Mathewson ball fuels Huggins & Scott sale

Fresh off of its biggest and most lucrative auction ever at $1.4 million, Huggins and Scott Auctions is prepared to offer another incredible array of vintage sports, non-sports and Americana cards, autographs, memorabilia and collectibles.

07HSChristy.jpgThe company’s Internet/telephone auction gets underway on Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. EST and runs through March 7-8, with the 30-minute rule in effect as of 11 p.m on the final day.

A  single-signed Christy Mathewson baseball headlines the auction.
The Mathewson autograph is bold and deep in clarity on the ONL Heydler ball, with no removals and comes with LOA’s from both PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentications.

For the non-sport card collector, the auction offers a top-flight selection of the extremely rare 1970 Topps “Hee Haw” cards ever assembled.
Many collectors have never even seen a single example of these test issue  cards, let alone a near set of 40 of the 55 cards produced.

07HS56ASP.jpgIn addition, 38 of the 40 offered have been encapsulated by PSA with all seven MINT 9s that exist on the PSA population report and six NM-MT 8s.
Apparently, the “test issue” designation resulted in very few of these cards available for grading due to miscuts at the factory. With online sales of ungraded examples realizing $150-$200 each, this collection is expected to draw some intense bidding.

The same consignor also presents two different near sets of another difficult Topps test issue: 1965 Flash Gordon. Limited test market distribution by Topps makes Flash Gordon cards nearly impossible to locate.

07HSRuthcard.jpgThere are perhaps no more than 2-3 complete sets known to exist. Rumor has it that these cards never actually made it to the “test market” phase and that any cards in existence were ones that only got as far as the “early development” phase.

Additional highlights include several professionally graded single cards, including an E105 Mello Mint Cy Young PSA 5, N162s of Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Jack Glasscock, Tim Keefe and King Kelly, E97 Briggs Dennis Sullivan (Boston Variation) SGC 40, 1954 Topps Look ‘N See Babe Ruth PSA 9 (1 of only 2), E95s of Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, each PSA 3, N28s of Anson, John Clarkson, R.L. Caruthers, Charles Comiskey, Keefe, Kelly and Buck Ewing.

The auctions also offers a large selection of mid-to-higher graded T206s, including a Lenox-back Walter Johnson, Cobb Green PSA 5, PSA 6s of Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, Mathewson and many more. 

07HSCy.jpgAdditionally, the auction will feature a large number of complete and near card sets from the 20th Century, including a T200 Fatima set, T201 Mecca Double Folders, 1948-49 Leaf (Near Set), 1949 Bowman, 1950 Bowman Baseball completely graded, and literally hundreds in varying grades of 1953-75 Topps Baseball complete and near sets.

Among the highlighted pieces in the autograph section the sale features: 2004 Prime Cuts Babe Ruth Signature Card (1-of-1); Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball; a game-used baseball from Cal Ripken’s legendary 2,131 game, signed by Ripken, Rafeal Palmeiro and an umpire; signed replica jerseys of Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan and LeBron James; a tremendous 1934 souvenir bat signed by more than 100 baseball greats, including Lou Gehrig, Johnson, Rogers Hornsby and more.

The auction also features the first installment of the Aaron Dodek baseball and boxing autograph collection, featuring an assemblage of boxing autographs and memorabilia.

Baseball highlights of this great collection include a Roberto Clemente signed check PSA 9, Walter Johnson signed check PSA 9, autographed album pages, including one featuring James Collins, Cy Young and Roger Bresnahan; single-signed bats of Mantle, Williams, DiMaggio and more.

The boxing highlights include autographed pieces on a wide variety of mediums featuring Muhammad Ali (and Cassius Clay), Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, James Braddock, “Hurricane” Carter, Jack Dempsey, Max Schmelling and more.

Autographed fight contracts, tickets, gloves, lithographs, wire photos, cuts and a rare Francis Ouimet signed index card are also included in this unique collection.

Huggins & Scott has also instituted a new feature to its auction website at, with every item now available for viewing on the site. Collectors may check back daily to see what has been added and browse the site in its entirety at any time. Keep in mind, no lot can be bid on until Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Catalogs will mail Feb. 17.

Collectors who are not on the mailing list, visit the company’s website and click on “request catalog,” or call 866-462-2273 for more details.

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