Lot 299. Set of 5 Gateway Stamp Signed Cachet Envelopes Commemorating the 1920 World Series. The envelopes are signed by five Cleveland players who participated in the Series - Hall of Fame shortstop Joseph W. Sewell (died 1990), a rookie in 1920; Bill Wambsganss (d. 1985), who pulled off the first and only unassisted triple play in World Series history; Elmer J. Smith (d. 1984), who hit the first World Series grand slam; George Uhle (d. 1985), who pitched in relief in the Series; and Joe Wood (d. 1985), the legendary pitcher who became an outfielder after an injury ended his pitching career. Gateway apparently had the players autograph the envelopes in 1983 and 1984 and then had the envelopes postmarked on Oct. 12, 1985 in Cleveland. The Indians claimed their first world championship on Oct. 12, 1920 with a win over the N.L. Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers). Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, which are mint 9 or gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 300. Thurman Munson Signature on a Yearbook Photo. The autograph is very light but readable, vg-ex 4, across his image taken from a yearbook and neatly mounted. The signed item is approximately 2.25” x 3.25”. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $168
Lot 301. Mickey Owen and Tom Henrich Autographed OAL Bobby Brown Baseball. In Game 4 of the 1941 World Series, Owen and Henrich were the central figures in one of the greater misadventures in baseball history. In the top of the ninth inning at Ebbets Field, the New York Yankees trailed the Brooklyn Dodgers in the game, 4-3, but led in the series, 2-1. With Hugh Casey pitching and Owen catching for the Dodgers, Henrich was at bat with two out and a full count. On a pitch that broke sharply, Henrich swung and missed. Larry Goetz, the home-plate umpire, signaled a strikeout. Unfortunately for Owen and the Dodgers, the pitch hit the heel of Owen's glove and careened away from the usually sure-handed catcher. Henrich alertly ran to first base as Owen chased the ball. Next Joe DiMaggio singled to left, and then Charlie Keller hit a ball to the right-field screen, scoring Henrich and DiMaggio and giving the New York a 5-4 lead. The Yankees went on to win the game, 7-4, and then captured the World Series the next day. Owen and Henrich both signed the sweet spot of the OAL ball. Their signatures are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Owen died in 2005, and Henrich, 2009. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 302. Gary Sheffield Autographed Black Bat. Sheffield’s silver signature is on the sweet spot of the Rawlings Bick Stick 34.5” Pro bat, which is engraved with his name. The autograph is strong, nm-m 8, with a small smudge at the beginning of his first name and a slight smudge on his last name. Sheffield was a nine-time All-Star. He retired as a member of the 500 home run club (509) and 2,689 hits, 1,676 RBI and a .292 career batting average. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication approved the autograph, which comes with a JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity
from another auction. The bat also has a “SHEFF Authenticated” sticker.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 304. Autobiography Signed by Tom Gorman, Major League Umpire and Pitcher. Gorman pitched five innings in four games for the New York Giants in 1939 and then had a major league umpiring career that spanned 1951-76. He also served as the league’s supervisor of umpires. His bold signature, as “‘Big’ Tom Gorman,” is on the flyleaf of his 1979 book, “Three and Two!” Dated 1981, the autograph is personalized and gem mint 10. Gorman died in 1986. The book is nm in an ex dust jacket. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 305. Jay Johnstone Signed “Over the Edge” Hardback Book. Mint 9 flyleaf autograph by the peripatetic outfielder, author and prankster. In this 1987 apparent first edition, Johnstone and co-author Rick Talley take a humorous look at the national game. Ex-m book and ex dust jacket. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 306. 5 Ralph Kiner 1970s-80s Checks – Each Signed Three Times. Dated from 1979-88, these checks, from the Hall of Famer’s “Kiner’s Korner” radio interview program, are made out to Kiner by Kiner, signed by him on the front, and endorsed by him on the back. The autographs are nm-m 8 or mint 9. Two checks have heavy bank stamps on the front, and three have stamps that are light or very light. Two autographs on the back are unaffected or very slightly affected by a bank stamp. Fifteen autographs by the natural born slugger, who passed away in February. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 307. 4 Posters – One Signed – Commemorating Bowie Kuhn’s Term as Baseball Commissioner. Kuhn served as commissioner of Major League Baseball from February 4, 1969 through September 30, 1984. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, nine months after his death in 2007. At his retirement in1984, House of Farnam and Gillette issued an 11” x 14” limited edition “presentation card” containing the baseball stamps issued during his tenure. These posters, from and edition of 500, contain cancelation stamps from New York, Cooperstown and Washington, D.C. They are ex-m. The colors on the signed poster are somewhat faded; the others are not. Kuhn’s signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is personalized and mint 9.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 313. Mel Ott Mounted Ink Check Cut. For many years following his untimely death in a car accident at the age of 49 in 1958, Mrs. Ott would clip her husband’s signatures from checks and mail them out in response to mail requests for his autograph. When he signed checks, Ott used sign his full name, “Melvin Ott.” To mimic the way Ott signed for fans, Mrs. Ott typically cut “vin” from the signature line. She then spliced the signature back together to provide his fans with an autograph just as her husband would have signed it. Here is one of these examples neatly mounted to a 3” x 5” index card. Tape is over the signature. Otherwise, the autograph is nm-m 8 and authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $75