Lot 129. 20 Front-Signed Hall of Fame Gold Plaque Postcards –Combs, Frick, Hartnett, Etc. All different, these cards are signed by Earl Averill, Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Jocko Conlan, Joe Cronin (used two different pens), Bob Feller, Ford Frick, Jesse Haines, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Waite Hoyt, Carl Hubbell, Ralph Kiner, Bob Lemon, Al Lopez, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Red Ruffing, Joe Sewell and Bill Terry. All of these Hall of Fame members are deceased. Their autographs range from ex-m 6 to nm-m 8, with most nm 7. This is a great starter set with good breakup value! Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $429
Lot 130. Photos Signed by 10 HoFers – Gomez, Johnson, Koufax, Leonard, Lindstrom, Etc. Except as noted, the autographs are nm-m 8 or better on 8” x 10” black & white photos: Leo Durocher (signature traced over except for the “D”), Lefty Gomez, Travis Jackson (nm 7 to nm-m 8), Judy Johnson (personalized), George Kell, Sandy Koufax (8” x 10.5” magazine photo), Buck Leonard (pre-stroke autograph, sepia photo), Freddie Lindstrom, Ted Lyons, and Lloyd Waner (added “Little Poison). Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $218
Lot 131. Photos Signed by Alston, Brett, Joe DiMaggio, Greenberg, Harris and Marquard. George Brett signed an 8.25” x 10.75” “Baseball Stars” magazine color cover that bears his image. The other signatures are on b&w 8” x 10” photos: Walt Alston, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg (personalized), “Bucky” Harris and Rube Marquard (personalized). The Harris signature is nm 7 to nm-m 8. The others are nm-m 8 or better. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $180
Lot 132. Baseball Autographs of 25 Hall of Fame Members. These autographs are on unlined index cards that have been trimmed to sizes ranging from approximately 2.25” x 3.75” to 2.25” x 5”. All of the signatures appear to have sufficient space around them so that the could be matted and framed. Two of the signers are in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a result of receiving the Ford C. Frick Award, and one – Deion Sanders – is in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, but not Baseball. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the signatures are nm-m 8 and better. Players: Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Bob Doerr, Rick Ferrell, Tony Gwynn, Travis Jackson, George Kell, George L. Kelly, Ted Lyons, Rube Marquard, Hal Newhouser, Tony Perez, Ryne Sandberg, Deion Sanders, Joe Sewell, Enos Slaughter, Warren Spahn, Wm H (Bill) Terry, Billy Williams and Dave Winfield. Managers: Walt Alston, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Herzog and Tom Lasorda. Broadcasters: Red Barber and Harry Caray. With Mel Allen, Barber was the first recipient of the Frick Award. Sixteen of these Hall of Fame members are deceased.
Winning Bid $134
Lot 133. Hank Aaron Signed Front Page Reporting His 715th Home Run Plus a Pin. On April 8, 1974 in Atlanta, Aaron eclipsed Babe Ruth’s 39-year record of 714 career home runs. His autograph, nm 7, is on the front page of the April 9, 1974 New York “Daily News,” which presents his image. The page is mounted on foam board (foamcore). Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. The autograph is accompanied by a 2.5” red, black and white Magnavox Hank Aaron 715 Club pin. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 134. Earl Averill and Earl Averill (Jr.) Autographs and Cards and a NW Baseball Book. Howard Earl Averill had a 13-season Hall of Fame career as an outfielder, primarily with the Cleveland Indians. His son, Earl Douglas Averill, Jr., played five positions in seven major league seasons with three A.L. and two N.L. teams. Sr. autographed two different b&w photo postcards. One signature is ex-m 6 to nm 7, and the other, nm-m 8. Jr.’s autographs are on the back of a business card, an 8.5” x 11” page with photocopies of four Topps cards and 1963 Topps #139. The first two are personalized. These signatures are nm-m 8. Kevin Keating authenticated all five. Cards with Sr. are 1933 R319 Goudey #194, 1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #24 and 1934-36 Diamond Star #35. Jr. is on four Topps cards, 1959 #301, 1960 #39, 1961 #358 and 1962 #452. Also included are a ticket and program booklet for Earl Averill (Sr.) Night held Nov. 12, 1973, in Everett, WA. Averill was born in Snohomish, WA, and died in Everett in 1983. The 32-page booklet contains biographical information on and photos of him. It and the ticket are nm. Jr. was the University of Oregon’s first All-American baseball player and is in the school’s Hall of Fame. This collection is accompanied by the 2006 softcover book “Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest,” edited by Mark Armour with photos from the collection of Dave Eskenazi. The 128-page book is extensively illustrated and nm. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 135. August A. Busch Jr. Autograph. Owner of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1953 until his death in 1989, Busch also was chairman of the Anheuser-Busch Companies from 1946-75. Under his leadership, the brewing company became the world’s leader. During his tenure, the Cardinals also had success. They won three World Series and three additional N.L. pennants, giving Busch a strong case for eventual enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. His autograph is on a 3.5” x 5.25” section of paper from an event program with the signatures of Buddy Lewis (d. 2011, Cardinals coach), Roger Freed (d. 1996, Cardinals 1977-79), Terry Clark and Ron Northey (d. 1971, Cardinals 1947-49). In addition, Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray (d. 1998) signed the reverse. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better. The collector of these autographs added some numbers to the page, including Freed’s final year with the Cardinals. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication authenticated the signatures. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 136. Autograph of Nestor Chylak Jr., Baseball Hall of Fame Umpire. An American League arbiter from 1954-78, Chylak was one of the game’s best. He was an official for five World Series, three A.L. Championship Series and four All-Star Games. He was the home plate umpire when Bill Mazeroski hit his famous home run that ended the 1960 World Series. According to Yogi Berra, Chylak “kept the game under control, but he would listen to you if you had a beef.” Tom Gorman, an N.L. umpire, said: “For every bad call Chylak made, he made 499 good ones. He was one of the great umpires.” Chylak retired in 1978 and died in 1982. His election to the Hall of Fame came 17 years later. Chylak’s autograph is scarce. This signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on an unlined index card trimmed to 2 7/16” x 5”. There is a very slight smudge on the “t” in his first name. Beneath his large, bold autograph, Chylak added “American League.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $180
Lot 137. Roberto Clemente Early 1960s Autograph on a 3” x 5” Index Card. The blue-ink signature is crisp and dark, covered by a sepia-toned tape stain. The autograph displays nicely. Clemente was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 following his death while carrying out charitable work on Dec. 31, 1972. During 18 major league seasons, he was selected for the All-Star Game 12 times, earned an equal number of Gold Glove Awards, led the N.L. in batting four times, contributed to two World Championships and edged out Sandy Koufax for 1966 N.L. MVP honors. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $472
Lot 138. Mickey Cochrane Multi-Signed 3-Page Letter Dated Dec. 8, 1944. Cochrane wrote this letter to his wife while serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He signed, “Good night dear. Station Secure. Mike” and added “G. S. (Gordon Stanley) Cochrane” below. Cochrane is rare in letter form, and here’s a beauty! Both signatures on the letter are mint 9. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, they are accompanied by the mailing envelope addressed in Cochrane’s hand to “Mrs. Gordon Cochrane.” In addition, he wrote “G. S. Cochrane, Lt Cmdr” as part of the return address. In the return address, there is a stain on the “G” and near the “S.” “Mrs. Gordon Cochrane” is strong, nm-m 8 to mint 9. Three signatures in all!
Winning Bid $242
Lot 139. Earle Combs Autograph. Combs was one of the best leadoff batters of his era. In 12 seasons with the New York Yankees, he batted below .300 only once - .299 in 1926. During his career as an outfielder, the Yankees won three world championships and an additional A.L. pennant. Combs’ bat and glove earned him a place in the Hall of Fame in 1970. He died in 1976. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph, which is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on an index card and professionally framed with a b&w photo of Combs to 12” x 18.5”.
Winning Bid $152
Lot 140. Wahoo Sam Crawford Autograph, Dated 1966, on an Unlined 3” x 5” Index Card. Large, bold, unimprovable gem mint 10 signature that has been approved by both Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. Crawford wrote "With all good wishes" above his signature. A personalization to “Mort” could easily be matted out. The signature is dated Nov. 19, 1966, less than two years before his passing. Crawford was one of the best players of the dead-ball era, excellent offensively and much better defensively than teammate Ty Cobb. He holds MLB’s all-time record for triples – 309, which is 14 more than Cobb and at least 150 more than any active player. Together, Crawford and Cobb led the Detroit Tigers to American League pennants from 1907-09. Crawford concluded his career just short of 3,000 hits (2,961), with 1,525 RBI and a .309 career batting average. Despite changes in the game, he remains among the top 50 all-time RBI leaders. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1957. The index card is adhered to, but could readily be removed from, a reproduction of a 1910 Sporting News supplement of Crawford. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $324
Lot 141. Joe DiMaggio Signed Color Photo Showing Him with Ted Williams at Fenway Park. Two of baseball’s greatest dozen or so players greet one another in this 11” x 14” photo, which resides in an ornate x 16.25” x 19.25” frame. Each of these warriors lost three seasons to World War II. Each was an All-Star (Williams, 17 times, all but his rookie season and 1952, when he served in the Korean War, and DiMaggio, 13 times, every year he played), won A.L. batting titles (Williams 6, DiMaggio 2) and earned MVP honors (DiMaggio 3, Williams 2). DiMaggio’s autograph, with “Best Wishes” above, is gem mint 10 in silver. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. DiMaggio died in 1999, and Williams, in 2002.
Winning Bid $100
Lot 142. Outstanding Autograph of Hall of Fame Second Baseman Joe Gordon. Gordon’s autograph is outstanding, a bold gem mint 10 beauty on an unlined 3” x 5” index card. Done in pencil, it’s as strong as the best Gordon ink autograph we’ve seen – and it won’t fade! Joe McCarthy called Gordon the “greatest all-around ballplayer I ever saw, and I don’t bar any of them.” Gordon was a nine-time All-Star who played in six World Series. He performed for the New York Yankees from 1938-43, served two years in World War II, returned to the Bronx in 1946 and then spent the final four years of his career with the Cleveland Indians. His autographs, especially this strong, are very scarce. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 – 31 years after his passing. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature, and so did JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $121
Lot 143. Rogers Hornsby Autographed Government Postcard. Mint 9 signature on a postcard neatly trimmed to 2 ½” x 5 ½” and postmarked 1951. The cancellation stamp touches the tail of the “y” in Hornsby’s last name. Both JSA Authentication and Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. Hornsby’s numerous accomplishments in 23 years, primarily as a second baseman, earned him a place in the Hall of Fame in 1942 even though his temperament made him disliked by baseball players and executives. He aided the St. Louis Cardinals in winning a World Championship in 1926, was selected as the N.L. MVP twice, won seven batting titles, was the N.L. home run king twice and led the league in RBI four times. He was the first player to win the Triple Crown twice, in 1922 and 1925. Ted Williams is the only other player to be a two-time Triple Crown hitter. His .3585 career batting average places him second only to Ty Cobb, and his .4235 average in 1924 is the sixth best for a single season in MLB history. Hornsby died in 1963. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $520