Lot 1. Mickey Mantle Autographed 11” x 14” B&W Photo. In the photo, Mantle holds a baseball, which he signed and added “No. 7.” The signature is gem mint 10 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. The photo is matted and framed to 15.5” x 18”.
Winning Bid $240
Lot 48. 2 “Perfect Game” Posters Signed by 84 Baseball Prospects – Fernandez, Winston, Baez, Etc. These 18” x 24” posters were signed at the 2010 and 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic contests played at the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park. They contain the photos and autographs of 84 high school baseball stars who competed as members of East and West teams. Two players stand out – JOSE FERNANDEZ and JAMEIS WINSTON. In 2013, Fernandez was chosen as the N.L. Rookie of the Year after posting a 12-6 record and 2.13 ERA for the Florida Marlins. He finished third in the Cy Young voting. In 2014, an arm injury cut his season short, and he underwent Tommy John surgery. He expects to by ready to play by mid-June. Also in 2013, Winston became the youngest player to earn football’s Heisman Trophy as he guided Florida State to a perfect season and the national championship. Fernandez’ signature is nm-m 8, and Winston’s, mint 9. They signed separate posters. The 2010 poster has 38 autographs, and the 2011, 46. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the signatures are nm-m 8 and better. Two other signers have made it to the majors. Javier Baez played second base and shortstop for the Cubs in 2014, and Daniel Norris made his pitching debut for the Blue Jays on Sept. 5, 2014. When they signed, these players generally were rated among baseball’s top prospects.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 49. Two Autographs of “Mel” Almada, the First Mexican in the Major Leagues. Balomero Melo Almada made his debut in the majors with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 8, 1933. A native of Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico, Almada grew up in California. The Red Sox signed him out of the Pacific Coast League. An excellent center fielder, he was a solid leadoff hitter. From 1933-39, he played for the Red Sox, Senators, Browns and Dodgers and batted .284 for his career. Almada’s autographs are on a 3” x 5” unlined index card and on a Karl Wingler biography page for the “Baseball Blue Book.” Both are nm-m 8 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. Both are in the Spanish form – “Balomero Melo Almada y Quiros.” Both the index card and biography page contain some additional information on Almada’s career. At the bottom of the page, he added a reference to his brother Louis, who almost beat him to the majors by six seasons. Louie was an outstanding athlete. In a 1927 exhibition game at Wrigley Field of Los Angeles, he struck out Babe Ruth. Signed by the New York Giants, he went to spring training in Florida with the team and made the roster. As the team barnstormed its way up the East Coast to opening day, Louie was injured. He never played in a regular season major league game. Subsequently, he played in the PCL for 10 seasons. Two autographs of younger brother Mel Almada, who died in 1988.
Winning Bid $45
Lot 50. 5 Baseball Color Posters, 3 Autographed by Lou Brock. Each poster is 2’ x 3’. Brock placed a large nm-m 8 to mint 9 autograph on three of them. Bob Gibson is on one unsigned poster, and Bobby Murcer is the subject of the other. The posters are rolled and ex to ex-m. A member of the 3,000-hit club, Brock was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. He ranks second in career stolen bases. At the end of the 20th century, “The Sporting News” rated him the 58th best baseball player of all time. Kevin Keating authenticated Brock’s autographs.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 51. A. B. (“Happy”) Chandler Autographed ONL Giamatti Baseball. Chandler was Major League Baseball’s second commissioner, serving from 1945-51. Before he became commissioner, Kentucky elected Chandler governor and then U.S. senator. After baseball, he was elected to a second term as Kentucky governor. His election to the Hall of Fame came in 1982. He died in 1991. His autograph is mint 9 on the sweet spot of the baseball, which is nm-m. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 52. Charles (Charlie) A Deal Autographed 3.5” x 5.75” Newspaper Photo. An excellent third baseman, Deal played for the Tigers (1912-13), Boston Braves (1913-14), St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League (1915), Browns (1916) and Cubs (1916-21). He played third base and shortstop for the 1914 Miracle Braves, the first team to be in last place on July 4 and then go on to win a pennant. These Braves then defeated the Athletics in the World Series. Deal passed away in 1979. His green felt-tip autograph is bold and displays as nm 7 to nm-m 8 on a dark background. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 53. Joe DiMaggio Signed Sept. 1949 “Sport” Cover and a 1963 Issue with Mantle on the Cover. DiMaggio’s autograph is outstanding - mint 9 on the magazine cover, which has edge chips and is heavily stained. He dated his signature “3/25/90.” It is accompanied by a complete Oct. 1963 issue, which has Mickey Mantle as its cover subject. A six-page article on Mantle is inside. The issue is ex with minor paper loss at the top and bottom of the spine and a 1” spine split. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $45
Lot 54. Larry Doby Autographed 1997 Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Package. Doby’s signature is bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on the front of the package, which is vg+ to ex. Doby broke baseball’s color barrier in the American League on July 5, 1947, less than three months after Jackie Robinson became Major League Baseball’s first African-American player in the 20th century. Doby was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. He died in 2003. The “Classic Doubles: Winning Pairs of the Game’s Greatest” package has mint figures and cards of Doby and Robinson. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. In addition, JSA label H05497 is affixed to the box front. It is not accompanied by a letter or certificate, but JSA’s online system verifies Doby’s signature on a “Figurine Box.”
Winning Bid $20
Lot 55. Lou Finney Autographed 4” x 6” B&W Photo. Finney succeeded Al Simmons in Connie Mack’s outfield, and eventually played first base as well. He batted .278 in eight seasons with the Athletics, and .301 in six seasons with the Red Sox. At the end of his career, he played also with the Browns and Phillies. He was only 55 when he died in 1966. The photo shows him as a Red Sox player. His signature is bold, nm-m 8 with a couple of small stray lines and tiny smudges on “nn.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the signature also comes with a JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity from a 2007 auction by another company. Photos signed by Finney are scarce.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 56. Pete Gray Signed Photo and 1945 Program with Him in the Lineup. Despite losing his right arm in an accident as a child, Gray made it to the majors with the St. Louis Browns in 1945. In 77 games, he batted .218 with eight extra base hits. His autograph is gem mint 10 on a 7” x 9.5” black & white photo. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. A 1945 Chicago at St. Louis scorecard for the first game of a doubleheader is included; the Browns won, 6-0. Gray went one for three. A news clipping on the doubleheader and box scores are pasted inside the scorecard, which shows multiple vertical creases on the covers. Also included is a modern photo that has three images of Gray batting. Gray played successfully in the minors before 1945 and returned there after his season with the Browns. He died in 2002.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 57. 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.
Minimum Bid $35
Lot 58. Newell (Newt) Kimball Vintage-Signed Barney Stein 6.5” x 8.5” B&W Dodgers’ Photo. In six major league seasons, Kimball pitched for the Cubs, Dodgers (1940-43), Cardinals and Phillies. He also played for the Hollywood Stars and managed the Los Vegas Wranglers. He died in 2001. Stein was the Dodgers’ official photographer from 1937 until the team moved to Los Angeles in 1957. Kimball’s fountain pen signature, apparently applied in 1941, is nm 7 to nm-m 8. It has been authenticated by Kevin Keating and comes with a JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity from a 2012 auction by another company.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 59. Walter “Buck” Leonard Autographed Copy of His Autobiography. Leonard placed a large signature on the flyleaf of the 1995 first edition hardback, which is titled “Buck Leonard: The Black Lou Gehrig.” The book is nm in an ex+ dust jacket. The large post-stroke signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10, personalized and authenticated by Kevin Keating. Leonard entered the Hall of Fame in 1972. He passed away in 1997.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 60. Eddie Mathews Autographed Hall of Fame Induction Day Card. Mathew’s signature is large and bold, gem mint 10, to the right of his photo and below his career statistics on the 8” x 10” card. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. The card is mounted on a 10.5” x 13” wood plaque. Mathews was the first third baseman to join the 500 home run club. He died in 2001.
Winning Bid $25