Lot 3. Hank Greenberg Autographed Louisville Slugger Bat. In thin black sharpie, Greenberg signed the sweet spot of the 30-inch Model 225LL bat. His signature is under the engraved words “Batting Champion,” which accurately describes his ability to deliver home runs and RBI. In 13 seasons, he led the A.L. in both categories three times. He also led the league in RBI in 1937, and home runs in 1938. He was a two-time league MVP and four-time All-Star. Like such stars as Ted Williams, he almost certainly would have put up larger career numbers if he had not lost three seasons and part of another to World War II. Prior to getting this bat signed, the collector sanded the region Greenberg was to sign, allowing for solid adhesion of his autograph, which is nm 7 to 7+. While baseballs signed by Greenberg are somewhat common, this is the only signed bat of great Detroit slugger that we have ever encountered! THE AUTOGRAPH IS AUTHENTICATED BY KEVIN KEATING AND JSA AUTHENTICATION. IT COMES WITH A FULL JSA LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY.
Winning Bid $783
Lot 5. Ty Cobb Autograph on a 3” x 5” Index Card. Nm 7 to n-m 8 signature by ESPN’s 20th best U.S. athlete of the 20th century and the third best baseball player of all time, according to “The Sporting News.” ESPN rated five baseball players better than Cobb. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The card Cobb signed has some creases. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $477
Lot 60. Chas. Gehringer Nm-M 8 to Mint 9 Autograph on the Sweet Spot of an OAL Baseball. Gehringer batted .320 in 19 seasons, played in the first six All-Star Games, led the A.L. in fielding seven times and was the league’s MVP in 1937. In 1949, the first year he was eligible, he was elected to the Hall of Fame. He died in 1993. Kevin Keating authenticated his felt-tip signature; the OAL Bobby Brown baseball signed by Gehringer is nm-m with a very light area of discoloration on the south panel well away from the autograph.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 62. Hank Greenberg Boldly Autographed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature personalized to “Jack.” The Detroit outfielder entered the Hall of Fame in 1956 and passed away in 1986. KEVIN KEATING AND JSA AUTHENTICATION AUTHENTICATED THE AUTOGRAPH. THE JSA AUCTION LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY MAY BE EXCHANGED AT A DISCOUNT FOR A FULL LOA.
Winning Bid $163
Lot 87. 20 Autographs of Tigers, Indians and White Sox on Photos – Trammell, Wood, Piersall, Etc. Almost all of the autographs are nm-m 8 or better on 8” x 10” color photos. TIGERS: Mickey Lolich, Charlie Maxwell, Matt Nokes, Larry Parrish, Dan Petry, Walt Terrell, Alan Trammell, Don Wert, Glenn Wilson and Jake Wood. INDIANS: Sam McDowell, Joe Morgan (manager, born 1930, played for the Indians in 1960 and 1961), Jim Piersall, Cory Snyder, Greg Swindell, Pat Tabler and Andre Thornton. WHITE SOX: Jim Rivera (light ink coverage on the entire signature), Luis Salazar and Greg Walker. Bill James rated Trammell the ninth best shortstop of all time. He was a six-time All-Star with four Gold Glove and three Silver Slugger awards. Wood was a rookie on the 1961 Tigers team, which challenged the Yankees for the A.L. championship. Piersall was a talented outfielder whose battle with bipolar disorder was captured in the book and movie “Fear Strikes Out.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 220. Detroit Tigers’ 1948 Player Roster. Of course, this 28-page publication, in a 5.25” x 7.5” format, does indeed contain the team’s roster for spring training at Lakeland, FL, from March 1-29. It also provides a review of the 1947 season, a preview of 1948 and brief written biographical sketches of manager Francis O’Neill, the coaches and the players. The team included such names as Hal Newhouser, Fred Hutchinson, Billy Pierce, Virgil Trucks, George Kell and Vic Wertz. Newhouser accounted for more than one-fourth of the Tigers’ victories in 1948 as the team finished in fifth place in the A.L. with a 78-76 record. The roster-guide is vg+ with a vertical crease.
Winning Bid $45