Auction News – November

Current MastroNet Premier Catalog Auction Closes Next Week
This is the last week to bid in the current MastroNet Premier Catalog Auction! Bids can be placed by calling (630) 472-9551 or directly on-line at (simply login with your user name and password to bid ).

AMERICANA lots 1-929 will close for INITIAL BIDS on Wednesday December 7, 2005

SPORTS lots 930-1888 will close for INITIAL BIDS on Thursday December 8, 2005

SPORTS lots 1889-2827 will close for INITIAL BIDS on Friday December 9, 2005

Remember that you must have at least one INITIAL BID placed by 9 pm Central Time on the day your lot closes to be eligible to bid after that time. Individual lots will start to “countdown” at 11 PM Central Time. To review the unique “30-minute close” rule, visit If you have any questions, or wish to contact us – please call or e-mail us at

Clean Sweep Auctions’ Affordable Autograph and Memorabilia auction closes Dec. 14-15
Clean Sweep Auctions’ Affordable Autograph and Memorabilia auction closes Dec. 14-15. Virtually every item in the auction has a minimum bid of $100 or lower, but don’t assume low minimum bids means a lack of quality items. “We have a big run of Gateway cachets, including many of the scarce issues,” said Clean Sweep’s Steve Verkman. “We have Satchel Paige, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams, among others, all being offered as singles.” Jackie Robinson and Connie Mack autographs are available on government-issued post cards in this auction, which features roughly 500 autographed baseball items, including more than 60 team-signed balls from as far back to the 1935 Cubs and White Sox and spanning every decade through the mid-1990s. There are also dozens of items from football, hockey and boxing.

Verkman said an auction of more high-profile items will take place in January. That event closes Jan. 25. “That’s traditionally one of our best auctions of the year,” he said. “Part of that is the quality of the items we always put in that auction, but the other factor is there aren’t a lot of big auctions going on in late January.”

To take part in the December auction, visit

MGA event delayed to include Babe Herman Collection
Mike Gutierrez Auctions had planned for an auction on Dec. 15, but Babe Herman’s family had something to say about that. The addition of the Babe Herman Collection — 150 items donated by the family — has pushed the auction back back five weeks to Jan. 26 and the consignment date back to Dec. 5. The auction will open on Monday, Jan. 2, at the website.

Floyd “Babe” Herman, who played for five teams from 1926-37 and then made a surprising comeback at 42 years old with the Brooklyn Dodgers for 37 games in 1945. He finished second in the league in batting twice and had 1,818 career hits. Herman died in 1987 at 84 years old. His family is selling team balls, championship balls, a Babe Ruth single-signed ball, game-used items and items from Herman’s personal collection, obtained before he even played in the bigs.

“They called me at the beginning of this year and hired me to appraise it,” Gutierrez said. “There are three (daughters) involved who have this collection and they wanted to divvy it up.” Gutierrez said he told them that whenever they wanted to sell, let him know, and he got the call three weeks ago.

The Herman collection is added to dozens of items obtained from a former Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse worker, and the collection of Ed Gorsuch, a significant collector of modern items who died within the past year. Gutierrez tries to limit his auctions to 700 items, but this one has already exceeded that and will get much larger. “There are things that I can’t even tell you about yet,” Gutierrez said. “I’ve got another widow, locally, and this collection is absolutely marvelous and it fits into this auction.”

Inside the Park Collectibles to include display memorabilia
Vintage display memorabilia will take center stage as Inside the Park Collectibles holds its Dec. 9 phone/Internet auction.

As is the case with most Inside the Park Collectibles auctions, the main theme of the auction will be vintage display type memorabilia, with a heavy emphasis on figural items. The entire

MGA event delayed to include Babe Herman Collection
Mike Gutierrez Auctions had planned for list of auction items will be available to see in the Dec. 2 issue of SCD, with bidding beginning online or by phone on Nov. 15.

Highlights of the auction will include a wide array of scarce 1960s bobbing heads with a variety of black face baseball and football dolls; vintage Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia including a Pee Wee Reese pennant; rare examples of Stanford Pottery and Gibbs-Connor banks; a scarce 1959 Baltimore Colts Championship cup and saucer; rare Carter-Hoffman wood-carved college mascot statues; a wide variety of sports-related glassware, ashtrays, figurals and decanters and a never-before-seen Fred Kail Baltimore Colts figural ashtray.

To visit the website and preview the auction items visit Registrations can be made online or by calling 516-747-7932.

Historic Auctions debuts with Dec. 1 auction
Historic Auctions, a new company in the auction field, opens with an online event that is currently live on and closes on Dec. 1. This auction is highlighted by a host of game-used jerseys, said company president James Brown. “We have a lot of game-used jerseys and equipment, and a good portion of it comes directly from the players,” he said.

Among the highlights are gamers from Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui. The most colorful item, literally, is a yellow Jerry West Lakers jersey that is not only game-used, but signed. Football makes an appearance with gamers including a 1980 Joe Montana, 1985 John Elway and 1987 Herschel Walker Cowboys.

The company’s next event is tentatively set for early April.

Vintage Authentic boasts opens Nov. 17 auction with new web site
Vintage Authentics “Legends of Greatness” Auction is the first on their new web site, The auction ends Nov. 17 at 10:00 PM Eastern. Vintage has also added a new bidding policy, which requires bidders to place at least one bid on the item that you wish to win before the auction closing time in order to take advantage of the extended 10-minute rule bidding function.

Steiner offers 2005 White Sox signed merchandise
Steiner Sports is offering a 2005 Chicago White Sox team-signed (28 autographs) newspaper from the day after they won the World Series. It is a limited edition No. 1 of only three. Signatures include Harold Baines, Geoff Blum, Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Don Cooper, Neal Cotts, Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Ozzie Guillen, Dustin Hermanson, Orlando Hernandez, Tadahito Iguchi, Bobby Jenks, Paul Konerko, Damaso Marte, Pablo Ozuna, Timo Perez, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik, Cliff Politte, Tim Raines, Aaron Rowand, Frank Thomas, Juan Uribe, Luis Vizcaino and Greg Walker. Visit the company’s website at The item closes Nov. 21.

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