Mastro’s slam-dunk with Celtics jerseys

russellfront.jpgBoston Celtics fans for decades relied on a Hall of Fame roster of legendary basketball stars, the same group that Mastro Auctions will spotlight in the company’s Dec. 6-8 auction of more than 2,600 lots of high-grade cards, memorabilia, comics, Americana and fine art.

Bidding begins on Nov. 20 and concludes on Dec. 8 in an auction that will include the second major installment of comic books and comic art fueled by Mastro Auctions’ inaugural comic event in August.

In addition to the collection of game-used Boston Celtics jerseys, the auction also features game-used bats from some of the biggest names in the game, a vast array of pristine cards and sets, important paintings and a number of notable documents related to U.S. presidents.

The lineup of game-worn Celtics jerseys launches with an early 1960s Bill Russell home jersey, which carries a $20,000 mimimum bid. It is flanked by gamers from the likes of Bob Cousy (late 1950s road, $5,000) that is actually from Russell’s personal collection, Dave Cowens (mid-1970s road, $2,500), and John Havlicek (mid-1970s home, $2,500). The headliners from the harcourt also include a 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie in PSA 9 that opens at $5,000, a 1968 Philadelphia 76ers home jersey ($5,000), Mikan’s own NBA 50 Greatest Players signed lithograph ($5,000) and George Gervin’s 2003 San Antonio Spurs championship ring ($2,500).

Three of the top bats from the sale include: a 1917-24 Ty Cobb gamer ($10,000), a George “Babe” Ruth 1921-31 Hillerich & Bradsby game-used bat ($10,000) and a 1949 Jackie Robinson Hillerich & Bradsby bat ($10,000, shown this page).

   The auction also features game-used bats from Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner (1917-21 H & B sidewritten, $2,500), Mickey Mantle (1961 World Series, $5,000), Ted Williams (1947 Triple Crown season, $5,000), and Mel Ott (1920’s Kren’s Special, $2,500), along with a 1932 Ruth bat ($10,000).

   Prewar card and set highlights: 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie PSA  8 ($10,000) and PSA 6 ($5,000); 1934 Goudey Hank Greenberg PSA 10 ($5,000); 1933 Goudey Gehrig No. 92 SGC 96; 1941 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA 9 $5,000; 1933 Sport King Ruth GAI 8.5 ($5,000); 1933 Goudey Sport King Ruth PSA 8 ($5,000); 1932 U.S. Caramel Ruth PSA 8 ($5,000); T206 Walter Johnson Portrait PSA 9 ($5,000); 1909 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 3 ($5,000); T206 Ty Cobb Bat on Shoulder PSA 8; 1933 Goudey No. 144 Ruth GAI 8.5; 1915 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson PSA 8; 1912 E300 Plows Candy Christy Mathewson PSA 8; 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder GAI 8; T3 Turkey Red Cabinet Christy Mathewson PSA 6; 1914 E224 “Texas Tommy” Type 2 Honus Wagner PSA 5; 1914 E224 Texas Tommy Type 2 Christy Mathewson PSA 6; 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ty Cobb GAI 9; 1935 Diamond Stars Lefty Grove PSA 8;1915 E145 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson GAI 7; 1933 Goudey No. 144 Babe Ruth PSA 8; 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA 9; 1934 Goudey No. 61 Lou Gehrig PSA 8; a 1933 Goudey No. 181 Babe Ruth PSA 8; and a 1933 Goudey Sport King Bobby Jones SGC 92.

   Postwar card highlights include: a pair of 1952 Topps Mantles PSA 8 ($10,000) and PSA 7; 1952 Topps Ed Mathews PSA 8 ($5,000); 1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente PSA 10 ($5,000); 1950 Bowman Ted Williams PSA 9; 1954 Topps No. 1 Ted Williams PSA MINT 9; 1954 Topps No. 250 Ted Williams PSA 9; 1953 Stahl-Meyer Mickey Mantle PSA 7; 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 9; 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9; 1948 Leaf Joe DiMaggio PSA 8; 1954 Topps Henry Aaron PSA 9; and a 1961 Fleer No. 43 Jerry West PSA 10.

   robinsonbat.jpgComplete sets: 1956 Topps PSA-graded complete set (340) plus checklists and variations ($5,000); 1952 Topps graded near-set (399/407, $5,000); 1959 Topps PSA-graded complete set ($5,000); 1952 Bowman PSA-graded complete set, No. 5 on the PSA Set Registry ($5,000); 1961 Topps PSA-graded complete set, No. 13 on the PSA Set Registry ($5,000); 1962 Topps PSA-graded complete set , No. 6 on the PSA Set Registry ($5,000); 1958 Topps PSA-graded near-set (464), plus variations; 1934-36 Diamond Stars PSA-graded complete set, No. 7 on the PSA Set Registry; 1888 N29 Allen & Ginter PSA-graded complete set; 1959 Fleer Ted Williams PSA-graded complete set (80); 1951 Bowman “Low Numbers” PSA 8 grouping; 1969-70 Topps Basketball PSA-graded complete set, No. 3 on PSA Set Registry; 1961-62 Fleer Basketball PSA-graded complete set, No. 3 on PSA Set Registry; a 1957-58 Topps Basketball PSA-graded complete set, No. 2 on PSA Set Registry; a 1911-12 C55 Hockey complete master set (46), No. 1 on PSA Set Registry; 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey PSA completely graded set (105); a 1910 C56 Hockey PSA-graded complete set (36), No. 3 on PSA Set Registry; a 1948 Leaf Boxing sheet; and a 1910’s T220 Mecca “Champion Athlete and Prizefighter Series” PSA-graded complete set, No. 1 on the PSA Set Registry.

   Ungraded single cards and sets: 1909-11 T206 White Border partial set (443, $5,000); 1909-11 T206 White Border near-set (519, $5,000); 1911 T205 Gold Border complete set (208) plus 4 variations; 1911 T205 Gold Border set; 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder complete set; a 1939 Play Ball complete set; a 1952 Bowman Football Large complete set, No. 2 on PSA Set Registry ($10,000); and an 1894 N302 Mayo Cut Plug Football complete set ($5,000).

   Unopened Cards: 1954 Topps Baseball Five-Cent display box with 11 GAI high-grade packs; 1975 Topps Baseball unopened rack pack grouping (96), all GAI-graded; 1972 Topps Baseball GAI-graded vending boxes (6); 1972 Topps Baseball GAI-graded wax boxes (5); and a 1962 Topps Football full wax box GAI 8.5.

   Baseballs: Ted Williams personal signed ball from Babe Ruth ($5,000); Jesse Burkett single-signed ball; only known Cap Anson single-signed ball; only known Frank Chance single-signed ball; 1927 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball with Ruth, Gehrig, Huggins and Walter Johnson; 1912 New York Giants team-signed ball with Mathewson; Ruth-signed “Babe Ruth Home Run Special” ball; Jimmie Foxx signed ball; and a Cy Young single-signed ball dated 1907.

   Baseball photographs: 1927 Ruth and Gehrig signed barnstorming tour photograph ($5,000); oversized Ruth signed photo; autographed 1938 Gehrig  George Burke photo.

   Jerseys and equipment: Reggie Jackson 1968 Oakland Athletics game-used and signed road vest from his rookie season; 1928 Sad Sam Jones Washington Senators home jersey; and a Roger Maris New York Yankees game-worn batting helmet.

   Other memorabilia: complete run of 1929-91 World Series press pins (126 different, $10,000); 1938 All-Star Game pin; Alex Cartwright check; Ty Cobb Correspondence Collection; Catfish Hunter 1977 New York Yankees World Series ring ($2,500); Mike Torrez’s 1977 New York Yankees World Championship Trophy ($2,500); overisize Ruth folk art painting; T202 Ty Cobb Giant Triple Folder ad poster ($5,000); and a 1922 Coca-Cola complete baseball calendar with full pad.

   Football collectibles: Ray Nitschke 1961 Green Bay Packers ring ($5,000); Joe Namath early 1970’s New York Jets game-worn home jersey ($2,500); Bart Starr game-worn jersey; Johnny Unitas 1960 Baltimore Colts game-worn and signed jersey; and Unitas’ circa 1969-70 Baltimore Colts game-used helmet.

   For the complete auction listings and more information, go to the website at: www.mastroauctions.com, or call (630) 472-1200.

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