On Nov. 21, bidding began in the largest multi-consignment, Internet/phone auction MastroNet has ever conducted, with more than 2,800 lots featured. The items available represent all collecting genres including sports, comic books and comic art, historical milestones, Hollywood, music, political campaigns and more. Bidding will conclude on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.
According to MastroNet president Doug Allen, the size of the December auction was driven to new heights by the company being selected to represent several major collections. “This auction is a collection of incredible collections,” said Allen. “Whether you’re a fan of sports collecting or Americana items, there has never been a more diverse, high-quality offering than this one.” Five of the most significant collections being offered include:
- The Duke Hott Collection, a massive, unrivaled football archive
- The Frank Nagy Collection, one of the best sports collections in existence
- The Mark Friedland Collection, a significant accumulation of PSA-graded sets and single cards
- The Doug Mo Collection, a phenomenal collection of 1933 and 1934 Goudeys
- An impressive Chicago White Sox collection
Some of the other highlighted collections include:
- The Charles Schalebaum Collection, an enormous array of automobile items
- A huge selection of autographed historical items
- A significant selection of baseball cards, including two new cabinet discoveries
- Music and movie items, including an Elvis Presley jukebox and Marilyn Monroe’s bra
- Comics, coins and other coveted collectibles
Specific highlights are provided in the following:
The Frank Nagy Collection
In 1959, Nagy took the entire life savings of his family and purchased the baseball card collection of Walt Corson for $6,000, a fortune at the time. With the Corson Collection now part of his own, the Frank Nagy Collection became one of the largest ever assembled. In 1966, a 14-year-old William Mastro, today the CEO of MastroNet, wrote to Nagy who became Mastro’s hobby mentor. Key lots from the collection include: 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner GAI 3.5 ($50,000 minimum bid); 1912 T3 Turkey Red complete set ($10,000); 1912 S81 Silk collection of 13 different ($2,500); and a 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb with “Ty Cobb” back SGC 20 ($2,500).
The Duke Hott Collection
Allen refers to the Hott Collection as an unprecedented “mother lode” of high-end football memorabilia. “It really is a collection you’ve got to see to believe,” said Allen. “When I walked into Duke’s home I was overwhelmed both by the collection’s magnitude as well as its quality.”
According to Allen, the collection is composed of more than 1,000 pieces, including more than 100 game-used jerseys and 75 game-used helmets and vintage football advertising and display pieces, including an 1895 early American football scene original painting by Albert Morgan ($10,000), Gale Sayers Chicago Bears game-worn road jersey ($2,500); Curly Lambeau 1929 World Champion Green Bay Packers trophy ($1,000); and George Blanda’s 1970s Oakland Raiders game-worn home jersey ($1,000).
The Mark Friedland Collection
In the past few years, Friedland has set his sights on accumulating one of the biggest and best PSA collections in the world. The lofty venture is not an unusual one for Friedland, whose varied interests include sports cards, historical relics and autographs. Two of his most incredible acquisitions being offered are the ninth-best 1960 Topps Baseball set on the PSA Set Registry ($5,000) and the No. 5 1961 Topps Baseball set ($7,500).
The Chicago White Sox Collection
On the heels of the historic World Series win by the Chicago White Sox, the memorabilia associated with this team is hotter than ever. The MastroNet auction features a huge collection of White Sox items. A few highlights include Ted Kluszewski’s 1959 White Sox game-worn road jersey ($1,500), an Early Wynn 1960 White Sox game-worn and signed home jersey ($1,500); and a rare 1917 White Sox World Series program ($1,000).
MastroNet officials are also justifiably enthused about a pair of 1888-89 “Sporting Extra Cigarettes” World Tour cabinet cards that turned up in time for the sale, each thought to be one-of-a-kind specimens. The subjects are the two teams that participated in Spalding’s World Base Ball Tour of 1888-89 – the Chicago B.B. Tourists and the All American B.B. Tourists ($10,000).
Some of the other card highlights include: a 1952 Topps Baseball PSA-graded set with Page and Sain variations ($10,000); a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb PSA 8 ($10,000); a 1959 Topps Baseball entirely PSA-graded set ($5,000); a 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie PSA 10 ($5,000); a 1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente PSA 10 ($5,000); 1909-11 T206 White Border near set (521) ($5,000); a 1954 Topps Baseball unopened Five-Cent wax box with 36 packs ($5,000) and another 1954 Topps Baseball unopened Five-Cent wax box, in this instance with each pack graded and encapsulated by Global Authentication ($5,000); 1911 M116 Sporting Life near set (282 different) Plus 23/24 Blue variations ($5,000); 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Babe Ruth PSA 8 ($5,000); 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie SGC 84 ($5,000); a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 ($5,000); a 1933 Goudey No. 149 Ruth PSA 8 ($5,000); 1948 Bowman Baseball high-grade complete set with each card PSA 8 ($5,000); 1915 M101-5 Sporting News Ruth PSA 6 ($4,000); a 1939 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio PSA 9 ($2,500); 1911 T205 Gold Border Frank Chance PSA 9 ($2,500); 1909-11 T206 White Border Cobb Red Background PSA 8 ($2,500); 1909-1911 T206 White Border Cobb Bat Off Shoulder PSA 8 ($2,500); 1909-11 T206 White Border Cobb Bat On Shoulder PSA 8 ($2,500); 1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 ($2,500); 1933 Goudey Foxx PSA 8 ($2,500); 1933 Goudey No. 181 Babe Ruth PSA 8 ($2,500); and a 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie PSA 9 ($1,500).
The Branca Collection
MastroNet has offered hundreds of cards from The acclaimed John Branca Collection in several recent auctions and offers yet another installment in its December event. Some of the featured lots include: a 1933 Goudey No. 1 Benny Bengough PSA 8 ($2,500); a 1912 E300 Plow’s Candy Nap Lajoie PSA 8 ($1,000); 1954 Wilson Franks Gil Hodges PSA 9 ($1,500); and a 1933 Goudey No. 92 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 ($1,500).
Jerseys, balls and bats
Highlights include: Jim Bottomley 1924-29 Cardinals game-worn road jersey, the only known ($10,000); Clemente 1966 Pirates MVP season game-worn road vest ($10,000); Ted Williams 1960 final season Red Sox game-worn home jersey ($10,000); Hank Aaron 1968 Braves game-worn and signed home jersey from his 500th home run ($5,000); pre-1929 Ruth single-signed ball ($5,000); Jimmie Foxx single-signed ball ($1,500); a 1934 Tour of Japan signed ball ($1,000); Cobb 1911-16 H & B game-used and sidewritten bat ($25,000); Ruth 1926-34 Spalding game-used bat ($10,000); Ruth 1921-31 H & B game-used and signed bat ($10,000); and a Foxx 1934-44 H & B game-used bat ($5,000)
Awards and memorabilia
Cy Young’s 1903 World Series championship medal ($10,000); Bruce Berenyi’s 1986 New York Mets World Series ring ($2,500); Carlos May’s 1977 New York Yankees World Series ring ($1,500); autographed Black-and-White Hall of Fame Plaques with 39 signatures ($10,000); 1927 Ruth and Gehrig signed barnstorming photo ($5,000); 1939 Baseball Centennial single-signed First-Day Cover collection of 10 HOFers ($5,000); and a Gehrig-signed Christmas card ($2,500).
Wilt Chamberlain 1967-68 Philadelphia 76ers home uniform ($10,000); 1992 Chicago Bulls World Championship ring presented to scout Jim Stack ($2,500); Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 1990-91 game-worn jersey ($2,500); Wayne Gretzky 1980s Edmonton Oilers game-worn jersey ($2,500); Bobby Orr Boston Bruins game-worn road jersey ($2,500); Bill Mosienko 1943 Chicago Blackhawks game-used sweater ($2,500); Tony Esposito 1970 NHL All-Star game-worn and signed jersey; $1,000; Dick Butkus 1960s Chicago Bears game-worn home jersey ($2,500); 1969 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl ring ($2,500); 1989 Denver Broncos AFC Championship ring ($1,000); vintage Bobby Jones autographed photo; and a 1940s Babe Didrickson Zaharias stamped, tournament-used putter.
Non-sport and Americana
The Charles Schalebaum Collection includes hundreds of items, including one-of-a kind silver cups and racing trophies, automobile embellishments, personal effects of noteworthy racers, ceramics, historical documents, engraved artwork, paintings, posters, photographs, presentation bronzes and models.
Other highlights include: 1932 R114 U.S. Caramel Presidents complete set with ultra-rare William McKinley card ($2,500); 1786 John Paul Jones ALS to Foreign Minister Thomas Jefferson ($10,000); circa 1817 Beethoven-signed handwritten note ($5,000); Neil Armstrong’s hair clippings ($5,000); 1898 Rough Rider saddle and 1873 Winchester rifle gifted by Teddy Roosevelt ($5,000); Abraham Lincoln signed father and son studio portrait ($25,000); historic letter from Lincoln “Proclamation to Observe in an Especial Manner the Birthday of Washington” ($25,000); large 1864 McClellan/Pendleton campaign poster, only example known ($5,000); and President Kennedy cigars gifted by the president of the Philippines ($5,000); Abraham Lincoln’s hair ($2,500).
Hollywood and music items
Rare 1964 Rickenbacker guitar Model 325 DD ($5,000); 1956 jukebox from Elvis Presley movie “Loving You” that had been owned by Elvis ($5,000); 1942 Humphrey Bogart trenchcoat from “Casablanca” publicity tour ($2,500); and a Marilyn Monroe brassiere once worn by the legendary star.
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