Lot 40. Rex Barney Mint 9 to Gem Mint 10 Autograph on an OAL Gene Budig Baseball. The highlight of Barney’s six-season major league career was a no-hitter against the New York Giants. Barney added the date next to his signature – “9/9/48.” He was a winner for his career. Control limited his effectiveness; despite a strong fastball, he yielded 1.22 walks for every strikeout. After his playing career ended, he became a beloved and respected broadcaster and public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. He died in 1997. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. The ball is nm-m to mint with a minor rub on “Lea” of “League” in the printed area.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 41. Bert Blyleven Single-Signed OML Selig Baseball. Mint 9 autograph personalized to “John” on a panel of the mint baseball. Blyleven won 287 games while pitching for five different teams – the Twins, Rangers, Pirates, Indians and Angels, 1970-92. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Bold, strong signature authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 42. George Brett Autographed “85 World Champs” Louisville Slugger Bat. Brett signed by sweet spot of the 34” T85 bat that has his name imprinted and added “85 World Champs.” With Brett batting .335 during the regular season and .370 in the World Series, the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The autograph and addition, authenticated by Kevin Keating, and the bat are mint 9.
Winning Bid $161
Lot 43. George Brett Autographed Todd Alan Gold Print. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature authenticated by Kevin Keating. The 19” x 22.5” print, which is vg-ex with creases primarily along the borders, presents three images of the Kansas City Royals’ Hall of Fame third baseman.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 44. Ken Caminiti Signed ONL Leonard Coleman Baseball. Caminiti had Hall of Fame potential that was continuously mitigated by an addiction to intoxicants. In 1996, his best season, he was the N.L. MVP, an All-Star, a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove fielder at third base for the San Diego Padres. He hit 40 home runs, drove in 130 runs and batted .326. Later, he acknowledged the use of steroids that season and in subsequent years. In 15 seasons, he played in 140 or more games only six times. He concluded his career with 239 home runs, 983 RBI and a .272 batting average. On Oct. 10, 2004, at the age of 41, he died of a speedball (cocaine and heroin) overdose. Caminiti’s autograph on a panel is mint 9. The ball is toned, somewhat unevenly, to a cream to light tan color. “SD,” apparently for “San Diego,” is stamped on the sweet spot. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 45. Autograph of Max Carey, Hall of Fame Outfielder. Bold mint 9 autograph on a 2.25” x 2.5” b&w magazine photo. Carey was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ regular center fielder for 16 ½ seasons. In 10 of them, he led the National League in stolen bases. He finished his career with Brooklyn. Carey died in 1976, 15 years after his election to the Hall of Fame. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 46. Bill (Ready) Cash, Negro Leaguer, Signed Kansas City Monarchs Promotional Cap. Cash placed an nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature on the bill of the unused adjustable cap, a promotional item for Coors Light. He added “Phila Stars 1943-1950.” Cash was an excellent catcher who played in the 1948 and 1949 Negro Leagues All-Star Game. From 1950-53, he played in the Mexican League, the Canadian League and the minors. He died in 2011. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 47. Jocko Conlan Autographed B&W Photo Postcard. The Hall of Fame umpire is a Chicago White Sox outfielder in the postcard. He played for the Sox in 1934 and 1935. Conlan made his National League debut as an umpire in 1941. In a career that continued until 1965, he umpired five World Series, six All-Star Games and three NLCS. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Conlan was a feisty umpire who typically had plenty to say to any manager who disagreed with a call. He once engaged in a shin-kicking confrontation with Leo Durocher, who initiated the confrontation – and lost. When Richie Ashburn, as a batter, complained about a call, Conlan told him to call the next pitch. As the pitch passed Ashburn, Conlan said nothing. Ashburn looked at him and said, “Strike?” After recording the strike, Conlan said, “Richie, you just had the only chance in the world to hit and ump at the same time. And you blew it.” Casey Stengel managed Conlan when the future umpire played for the Toledo Mud Hens. Stengel said he admired Conlan “for his courage as a player and an official.” Conlan died in 1989. His autograph, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is large and nm-m 8 to mint 9.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 48. Elmer Flick Autograph on a U.S. Postal Service Stamp. Flick’s signature is ex-m 6 to nm 7 on a 1969 “Professional Baseball” stamp, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of baseball. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. As a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1898, Flick batted .302. In the ensuing 11 seasons, his average ranged from .297 to .367. He led the National League in RBI in 1900, and the American League in batting average once, stolen bases twice and triples three times. An illness essentially ended his career in 1908, although he played part-time in the 1908-10 seasons. At his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1963, Flick was 87. He died in 1971.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 49. Burleigh Grimes Autographed 3.5” x 5.5” Postcard with His Image. The last of the legal spitball pitchers, Grimes was also a tough competitor. In 19 seasons, he won 270 games pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers), New York Giants, Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. He won at least 20 games five times and concluded his career with a 3.53 ERA. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. He was 92 when he died in 1985. Grimes’ autograph toward the bottom of the postcard is nm-m 8. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 50. Waite Hoyt 1983 Signed Typed Letter on His Letterhead. The letter, which was folded several times, mentions Babe Ruth. Hoyt’s signature is gem mint 10. From 1921-28, Hoyt won 145 games for the Yankees. His career record is 237-182. After he was done playing, he became a successful broadcaster. Hoyt was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. He died in 1984. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 51. Don Larsen Signed Photo from His 1956 World Series Perfect Game. The New York Yankees’ pitcher achieved perfection against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. On Oct. 8, Larsen faced the minimum number of Brooklyn batters, 27. He struck out seven. No other pitcher has matched Larsen’s World Series performance. He also remains the only pitcher to hurl a World Series no-hitter. His autograph is on a 10” x 14” sepia photo of ninth-inning action. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the signature is gem mint 10. Larsen added “1956 WS Perfect Game.” The photo, numbered 1866 of 1956, is double-matted and framed to 17.5” x 18.5”.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 52. Gaylord Perry Autographed Robert T. Handville Print. Perry is depicted as a Seattle Mariners’ pitcher in this 18” x 22” print, which is in a 21” x 25” frame. His autograph is large and nm-m 8 on a rendering of a baseball in the upper right of the unnumbered 1983 print. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. The print is nm, and we can ship it with or without the frame. Perry pitched for Seattle in 1982 and 1983 and reached the 300-win mark in the Kingdome on May 6, 1982 against the New York Yankees. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 53. Jimmy Piersall Autographed Comic – “Baseball Greats” The Jimmy Piersall Story.” Dark Horse Comics produced this illustrated biography of the major league outfielder in 1992. Piersall was a two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner in 17 seasons with five teams. He is widely recognized for his struggles with bipolar disorder, which resulted in the 1955 book “Fear Strikes Out,” a TV movie with the same title in 1956, and a theatrical film in 1957. The 34-page comic is nm-m and contains eight cards of Piersall. The outfielder’s autograph is large, bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on the cover of the comic. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 54. Cal Ripken Jr. Signed Photo Commemorating His Consecutive Game Streak of 2,632. Ripken’s autograph is mint 9 in silver on the black background of an 8” x 10” color photo. In the photo, from Sept. 20, 1998, Ripken receives the congratulations of teammates and fans after appearing in the Baltimore Orioles’ lineup for the 2,632nd consecutive time. The next day, in a game in Toronto, Ripken will be absent from the lineup for the first time since Game 2 of a May 29, 1982 double header with the Blue Jays. The photo is mounted on a 13” x 16” simulated woodgrain plaque with four baseball cards, three from Topps and one from Score. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $55