A remarkable collection of sports memorabilia, historical documents and items of Americana will be offered in an online auction by Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show in October, highlighted by the Bert Padell Collection and the Weston Boxing Collection.
The auction will end Oct. 25-27. The boxing collection of Stanley Weston and Toby Weston Cone will conclude bidding on Oct. 25. Portions of the massive Padell Collection will close the following day, Oct. 26, with the remainder of that collection concluding Oct. 27. Additional lots will also close that same day.
Padell, a Yankee batboy in 1949-50, went on to become the “financial consultant to the stars” (DiMaggio, DeNiro, Baryshnikov, Madonna, Spears, many more), while amassing what company officials have called the finest single-consigner collection to come to auction since the Barry Halper Auction of 1999.
Weston was long associated with Nat Fleischer and The Ring magazine, and since his passing, his daughter Toby Weston Cone has cared for and maintained what is considered the finest boxing collection ever assembled.
Among the highlights of the auction are:
- The Jack Johnson “confession letter” explaining his “fix” of the Willard fight.
- Full set of the 1935 New York Yankees player contracts, including Lou Gehrig
- A turnstile from Ebbets Field
- Roberto Clemente’s first pro contract (with Santurce), signed and fingerprinted by him and his parents when he was 17, plus the last home run ball he hit, in the 1972 NLCS.
- Joe DiMaggio’s 1941 contract, the year of his 56-game hitting streak
- Letter from George Armstrong Custer spelling out his intentions of carrying out a “war of extermination” against everyone in the South with rebel blood
- A restaurant menu signed by both DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe (anything signed by both is extremely rare)
- Handwritten lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” signed by lyricist Jack Norworth
- A championship belt from 19th-century British boxing immortal Jem Mace
- A replica Mickey Mantle model glove given only to pallbearers at his funeral
- A 1918 signed agreement between Babe Ruth and Harry Frazee spelling out cash bonuses for achieving pitching plateaus; Ruth moved to the outfield and didn’t reach the plateaus.
- Handwritten note by a tearful Tom Seaver thanking Mets fans after his trade; he couldn’t continue his remarks as he broke down, so he jotted down his feelings.
- A bat signed by more than 200 American Leaguers, including 23 Hall of Famers, collected by batboy Padell
- The famous bustier worn by Madonna on tour, along with a jumpsuit worn by Britney Spears on tour
- Game-used bats from Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, minor leaguer Michael Jordan, and more
- An original locker from old Yankee Stadium, given to Padell by Pete Sheehy, who claimed it to be Lou Gehrig’s
- Historic documents signed by FDR, JFK, Lincoln, Empress Josephine, John Wilkes Booth, and many others.
- Babe Ruth’s book and movie contracts from the last year of his life.
- Original cover art from vintage boxing magazines
- Full collection of workout jerseys issued to the 2005 MLB All-Star teams, with all proceeds going to the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.).
The auction, by phone, fax and e-mail, will be posted online (with complete descriptions), and a 400-page catalog is in the process of being mailed.
The telephone number is (877) ROAD-SHW (877-762-3749) or +011 (410) 427-9456 outside the U.S. The Web site is http://www.gmrs.com.