MastroNet Classic Collector auction pushes past $2

Some spectacular Babe Ruth items, a 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson and a boatload of vintage Topps and Bowman sets and singles helped propel the June MastroNet Classic Collector auction past $2 million, posting yet another record for the auction giant. The all-Internet event just topped the highest previous sale of its kind held earlier this year.

The auction featured more than 1,400 lots, with all but one selling, and featured lots of both sports and Americana items. Some of the highlights are listed below:

  • A spectacular Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, graded PSA 8.5 – $33,026  
  • A 1916 M101-4 Herpolsheimer Ruth card – $20,505
  • A 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, PSA EX 5 – $15,404
  • A 1912-13 C57 Hockey complete set – $15,404
  • A collection of 1952 Topps Baseball cards with Mantle, Mays and Mathews – $14,004
  • Thirteen different BU St. Gaudens Double Eagles – $12,731 
  • A massive E-Caramel baseball card collection – $10,52
  • A collection of 1952-56 Topps and Bowman baseball cards – $10,520
  • A complete set run of 1953-56 Topps baseball cards – $9,563
  • A huge 1964 Topps Giants star card collection with multiple PSA-Graded Mantle and Clemente cards – $8,694  
  • A 1950 Topps Football Felt Back near-set – $8,694
  • A 1938 R69 Gum Inc. Horrors of War complete set – $8,694  

Additional highlights for numerous sports lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.

Baseball Autographs: Lou Gehrig cut signature – $5,396; a baseball autograph collection of more than 328 items – $4,905; an autographed Hall of Famer 3-by-5 collection, including Jackie Robinson – $4,905; a 1938 Who’s Who in the Major Leagues book containing 125 autographs, including Ruth, Ott and Wagner – $4,459; a 1944 “Spalding Sports Show” advertising piece signed by Ruth – $4,053; an early Wheaties box back photo autographed by Gehrig – $3,683; a Ruth-signed photo display – $3,683; a Ruth-signed birthday horoscope book, also signed by Claire and Dorothy Ruth – $3,683; and a 1934 World Tour autographed ship’s dinner menu with Ruth  Gehrigner and Mack – $3,348.

Baseball Cards: A 1909-11 T206 White Border collection of 121 cards – $7,184; a 1933 R319 Goudey near-set (224/239) with three Ruths and a Gehrig – $7,184; a T205 and T206 collection of 167 cards with Cobb and Johnson – $6,531; a 1928 “Star Player” Candy card of Ruth – $6,531; a 1957 Topps near-set (396/407) plus (4) checklists – $6,531; a diverse collection of 262 cards that include 1930s-80s superstar and rookie cards – $6,531; a 1953 Bowman Color complete set – $5,396; a 1939 R334 Play Ball complete set – $4,905; and a pre-WWI collection of 245 cards – $4,905.

Graded Baseball Cards: a 1952 Red Man Tobacco Gil McDougald PSA 9 – $5,936; a 1921 Koesters Bread World Series issue collection (15 different) including Ruth – $5,396; a gem mint 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt rookie card  – $5,396; a 1950 W576 B. E. Callahan Hall of Fame completely PSA graded – $4,459; a 1968 Topps 3-D collection of PSA-graded cards (4) with Robinson, Fairly, Davis and Maloney – $4,459; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Neal Ball (Cleveland) PSA 8 – $4,053; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Ollie Pickering PSA 8  – $4,053; and a 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson PSA 8 – $4,053.

The Branca Collection: 1933 R319 Goudey Val Picinich PSA 8 – $8,694; a 1933 R319 Goudey No. 160 Lou Gehrig PSA 7 – $5,396; a 1952 Topps Bob Chapman PSA 8 – $4,905; a 1952 Topps Hal Rice PSA 8 – $4,459; a 1933 R319 Goudey Roscoe Holm PSA 8 – $3,424; a 1933 R319 Goudey Charley Root PSA 8 – $3,043; a 1952 Topps Ted Kluszewski PSA 8  – $3,043; and a 1912 E300 Plow’s Candy John Titus PSA 8 – $2,766.

Baseball Memorabilia: a gigantic 1926 World Series panoramic Tri-Fold “Beech-Nut” advertising sign – $2,766; a 1932 Babe Ruth “Called Shot” ticket and program – $2,766; a collection of 1924-57 World Series and All-Star programs – $2,766; a rare Tom Seaver 1973 New York Mets National League Championship salesman’s sample ring – $2,766; a 1919 White Sox American League Championship pennant  – $2,285; and a set of 18 Hartland statues – $2,285.

Bats: Mickey Mantle 1961-64 H&B signed team index bat – $7,903; a Hank Aaron 1964-67 Adirondack game-used – $2,766; a significant 1950-60 era “Coaches” bat collection including Foxx, Hornsby, Dickey and Lazzeri – $2,077; an Eddie Mathews 1950-60 era game-used bat – $1,887; a Yogi Berra 1950-60 H&B game-used bat – $1,887; a Roger Maris 1950-60 H&B block-letter, game-used bat – $1,715; and a Don Mattingly 1983-85 game-used and signed bat – $1,558.

Baseball Photos: Hall of Fame photo collection (24 different) – $5,936; a rare 1920s Jose Mendez original 8-by-10 – $3,348; a 1950s-60s New York Yankees photograph collection (12 different) – $1,416; and a 1929 Chicago Cubs panoramic photograph – $1,287.

Graded Signed Baseballs: Billy Martin single-signed PSA 9 – $2,514; a 1955 AL  All-Star team-signed with Mantle and Williams PSA 8 – $2,285; a 1961 Yankees Reunion signed ball PSA 10 – $2,077; and a Maris, McGwire and Herzog signed ball PSA  7.5 – $1,287.

Single-signed Balls: Ruth – $4,905; Bill Klem – $4,905; George Sisler – $4,905; Jimmie Foxx – $4,053; one dozen Ted Williams balls – $4,053; Gehrig – $3,683; Ronald Reagan – $3,683; and Roberto Clemente – $2,514.

Multi- and Team-signed Balls: 1920s Hall of Fame and superstar signed ball with Cobb, Ruth, Heilmann, Speaker and Johnson – $6,531; a baseball signed by Speaker and Gehrig – $5,396; a 1947 Yankees team-signed – $4,459; 1938 New York Giants team-signed with Mel Ott – $4,053; Ruth-signed baseball with unidentified signatures –  $3,348; a 1960 Pirates team-signed – $2,077; and a “Perfect Game Pitchers” signed baseball with 12 signatures – $1,887.

Baseball Uniforms: Albert Pujols 2002 Cardinals game-used road jersey – $3,683; a Roger Clemens 2004 Astros game-used home jersey – $3,043; a pair of Willie Mays 1969 Giants signed uniform pants – $2,285; a pair of 1974 Thurman Munson game-used pants – $2,285; and a Mark McGwire 1998 signed Cardinals home jersey – $1,887.

Football Items: (9) complete sets of Topps 1951-63 football cards – $8,694; 1950 Topps Felt Backs unopened packs (2) and wrappers (2), all GAI graded  – $4,905; a 1955 Topps All-American high-grade complete set – $4,053; 19th-century, sports-themed tobacco inserts (9), including the football hobby’s first card – $3,683; a 1955 Topps All-American complete set – $3,683; a 1962 Topps complete high-grade set – $3,683; and a 1966 Topps Joe Namath – PSA 9 – $3,683.

Basketball: Michael Jordan 1996-97 Chicago Bulls game-used complete uniform – $7,184; a 1972-73 to 1981-82 Topps set collection – $2,514; a 1984-1985 Star Co. complete set in original bags – $2,514; Jordan-signed photo to Nike founder Phil Knight  – $2,514; a University of Illinois NCAA runner-up autograph collection (5) – $2,514; and a Hubert “Geese” Ausbie 1960s Harlem Globetrotters warm-up jacket – $1,715.

Boxing: (12) pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves sold for $4,459; an 1890s N269 Lorillard’s “Mechanic’s Delight” boxing card collection (6 different) – $2,766; six significant Clay-Liston original news photos – $1,416; an 1880s to 1920s boxing graded-card collection (29) – $1,287; a 1910s E75 American Caramel “Prizefighter Caramels” complete set – $1,063; and a 1964 Clay/Liston fight program – $1,063. 

Hockey: 1923 Paulin’s Hockey complete set – $4,053; a 1951-52 Parkhurst complete set – $4,053; a 1950s and 1960s goalies collection with Hall of Famers (32) – $4,053; a 1924-25 V130 Maple Crispette complete set  – $3,683; a V-145-1 Hockey complete set – $3,348; a 1911-12 C55 complete set plus small variation – $2,766; a 1910-11 C56 Hockey series complete set – $2,766; and a 1954-55 Topps complete set – $2,766.

Additional Americana Highlights:  1862 Abraham Lincoln Presidential commission – $6,531; a John F. Kennedy autographed color photo  – $2,766; a land grant signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – $2,285; a President Ronald Reagan autographed oath of office – $1,887; and a The Wilderness Hunter volume signed by Theodore Roosevelt  – $1,416.

Non-sports Cards: A collection of 1930s non-sports sets, near-sets and selections (10 different)  – $4,053; an 1888 N2 Allen & Ginter “American Indian Chiefs” complete set – $3,348; a 1950s non-sport complete set and near-set collection (6 different) – $3,043; a high-grade 1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back complete set – $2,766; a 1938 R44 International Gum “Don’t Let It Happen Here” PSA-graded partial set (20/24) – $2,285; a 1954 Topps World on Wheels high-grade collection – $2,077; and a collection of 1950s-70s unopened packs (84) and vintage display boxes (10) – $2,077.

Entertainment Items: Circa 1946 Marx Brothers signed photo – $5,936; a first issue of Playboy signed by Hugh Hefner – $4,459; a John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed album cover – $3,043; a collection of more than 400 autographed celebrity photos  – $2,766; a 1959 Marilyn Monroe signed check display  – $1,887; a “Honeymooners” signed 8-by-10 cast photo – $1,558; and a Frank Sinatra signed photo  – $1,287.

Historical Autographs: An early 19th-century autograph book and signed note cards with Annie Oakley and six U.S. presidents – $4,053; a Robert E. Lee 1860 notated and signed medical supply order – $2,285; a Robert E. Lee CDV – $2,285; a Charles Lindbergh signed postal envelope – $2,077; a 1957 Winston Churchill TLS – $1,887; and a Thomas Edison signed check display – $1,558.

Comics: The Amazing Spiderman Nos. 1-50 complete run, plus first three annuals – $4,905; Fantastic Four Nos. 1-60 complete run with first four annuals sold for $3,683; a 1960s Marvel/DC Comics collection, including Amazing Fantasy No. 15 – $3,348; a Journey into Mystery/Thor collection, including No. 83, the first appearance of Thor – $2,285; and Incredible Hulk Nos. 1-6 and a Tales to Astonish collection, 31 issues – $1,887.

Coins and Currency: Half dozen St. Gaudens Double Eagles NGC MS64 – $5,396; three different dates of St. Gaudens Double Eagles MS65 – $4,459; one dozen mostly Carson City Mint BU Morgan Dollars – $2,766; a 1922 $20 Note Gem Uncirculated 66 – $2,766; and a large group of U.S. Proof and Mint sets – $2,285.

Doug Allen, president of MastroNet, believes the market for the company’s Classic Collector auctions will continue to expand. “Our goal was to attract a wider collecting audience that research told us was there,” said Allen. “It appears that we have just scratched the surface of this vital market. It is clear that more and more buyers and sellers like what they are finding at our Classic Collector events.”

He also expressed delight with what he described as “the overwhelming acceptance of MastroNet’s new 30-minute closing rule.”

With this rule only individuals who have bid on an item can continue to bid on it after its initial closing at 9 p.m. Central Time. Then each lot closes individually after it has not received a bid for 10 minutes. “The result is that the Classic Collector auctions have been closing at a much more reasonable hour. We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback regarding the new closing policy,” said Allen.

Allen added that the decision to move to new closing rules was a direct result of customer input and requests. “We’re extremely pleased to accommodate our customers in this manner. The end of the all-nighter auction appears to appeal to everyone,” he said.

The next Classic Collector auction event will be held in October. The consignment deadline is Aug. 5. To consign go to: www.mastronet.com, or call (630) 472-1200.

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