Lot 1. 1948 Babe Ruth Exacta Wrist Watch Original Baseball Case – and the Watch Too! We emphasize the case to make the case, in case you didn’t know, that the plastic case is far scarcer than the watch itself. The watch is not operational but, for about $100, it could be, according to a watchmaker who has done work for us. At the winning bidder’s request and cost, we will have the watch repaired, or send it as it is. The face of the watch is nm-m. It will display beautifully with replacement of the plastic “crystal,” which is loose. The rest of the watch, including the original band, shows light to moderate use. An owner’s initials have been scratched onto the back of the watch, which is in the original case, or box. In the shape of a baseball with red stitches, the ball is imprinted, in red, with “Official Babe Ruth Wrist Watch – Sports Watch of Champions.” The box is off-white and shows some blemishes that affect the second “f” and “a” in “Official,” the letters in “Ruth” and the “c” in the first use of “Watch.” It displays nicely and, in any condition, is far scarcer than the watch. The red cardboard used to display the watch inside the case is also present.
Winning Bid $630
Lot 4. Mickey Mantle Autographed 16” x 20” B&W Photo Portrait. Interesting pose with Mantle holding an imaginary bat. His autograph is large and gem mint 10. It spreads across 7 inches of background. Mantle added “No. 7.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA. The photo is matted and framed to 21.5” x 25.5”.
Winning Bid $390
Lot 7. Baseball Signed by Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe, “Tommy John Surgery” Inventor. Known among surgeons as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, the surgery involves replacing a ligament in the elbow with a tendon from another part of the body. In 1974, John became the first professional athlete to undergo the surgery successfully. When Dr. Jobe performed the surgery on John, he estimated the chance of success at 1 in 100. Today, the complete recovery rate is at least 85 percent. After the surgery, John required 18 months of rehabilitation. He returned to the majors in 1976 and pitched for another 13 seasons. He was 46 when he retired in 1989 as one of the most successful left-handed pitchers in major league baseball history. Two times, Dr. Jobe signed a Rawlings Major League Selig baseball that has a Los Angeles Dodgers’ logo on one panel. Dr. Jobe’s signatures are the east and north panels. The former is nm-m 8 to mint 9, and the latter, gem mint 10. John joined the famous surgeon in autographing the north panel. His signature is bold, while slightly smudged. In addition, the south panel has Orel Hershiser’s autograph. Dr. Jobe performed rotator cuff surgery on Hershiser. Another panel has a Tommy John secretarial signature. Dr. Jobe passed away in March. He was closely associated with the Dodgers, serving as a special advisor to Frank McCourt during his time as chairman of the team. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, and so did JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA. This ball is the second of only two that we are aware of from John’s collection. It comes with a signed Property of Thomas Edward John label.
Winning Bid $770
Lot 23. 1941 World Series Program and Ticket Stub – New York at Brooklyn, Ebbets Field. The Yankees won Game 3, 2-1, and took the series in five games. Joe DiMaggio went two for four and drove in a run. The 36-page program has Lon Keller artwork on the cover and player photos for both teams inside. Neatly scored in pencil, it has a two-inch tear on the front cover, a four-inch split from the bottom of the spine, and it has been folded vertically. The inside back cover dedicates the Series to Lou Gehrig. The Game 3 stub has two small holes from a staple and several creases, one apparent on the front and back. Neatly separated from the section collected at the gate, it shows no paper loss or stains and displays well.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 24. 1942 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees World Series Program. New York was heavily favored in this series, but the young and talented St. Louis players lost only the first game. After a 7-4 loss, the Cardinals swept the next four games. They won Games 3 through 5 in New York. Lon Keller World War II artwork adorns the cover of the program, which contains small photos and brief biographical sketches of players for both teams. Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial are among the players. The program shows a light vertical fold and light even soiling. It is unscored, with the interior clean and the binding tight. Vg-ex.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 25. 1956 Dodgers at Yankees World Series Program Scored for Don Larsen’s 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. Dodgers’ pitcher Sal Maglie, a former Yankee, turned in a credible performance, giving up two runs on five hits. The 48-page Yankees program is neatly scored in ballpoint. On the Yankees’ scorecard, the scorer entered the names one line above where they should have been, and they were re-entered. The program is ex with a vertical fold and a 3/8” split at the top of the spine.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 27. Joe DiMaggio Mint 9 to Gem Mint 10 Autograph on a 9” x 13” Photo. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication, the signature is unimprovable. The photo shows DiMaggio in 1939, when he batted .381 and earned the first of three American League MVP awards. It is matted and framed to 12” x 16”. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $198
Lot 28. Joe DiMaggio Autograph and 2 Bill Dickey Signatures. Both DiMaggio and Dickey signed a first-day cover postmarked at Cooperstown in 1939 and commemorating the 100th anniversary of baseball. Both autographs are bold and gem mint 10 in sharpie. Dickey also placed a mint 9 autograph on his Perez-Steele 1980 Hall of Fame postcard. The FDC and postcard are double-matted and framed to 12” x 15”. As matted, the top of the “D” in “DiMaggio” does not show. However, it is fully present and does not touch the top of the FDC. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. This item can be shipped without the frame.
Winning Bid $77
Lot 29. 12 Tommy John Autographs on a Ball, Bat, Photo, Bill Gallo Drawing, Cards, Etc. John’s signatures are generally mint 9 and gem mint 10 on: a Worth 34.5” nm Tommy John model bat; the sweet spot of an ex-m to nm OML Selig baseball that has light discoloration on one panel; an 8” x 10.5” b&w photo taken during a game; and a 12” x 13” print from a Bill Gallo drawing used in the New York “Daily News” in 1998. John also autographed the title page of a hardback copy of his 1991 book, “T.J.: My 26 Years in Baseball,” and a softcover version as well. The autograph in the hardback is numbered 20 of 59, and in the paperback, 76 of 87. Six more signatures are on cards: A team-issued blank-backed postcard from the Chicago White Sox, 1987 Topps #236, 1989 Topps #359, 1988 Donruss #401, 1988 Fleer #211 and 2004 Donruss Playoff Throwback Generations #G-18, No. 1227 of 1500 issued. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $60
Lot 33. 13 Autographs of Yankees or Brooklyn or LA Dodgers –Snider, Furillo, Crosetti, Collins, Etc. The signature of Carl Furillo (died 1989) is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on an unlined index card. Five other Brooklyn Dodgers autographed 8” x 10” photos: Duke Snider (d. 2011, b&w photo), Cal Abrams (d. 1997, sepia photo), Dixie Howell (d. 1990, sepia), Cal McLish (d. 2010, b&w) and Andy Pafko (d. 2013, color). There are five New York Yankees’ signatures, all but one on 8” x 10” photos: Hank Bauer (d. 2007, b&w photo), “Spud” Chandler (d. 1990, “Baseball Magazine” premium trimmed to 7.5” x 9.5”), Joe Collins (d. 1989, color), Frank Crosetti (d. 2002, b&w) and Ralph Terry (sepia, photo showing the trajectory of Bill Mazeroski’s World Series winning home run in 1960). In addition, the LA Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser signed an 8” x 10” copy of the “Sports Illustrated” Dec. 19, 1988 cover, which has him as Sportsman of the Year, and a 6” x 9” magazine photo. The Chandler signature and the Hershiser autograph on the magazine photo are nm-m 8. The others are mint 9 or gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 37. Autographs of 30 1961 New York Yankees on Ron Lewis Postcards. Yogi Berra heads the list of signers, which also includes Luis Arroyo, John Blanchard, Clete Boyer, Bob Cerv, Tex Clevenger, Jim Coates, Frank Crosetti, Bud Daley, Joe DeMaestri, Art Ditmar, Ryne Duren, Bill Gardner, Jesse Gonder, Bob Hale, John James, Ralph Houk, Deron Johnson, Tony Kubek, Hector Lopez, Dan McDevitt, Jack Reed (personalized), Hal Reniff, Bobby Richardson, John Sain, Moose Skowron, Bill Stafford, Ralph Terry, Lee Thomas and Bob Turley. The set also includes unsigned cards of Elston Howard, Roger Maris and the Yankees team. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better, and predominantly mint 9 and gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin keating.
Winning Bid $301
Lot 141. Joe DiMaggio Autographed 14” x 19” Photo Showing Him in 1939. Numbered 21 of 250, the limited edition sepia photo shows DiMaggio reading a certificate in which “The Sporting News” cites him as the “perfect player” who batted .381 and served as “a big factor in enabling the Yanks to win their fourth consecutive American League pennant.” They also won their fourth straight world championship. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph, which is large and mint 9. The photo is matted and framed to 17.25” x 22.25”.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 148. Don Larsen Signed 34” Yankee Stadium Bat from the Cooperstown Bat Co. The bat is from Cooperstown’s Stadium Series. The commemorative bat has an image and history of the stadium on the barrel. Larsen’s autograph of the sweet spot of the mint bat is nm 7 to nm-m 8. He played for the Yankees from 1955-59 and, in 1956, he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $102