Hunt Auctions returns to Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 10-11 to conduct the third annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Live Auction, with a star-studded lineup that includes headliners Joe DiMaggio and Roy Campanella in a gala two-day sale of more than 1,000 lots, the largest yet in the three-year history of the event.
The auction, which includes several substantive collections being offered for the first time publicly, will be preceded by two days of free appraisals at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory on Wednesday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). All lots will be on display at the museum from Wednesday through Saturday.
Highlights from the sale include:
Roy Campanella’s 1951 National League MVP Award ($150,000-$200,000 pre-auction estimate)
Joe Jackson professional model baseball bat circa 1911-15 ($75,000-$125,000)
19th-century collection from early player James “Deacon” White ($125,000-$175,000)
1934 Tour of Japan photography collection from umpire John Quinn ($75,000-$100,000)
Mickey Mantle 1960 World Series game-used bat ($40,000-$60,000)
Ty Cobb game-used bat with H&B factory side-writing circa 1917-21 ($40,000-$60,000)
Lloyd Waner Pittsburgh Pirates road uniform circa 1936 ($30,000-$40,000)
Joe DiMaggio rookie era game-used bat circa 1936-37 ($25,000-$35,000)
1924 Steve O’Neill Chicago World Tour uniform ($25,000-$35,000)
The first session of 250 lots on Friday evening will offer the last opportunity to obtain items from Joe DiMaggio’s personal collection, which Hunt has been featuring in its auctions since the historic New York City sale this past May.
The roster of items includes autographed pieces, photography, equipment and several Marilyn Monroe related items. All lots are being offered directly by the family of DiMaggio family and will include a letter of provenance.
Several other vintage DiMaggio-related items of import from outside consignors will be sold during the first session, including a Joe DiMaggio professional model glove ($15,000-$20,000), a DiMaggio rookie era professional model baseball bat ($25,000-$35,000), and a baseball attributed to be the final home run of DiMaggio’s career hit in the 1951 World Series ($10,000-$15,000).
Although Hillerich & Bradsby Co. is known for its Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the company also played a major role in the manufacture of golf-related equipment, beginning in 1916. As such, Hunt Auctions will include a portion of H&B’s golf-related archives, which will eventually be offered in their entirety.
The first portion being sold in the 2006 auction includes paper ephemera, autographed items, advertising materials, and vintage photography, with several large-format photographs by G. Pietzcker of St. Louis, including a Bobby Jones example (estimates from $500-$3,000 each).
The remainder of the initial session will include autographed jerseys from the 2006 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby/Workout Day, with proceeds benefitting MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team. A total of 65 jerseys will be sold, including Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and David Ortiz.
Nearly 800 lots will be hammered down on Saturday, beginning with a selection of materials dating primarily to the 1920s-30s. Highlights include the personal collection of former Washington Senators pitcher Ad Liska, including his 1929 Senators home jersey ($5,000-$7,500). Items from the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Braves and other teams of the period will also be sold, including a Ty Cobb professional model bat with factory side-writing circa 1919 ($40,000-$60,000), 1914 Boston Braves leather tobacco premium ($3,500-$4,500), Harry Heilmann professional model baseball bat with H&B return shipping label ($5,000-$7,500), and a 1927 Philadelphia Athletics team-signed ball ($5,000-$7,500).
A mixture of vintage and modern era items relating to the Negro leagues will be knocked down, including a selection of game-worn major league throwback jerseys to benefit the Negro League Baseball Museum. Vintage Negro League materials include a discovery collection of Cumberland Posey autographed documents and other signature rarities such as Raymond Brown and Martin Dihigo.
Hunt Auctions will also offer the continuation of several private collections of vintage baseball sportscards in both sessions on Saturday. Cards dating from the 1930s through the 1960s will be offered in the morning session, including sets and star cards, with a 1952 Topps Mantle ($12,500-$17,500) and several high-grade Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig 1933 Goudey cards ranging from $5,000-$20,000 each also offered. Other card issues to be sold will include Play Ball, R303 Goudey premium set, Kashin and Leaf.
The afternoon session will feature a collection of early 20th-century tobacco and candy cards, including (10) 1917 Boston Store cards, a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel Hans Wagner SGC 5 ($7,500-$10,000), a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel Ty Cobb SGC 5 ($5,000-$7,500), 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Ty Cobb SGC 6 ($10,000-$15,000), an 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Adrian Anson SGC 8 ($10,000-$15,000), and a T206 White Border set ($20,000-$30,000).
Numerous autographed rarities from estate collections will be offered. including single-signed balls from Grover Cleveland Alexander, Urban Shocker, Ruth, Wagner, Mel Ott, Dazzy Vance, Tris Speaker and Satchel Paige. A fine private collection of vintage baseball paper items will cross the block, including handwritten letters, signed typewritten documents, 3-by-5 autographed postcards, and other miscellaneous flat pieces. One of the more unique items within the sale is a signed handwritten letter from Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty. The very scarce letter originates directly from the archives of Hillerich & Bradsby Co. and carries a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Two early baseball collections, from former American League umpire John Quinn and 19th-century player James “Deacon” White, will headline the second session on Saturday. Quinn participated in the 1934 U.S. All-Star Tour of Japan and assembled one of the most comprehensive and likely unique photographic accounts of the trip to come into the marketplace.
Offered for the first time publicly directly by the Quinn family, the collection includes a superb Ruth and Gehrig large-format autographed photograph ($20,000-$30,000), Quinn’s 1934 Tour of Japan presentational album ($15,000-$20,000), and numerous unique original photographs, paper items, and presentational pieces given to Quinn during the 1934 Tour.
“Deacon” White was one of the more prominent players during the formative period of professional baseball from the 1860s through the 1880s. The collection is being offered directly by the White family and according to Hunt officials is the most substantive of its type from a 19th-century player to have entered the hobby. The grouping includes several early photographs of great significance, including 1878-80 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1882 Boston Red Caps, several 1887-88 Detroit Wolverines, and an important large-folio image of the Champion 1873 Boston Red Stockings measuring 14-by-18, as presented to White as a member of the team. The photo is the largest of its type that Hunt Auctions has encountered and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Many other significant pieces from the White collection are being offered, including his 1887 Detroit Wolverines World Championship Dauvray Cup medal ($15,000-$20,000), a George Wright autographed Boston Red Stockings cabinet photo circa 1873 ($10,000-$15,000), 1871 Cleveland Forest Citys team photograph, and White’s spider-style catcher’s mask ($7,500-$10,000). White was the first professional player to wear a mask in game play.
The auction also includes a fine selection of early baseball antiquities, including (20) 19th-century trophy baseballs with historical signifi cance, Charles Comiskey’s presentational gold cane, figural baseball music box attributed to the Wrigley family circa 1920s, occupational shaving mugs, stadium-related pieces, a Forbes Field terra cotta archway, and metalwork, including 19th-century flasks and trophies.
The entire auction catalog can be viewed online at www.huntauctions.com. Bids and catalog orders can be placed through the website or by calling (610) 524-0822. Hunt Auctions is currently accepting consignments for several future auctions, including its 2007 February Live Auction.