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Baseball Autographs

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Lot 2.  Ralph Kiner Autographed Rare Bust Sculpture. This plaster sculpture, which has a gold or bronze finish, is about 7.5” tall, 6.5” across and 2.75” deep. It depicts Kiner in a Pirates jersey that includes his No. 4 on the back. His name is on a “pedestal” on the front. How uncommon is this item? When we had Kiner sign it in 1995, he said he had never seen another. His sharpie autograph is unimprovable and extends almost four inches across the back of the jersey. The sculpture has some tiny chips in the finish. Ex-m. Kiner’s accomplishments included leading the National League in home runs in his first seven seasons, from 1946-52. Twice he hit more than 50 home runs in a season. He passed away in February. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication both authenticated the autograph, and it comes with the ticket from the Pittsburgh show where Kiner signed the statue. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $630     


Lot 3.  Ted Williams Boldly Signed Lithograph Commemorating His 287th Home Run. Williams’ signature is large (4.25” wide) and stands out impressively on this 18” x 24” print featuring three images by noted sports artist Cliff Spohn. Williams signed in pen, and Spohn, in pencil. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs. Spohn’s artwork provides a portrait of Williams and two batting poses. The lithograph is from an issue of 521, one for each of Williams’ career homes runs, from Decathlon Sports Prints. Williams hit his 287th home run on June 27, 1950 against the Philadelphia A’s at Shibe Park. Bobby Shantz was the Athletics’ pitcher. It was Williams’ 22nd homer of the season. The print is nicely double-matted and framed to 22” x 29”.
Winning Bid $218     


Lot 4.  Mickey Mantle Autographed 16” x 20” B&W Photo Portrait. Interesting pose with Mantle holding an imaginary bat. His autograph is large and gem mint 10. It spreads across 7 inches of background. Mantle added “No. 7.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA. The photo is matted and framed to 21.5” x 25.5”.
Winning Bid $390     


Lot 7.  Baseball Signed by Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe, “Tommy John Surgery” Inventor. Known among surgeons as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, the surgery involves replacing a ligament in the elbow with a tendon from another part of the body. In 1974, John became the first professional athlete to undergo the surgery successfully. When Dr. Jobe performed the surgery on John, he estimated the chance of success at 1 in 100. Today, the complete recovery rate is at least 85 percent. After the surgery, John required 18 months of rehabilitation. He returned to the majors in 1976 and pitched for another 13 seasons. He was 46 when he retired in 1989 as one of the most successful left-handed pitchers in major league baseball history. Two times, Dr. Jobe signed a Rawlings Major League Selig baseball that has a Los Angeles Dodgers’ logo on one panel. Dr. Jobe’s signatures are the east and north panels. The former is nm-m 8 to mint 9, and the latter, gem mint 10. John joined the famous surgeon in autographing the north panel. His signature is bold, while slightly smudged. In addition, the south panel has Orel Hershiser’s autograph. Dr. Jobe performed rotator cuff surgery on Hershiser. Another panel has a Tommy John secretarial signature. Dr. Jobe passed away in March. He was closely associated with the Dodgers, serving as a special advisor to Frank McCourt during his time as chairman of the team. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, and so did JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA. This ball is the second of only two that we are aware of from John’s collection. It comes with a signed Property of Thomas Edward John label.
Winning Bid $770     


Lot 9.  Negro Leagues Players Association Bat Signed by 27 – Leonard, Jethroe, Fields, Manning, Etc. From the Wilmer Fields collection, this 34” Adirondack 302 bat displays the mostly nm-m 8 and better autographs of Hall of Fame first baseman Buck Leonard, 1950 N.L. Rookie of the Year Sam Jethroe, Bert Simmons, Sammie Harris, Emilio “Millito” Navarro, Gene Smith, Wilmer Fields, Mahlon Duckett, Gene Benson, Max Manning, Jimmy Dean, Sherwood Brewer, Elbert Israel, Russell Awkard, Cowan “Bubba” Hyde, Josh Gibson Jr., Armando Vazquez, Curly Williams, Jose A Figueroa, Rudy Fernandez, Jim Cohen, Leroy Ferrell, Stanley Glenn, Wilmer Harris, Gordon “Hoppy” Hopkins, Al Wilmore and Larry Kimbrough. With Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, Leonard was one of the first three Negro Leagues players inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. On April 18, 1950, Jethroe became the first African American to play for the Boston Braves. Fields was the ace of the Homestead Grays pitching staff in the 1940s and regularly hit above .300 as a position player. He passed away in 2004. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs. The signed bat is nm-m and outstanding for display.
Winning Bid $152     


Lot 26.  Roberto Clemente Single Autograph on a Puerto Rican-Manufactured Baseball. Surface wear to the ball helps account for a Clemente signature that is light. Just to the left of the sweet spot, the autograph rates a f-g 1-2. It clearly is Clemente’s (in green), and a least 25% of the lettering can be read. In an unknown hand, the ball has a notation in Spanish and “1973” to indicate the year Clemente died. He actually perished the evening of Dec. 31, 1972. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $273     


Lot 27.  Joe DiMaggio Mint 9 to Gem Mint 10 Autograph on a 9” x 13” Photo. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication, the signature is unimprovable. The photo shows DiMaggio in 1939, when he batted .381 and earned the first of three American League MVP awards. It is matted and framed to 12” x 16”. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $198     


Lot 28.  Joe DiMaggio Autograph and 2 Bill Dickey Signatures. Both DiMaggio and Dickey signed a first-day cover postmarked at Cooperstown in 1939 and commemorating the 100th anniversary of baseball. Both autographs are bold and gem mint 10 in sharpie. Dickey also placed a mint 9 autograph on his Perez-Steele 1980 Hall of Fame postcard. The FDC and postcard are double-matted and framed to 12” x 15”. As matted, the top of the “D” in “DiMaggio” does not show. However, it is fully present and does not touch the top of the FDC. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. This item can be shipped without the frame.
Winning Bid $77     


Lot 29.  12 Tommy John Autographs on a Ball, Bat, Photo, Bill Gallo Drawing, Cards, Etc. John’s signatures are generally mint 9 and gem mint 10 on: a Worth 34.5” nm Tommy John model bat; the sweet spot of an ex-m to nm OML Selig baseball that has light discoloration on one panel; an 8” x 10.5” b&w photo taken during a game; and a 12” x 13” print from a Bill Gallo drawing used in the New York “Daily News” in 1998. John also autographed the title page of a hardback copy of his 1991 book, “T.J.: My 26 Years in Baseball,” and a softcover version as well. The autograph in the hardback is numbered 20 of 59, and in the paperback, 76 of 87. Six more signatures are on cards: A team-issued blank-backed postcard from the Chicago White Sox, 1987 Topps #236, 1989 Topps #359, 1988 Donruss #401, 1988 Fleer #211 and 2004 Donruss Playoff Throwback Generations #G-18, No. 1227 of 1500 issued. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $60     


Lot 30.  Pete Rose Signed Cincinnati Reds Replica Home Jersey by Mitchell & Ness. This size L jersey has a mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph by Rose below the Reds’ 1960s logo on the jersey front. Rose’s uniform number, 14, is on the front and back. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Below the signature, Rose wrote “#4236,” the major-league-record number of hits he collected during what would be a Hall of Fame career had he not bet on baseball games. The 1963 N.L. Rookie of the Year, Rose played for the Reds from 1963-78 and 1984-86. He helped them to win two World Championships. The jersey, a beauty from the Cooperstown Collection, is mint and unused.
Winning Bid $113     


Lot 31.  Pete Rose Unused Autographed Jacket Promoting His “Ballpark Café.” Rose signed the left front of the size medium “Clipper” jacket from Gear for Sports. Located below the restaurant logo, the signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9 and has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. Rose’s restaurants apparently are closed.
Minimum Bid $40     


Lot 32.  Billy Southworth and Lou Boudreau Autographed Magazine Photo. Southworth’s signature is nm-m 8 and Boudreau’s, nm 7 on an irregular 3” x 4.5” black & white magazine photo. As the manager, Southworth led the St. Louis Cardinals to N.L. titles from 1942-44 and to world championships in 1942 and 1944. His Boston Braves captured the N.L. pennant in 1948. For his managerial success, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, 39 years after his death. Boudreau was a successful player and manager, enshrined at Cooperstown as a second baseman in 1970. His Cleveland Indians defeated Southworth’s Braves in the 1948 World Series. Both Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication have authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $102     


Lot 33.  13 Autographs of Yankees or Brooklyn or LA Dodgers –Snider, Furillo, Crosetti, Collins, Etc. The signature of Carl Furillo (died 1989) is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on an unlined index card. Five other Brooklyn Dodgers autographed 8” x 10” photos: Duke Snider (d. 2011, b&w photo), Cal Abrams (d. 1997, sepia photo), Dixie Howell (d. 1990, sepia), Cal McLish (d. 2010, b&w) and Andy Pafko (d. 2013, color). There are five New York Yankees’ signatures, all but one on 8” x 10” photos: Hank Bauer (d. 2007, b&w photo), “Spud” Chandler (d. 1990, “Baseball Magazine” premium trimmed to 7.5” x 9.5”), Joe Collins (d. 1989, color), Frank Crosetti (d. 2002, b&w) and Ralph Terry (sepia, photo showing the trajectory of Bill Mazeroski’s World Series winning home run in 1960). In addition, the LA Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser signed an 8” x 10” copy of the “Sports Illustrated” Dec. 19, 1988 cover, which has him as Sportsman of the Year, and a 6” x 9” magazine photo. The Chandler signature and the Hershiser autograph on the magazine photo are nm-m 8. The others are mint 9 or gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $75     


Lot 34.  21 Autographs – 10 HoFers – Leonard, Santo, Boudreau, Roberts, Wambsganss, Etc. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better on various media: Buck Leonard as “Walter F. Buck Leonard” on a Hall of Fame business card. Lou Boudreau, gold plaque HoF postcard. Ron Santo, 10” x 13.25” “Boys Life” 1966 ad for Wilson baseball gloves. Robin Roberts, 1952 Bowman #4 and 1978 Grand Slam #101. Jack Onslow (died 1960), major league player, manager and coach, on a 4” x 6” George Burke photo. Bill Wambsganss, who accomplished an unassisted triple play, on an unlined index card. Brooks Robinson, three different 3.5” x 5” color photos. Gaylord Perry on a card. Monte Irvin, 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes. Clay Bryant, Indians postcard. Zeke Bonura, 1978 Grand Slam #12. Don Kolloway, 1952 Bowman #105. Hoot Evers, Briggs Stadium linen postcard. Jimmy Piersall, 1962 10” x 13.25” ad for his “Little Pro Bat-a-Round.” Ned Garver, 5.5” x 14” Gillette ad. Bill Pierce, two magazine photos and a magazine ad for Vitalis. And Bernie Carbo, as Bernardo Carbo, with a lengthy note, “Sporting News” Sept. 12, 1970 cover. Kevin Keating authenticated these signatures. Infrequently seen, the Onslow autograph alone is typically offered - on a government postcard, not the Burke photo here - for more than our starting bid.
Winning Bid $105     


Lot 35.  12 Autographs on Photos, HoF Gold Plaques, Index Cards, Etc. - 10 with HoFers. Yogi Berra, George Kell (died 2009) and Robin Roberts (d. 2010) autographed Hall of Fame gold plaque postcards. Color 8” x 10” photos have the signatures of Kell and Bobby Richardson. Six HoFers signed unlined index cards – Bob Doerr, Kell, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Enos Slaughter (d. 2002) and Hoyt Wilhelm (d. 2002). A 1992 “Baseball Greats” comic from Dark Horse is signed by Jimmy Piersall. The autographs and nm-m 8 and better, and most of mint 9 or gem mint 10. Authentication is by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $65     




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