jim Beattie, Juan Beniquez*, Chris Chambliss, Ron Davis, Bucky Dent, Ed Figueroa, Rich Gossage, Ron Guidry, Don Hood*, Jim Catfish Hunter*, Reggie Jackson, Jim Kaat, Bobby Murcer, Jerry Narron*, Lou Piniella*, Jim Spencer, Fred Stanley, Roy White and Kenny Clay.
Winning Bid $248.

Lot 87.  5 Yankees Team-Signed Baseballs– 1979, 1982 and 1986-88. Tommy John pitched for all five of these teams. The autographs are on various types of baseballs. 1979: OAL MacPhail ex ball, 18 signatures, Billy Martin on the sweet spot and Reggie Jackson over a significantly faded pre-printed panel. Other signatures by Ken Clay, Chris Chambliss, Art Fowler, Luis Tiant, Don Hood, Ray Burris, Jim Hegan, Yogi Berra, Willie Randolph, Brian Doyle, Jim Spencer, Jim Kaat, Tommy John, Lou Piniella and others. The signatures range from ex-m 6 to gem mint 10 and average nm 7 to nm-m 8. 1982: Ex-m OAL MacPhail ball with strong pre-printed areas. Sixteen signatures (none on the sweet spot) by Ken Griffey, Dave Righetti, Roger Erickson, Tommy John, Shane Rawley, Dave Collins, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Oscar Gamble, Bobby Murcer, Andre Robertson, Butch Wynegar, Rudy May, Dave Winfield and Rich Gossage. The autographs are generally nm 7 with some ex-m 6. 1986: Nm OAL Bobby Brown ball with 23 signatures. Tommy John’s autograph is a bold 10 on the sweet spot. Other autographs are by Bryan Little, Claudell Washington, Henry Cotto, Scott Nielsen, Juan Espino, Tim Stoddard, Bob Shirley, Bob Tewksbury, Mike Armstrong, Leo Hernandez, Bobby Meacham, Gary Roenicke, Ron Kittle, Eric Rasmussen, Mike Easler, Joe Altobelli, Doug Drabek, Mike Fischlin, Phil Lombardi, Joel Skinner and Joe Niekro. The autographs average nm 7. 1987: Nm-m+ Diamond Professional League ball with 18 signatures, including Tommy John on the sweet spot. The other signers are Gary Ward, Charlie Hudson, Don Mattingly, Jay Ward, Ron Kittle, Joel Skinner, Dan Pasqua, Joe Niekro, Ron Guidry, Henry Cotto, Jeff Torborg, Mike Pagliarulo, Dave Righetti, Mike Ferraro and others. The signatures are 9s and 10s. 1988: Nm-m OAL Bobby Brown baseball with 25 nm-m 8 to gem mint 10 autographs. Lou Piniella is on the sweet spot. Other autographs are by Pat Clements, Charlie Hudson, Rick Rhoden, Ken Phelps, Mike Pagliarulo, Don Slaught, Al Leiter, Roberto Kelly, Tommy John, John Candelaria, Wayne Tolleson, Jack Clark, Luis Aguayo, Neil Allen, Dale Mohorcic, Joel Skinner, Ron Guidry, Jeff Torborg, Dave Righetti, Richard Dotson, Don Mattingly, Gary Ward, Steve Shields and Rafael Santana. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and accompanied by a signed letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.”
Winning Bid $704.

Lot 88.  OAL Bobby Brown Ball Signed by 29 Yankees – Martin, Hunter, Tresh, Richardson, Etc. Billy Martin and Mickey Rivers share the sweet spot of the ball, which shows uneven light discoloration and has strong pre-printed areas. Tom Tresh, Clete Boyer, Art Ditmar, Jim Catfish Hunter, Sparky Lyle and Rudy May are on the north panel, Steve Hamilton, Johnny Kucks, Norm Siebern, Fritz Peterson, Bucky Dent, Jim Spencer and Bill Skowron on the south, Jake Gibbs, John Blanchard, Elliott Maddox, Jim Mason, Phil Linz and Paul Blair on the east, Mike Torrez, Hector Lopez, Bill Stafford, Dick Tidrow and Peter Filson on the east, and Bobby Richardson beneath Brown’s facsimile signature. The autographs are nm-m 8 with several nm 7. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, and the ball comes with an authenticating letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.”
Winning Bid $113.

Lot 89.  Tommy John Book Containing More Than 125 Yankees Autographs. The signatures are inside “The Bronx Bombers,” a 1992 hardback by Bruce Chadwick and David M. Spindel. The hardback book, issued without a dust jacket, has a vg cover with tape along the spine. Thirty-nine of the 140 pages, which are ex, present autographs. Some of the better signatures are on removable cuts grading mint 9 or gem mint 10 that are in holders glued into the book: Billy Martin (2, died 1989), Lefty Gomez (d. 1989), Elston Howard (lined, d. 1980), Andrew O’Connor (one-game career in 1908, d. 1980) and “Joe” Dugan (starting third baseman for the 1927 Yankees and played in five World Series; d. 1982); also, Ken Silvestri (d. 1992) and Marty McHale (d. 1979). John signed an individual photo in the book, and so did Phil Rizzuto (2, d. 2007), Moose Skowron and Don Larsen (2). The book is signed also by Gene Woodling, Tom Henrich, Frank Crosetti, Spec Shea, Tommy Byrne, Joe Ostrowski, Charlie Silvera, Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald, as well as the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres (2 signatures). Almost every page contains multiple autographs, and there are multiple signatures of each signer. Almost all of the autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10. Authentication by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $321.

Lot 102.  Don Baylor 1986 New York Yankees Home Jersey. Baylor went to spring training with the Yankees, but less the two weeks before the start of the season, they traded him to Boston for Mike Easler. The trade made uniform No. 25 available for Tommy John to wear again when he rejoined the Yankees on May 2. The jersey has “Baylor 86 2” stitched onto a label sewn into the neck of the Wilson Prestige Teams size 46 jersey. Nm. For display purposes, we’ve included Yankees pinstripe pants apparently assigned to Bobby Munoz for the 1993 season and a Yankees’ cap SIGNED ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BILL BY JOHN. His signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, displays as nm 7 to nm-m 8 against the dark background. The jersey comes with a certifying letter “From the Desk of Tommy John.” Baylor batted .260 for his career with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI. He was the A.L. MVP in 1979. He managed the Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 1998 and was named N.L. Manager of the Year in 1995. Under his leadership, the Rockies posted the best five-year record (363-384) of any expansion club in MLB history.
Winning Bid $390.

Lot 103.  Roy White 1979 Batting Helmet. The helmet, which has White’s uniform number on the bill and back, is cracked from the back to the top and shows other significant use. In 15 major league seasons, all with the Yankees, White was a dependable outfielder and batter who helped the Yankees to win the 1976 A.L. pennant and World Championships in 1977 and 1978. He gave the helmet, which he used when batting right-handed, to John in his final season with the Yankees. The helmet comes with a letter from John stating that it is from his collection.
Winning Bid $403.

Lot 165.  Babe Ruth 1933 R338 Goudey Sport Kings #2 Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. With strong colors and a horizontal crease more obvious on the back than the front, the card looks better than the grade suggests.
Winning Bid $831.

Lot 172.  6 1979 UPI Sports Nostalgia Photo Cards PSA-Graded EX 5 or Better – Ruth, Gehrig, Etc. These six cards are from a subset of 9 cards that are 2.75” x 5” and have a 2” x 2.25” clear vinyl record on the back. The photos are black & white. The subjects of the cards and their PSA grades are: Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak, EX 5. Lou Gehrig Day 7/4/39, EX 5. Stan Musial 3,000th hit, EX 5. Babe Ruth called shot, EX-MT 6. Bobby Thomson “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” EX 5. And Ted Williams’ last at-bat, EX 5.
Winning Bid $185.

Lot 175.  Babe Ruth 2002 Fleer Fall Classics Series of Champions Bat Card PSA-Graded NM 7. Identified as SOC-BR, the card is #92 of only 100 that Topps produced. It contains a section of a bat game-used by baseball’s greatest player.
Winning Bid $110.

Lot 177.  Mickey Mantle 2002 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Card PSA-Graded NM-MT+ 8.5. This Ultimate Game Swatches card, identified as JR-MM, contains a section of pants game-worn by Mantle. It is 91 of 199 produced.
Winning Bid $100.

Lot 178.  Babe Ruth 2004 Topps Tribute Hall of Fame Relics Card Graded MINT 9 by PSA. The card, #TR-BR, pays tribute to Ruth for his 1936 Hall of Fame induction. It contains a section of game-used bat.
Winning Bid $110.

Lot 181.  Lou Gehrig 2006 SP Legendary Cuts “When It Was a Game” Card PSA-Graded NM-MT 8. This card, seven of 75 produced and identified as WG-LG, contains a section of a bat game-used by Gehrig.
Winning Bid $138.

Lot 182.  Mickey Mantle 2006 Topps Sterling Moments Quad Card with Jersey and Bat Sections. Topps ISSUED ONLY 10 OF THESE CARDS, which contain three jersey sections and one bat section. Identified as MM-HR27, this card is #6 of the 10. It commemorates Mantle’s 27th home run, which he hit on July 25, 1952 at Briggs Stadium. Ex-m.
Winning Bid $148.

Lot 213.  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. It stands just slightly taller than 10.25” tall and is a maximum of 7” wide. Technically vg+ to ex with a light surface crease behind DiMaggio’s left knee and very minor soiling, it has an ex-m appearance. On the back, the standee is unused. Immediately to its left is Laughlin’s autograph, which is bold with a smudge on the first “L.” Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Cards from this issue are rarely seen, and the Laughlin autograph makes this one a true rarity!
Winning Bid $200.

Lot 313.  PSA Authentic 1956 World Series Ticket Stub – Mickey Mantle’s 7th W.S. Home Run. Leading off in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 4, Mantle delivered his seventh World Series home run on an pitch from Brooklyn’s Ed Roebuck. His blast increased the Yankees’ lead to 4-1. The stub is irregularly torn. PSA graded it Authentic and included relevant information in its header related to Mantle’s home run. It displays well and represents an important moment in World Series history.
Winning Bid $125.

Lot 314.  1962 NY Yankees at SF Giants World Series Game 2 Ticket Stub Graded NM 7 by PSA. In a game at Candlestick Park, the Giants won, 2-0. The Yankees captured the World Championship in seven games.
Winning Bid $75.

Lot 316.  1981 ALCS Game 2 Ticket Stub Signed by Yogi Berra and Authenticated by PSA. Berra was a coach for the 1981 Yankees, who defeated Oakland in Game 2, 13-3. His autograph is mint 9 on the stub, which has been judged Authentic by PSA. PSA-DNA certified Berra’s signature. The stub has a horizontal crease and, otherwise, an ex appearance.
Winning Bid $50.

Lot 321.  1939 Reds at Yankees World Series Program. Lou Gehrig graces the cover of the 32-page program, which is neatly scored in pencil for Game 1. The Yankees won this game and the next three in a sweep to the World Championship. Nice problem-free vg+ to ex example. Of course, Gehrig’s career had come to an end early in the season. The disease subsequently named after him claimed his life two years later.
Winning Bid $410.

Lot 326.  Mickey Mantle Hillerich & Bradsby 125 Store Model 34” MM4 1969-72 Baseball Bat. Great-looking unused bat with an attractive patina and some rack marks at the knob and on the handle. “MM4” is engraved on the knob.
Winning Bid $185.

Lot 327.  Bruce Murray Sr. C. 1930 “Legends of Summer” B&W Photo – Gehrig, Foxx and Ruth. Murray was one of the most highly regarded photographers of the first half of the 20th century. Working for the “The Pubic Ledger” of Philadelphia and, later, the “Evening Bulletin,” he photographed a wide range of subjects, including sports figures. He retired in 1958 and passed away in 1969, Today, his photos are in the permanent collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Thomas Edison Museum, the Babe Ruth Museum, the Franklin Institute, the International Boxing Hall of Fame and other institutions. They also are in many private collections, including those of Reggie Jackson, Tom Hanks, Larry King and Gary Sinise. This 11” x 14” silver gelatin photo (10” x 12.75” image area) shows three of baseball’s greatest players - Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Babe Ruth, apparently at Shibe Park. It is embossed with “The Bruce Murray Collection.” Mint, the photo is matted in gray and framed in black to 17.75” x 21.75”. It was hand-printed directly from the original 4” x 5” negative. Numbered 801, it comes with a Murray Collection Certificate of Authenticity. It is a wonderful museum-quality image!
Winning Bid $200.

Lot 330.  Derek Jeter ’53 Lithograph by James Fiorentino. From a 1999 Bill Goff series, this 18” x 25” print features artwork in the style of Topps’ 1953 cards. Jeter’s distinguished career includes a .314 career batting average, almost 3,000 hits, 1996 A.L. Rookie of the Year honors, 11 All-Star selections through 16 seasons, five Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger awards. The print is signed by the artist and numbered 119 of 600. Carefully rolled, it is nm-m to mint.
Winning Bid $50.

Lot 332.  Roger Clemens ’53 Lithograph by Bill Purdom. Nm-m to mint carefully rolled 18” x 15” print produced from artwork done in the style used for 1953 Topps baseball cards. Signed by Purdom, the print is #119 of 600. Clemens ranks ninth in career MLB victories with 354.
Winning Bid $40.

Lot 339.  Mickey Mantle 1958 Original Hartland Statue with Bat, Tag, Box and Booklet. Nm-m white figure with several stray flecks, probably as produced, on his right side and light rubbing on his right forearm. The statue stands solidly, holding an original bat and accompanied by an original tag. Remarkably, an original Hartland booklet showing other figures is inside the original box, which is toned by age and otherwise vg+ to ex. You’ll have a difficult time finding a finer, more complete Mantle Hartland!
Winning Bid $1,504.

Lot 340.  16 Photos Signed by Yankees – Mel Allen, Bouton, Colavito, McDougald, Turley, Etc. Mint 9 or gem mint 10 autographs authenticated by Kevin Keating on 8” x 10” b&w photos unless otherwise noted: Mel Allen (color), Jim Bouton, Rocky Colavito (shown as a Yankees’ pitcher), Al Downing (personalized), Charlie Keller (sepia), Ed Lopat (color), Hector Lopez (pers.), Jerry Lumpe, Mickey McDermott, Gil McDougald, Irv Noren, Eddie Robinson, Bobby Shantz (color), Charlie Silvera, Shane Spencer (color), and Bullet Bob Turley with ”8-31-58,” the date he scored his 20th win that season. Allen, Keller, Lopat, McDermott, McDougald and Robinson are deceased. This is a great Yankees group with strong potential break-up value.
Winning Bid $125.

Lot 341.  Baseballs Signed by Yankees Ford (2), One as “Chairman of the Board”, Gossage, Terry. Because of his ability to remain calm and focused under pressure, Ford earned the appellation “Chairman of the Board.” Reportedly, he has sometimes declined to add this notation when signing. He didn’t refuse for our consignor, however. The addition is below his autograph on the sweet spot of a mint OML Selig baseball. Ford’s signature, without any notation, is on another mint Selig ball as well. Goose Gossage signed a mint Selig ball and added “HOF 2008.” Ralph Terry’s autograph is on the sweet spot of a mint ONL William White ball. He wrote “62 W.S. MVP” below the autograph and “NYY 56-57 59-64 All Star ‘67” on the south panel. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures, which are gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $172.

Lot 342.  5 OML Baseballs Signed by Yankees with Additions – Skowron, Rivers, Peterson, Etc. Mint baseballs signed on the sweet spots with mint 9 or gem mint 10 signatures unless otherwise noted. The baseballs signed by Blanchard and Peterson have the New York Yankees logo in place of the MLB logo: Moose Skowron, “1961 World Champs” added below his signature on the SS and “1961 Mantle, Maris & Moose 143 HR’s” on the south panel. Oscar Gamble, “200 HR, 660 RBI, 1195 Hits” on the west panel. Mickey Rivers, “77 & 78 W.S. ‘Champs’,” on the SS and “267 S.B., 1660 Hits, 295 B.A. and 1976 All Star” on the south panel. Johnny Blanchard, “1961-World Series Champs” on the SS and “4 Straight H.R. July 21-22 1961” on the west panel. And Fritz Peterson, all on the north panel, “Starting pitcher for NY Yankees in last game at ‘the house that Ruth built’, Fritz Peterson 9/30/73.” Peterson started the final game played in the original Yankee Stadium. His signature and additions are nm-m 8. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $100.

Lot 343.  17 Yankees Autographs – Berra, Skowron, Richardson, Jeter, Niekro and 9 Whitey Ford. These signatures, which are mint 9s and gem mint 10 unless otherwise noted, are on various media and authenticated by Kevin Keating: Yogi Berra on a gold plaque Hall of Fame postcard. Jim Coates, Bobby Richardson and Bill Moose Skowron on color 8” x 10” photos, and Ralph Terry on a b&w photo. Phil Niekro on an unlined index card matted to 13” x 17” with an 8” x 10” color photo. Ralph G. Houk on a 1964 letter on Yankees’ letterhead signed as general manager. And Derek Jeter on 1992 Classic Draft Picks card #6; the signature is ex 5. Ford signed a gold plaque HoF postcard, a 1989 Ted Williams postcard with Ford’s image, an unlined index card and a second unlined card matted to 13” x 17” with an 8” x 10” color photo. He also autographed a 6.5” x 9.5” photo and four different 8” x 10” photos, including one showing him with four Negro Leagues players, who also signed. The other signers include Don Johnson, Hank Presswood and Sonny Weston. Three photos show Ford with other Yankees; one pictures DiMaggio, another Mantle and the third, Berra.
Minimum Bid $150.

Lot 344.  20 New York Yankees’ Autographs on 8” x 10” Color and Black & White Photos. The signatures are by Hank Bauer, John Blanchard, Clete Boyer (b&w photo), Bob Cerv (b&w), Jim Coates, Joe DeMaestri, Art Ditmar, Ryne Duren (b&w), Ralph Houk (b&w), Tony Kubek (b&w), Don Larsen, Hector Lopez, Jim McDonald (b&w), Gil McDougald, Bobby Richardson, Moose Skowron, Ralph Terry, Virgil Trucks (b&w), Bob Turley (b&w) and Gene Woodling. Each photo has a strong signature, a mint 9 or gem mint 10, without any personalization. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $180.

Lot 345.  1934 “Illustrated Current News” Picturing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in Florida. Dated March 19, 1934, the 12 ½” x 19” poster shows both Yankees stars after taking a cut at spring training. Folded twice for mailing, the poster has pin holes in the corners, has 1” tears along the horizontal and vertical mailing folds, and both folds are reinforced on the back with tape. This is an impressive display item.
Winning Bid $100.

Lot 346.  Babe Ruth Original May 24, 1935 Photo at Forbes Field. This apparent press photo is dated May 24, 1935 on the back. It shows Ruth looking skyward after connecting with a pitch. Playing for the Boston Braves, Ruth went one-for-four against the Pittsburgh Pirates to improve his average to .153. The next day, he had one of the best days of his career, connecting for three home runs and a single in four at bats and driving in six runs. In another five days, he played his final game. The sepia 7” x 9” vintage, original photo has a 1” tear in the upper right, a couple of heavy creases and a stain below Ruth’s left elbow. It presents a fine image of the Bambino in the final days of his legendary career.
Winning Bid $390.

Lot 347.  Lou Gehrig in 3 Type 1 1930s Wire Photos and a Newspaper Photo. The earliest photo, dated June 22, 1933, pictures Gehrig in uniform at White Sox Park next to his fiancé, Eleanore Twitchell. They married in September. The 6 ½” x 8 ½” sepia photo from International News Photos has pinholes in the upper corners and in the bottom border; otherwise, it is vg-ex. A brief caption is attached. Another 6 ½” x 8 ½” International News photo shows Gehrig from the waist up; vg+ and stamped “Jun 28 1939” on the back. An original 8” x 9 ¾” newspaper photo captures Gehrig in the Yankees’ dugout. Vg and dated April 29, 1938. An original, undated AP wire photo, apparently from early 1939, shows Gehrig in a suit as the Yankees traveled while playing exhibition games in Texas. The caption below the photo mentions Gehrig’s decline. It optimistically reports that “Gehrig slugged the baseball far and wide and played his first sack as of old to offset experts’ reports he was slipping badly.” Ex 7 ¾” x 10” photo. Extremely nice displayable collection of Gehrig original photos.
Winning Bid $321.

Lot 348.  Lou Gehrig on the Covers of 6 1920s-30s Publications. Quality group of complete publications. A large image of the Yankees’ ironman is on the cover of the Aug. 6, 1927 “Police Gazette,” and the publication describes him as “‘Babe’ Ruth’s Rival for Home-Run Honors.” The cover has some stains and chips along the edge. The photo of Gehrig is clean and displays nicely. The same image is used on the cover of “The Sporting News Record Book for 1928,” light border stains, vg. Gehrig is on the cover of another guide, the 1937 “Who’s Who in Baseball,” vg+ to ex. On the cover of the April 1935 “Baseball Magazine,” Gehrig is all smiles as he is described as “the leading slugger of the American League.” Inside, he is shown signing his $30,000 contract, which makes him baseball’s highest-paid player. Extremely nice ex-m copy. As MVPs of their respective leagues, Gehrig and Carl Hubbell share the cover of the Oct. 5, 1937 “Time” issue. Vg. Finally, the July 1937 “PIC Sports Pictures” has an outstanding cover photo of “Larrupin’ Lou” and five more pages of photos inside. Ex-m. Excellent publications for reading or framing for display.
Winning Bid $472.

Lot 350.  1955 Game 7 Dodgers at Yankees World Series Program Vintage-Scored! While programs from the only World Series the Bums ever won are not uncommon, vintage-scored examples, particularly from this most important game, are virtually non-existent. We do not recall seeing another. The program is nicely scored. On the front cover is written “7th Game 62,465” - the day’s attendance. Otherwise, the program has a vg-ex Lon Keller cover and an ex interior.
Winning Bid $291.

Lot 382.  Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays Autographed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 signatures by baseball’s best center fielders in the second half of the 20th century and two of the best of all-time. The photo is ready for display on a 10.5” x 13” plaque. A plate at the base of the plaque identifies the two players and adds “‘The Mick and the Say Hey Kid’, Hall of Fame Inductees 1974 and 1979.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $180.

Lot 383.  Autographed Photos of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams Matted and Framed. This display, 16.25” x 22.25” and ready for display, features two of baseball’s 11 best players of all time as judged by “The Sporting News.” Each star signed a 3.25” x 3.25” black & white photo, which is matted with a 9.5” x 13” photo of them talking on the steps of an unidentified dugout. The autographs, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are 10s. Impressive and attractive!
Winning Bid $267.

Lot 388.  Yogi Berra Autographed Catcher’s Mask. Mint 9 silver signature on a store model black mask. Unusual and attractive display item representing, arguably, the best catcher in baseball history. And certainly one of the most colorful! Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $444.

Lot 390.  Joe DiMaggio Gem Mint 10 Autograph on an OAL Bobby Brown Baseball. Sweet spot signature on an nm baseball with strong pre-printed areas and very light, scattered discoloration. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $218.

Lot 393.  Whitey Ford “Chairman of the Board” Signed Photo and OML Selig Baseball. A fine pair of items signed by the most successful pitcher of the 20th century based on winning percentage. He won 69 percent of his games and allowed only 2.75 runs per game. His place in the hierarchy of great pitchers seems to be somewhat lower than it otherwise might be because he played for a good baseball team, and he won with finesse and control rather than power. Casey Stengel, who certainly knew Ford’s abilities well, said of his left-handed star: “If you had one game to win and your life depended on it, you’d want him to pitch it.” Because he was cool and in command under pressure, Ford became known as the “Chairman of the Board.” He added this notation on a 16” x 20” sepia photo that shows him pitching at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field in Game 6 of the 1960 World Series with a 12-0 lead. Ford did his part in the Series to capture another World Championship for the Bronx team. In two starts, he pitched two complete scoreless games. Ford’s autograph and the addition are gem mint 10. So is his signature on the sweet spot of a mint OML ball; he added “HOF ’74.” Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $262.

Lot 400.  Mickey Mantle Signed Print from His 1953 Topps Card Artwork. Unimprovable gem mint 10 autograph on a 7” x 10” print numbered 1955 of 2000. There are some light creases in the border, which brings the full size of the item to 11” x 15”. Outstanding Mantle-signed collectible. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. From the Ron Gabriel collection. Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Society for American Baseball Research, a non-profit membership organization open to all that fosters the research, preservation, and dissemination of the history and record of baseball.
Winning Bid $198.

Lot 401.  Mickey Mantle Autographed “Gold Glove” from Rawlings. Mantle signed the back of the index finger of this mint, unused store model glove. The blue sharpie autograph, which comes with a James Spence JSA Letter of Authenticity, shows significant bleeding. All letters are clearly visible. Gloves signed by Mantle are very scarce.
Winning Bid $267.

Lot 402.  Mickey Mantle Autographed Original “Baseball Legends” Pencil Drawing. Created by Chicago area artist Jim Jordan for a “Baseball Legends” series of first-day covers, this original drawing presents two images of the New York Yankees’ star center fielder. The 9” x 12” artwork is double-matted and framed to 12 x 16.25”. Across the left side of the drawing, Mantle placed a large, bold mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature that has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. A copy of the FDC incorporating the artwork is included.
Winning Bid $180.

Lot 403.  Mickey Mantle Gem Mint 10 Signature on an OAL Bobby Brown Baseball. Mantle signed the sweet spot. The ball has strong pre-printed areas and shows somewhat uneven off-white to cream-colored toning. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $324.

Lot 408.  Vic Raschi Single-Signed Baseball. From 1949 through 1953, the New York Yankees won consecutive World Championships, and Raschi was a major factor in their success. During the period, the right-handed fireballer won 92 regular-season games and lost only 40. His career winning percentage of .667 (132-66) is better than Sandy Koufax’s (.655). He also won key World Series games. Raschi signed the sweet spot of a J deBeer & Son “Major League” baseball to his a high school friend, Clint: “If you ever get sick of coaching the Sea Breeze Indians, I have a few connections with the Yankees. Best regards, Vic Raschi.” The ball is ex-m, and the autograph and sentiment, nm 7 to nm-m 8. Raschi passed away in 1988. Baseballs with his signature are difficult to find. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $198.
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