NBA Greatest Players litho pulls down $45,221

When the dust settled on American Memorabila’s October auction, it was a NBA’s 50th Anniversary “50 Greatest Players 1946-1996” signed lithograph that topped all auction items. The lithograph, which contained signatures from all 50 players except Pete Maravich, sold for $45,221. The lithograph was graded PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10.

A couple of game-worn jerseys trailed the lithograph, with a 1991-92 Wayne Gretzky game-used Kings jersey with a family letter selling for $33,639. This jersey was followed by a 1960s Chuck Bednarik game-worn, signed Eagles Durene jersey. The jersey was possibly from the Frank Gifford knockout game, and sold for $32,501.

The top-selling baseball lot was five signed checks by the Cooperstown charter members – Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. All five checks were offered in one lot, and sold for $25,274.

Other top-selling baseball items included: a 1965 Roberto Clemente game-used All-Star bat graded PSA GU 8 ($16,406); a Christy Mathewson signed check ($13,459); a Babe Ruth signed, inscribed portrait print ($9,276); a 1928 Chicago Cubs spring training photograph album from Joe McCarthy’s personal album ($7,211); a 1987 Ozzie Smith game-used, signed glove from the 1987 World Series ($6,969); and a 1925-30 Rogers Hornsby game-used bat graded PSA GU 7 ($6,969).

Top-selling football items included: a 2004 Peyton Manning game-worn, signed and inscribed Colts jersey from the Dec. 5 game ($11,054); a 1970s Archie Manning game-worn Saints jersey ($4,687); and a 1985-86 Gerald Riggs game-worn Falcons helmet ($3,317).

Top-selling basketball items included: a mid-1970s Rick Barry Warriors game-worn jersey ($7,550); a 1970s “Sweet Lou” Hudson game-worn Hawks warm-up ($5,182); and an early 1980s rookie era Tom Chambers game-worn San Diego Clippers uniform ($4,414).

Top-selling hockey items included: a Gretzky game-used helmet that he wore when he scored goal Nos. 800 and 801 ($12,991); a 1993-94 Gretzky game-worn hockey gloves ($5,965); a 1972-73 Rod Seiling Rangers game-used tie-up jersey ($4,687); and a 1982-83 Bernie Nicholls game-used Kings jersey ($3,317).

A couple of top-selling non-sport items included: a Marilyn Monroe signed photo ($9,611) and a mid-1962 set of complete autographs by The Beattles on vintage postcard – John, Paul, George and Pete Best, signed in Liverpool ($6,270).

American Memorabilia Auction Results
October 2006

Descriptions provided by auction company    Total ($)
NBA’s 50th Anniversary “50 Greatest Players 1946-1996” Signed Lithograph With Player LOA (PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10)    $45,221
1991-92 Wayne Gretzky Game-Used Kings Jersey
(w/Family Letter)    $33,639
1960s Chuck Bednarik Game-Worn, Signed Eagles Durene
Jersey, (Possibly from Gifford Knockout Game)    $32,501
Cooperstown’s Charter Members — Five Signed Checks    $25,274
1965 Roberto Clemente Game-Used All-Star Bat (PSA GU 8)    $16,406
Christy Mathewson Signed Check    $13,459
Gretzky Game-Used Helmet (Goals 800/801) w/Family Letter    $12,991
2004 Peyton Manning Game-Worn, Signed and Inscribed
Colts Jersey From Dec. 5 Game w/Manning LOA    $11,054
Marilyn Monroe Signed Photo    $9,611
Babe Ruth Signed, Inscribed Portrait Print    $9,276
Mid 70s Rick Barry Warriors Game-Worn Jersey    $7,550
1928 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Photograph Album
(From Joe McCarthy’s Personal Album)    $7,211
First Pressing Vee Jay “The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons”     $7,031
1987 Ozzie Smith Game-Used, Signed Glove (1987 WS)    $6,969
1925-30 Rogers Hornsby Game-Used Bat (PSA GU 7)    $6,969
2000 Ivan Rodriguez Game-Used Catcher’s Mitt “MVP 99”    $6,565
Mid-1962 Set of Complete Autographs by The Beatles on
Vintage Postcard – John, Paul, George and Pete Best      $6,270
1993-94 Wayne Gretzky Game-Worn Hockey Gloves (w/Family
Letter and Photo Match)    $5,965
Huge Collection of (114) 2004 World Series Game 4 Ticket
Stubs (PSA Graded)    $5,341
1970s Sweet Lou Hudson Game-Worn Atlanta Hawks Warm-Up    $5,244
Babe Ruth Signed Check    $5,182
Mickey Mantle Game-Worn Old Timers Day Jersey    $5,157
1973-75 Hank Aaron Game-Used Bat, PSA GU 7    $4,984
James “Ripper” Collins Single-Signed Ball, Dated 1936
w/Original Box    $4,855
1972-73 Rod Seiling N.Y. Rangers Game-Used Tie-Up Jersey
(Alternate Captain A)    $4,687
1970s Archie Manning Game-Worn Saints Jersey    $4,687
1955 Jackie Robinson Salesman’s Sample Ring    $4,599
Walter Johnson Signed Check    $4,484
Early 1980s “Rookie Era” Tom Chambers Game-Worn
San Diego Clippers Uniform    $4,414
David Ortiz Game-Used, Signed Rookie Era Glove    $4,414
Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr Signed Ball    $4,012
Mid 1980s Ryan Game-Worn Rainbow Astros Jersey    $3,873
1990 Bonds Game-Used Pirates Jersey    $3,873
Roberto Clemente Signed Ball    $3,873
Ivan Rodriguez Game-Worn, Signed Catcher’s Gear    $3,577
Tour of Japan Signed Ball w/Ruth and Gehrig    $3,521
1982-83 Bernie Nicholls Game-Used L.A. Kings Jersey    $3,317
1985-86 Gerald Riggs Game-Worn Falcons Helmet    $3,317
1989 Kevin McHale Game-Worn Home Jersey    $3,279
1992-93 Eddie Murray Game-Used, Signed Mets Bat    $3,256
Babe Ruth Cut Signature (PSA/DNA MINT 9)    $3,202
2001-02 Michael Jordan Wizards Game-Worn Jersey    $3,202
1979-80 Walter Tkaczuk Rangers Game-Used Jersey    $3,090
Bob Dylan Autographed, Inscribed Photo (PSA MINT 9)    $2,983
1986-88 Ronnie Lott Game-Worn 49ers Jersey    $2,911
Roger Maris Limited Edition Career Ring (2/10)    $2,827
1959 Iowa-California Game-Used Rose Bowl Ball Football
w/Letter From Ball Boy    $2,809
First Pressing “STEREOPHONIC” Vee Jay “Introducing The
Beatles” (with Ad Back)    $2,783
1886 “The Sporting News” First Issue    $2,646
Earl Cooper Game-Worn, Signed S.F. 49ers Home Jersey
(Super Bowl XIX) (Includes Player’s Letter)    $2,552
2003 Greg Maddux Game-Worn Braves Jersey    $2,492
1992 Will Clark Game-Used Complete Uniform w/Cap, Cleats
and Team Letter    $2,492
1985 Cal Ripken Game-Issued, Signed Bat w/Early Signature    $2,446
1960’s Chicago White Sox Game-Used Flapless Helmet    $2,446
1975 John Lennon Signed Apple Record (from “Helping Hand
Marathon”)    $2,406
Eddie Mathews Game-Used, Signed Bat    $2,406
Brett Favre Signed Super Bowl XXXI Lombardi Trophy w/Favre
Hologram    $2,325
1993 Carlton Fisk White Sox Game-Worn Jersey (w/Great Use) From His Final Season    $2,301
Muhammad Ali Signed “AKA Cassius Clay” Original Oil Painting
by Steve Kaufman    $2,297
2002 Johan Santana Game-Used Twins Jersey (w/Twins Letter)    $2,266
1974-77 Dallas “Big D” Thornton Harlem Globetrotters
Game-Worn Jersey    $2,266
World Series MVP Multi-Signed Jersey Ltd Edition 5/50 Signed
by 41 (Jackson, Jeter, Rose, Gibson, Schmidt)    $2,266
Original Ron Lewis Oil Painting “Celtic Pride,” Signed by Bird,
Russell and Auerbach    $2,224
1998-99 Gretzky Game-Used Hockey Stick (w/Family Letter)    $2,199
Cy Young Autographed Hall of Fame Postcard    $2,187
1997 Wade Boggs Game-Used Yankees Jersey (w/Team Letter)    $2,110
Early 1980s Ray Wersching Game-Worn 49ers Jersey    $2,110
2004 Marcedes Lewis Bowl Game-Worn, Signed UCLA Jersey    $2,022
1967 AL All-Star Team Signed Ball (w/26 incl. Mantle, Catfish
Hunter etc.) (PSA NM-MT+ 8.5)    $2,022
1996 Brett Favre Game-Used, Signed Turf Shoes (from Super
Bowl Season) (w/Brett Favre Hologram)    $1,918
1922 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Signed Ball w/Rabbit Maranville    $1,918
1990 Randall Cunningham Eagles Game-Worn, Signed Jersey    $1,917
1985 Don Sutton Game-Worn, Signed Angels Jersey    $1,872
2005 Dwight Freeney Game-Used Co lts Uniform    $1,872
Rose-Signed Ball “I’m Sorry I Bet on Baseball” (PSA/DNA)    $1,872
Albert Pujols Game-Used, Signed Bat, Used by Edgar Renteria    $1,872
1980s Cedric Maxwell Game-Worn Celtics Jersey    $1,872
2004 Game-Used, Signed & Inscribed “4/30/04 Win 315” Ball
(From Roger Clemens’ 315th Win & incl. Letter from TriStar)    $1,850
Circa 1970 Gary Larsen Game-Worn Minnesota Vikings Jersey    $1,838
McGregor Johnny Sain Split Finger Glove (new in box)    $1,838
Honus Wagner Signed Check    $1,817
Collection of (10) Willie Mays Single-Signed Balls     $1,808
Knute Rockne Signed Letter    $1,808
Wayne Gretzky First Penalty-Shot Goal Puck w/Team Letter    $1,743
1975 Rick Burleson Game-Worn Red Sox Jersey    $1,702
1984 Pete Rose Game-Worn, Signed Expos Jacket (w/Matt
Cavanaugh Letter)    $1,702
1992-93 Michael Jordan Game-Worn Shoes    $1,702
Pete Rose Signed, Inscribed “I’m Sorry I Bet on Baseball” Ball
(PSA MINT 9)    $1,671
1961 NY Yankees Reunion Signed Ball (w/33 incl. Mantle,
Berra, Ford etc.)    $1,671
Signed Early “R” Card Collection (5 diff., PSA Graded)    $1,671
1957 NBA All-Star Game Lighter    $1,671
1961 Team-Signed World Champion Yankees Display w/31
including Mantle, Maris etc.    $1,668
1906 Philadelphia Giants Negro League Team Photo    $1,643
Joe DiMaggio Signed LE 1834/1941 Bat    $1,585
Bernard King N.Y. Knicks Warm-Up Jacket    $1,547
1982-83 Mike Bullard Game-Used Penguins Jersey    $1,547
Chris Spielman Game-Worn Lions Jersey w/Great Use    $1,519
Franz Beckenbauer Game-Worn Cosmos Jersey    $1,519
500 Home Run Club (6) Signed Bats (w/ Mays, Jackson,
Griffey, Bonds, (2) Palmeiro)    $1,519
1966 Roger Brown Game-Worn Lions Durene Jersey    $1,494
1999 Mark McGwire Game-Worn Cardinals Jersey    $1,494
1986 Ray Knight Game-Used Glove (from World Series)    $1,494
1990 Mark McGwire Game-Worn A’s Jersey    $1,443
1993 Tiger Woods (Amateur) Honda Classic Tournament-Used
Signed Scorecard    $1,441
2001-02 Paul Kariya Game-Used Ducks Jersey    $1,441
Ted Williams Model Single-Signed Bat (UDA)    $1,441
1991-92 Charles Barkley Game-Worn Sixers Jersey (Rare Style)    $1,406
Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta Fight-Worn Gloves (w/LOA)    $1,406
Centerfielder’s Dream Multi-Signed (Giamatti) Ball (w/Willie
Mays, Mickey Mantle “No. 7”, & Duke Snider)    $1,406
Ty Cobb Signed Check (PSA GRADED 9)    $1,390
2002 Manny Ramirez Game-Worn Red Sox Jersey    $1,381
1977 Billy Martin NY Yankees Game-Used Jacket    $1,358
1960 Pirates Team-Signed Ball w/Clemente    $1,358
1988 Dwight Gooden Game-Worn Uniform, Worn During
All-Star Game w/Special Tagging    $1,345
1975 Ali/ Frazier Signed “Thrilla in Manila” Broadside    $1,345
Beatles Bobbin’ Heads in Original Box    $1,310
Early ’80s Billy Martin Game-Worn A’s Spring Training Jersey
(Signed, PSA MINT 9)    $1,279
1991 Bruce Smith Bills Game-Worn, Signed Home  Jersey    $1,279
2002 Orlando Pace Game-Worn Rams Jersey    $1,279
Early 1970s Hank Aaron Game-Worn Cap    $1,279
1996-97 Shaquille O’Neal Game-Worn Lakers Jersey    $1,256
1985 Karl-Heinz Granitza Game-Used Chicago Sting Jersey    $1,256
Jordan, Pippen and Rodman Signed Basketball    $1,256
1974 HOF Induction Bat “4/500” (Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford,
Jocko Conlan etc.)    $1,256
Eddie George Titans Game-Worn Helmet    $1,253
Roger Maris Signed Photo    $1,235
John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd Signed Contract Display    $1,235
Buddy Holly et al. Autographed Cut    $1,163
Keith Richards and Mick Taylor Signed Guitar    $1,149
2004 Miguel Cabrera Game-Worn Marlins Jersey
(w/2003 W.S. Patch)    $1,142
2004 Chipper Jones Game-Worn Braves Road Jersey    $1,142
1995-96 Shaquille O’Neal Magic Game-Worn Jersey    $1,142
1998-99 Vince Carter Game-Worn Toronto Raptors Jersey    $1,142
1985-86 Denis Potvin Game-Used, Signed Team Canada Jersey    $1,142
Dwayne Wade Game-Worn Shoes    $1,142
2005 World Champion White Sox Team-Signed Ball (w/29 incl.
 Konerko, Dye, Thomas)    $1,142
2006 Vlad Guerrero Game-Used, Signed Bat    $1,142
One-Of-A-Kind Mickey Mantle Signed Beam Baseball
Centennial Decanter.    $1,142
Wayne Gretzky 700th-Point Puck w/Team Letter    $1,082
Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Roger Maris Signed Ball    $1,082
Nirvana Signed Promo Photo (Kurt Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic)
(PSA overall grade 8.5)    $1,082
2005 Derrick Brooks Game-Used, Signed Buccaneers Jersey
(w/Brooks Letter & Great Use)    $1,057
1965-66 San Francisco Warriors Game-Worn Durene Jersey    $1,057
Chris Mullin Game-Worn St. John’s Warm-Up Shirt    $1,057
Triple Crown Winners Multi-Signed Print (w/Ted Williams,
Mantle, Robinson and Yaztrzemski)    $1,057
1959 Boston Celtics Multi-Signed Photo w/Auerbach, Russell    $1,057
2005 Ozzie Guillen Team-Signed White Sox Jersey w/ 27 Sigs    $1,057
500 HR Signed Ball (w/13 incl. Mantle, Mays and Williams)    $1,044
1995 Jim Thome Game-Worn, Signed Indians Jersey    $1,038
2004 Julius Peppers Game-Worn Panthers Jersey    $1,038
2005-06 Ron Artest Game-Worn, Signed Kings Gold Jersey    $1,038
1994-95 Charlie Ward Game-Worn Knicks Jersey    $1,038
1980-81 Randy Smith Game-Worn Knicks Jersey    $1,038
Rick Mahorn Game-Worn Pistons Warm-Up and Shorts    $1,038
1946 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Signed Ball w/ Frisch, Lopez    $1,038
1952 New York Giants Team-Signed Ball (w/Willie Mays)    $1,038
2005 World Series Game 1 Full Ticket PSA Gem Mint 10    $1,038
1940s Rittgers Baseball Complete Set    $1,038
1966 HOF Induction Bat “4/500” (Williams, Stengel)    $1,038
Famous Blues Artists Signed Epiphone Guitar (Bo Diddley,
BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy)    $1,020
1967 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Signed Ball (PSA MINT 9)
w/Clemente    $1,020
Trey Parker Signed South Park Sketch (Chef)    $1,011

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