Hall of Famer signed balls take top honors in Coac

A pair of Babe Ruth single-signed baseballs were the top sellers in the 3,703-lot November Coach’s Corner Sports and Celebrity Auction. 

The lead item in the auction and the top seller at $3,710 was a Ruth-signed baseball that has been in the family of women’s pro player Almaeda E. Bard of the Hollywood All-Stars since Ruth signed it for her in the lobby of a Wilkes-Barre, Pa., hotel lobby in 1932.

The other, a signed MacGregor Official 97 League Ruth ball, sold for $3,675.

Other Hall of Fame balls included $3,441 for a Christy Mathewson unlabeled baseball, $2,889 for a Mel Ott ball, $2,100 for one Jimmie Foxx signed ball and $1,856 for a second one, $1,839 for a signed Grover Cleveland Alexander ball, $1,737 for a Roberto Clemente signed Worth ball, $1,712 for an Al Simmons ball, $1,679 for a Larry Lajoie signed AL ball, $1,213 for a Chick Hafey signed Little League ball and $1,051 for a Chuck Klein signed Rawlings ball.

Also a 1929 Philadelphia Athletics ball, which came from the same family as the first Ruth ball, changed hands for $676. Other highlights included a George Sisler signed Wilson Little League ball that brought $919, a Ty Cobb signed DeBeer and Sons ball went for $814, a Rube Marquard signed 1979 All-Star ball brought $792 and a Waite Hoyt signed Rawlings ball went for $491.

Meanwhile, a Mickey Mantle sweet-spot signed AL ball with “536 HRS” brought $426, a Jackie Robinson signed Eastern League Spalding ball went for $1,093, a Wahoo Sam Crawford single-signed 1950s PCL ball sold for $683, a Goose Goslin NL (Giles) signed ball commanded $731, and a Maris-Mantle signed Yankee ball circa 1978 with Mantle on the sweet spot and Maris on the side panel brought $500. 

A Barry Bonds PSA/DNA certified 2002 World Series baseball went for $204, an Oakland A’s vintage superstars ball with 27 signatures brought $202, a lot of one dozen Derek Jeter single-signed baseballs rang the bell at $1,395 and a similar lot of a dozen Joe DiMaggio balls went for $1,329.

Other highlights included a 500 Home Run Club  signed AL ball sold for $327 and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball, including the tough Frank Kelleher and all the expected stars, brought $1,433. Also, a 1953 Dodgers ball sold for $579.

Other notable Hall of Fame signed items included an Ed Barrow signed personal check from 1952 ($192), a Lou Gehrig 8-by-10 magazine photo ($536), a 1930s signed and framed Gehrig Wire photo from the Yankees locker room ($463), a Satchel Paige signed game-used pitchers bat ($746), a Mantle-signed, framed and certified Gerry Dvorak print ($491), six deceased Hall of Famers on Paluso prints ($320), a 1950s Wilson Hall of Famers signed ball featuring 18 names ($509), a Ruth cut signature ($695), a DiMaggio, Mantle and Ted Williams signed and framed 16-by-20 photo ($384) and a unique lot of four Hall of Famer cut signatures ($509). 

Also a Mark McGwire signed Steiner panoramic “62” photograph ($131), a Joe Louis Black Flair signed boxing advertisement ($263), a signed Ben Hogan 8-by-10 photo ($167), an NBA All-Stars signed East All-Star jersey with Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant and others ($175), and a 2005-06 USC Trojans signed full-sized helmet ($384).

In the world of trading cards a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card sold for $2,258 and a 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie card went for $1,277. A 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel card of Ty Cobb sold for $1,477, a 1948 Joe DiMaggio Leaf card brought $827, a 1962 Topps Mickey Mantle card No. 200 went for $788, a 1957 Topps Willie Mays card brought $519, a 1958 Topps Ted Williams Topps All-Star card went for $371 and a 1976 Topps Payton rookie card sold for $500.

Bids are accepted online at www.myccsa.com, by phone at 215-721-9162 or by mail prior to the auction date.

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