Lot 141. Joe DiMaggio Autographed 14” x 19” Photo Showing Him in 1939. Numbered 21 of 250, the limited edition sepia photo shows DiMaggio reading a certificate in which “The Sporting News” cites him as the “perfect player” who batted .381 and served as “a big factor in enabling the Yanks to win their fourth consecutive American League pennant.” They also won their fourth straight world championship. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph, which is large and mint 9. The photo is matted and framed to 17.25” x 22.25”.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 148. Don Larsen Signed 34” Yankee Stadium Bat from the Cooperstown Bat Co. The bat is from Cooperstown’s Stadium Series. The commemorative bat has an image and history of the stadium on the barrel. Larsen’s autograph of the sweet spot of the mint bat is nm 7 to nm-m 8. He played for the Yankees from 1955-59 and, in 1956, he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 149. Mickey Mantle Boldly Signed Gem Mint 10 Autograph on a 6” x 9” Photo. The photo, which is on a 9” x 11.75” plaque, has two scratches that touch Mantle’s face. The autograph, authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authenticaton, is unimprovable. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $148
Lot 150. Mickey Mantle Magnificently Signed 8” x 10” Color Photo. Mantle’s signature is gem mint 10, and he added his uniform number below. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. The photo is mounted on a 10.5” x 13” plaque. An engraved plate below the photo says “New York Yankees.” The four pins that hold the plastic cover in place go through the corners of the photo.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 170. “The Babe Ruth Story” Signed by Author Bob Considine, Claire Ruth and 2 Ruth Friends. This oversized 96-page softcover is a stated first edition with Babe Ruth as the author “as told to” Considine, a writer and commentator who also wrote “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.” The book is vg+. Mrs. Ruth and Considine both autographed the title page. So did two friends of “the Babe,” May Singhi Breen and Peter DeRose. Known as the “Ukulele Lady,” Breen led a successful effort to have the ukulele accepted as a musical instrument by the American Federation of Musicians. DeRose is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame for such tunes as “Deep Purple,” “It’s a Marshmallow World” and “Have You Ever Been Lonely.” Together, he and Breen were the “Sweethearts of the Air” on a New York radio show from 1923-39. They provided the entertainment when Babe and Claire were married. Their autographs, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the first title page of the book. DeRose’s signature is personalized.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 315. Joe DiMaggio Display Panel from the National Sports Gallery at the MCI Center. From the estate of Frank Ceresi, the 5.5” x 18.5” panel has text summarizing DiMaggio’s Hall of Fame career and a 12” x 12.5” die-cut photo. Ceresi was curator and executive director of the gallery until its closing in 2001. The text reads: “THE ‘YANKEE CLIPPER’ - The New York Yankees won 10 pennants and nine World Series in the 13 years Joe DiMaggio played centerfield for them. He batted over .300 eleven times, including .381 in 1931, and hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941. Comparing DiMaggio to other players, Case Stengel said, ‘He made the rest of them look like plumbers’.” The display is ex with several scratches on the text portion and a tiny scuff on DiMaggio’s nose. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, Ceresi's long-time business partner. Located in Washington, D.C., the MCI facility is now the Verizon Center.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 316. MCI Center National Sports Gallery Exhibit Panel Honoring Lou Gehrig. Located in Washington, D.C., and now the Verizon Center, the MCI facility hosted the gallery until 2001. The panel, 5.5” x 16.25” with an 8” x 8” b&w photo of Gehrig, is ex with several light scratches. It is from the estate of Frank Ceresi, the gallery’s executive director and curator. Text on the panel provides the following: “THE ‘IRON HORSE’ - Playing in Yankee teammate Babe Ruth’s shadow, shy Lou Gehrig won his nickname by playing in a record 2,130 straight games between 1925-39. He batted in more than 100 runs for 13 straight seasons, and hit more than 40 home runs in five. His career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now called Lou Gehrig’s disease, yet in his famous 1939 farewell to baseball, he called himself ‘the luckiest man on the face of the earth’.” The panel comes with a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, Ceresi's long-time business partner.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 317. Mickey Mantle Display Panel from the MCI Center National Sports Gallery. Titled “TRIPLE THREAT,” the panel offers the following summary of Mantle’s illustrious career: “Switch hitter Mickey Mantle won the American League’s ‘Triple Crown’ in 1956, leading in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. In his 1951-69 career he belted 536 home runs. His dad was a semi-pro baseball player, and Mickey had his first uniform when he was three years old. Osteomyelitis and injury weakened his legs, both of which were heavily taped before each game.” From the estate of Frank Ceresi, the gallery’s executive director and curator, the panel is 5.5” x 18.5” with a 16.5” x 16.5” die-cut photo of Mantle. Ex-m. The gallery closed in 2001. The MCI Center, located in Washington, D.C., is now the Verizon Center. The panel comes with a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, Ceresi's long-time business partner.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 318. Roger Maris “Resented Record-Breaker” Display from the MCI National Sports Gallery. According to text on the display, “Roger Maris told one writer that his career would have been fun had he not broken Babe Ruth’s season home run record. Homer 61 came off this 1961 swing of the bat. Critics pointed out that Maris had a 162-game season and Ruth just 154, and many resented the quiet, versatile Maris for toppling Ruth’s mark.” The display is 5.5” x 18.5” with a 7.75” x 8” b&w photo of the New York Yankees’ star. Located in Washington, D.C., the MCI Center, now the Verizon Center, hosted the gallery until 2001. Ex to ex-m, the panel is from the estate of Frank Ceresi, gallery executive director and curator. The panel comes with a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, Ceresi's long-time business partner.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 319. Babe Ruth “Sultan of Swat” Exhibit Panel from the MCI National Sports Gallery. Text on the 5.5” x 16.5” panel briefly describes Ruth’s career next to a die-cut 7” x 9.75” b&w action photo. Located in the MCI Center, now the Verizon Center, the gallery displayed the panel until it closed in 2001. Nm. The source is the estate of Frank Ceresi, gallery curator and executive director. Text on the panel reads: “‘SULTAN OF SWAT’ - The Boston Red Sox moved George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth, a fine pitcher, to the outfield in 1918 so he could play (and bat!) more often, then sold him to the New York Yankees in 1920. Ruth hit .342 throughout his 22-year career, and in 1927 set the long-standing season record of 60 home runs. In 1930 he held out for an $80,000 salary - more than U.S. President Hoover’s. So what, he replied to criticism, ‘I had a better year than he did’.” The panel comes with a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, Ceresi's long-time business partner.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 320. Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson World War II “Heroes” National Sports Gallery Display. This 5.5” x 18.5” exhibit panel tells the following story from 1942: “WAR HEROES - Walter Johnson came out of retirement to pitch to Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium in a 1942 war bond benefit - baseball’s best batter facing baseball’s best pitcher. (Interestingly, pitcher Johnson had been a good batter, and batter Ruth had begun his career as a fine pitcher.) Ruth delighted fans by hitting home runs. When asked if he’d taken something off his pitches for Ruth, Johnson graciously dodged the question; ‘They came to see the Babe hit, not to see me pitch’.” The nm panel has a 7.5” x 9.5” b&w photo showing Ruth and Johnson in action. Until 2001, the gallery was part of Washington D.C.’s MCI Center, which is now the Verizon Center. The panel is from the estate of Frank Ceresi, gallery executive director and curator, and comes with a letter of authenticity signed by his business partner, Carol McMains.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 357. Babe Ruth 11”x14” Limited Edition Silver Gelatin 1915 Boston Red Sox Image. This museum-quality photo, numbered 343, was hand-printed on acid-free paper from the original glass negative. Ruth won 18 games in 1915 for the Red Sox and batted .315 in the process. The season also included his first major league home run. The photo comes with its “Baseball Antiquities” certificate and is housed in its original book-like folder.
Winning Bid $83