- A game-used Roberto Clemente bat, Cap Anson’s autograph, scarce card sets and programs from memorable World Series games highlight Collectible Classics’ Nov. 1 “Auction for Collectors.”
Specializing in what it calls “collector-sized” lots, the Pittsburgh area auction house is also offering the original drawings used by the “NBC Nightly News” to illustrate its coverage of the 1985 baseball drug trials. Although offering a selection of higher-end cards and memorabilia, Collectible Classics expects most of its 210 lots to sell for $150-$700.
The Clemente bat, a Hillerich & Bradsby U1 model, was one of a small number that remained in the Hall of Fame outfielder’s inventory after the 1971 World Series. Dave Bushing and Troy Kinunen of MEARS authenticated the bat, which shows light use and has “21” on the flared knob.
Clemente is the focus of four other important auction lots, including a ticket stub from the game in which he collected his 3,000th (and final) regular-season hit. These tickets are scarce because only 13,117 fans attended. The other Clemente items are a signed picture, a 1957 team baseball with his autograph and a 1954 Santruce, Puerto Rico, scorecard.
Anson’s autograph in any form is scarce. The “Adrian C. Anson” version on Anson’s calling card is especially scarce. It comes with an LOA from PSA/DNA, and was authenticated by Kevin Keating as well.
Another desirable autograph is of Jackie Robinson on picture from True magazine. The picture recognizes Robinson as the 1949 N.L. Batting Champion. Keating authenticated the autograph.
Cards are always a staple for Collectible Classics, and this auction features a 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set with every card graded PSA 8. Other scarce sets are a 1952 Laval Dairy Provincial League set and a 1998 Football Hall of Fame Signature Series, sometimes called the Ron Mix set, in four uncut sheets. The auction also includes a 1955 Topps Football All-American set.
Babe Ruth is the focus of several lots, including a scored program for his “Called Shot” in the 1932 World Series. A check with Root’s signature is offered as a separate lot.
One of the auction’s more unusual entries comes from Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. After the game, Providence newspaper columnist John Hanlon had Larsen and losing pitcher Sal Maglie sign the relevant pages of his scorebook. The signed pages are offered here along with the original copy of an article that Hanlon wrote in 1983 on obtaining and retaining the autographs.
During the 1985 drug trials, NBC News retained Pittsburgh artist Charlotta Howard McKelvey to provide courtroom sketches of the trial; cameras were barred. Collectible Classics is offering 32 color sketches, which depict Dave Parker, Keith Hernandez and other figures in the trial.
The auction includes a broad range of other collectibles. Some of the highlights include:
- Rare 1911 program honoring John McGraw and the New York Giants
- Negro League broadsides
- Honus Wagner and other Pittsburgh Pirates items
- Type cards
- Memorabilia autographed by Mantle, Mays, DiMaggio, Campanella and other Hall of Famers
- Stanford Pottery Boston Braves bank
- Scarce baseball books and annuals
- R311-2 football premiums
- Scarce St. Louis Gunners NFL program
- Football autographs and programs
- T220 boxing near set
- Boxing, hockey and basketball cards and memorabilia
- Scarce Wischmann’s and Peco airplane near sets
- Lillian Russell cigar box
Free auction catalogs are available from Collectible Classics at (724) 446-3079. The auction is online at www.auctionscc.com. Bidding is online and by phone.