Lot 8. Jim Umbricht Scarce Autographed 1960 Rookie Card. Umbricht’s autograph is the scarcest of the 1960 World Champion Pirates. In April 1964, less than three seasons after the Pirates beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series, melanoma claimed his life. He was only 33. During the 1960 season, Umbricht won one game for Pittsburgh, lost two and recorded one save. Kevin Keating authenticated his ballpoint autograph, which is nm 7 on his Topps 1960 rookie card, #145. The card is ex.
Winning Bid $578
Lot 9. Roberto Clemente Nm-m 8 Autograph on a Baseball. Clemente signed the north panel of an nm-m baseball sold in American Hardware Stores. It is white to slightly off-white, apparently as made. The signature fills the panel and is a very fine Clemente example. Vernon law autographed the south panel. His autograph also is nm-m 8. Clemente and Law were Pittsburgh Pirates teammates from 1955-67. Together they helped Pittsburgh to win a World Championship in 1960, when Law won 20 games and the Cy Young Award, and Clemente batted .314, drove in 94 runs and scored 89. They finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the N.L. MVP voting. Clemente was more than just a great baseball player. He was outstanding human as well, showing concern for others out of a daily commitment, rather than an occasional search for a photo opportunity. In the late 1960s, he said “If you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth.” On the field, some of Clemente’s finest moments came in the 1971 World Series, when he batted .414 with at least one hit in each game and played superbly in the outfield. Subsequently, baseball writer Roger Angell said, “Clemente played a kind of baseball that none of us had ever seen before – throwing and running and hitting at something close to the level of absolute perfection.” The Clemente signature, which is a beauty, can be displayed without the Law autograph visible. KEVIN KEATING authenticated Clemente’s autograph and Law’s. In addition, the autograph comes with a full Letter of Authenticity from JSA AUTHENTICATION.
Winning Bid $1,909
Lot 112. Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Champions 24” x 36” Color Photo Signed by 18 Players. The lithographed photo is a tremendous display item with the mint 9 and gem mint 10 autographs of Bill Mazeroski, Bob Friend, Mickey Vernon, Dick Groat, Joe Gibbon, Earl Francis, George Witt, Vernon Law, Dick Schofield, Gino Cimoli, Bob Skinner, Hal Smith, Bill Virdon, Joe Christopher, Tom Cheney, ElRoy Face, Rocky Nelson and Bob Oldis. Six of these players have passed away since the photo was signed. The autographs come with a Certificate of Authenticity form J. Paul Sports Promotions and have been authenticated by Kevin Keating. Currently housed in a basic frame, the photo could be removed and rolled for less expensive mailing.
Winning Bid $222
Lot 118. 19 Pittsburgh Pirates Autographs, Including Stargell and Parker, on 12 Baseballs. Willie Stargell placed a mint 9 autograph on a mint ONL Giamatti baseball, and Dave Parker, an nm-m 8 signature on an ONL Feeney ball. Eight unofficial baseballs that are nm-m or better have been single-signed on the sweet spot by: Steve Blass, Bob Friend, John Candelaria, Michael McKenry, Don Robinson, Jose Tabata, Frank Thomas (“The Original One 1947-66”) and Bill Virdon. The Blass and Candelaria autographs are nm 7, and the others, nm-m 8 or better. Three Pirates pitching stars autographed a mint unofficial ball. Vern Law signed the sweet spot and added “Cy Young 1960.” Bob Friend is on the north panel, and ElRoy Face, on the south. Nm-m 8. The 12th ball has mint 9 and gem mint 10 signatures of Bobby Bonilla, Bill Landrum, Jay Bell and several others. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 122. NY Yankees 1950 World Series Celebration Photo Signed by Berra and 6 Teammates. Both PSA/DNA and Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs of Yogi Berra, Ralph Houk, Gene Woodling, Ed Lopat, Bill Johnson, Cliff Mapes and Joe Ostrowski. The PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity erroneously lists Tom Henrich as a signer. The Yankees swept Philadelphia’s “Whiz Kids” for the second of five consecutive world championships. The 8” x 10” b&w photo, which includes Casey Stengel, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Mize and other players, is matted and framed with an 8” x 10” team photo to 17.75” x 22”. The autographs are nm-m 8 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 123. OAL Budig Baseball Signed by 3 Perfect Yankees – Larsen, Wells and Cone. Perfect game pitcher Don Larsen autographed the sweet spot of an OAL Budig baseball; David Wells, the west panel, and David Cone, the east panel. Each Yankee added the date of his perfect performance. Larsen was perfect for the first time in the World Series as he faced the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 on Oct. 8, 1956. Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, 1998, and Cone, against the Montreal Expos on July 18, 1999. Cone needed only 88 pitches. All three games were at Yankee Stadium. The Larsen and Wells autographs are nm-m 8 to mint 9. The Cone signature is equally strong with what appears to be a faded version of his signature beneath what otherwise is a mint 9 autograph. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 124. Mickey Mantle Autographed Batting Stance 8” x 10” Photo. Mantle’s signature is nm-m 8 and has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. The photo is on a 12” x 15” plaque that also contains a collector card with three images of Mantle and an engraved panel noting that “The Mick” was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Winning Bid $134
Lot 125. Mickey Mantle Autographed …….. Turf? Here is a Mantle signature perfect for displaying with – something! It’s mint 9 on a 2.75” x 8.25” section from a b&w photo that show grass. It extends for 5.5” and reaches a height of 0.75”. It will display very nicely with a large photo of Mantle. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $128
Lot 126. 4 First Day Covers Signed by Yankees – Berra, Ford, Keller and Richardson. The autograph of Yogi Berra is on a Z silk cachet from Historic Limited Editions postmarked Dec. 16, 1983 to mark his appointment as Yankees manager. Charlie Keller and Bob Richardson signed Z cachets for, respectively, 1985 and 1984 Queens sports memorabilia shows. Whitey Ford autographed an FDC for a 1983 show. The autographs are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $66
Lot 127. 1987 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball with 33 Autographs. Lou Piniella’s autograph is on the sweet spot of this nm-m off-white OAL Bobby Brown baseball. Other signers include Dave Winfield, Bill Gullickson, Roberto Kelly, Bill Fulton, Jerry Royster, Mike Easler, Mike Ferraro, Rick Rhoden, Claudell Washington, Phil Lombardi, Dave Righetti, Don Mattingly, Charlie Hudson, Pat Clements, Orestes Destrade, Willie Randloph, Ron Guidry, Dan Pasqua, Henry Cotto, Joel Skinner, Stan Williams, Tommy John, Al Leiter, Wayne Tolleson, Mike Pagliaruo and several others. Almost all of the autographs are nm-m 8 or better. They have been authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 128. Ron Lewis “500 Home Run Hitters” Print Signed by 11 – Williams, Mantle, Etc. About 24” x 38”, this print, No. 274 of 1,000, presents the nm-m 8 and better autographs of Ted Williams (died 2002), Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew (d. 2011), Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle (d. 1995), Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews (d. 2001) and Willie McCovey. The print has some border creases and tiny edge tears, which all can be matted out. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $700
Lot 129. 500 HR Club Single-Signed Baseballs – Jackson, Mathews, Robinson and Schmidt. The autographs are mint 9 to gem mint on the sweet spots of mint official baseballs. Eddie Mathews and Mike Schmidt signed ONL William White balls; Reggie Jackson, an OAL Bobby Brown ball, and Frank Robinson, an OAL Gene Budig ball. Mathews and Robinson added their career home run totals, 512 and 586, respectively. These are superb autographs of four of the top 22 home run hitters in major league history. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $100
Lot 130. Rawlings 34” Bat Signed by 5 500 Home Run Clubbers – Aaron, Mays and 3 More. The Hall of Fame players who signed this bat clubbed 3,137 regular-season home runs – Hank Aaron (755), Willie Mays (660), Frank Robinson (586), Harmon Killebrew (573) and Reggie Jackson (563). Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication authenticated the autographs, which are nm-m 8 and better on the Rawlings Adirondack Pro Ring Big Stick Professional Model bat. An engraved plate on the back of the barrel lists the five players and the number of home runs each hit. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged for a full LoA at a discount.
Winning Bid $180
Lot 131. Ron Lewis “The 3000 Hit Club” Poster Signed by 11 Hall of Fame Members and Pete Rose. Eight of the signers added career hit totals to this 1995 poster print, approximately 18” x 36” and double-matted to approximately 23” x 40”. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better: Hank Aaron, Lou Brock (with hit total “3023”), Robin Yount (“3142”), Stan Musial (“3630”), Willie Mays, George Brett (“3154”), Dave Winfield, Pete Rose (“4256”), Al Kaline (“3007”), Rod Carew (“3053”), Carl Yastrzemski (“3149”) and Eddie Murray. Lewis also signed the print. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. This poster printed is mounted on a relatively thick paper backing; it has to be shipped flat.
Winning Bid $525
Lot 132. 1957 White Sox Team-Signed Ball – Lopez, Doby, Fox, Aparicio, Minoso, Etc. From the era of mostly readable signatures, this nm-m White Sox ball has the autographs of 24 team members, including all of the key individuals. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures, which are almost all nm-m 8 or better. Manager Al Lopez is on the sweet spot. The north panel is occupied by Larry Doby, Dick Donovan, Nelson Fox, Bob Keegan, Paul LaPalme and Earl Battey. Jerry Staley, Dixie Howell, Jim Derrington, Jim Landis, Ray Berrres and Sherm Lollar signed the south panel. On the east panel are the signatures of Jack Harshman, Luis Aparicio, Bubba Phillips, Sam Esposito, Walt Dropo and Jim Rivera. Five signatures are on the west panel, Bill Fisher, Bill Pierce, Tony Cuccinello, Minnie Minoso and J (Johnny) Cooney. These White Sox finished second in the American League pennant race.
Winning Bid $180