MastroNet logs largest multi-consignor auction in

With a lineup of Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner – and Abraham Lincoln batting cleanup – MastroNet, Inc., recorded $13.5 million in sales in last week’s auction, breaking the company’s own record – by nearly $1 million – for the most sales for a multi-consignor auction in hobby history.

A T206 Honus Wagner card from the collection of hobby pioneer Frank Nagy GAI 3.5 sold for $450,000, making it the No. 2 price all-time for a baseball card. Nagy’s incredible T3 Turkey Red complete set added another $191,000 in sales to a staggering array that also featured a sidewritten Lou Gehrig bat ($159,000), an unopened box of 1954 Topps Baseball ($108,000) and a T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb ($92,000).

The Abraham Lincoln signed father-and-son studio portrait by acclaimed photographer Mathew Brady, sold for $125,000 to top all items in the Americana section of MastroNet’s near-3,000-lot sale.

“It was an unprecedented industry event,” said Doug Allen, president of MastroNet. “Right out of the gate we knew we had a monster on our hands. After a day and a half of bidding, we were up more than $1 million from our previous sale in August and the action only accelerated from there.”

MastroNet’s December auction was fueled by the inclusion of a number of the collecting industry’s most acclaimed collections. In the sports realm, the Nagy Collection, mostly composed of baseball cards, including the T206 Honus Wagner card, and the Duke Hott Collection, a phenomenal football assembly, anchored the offering.

Other collections included the fifth installment of the John Branca Collection and the Mark Friedland Collection. Hundreds of other extraordinary items, including the sidewritten Lou Gehrig bat, other high- condition baseball cards and milestone jerseys worn by Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Ted Williams added diversity and depth.

As far as the Americana division, the Schalebaum Collection, a massive assembly of automobilia, was joined by hundreds of significant items such as dozens of U.S. presidential signatures/documents, political collectibles, rare oil paintings, items representative of historical figures such as Beethoven, John Paul Jones and Davy Crockett, coins and decorative glass.   

Top Sports Items

  • Frank Nagy’s 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner GAI 3.5 – $456,057
  • 1912 T3 Turkey Red Premiums entirely PSA graded set – $191,606
  • Lou Gehrig 1927-28 H&B sidewritten and game-used bat, MEARS 9.5 – $159,149
  • 1954 Topps unopened Five-Cent wax box (36 count) – $108,945
  • 1954 Topps unopened Five-Cent wax box (36 count), entirely GAI graded – $94,109
  • 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet Ty Cobb PSA 8 – $92,160
  • 1911-16 Ty Cobb H&B game-used and sidewritten bat, MEARS A-10 – $84,394
  • 1912 S81 Silk collection – $79,266
  • 1921-31 Babe Ruth H&B game-used bat MEARS A-8 – $72,207
  • 1886 N167 Old Judge Mickey Welch SGC 20 – $71,206.
  • 1952 Topps completely PSA-graded set (407), plus Page and Sain variations – $68,768
  • 1950 Bowman original photo archive used to create the issue, from the Frank Nagy Collection – $63,898
  • Cy Young’s 1903 World Series Championship medal – $62,374
  • 1966 Roberto Clemente Pirates game-worn road vest – $59,403
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 – $59,313

Top Americana Items

  • Abraham Lincoln signed father and son Brady Studio portrait  – $124,695
  • Lincoln letter with Washington birthday content- $88,615
  • Circa 1935 portrait of Therese Bugatti oil painting by Carlo Bugatti – $71,008
  • 1786 John Paul Jones letter to Thomas Jefferson – $54,003
  • 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin “Wide Awakes” portrait campaign flag – $46,659
  • 1840 William H. Harrison “Ohio Farmer” flag – $41,020
  • 1835 Davy Crockett signed letter, one year before the Alamo – $38,561
  • Circa 1817 Ludwig van Beethoven signed handwritten note – $35,951
  • 1844 Polk/Dallas “For Democracy” campaign flag – $33,900
  • 1865 Seated Liberty Dollar Deep Cameo proof – $31,867

The Frank Nagy Collection: 1911 T205 Gold Border complete SGC-graded set – $57,903; a 1911 M116 Sporting Life near set (282 different) plus 23 of 24 Blue variations – $51,325; a 1933 R319 Goudey high-grade near set (209/240) – $51,325; 1909-11 T206 White Border near set (521) – $43,502; 1911 E100 Bishop and Company complete SGC-graded set (30) – $36,454; 1914-15 E145 Cracker Jack collection (176 different) – $32,683; 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel partial set (83/120) – $31,867; 1936 V355 World Wide Gum complete set (135) – $30,818; 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb with “Ty Cobb” reverse SGC 20 – $28,970; 1910 E104-III Nadja Caramels collection (15) graded by SGC – $27,388; Nagy’s personal collection of 1930s football matchbook covers (806) – $23,152; 1910 E103 set graded by SGC – $22,634; 1911 E94 George Close Candy Ty Cobb SGC 86 – $21,047; an extremely rare 1910 T209 Contentnea completely SGC-graded set (85 different) – $21,047; 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank graded Authentic by PSA – $20,575; and a 1948-55 hoard of Bowman Hall of Famers (94) including 12 Mantles – $20,118.

The Mark Friedland Collection: 1961 Topps Baseball PSA-graded complete set, fifth highest on the PSA Set Registry – $53,921; 1960 Topps Baseball PSA-graded complete set, ninth highest on PSA Set Registry – $22,321; 1959 Topps Baseball PSA-graded partial set (366/572), all PSA 8 – $21,763; 1964 Topps partial set (426/587), all PSA 8 – $19,785; 1965 Topps Baseball PSA-graded partial set (531/598), all PSA 8 – $19,785; 1963 Topps Baseball PSA-graded partial set (417/576), all PSA 8 – $16,350; 1967 Topps Baseball PSA-graded partial set (512/609), all PSA 8 – $12,283; and a 1966 Topps Baseball PSA 9 “Low Pop” collection (39) – $11,354.

The John Branca Collection: 1954 Wilson Franks Gil Hodges PSA 9 – $18,705; 1951 Bowman Duke Snider PSA 10 – $17,003; 1933 Goudey PSA-graded collection – $16,626; 1933 Goudey No. 1 Benny Bengough PSA 8 – $14,864; 1952 Topps Pete Runnels PSA 8 – $13,739; and a 1912 E300 Plow’s Candy Nap Lajoie PSA 8 – $12,773.

The Duke Hott Collection: 1895 early American football scene original painting by Albert Morgan – $22,900; 1960s Billy Shaw Buffalo Bills game-worn and signed home jersey – $12,637; 1971 Gayle Sayers Bears game-worn road jersey – $11,166; 1929 Curly Lambeau World Champion Green Bay Packers trophy and team photo – $11,166; 1950s Lou Creekmur Detroit Lions game-worn home jersey – $9,382; 1970 George Blanda Oakland Raiders game-worn home jersey – $8,722; a 1950s Coca-Cola advertising sign featuring NFL black American Hall of Famers – $7,132; and a 1970s Tommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons game-worn road jersey – $6,223.

Graded Cards and Sets

Prewar: 1903 E107 Breisch Williams George Davis SGC 70 –  $47,447; 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson SGC 60 –  $43,133; 1909-11 T206 White Border partial set (460/521) – $38,561; 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders complete set (132) – $33,900; 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie SGC 84 – $35,951; 1934 R320 Goudey collection with Hall of Famers, all graded PSA 8 – $35,055; 1909-11 T206 White Border Cy Young Cleveland/Portrait PSA 8 – $33,900; 1933 Goudey No. 149 Ruth PSA 8 – $32,683; 1915 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth rookie PSA 6 – $28,970; 1909-11 T206 White Border PSA-graded collection (363), including 54 Hall of Famers – $26,335; 1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson Portrait PSA 8 – $25,468; 1909 T204 Ramly SGC-graded collection (70) – $21,763; 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Bat On Shoulder PSA 8 – $21,763; 1922 E120 American Caramel complete set – $21,047; 1933 R319 GoudeyBaseball complete set – $21,047; 1911 T205 Gold Border complete set – $15,293; 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Team Cabinet Boston BBC – $13,513. 1888 N403 “Yum Yum” Tobacco Tim Keefe SGC 80 – $20,575; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Frank Chance PSA  9 – $19,785; 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Babe Ruth PSA 8 – $22,321; 1911 T205 Gold Border Bobby Wallace, No cap, 1 line 1910 Stats PSA 6 – $18,289; 1933 Goudey No. 181 Babe Ruth PSA 8 – $17,986; 1909 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder – $17,986; 1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug Cap Anson PSA 7 – $16,350; 1909-11 T206 White Border Walter Johnson Portrait PSA 8 – $15,811; 1915 Cracker Jack Nap Lajoie PSA 9 – $14,864; 1934 Goudey Linus Frey PSA 9 – $13,901; 1934 Goudey Don Hurst PSA 9 – $13,901; 1933 Goudey Jimmy Foxx PSA 8 – $13,066; 1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson PSA 8 – $13,066; 1912 T227 Miner Extra “Series of Champions” Ty Cobb – $12,773; 1933 Goudey Morris (Moe) Berg SGC 96 – $12,637; 1934 Goudey No. 1 Jimmy Foxx PSA 8 – $12,283; 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Red Background PSA 8 – $12,283; and a 1934 Goudey No. 61 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 – $11,878.

Postwar: 1949 Bowman Baseball high-grade complete set with variations (252) – $42,418; 1959 Topps Baseball completely PSA-graded set – $39,547; 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie PSA 10 – $39,547; 1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 – $38,561; 1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente PSA 10 – $29,711;1952 Topps Jackie Robinson PSA 9 – $28,015; 1975 Topps Baseball Minis set completely PSA graded – $26,335; 1951 Bowman Baseball high-grade complete set (324) – $24,554; 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie PSA 9 – $24,468; 1948 Bowman Baseball high-grade complete set (48) with every card graded PSA 8 – $18,448; 1957 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set – $15,457; 1958 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set – $15,457; and a 1956 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set – $14,052; 1953 Bowman Color Duke Snider PSA 9 – $11,878; 1952 Topps Baseball complete master set with Black Back set, Sain and Page variations – $39,547; and a 1948-49 Leaf Baseball complete master set – $26,335.

Bats and balls: Ruth 1926-34 Spalding game-used bat graded A-5 MEARS – $30,481; 1934-44 Jimmie Foxx H & B game-used bat – $27,010; 1943-49 Ted Williams H&B game-used bat graded A-8 MEARS – $14,864; Mickey Mantle 1950-60 H & B game-used bat – $13,858; 1921-31 H & B Joe Jackson style barnstorming bat graded A-7.5 MEARS –  $9,595; 1921-31 Kiki Cuyler H & B vault-marked, side-written and game-used bat graded A-9 MEARS – $7,929; pre-1929 Ruth single-signed ball – $32,683; Ruth single-signed ball – $22,634; Jimmie Foxx single-signed baseball – $21,047; Bill McKechnie single-signed ball – $15,866; Al Simmons signed ball – $10,024; and a Dizzy Dean single-signed baseball – $9,112.

Jerseys: 1960 Ted Williams Red Sox final season game-worn home jersey – $54,003; 1968 Hank Aaron jersey from his 500th home run game – $52,639;  1921-22 New York Giants game-worn team sweater – $30,818; 1924-29 Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals game-worn road jersey – $30,481; 1948 Stan Musial  Cardinals game-worn and signed home jersey – $11,878; and a 1931 Frank Grube Chicago White Sox game-worn home jersey – $9,595.

Autographs: 1951 Bowman Baseball autographed near set (323/325) – $39,547; signed Black-and-White Hall of Fame Plaques collection (30) – $36,883; 1872 Warren Studios Cabinet of George Wright, signed and dated on the reverse – $36,454; 1927 Ruth and Gehrig signed tour photo autograph book accumulated in the 1940s with all 11 Hall of Fame inductees – $20,575; a 1939 Baseball Centennial single signed First-Day Cover collection (10 Hall of Famers)  – $18,448; a signed Hall of Fame glove with DiMaggio, Mantle and Williams – $16,626; a 1955 Topps Baseball completely autographed set (206) – $15,811; signed 1872 Warren Studios Cabinets of Charley Gould and Fraley Rogers – $15,114; and a Hall of Fame signed lithograph hoard with 29 signed by Mickey Mantle – $13,066.

Memorabilia and photography: 1888 Hastings “Galaxy of the National League” team composite – $35,951; 1917 World Series Program, New York Giants at Chicago White Sox – $22,634; 1894 Temple Cup print – $20,292; 1906 Chicago Cubs World Series program – $20,575; a collection (21) of Hartland statues with original boxes (14) and tags (5) – $16,350; Carlos May’s 1977 New York Yankees World Champions ring – $14,313; Bruce Berenyi’s 1986 New York Mets Championship ring – $14,373; a collection of baseball sheet music – $13,513; a 1946-91 World Series press pin collection (92) – $12,773; circa 1918 Ruth original Charles Conlon photo – $11,354; 1908 Addie Joss original photo by Conlon – $9,382; 1886 Detroit vs. Chicago Imperial Cabinet – $7,626; and a Walter Johnson original photo for a Baseball Magazine cover – $4,349.

Other sports: Wilt Chamberlain’s 1967-68 Philadelphia 76ers game-worn home uniform – $20,292; 1969-70 Topps PSA-graded complete set – $17,986; 1948 Bowman George Mikan – $11,611; 1957-58 Topps completely PSA-graded set – $11,488; 1980s Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar game-worn jersey – $8,111; 1992 Chicago Bulls World Championship scout’s ring presented to Jim Stack – $7,626; 1969-70 Topps high-grade complete set, plus Ruler Insert set (23) – $7,049; 1910-41 significant vintage hockey collection – $29,805; 1911-12 C55 Hockey Players complete set – $26,779; Wayne Gretzky 1980s Edmonton Oilers game-worn home jersey – $19,785; a Bobby Orr 1969-71 Boston Bruins No. 4 game-worn road jersey – $19,785; a 1951-63 Parkhurst set collection (10) – $11,488; 1933-34 V304A and V304B O-Pee-Chee complete SGC-graded sets (2) – $11,488; 1936-37 V304D O-Pee-Chee near set (34/36), plus wrapper – $11,027; 1935 R331 National Chicle complete PSA-graded set – $18,705; 1960s Dick Butkus Chicago Bears game-worn home jersey – $17,986; 1969 Topps Football PSA 8 near-set (250/263) – $16,822; 1960-63 Fleer football complete sets (4) – $15,293; 1971 Topps Series II unopened wax packs (24) – $13,739; 1948 Leaf complete set – $12,637; 1950 Bowman Football high-grade complete set – $12,490; 1969 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl ring – $11,166; 1886 N167 Old Judge Boxers complete set (3) – $7,754; 1920s Dempsey vs. Tunney mutoscope machine – $4,427; Rocky Marciano archive of personal ledgers, papers and documents – $3,191;1951 Topps Ringside complete set – $1,799; 1978 Master’s member’s Green Jacket from Augusta National – $12,283; a trio of Walter Hagen collectibles – $4,813; circa 1900 The Goff golf booklet – $4,474; golf signature collection (154) and framed flag – $3,855; and a 1935 Sam Parks Ryder Cup plaque – $3,614.

Americana and Non-sport

The Charles Schalebaum collection is an extensive assembly of high-end items of automobilia, aviation and fine art. MastroNet began auctioning this immense collection in August 2005 and will continue into 2006. This auction primarily presented Schalebaum items associated with automobilia. One of the items from this amazing collection was the Bugatti oil painting (automobilia related) that was a top Americana lot in the auction, realizing a final price of $71,008.

Other highlights include: 1908 Challenge Cup Award presented by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr. – $20,575; an early 20th-century Italian road race oil on canvas by de Bruyne – $18,705; 1907 automotive original drawing by Maurice Toussaint – $14,864; a circa 1920s Bronze “Lost at Night” motorist with oil lamp – $14,679; a 1993 Stanley Wanlass bronze of “The Green Wasp” – $12,773; circa 1915 bronze of Felice Nazzarro driving a race car – $11,166; and a rare circa 1920 “The Summer Girl” original oil on board – $10,321.

Presidents and campaigns: lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair sold for $21,763; an 1812 Thomas Jefferson war-dated signed handwritten letter sold for $12,040; Abraham Lincoln 1858 signed, handwritten legal opinion – $10,798; 1862 Lincoln-signed handwritten letter also endorsed by Edwin Stanton – $9,595; 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed Presidential postal appointment – $9,595; 1812 Thomas Jefferson handwritten legal document signed four times – $8,722; JFK cigars gifted by the President of the Philippines – $6,933; 1864 McClellan/Pendleton campaign poster – $18,448; 1912 “Bull Moose” Teddy Roosevelt campaign flag – $13,739; 1860 Lincoln campaign axe – $8,722; circa 1790 George Washington “Union to the People of America” Liverpool pitcher – $7,929; a 1900 McKinley/Roosevelt campaign poster – $6,555; a mid-size 1840 William Henry Harrison copper luster pitcher – $6,484; and a 1900 William Jennings Bryan “Octopus” campaign poster sold for $6,092.

Non-sport cards: 1932 R114 U.S. Caramel “Presidents” complete set (31) with ultra-rare William McKinley – $26,335; 1962 Topps “Civil War News” unopened 36-count rack pack case – $26,335; 1933 R73 “Indian Gum” high-grade complete set – $18,705; 1938 R1 Goudey “Action Gum” high-grade complete set – $13,739; 1962 Topps “Civil War News” PSA-graded complete set – $13,379; 1933 R39 National Chicle “Dare Devils” PSA-graded complete set – $10,321; and a 1935 R48-2 Gum Inc. “Film Funnies” (with names) complete PSA-graded set. plus wrapper – $10,024.

Entertainment: 1963 “With The Beatles” autographed record album – $21,810; a rock ‘n roll, folk and soul autographed album cover collection – $13,379; 1967 John Coltrane music manuscript and signed check – $10,024; 1956 Seeburg jukebox from the Elvis Presley movie “Loving You” – $8,602; 1964 Rickenbacker Model 325 DD guitar – $8,602; 1942 Humphrey Bogart owned and worn trenchcoat from the “Casablanca” publicity tour – $6,552; a 1950s James Dean signed photo – $4,375; and Marilyn Monroe’s bra – $4,024.

MastroNet’s next premier auction is scheduled for April 2006. Consignments are currently being accepted. For more information or for consignment details, call 630-472-1200 or visit the website at wwww.mastronet.com.

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