Lot 51. New York Mets Team-Signed Baseball from Their Inaugural 1962 Season. Twenty-four autographs, including a relatively strong Gil Hodges signature, decorate the panels of this off-white “Mets” logo ball, which is evenly toned with light-to-moderate wear in the printed areas. Hodges shares the east panel with Felix Mantilla, Frank Thomas, Dave Hillman, Jay Hook and Solly Hemus. The west panel has Vinegar Bend Mizell, Red Ruffing, Cliff Cook, Charlie Neal and Bob (Lane) Miller ; the north, Jim Hickman, Ken MacKenzie, Roger Craig, Al Jackson and one other; and the south, Chris Cannizzaro, Elio Chacon, Rod Kanehl, Sam Taylor, Ray Daviault, Bob Moorhead, Craig Anderson and Red Kress. In addition, the sweet spot has a clubhouse Casey Stengel signature. These autographs range from ex 5 to nm-m 8. Two-thirds of the signatures, including Hodges’, are at least nm 7. Team-signed balls from the Mets’ first season are scarce. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $321
Lot 86. 22 Signed Color Photos – Mets, Reds and Phils – McMillan, Vander Meer, Orosco, Luzinski, Etc. Some relatively difficult autographs give this little collection significant potential break-up value – Lee Mazzilli, Jesse Orosco, Roy McMillan, Joe Nuxhall and Mario Soto, for example. The signatures are generally flawless on 8” x 10” photos, with only the background affecting the grade. They are are nm-m 8 or better, and most are mint 9 or gem mint 10. Here is the complete list - METS (3): Lee Mazzilli, Jim McAndrew and Jesse Orosco. REDS : Roy McMillan (died 1997), Eddie Milner, Joe Nuxhall (d. 2007), Dave Parker, Bob Purkey (d. 2008), Gary Redus, Mario Soto, Johnny Vander Meer (d. 1997) and Woody Woodward. PHILLIES (9): Stan Lopata (d. 2013), Greg Luzinski, Art Mahaffey, Bob Miller, Don Money, Ken Raffensberger (d. 2002), Cookie Rojas, Rick Schu and Curt Simmons. Orosco holds the major league record for career pitching appearances (1,252 games). Nuxhall was the youngest player ever to appear in a major league game. He was more than an month short of age 16 when he pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Reds on June 10, 1944. He also pitched in more games for Cincinnati than any other left-hander. Since his retirement, Soto has made a mark as a pitching coach and front office staff member for the Reds. Vander Meer, of course, pitched consecutive no-hitters in 1938. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 103. 1969 Orioles at New York Mets World Series Program and a Scarce Game 4 Ticket Stub. Under the leadership of Gil Hodges, the 1969 “Miracle Mets” improved from a reliable cellar-dweller or second-division team to world champions. Tom Seaver accounted for one-fourth of the team’s 100 regular-season victories, and Jerry Koosman and Gary Gentry contributed another 30 wins. Despite the team’s success, the Baltimore Orioles entered the World Series as heavy favorites. In the opening game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, they lived up to expectations, defeating the Mets’ and their ace pitcher, 4-1. Koosman’s two-hitter evened the series, and the Mets pulled ahead in the Series as Gentry and Nolan Ryan blanked the Orioles in Game 3 at Shea Stadium. In pivotal Game 4, Seaver and Mike Cuellar, aided by Eddie Watt, dueled to a 1-1 draw through nine innings. Seaver held the Orioles scoreless in the 10th, and his teammates manufactured the winning run in the bottom of the inning. Koosman pitched the Mets to a win and world championship the next day. The ticket stub shows corner wear and has two light creases in the lower left corner and a single heavy vertical crease toward the right. It is free of stains or other problems. The 52-page program, which presents Willard Mullin cover artwork, is vg-ex and unscored. A two-page Mets team color photo occupies the center spread. Players for both teams are pictured.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 104. 24 New York Mets Yearbooks, Including the First, Plus Other Memorabilia. This collection includes the yearbook from the Mets’ inaugural season (1962), their “miracle” year (1969) and the following year, which contains World Series photos. The yearbooks are for: 1962, g-vg with Willard Mullin cover art, a 1” tear, a 2” spine split and some ink marks; 1963, original edition, introduces the Mets’ mascot, vg+ to ex; 1963, final revised edition, ex; 1964 original edition, Mullin cover, vg+ to ex; 1964 final edition, Mullin cover, ex; 1965, center folio loose, vg; 1967, Tom Seaver’s yearbook debut, vg+ to ex with a name and date on the front cover; 1968, Mullin cover with Gil Hodges as manager, two-page Tom Seaver spread, color player photos for the first time, Nolan Ryan makes his first appearance, ex-m; 1969, the Mets’ championship season, vg with stay pen marks; 1970, coverage of the Miracle Mets, ex+; 1972 revised edition, tribute to Gil Hodges, ex+; 1973 revised edition, vg; 1975, Seaver cover, ex-m; 1976, nm; 1985, Gooden, Hernandez and Johnson cover, nm; 1986, the Mets’ second championship season and 25th anniversary, nm; 1987 “World Championship” edition, nm-m; 1988, nm-m; 1989-91 revised editions, nm-m; 1992 and 1993, ex-m+, and 1999, nm-m. Seven programs are also part of the collection, for 1972 vs. Cubs, 1985 (Gary Carter cover) vs. Dodgers, 1986 (two different) vs. Pirates and Padres, 1987 vs. Giants and Pirates (two different, including a “World Champions Edition,” and 1988 (Carter cover) vs. Cubs. These programs average vg. Also, “The New York Mets: The First Quarter Century,” 1986 hardback by Donald Honig, ex-m+ cover and dust jacket; an April 15, 1985 “Sports Illustrated” issue with Gooden on the cover, ex-m, and several other items.
Winning Bid $240
Lot 107. 1986 New York Mets World Series Pin. The 1986 World Series may forever be linked to Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6, but performances by a couples of less-likely heroes contributed to the Mets’ success. Ray Knight batted .391 to earn the MVP award, and Jesse Orosco saved two games. The Balfour-produced pin makes the Mets’ logo with New York in the background the centerpiece, and the rim provides a reminder that the team was participating in its third World Series. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $138