A rare signed LP by The Beatles captured the top bid at $3,800 among 3,356 lots in the June Coach’s Corner Sports & Celebrity Auction. The Vee-Jay “Introducing the Beatles” album finished well in front of a vintage red-laced baseball signed by New York Giants immortal Mel Ott that finished second high at $3,194. A lot of a dozen Mickey Mantle signed baseballs was the third-highest selling lot at $3,150.
Besides the Ott ball, there were hefty winning bids of $2,890 for a Ty Cobb signed AL Cronin baseball, $2,346 for a Babe Ruth signed AL Harridge ball, $2,329 for a Jimmie Foxx signed Babe Ruth League ball, $1,677 for a Cap Anson vintage ball and $1,501 for a Tom Yawkey signed Lee McPhail baseball.
Other top prices for signed balls included $1,822 for an Eddie Collins signed DeBeer baseball, $1,418 for a Lou Gehrig-Babe Ruth ball, $1,408 for a Dizzy Dean signed Spalding Major League ball, $1,654 for a Foxx-signed non-official ball, an Earle Combs ball brought $1,260, $814 was realized for a Waite Hoyt AL ball, $700 was spent for a Roger Maris signed Wilson ball and $631 went for a Travis Jackson NL ball.
A Mickey Mantle signed Adirondack bat brought $971, a bat signed by the 2004 Red Sox world championship team sold for $376, and a Ted Williams signed Adirondack bat went for $406.
In the realm of game-worn equipment, a Shaquille O’Neal game-used and signed Lakers jersey went for $991, a Wilt Chamberlain signed and custom-framed Lakers jersey brought $438, a pair of Muhammad Ali boxing trunks went for $368, a Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck Reds jersey sold for $269, an A-Rod/Jeter signed Yankees jersey brought $255, and a Masters’ Tournament flag signed by Tiger Woods generated a winning bid of $260. A Cal Ripken Jr. signed “Home Plate” brought $568 and an actual Yankee Stadium seat from prior to the latest renovation sold for $394.
From show business there was an autographed Elvis Presley LP signed “Thanks” that sold for $1,365. Also from the same category came a signed Eric Clapton guitar that went for $583, a “Wizard of Oz” cast photo ($532), a signed Walt Disney 1950s Disneyland LP ($276), a Bruce Springsteen signed guitar ($578), a “Caddyshack” cast signed lobby card ($318), a Three Stooges 8-by-10 signed by Larry, Moe and Curly ($425), a Judy Garland signed photo ($108) and a signed Doors album, including the late Jim Morrison ($446). A Rat Pack signed album page brought $627. A Princess Diana-Prince Charles signed 3-by-5 went for $75.
A Baseball Legends signed ball loaded with Hall of Famers sold for $208, one signed by Triple Crown Winners Mickey Mantle, Carl Yasztremski, Frank Robinson and Ted Williams sold for $815, a 1984 U.S. Olympic team ball signed by the likes of Mark McGwire, Will Clark, B. J. Surhoff and the rest of that talented club brought $383, a 300 Win Club ball signed by Tom Seaver (sweet spot), Early Wynn, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton and several others brought $318, a 500 Home Run Club ball signed by 11 players sold for $435, a McGwire-signed and limited-edition “Steiner” ball sold for $500, a lot of 12 signed Derek Jeter baseballs went for $856, and a 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers “Grapefruit League” baseball signed by 19 members of the team brought $110.
Signed photos and lithos include a signed Muhammad Ali-George Foreman 1974 Zaire fight program ($100), a Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris signed Yankees 8-by-10 ($190) and a huge Super Bowl III signed All America Collectibles print of the New York Jets ($525). A “Miracle on Ice” team-signed photo of the 1980 Olympic Hockey gold medal winners – 20 of them total – brought $379. A 23-by-23 silk pillowcase featuring a 45-star American flag and other tobacco-related silks sold for $295.
Baseball and other sports card items included a lot of 1,269 signed baseball cards (plus 730 mailing envelopes) mostly from 1990-2004 that sold for $1241, a signed 1961 Roberto Clemente Topps card ($475), a 1986 Jerry Rice rookie card graded Gem Mint 10 ($138), a 1986 Barry Bonds Fleer Update rookie card graded Gem Mint 10 ($99), a lot of five LeBron James rookie cards graded Gem Mint 10 ($171) and a lot of 617 signed baseball cards representing nine different teams ($236).
A signed Herbert Hoover letter from 1936 went for $135, a war document signed by two presidents, Andrew Jackson and James Monroe, brought $814 and a signed cachet from the 1962 Project Mercury team changed hands at $463. Finally, a Pope Benedict signed 3-by-5 card went for $160.
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