Clean Sweep Auctions is opening 2014 with one of its biggest, best and most balanced auctions. The auction opens with a coveted baseball signed by Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver.
Back in 1920 during an Indians-White Sox game at Cleveland, a police detective had this mid-to-better grade OAL Johnson ball signed by Jackson and his teammate Weaver. The ball comes with a detailed letter of provenance from the grandson of the original owner.
There are 107 more lots of signed baseballs that follow, including single-signed balls from Hank Greenberg, Rogers Hornsby, Dummy Hoy, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Pie Traynor, Dazzy Vance and Lloyd Waner, among others.
Team-signed balls go back to 1927, including a superb 1927 Giants example with eight HOFers. There is also a substantial fresh collection of Brooklyn Dodger team balls from 1928-57 with many rarities. The lineup also includes many tough 1940s Yankee team balls and a 1946 Montreal Royals baseball with Jackie Robinson.
Presidential autographs include a rare John Adams document, a pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln two months before he died and a JFK letter with great content.
Entertainment autographs are headlined by a superb vintage Beatles fully signed page.
Clean Sweep is also proud of its signed cards in this sale, including 90 percent complete signed Topps sets from 1972-74, with a pile of autographs and scarce individual signed cards that feature a 1954 Johnston Cookies Hank Aaron and a 1964 Topps Stand-Up Mickey Mantle.
Autographs continue with many signed photos, with note to a virtual gallery of 11 different fine Mantle oversized signed pieces and a Willie Mays No. 1 Decathalon print. There is an authentic 2001 World Series on deck circle signed by Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and several early 1950s Mantle autographs.
Basketball includes our best selection ever of Michael Jordan items, including a 1997-98 full jersey, a vintage signed Jordan basketball and poster and more.
Boxing contains an extensive selection of memorabilia, including three different original Muhammad Ali fight posters and 13 different Ali signed items, many from 1965-71.
Football collectors will see 10 unopened 1958 Topps cello packs and a great Topps original artwork collection from the 1950s-80s. There is a rare Goal Line card signed Alex Wojciechowicz and a Super Bowl II ticket, as well.
Hockey collectors will see a superb 1965 program with 75 period autographs, including three Terry Sawchucks, and a terrific Bobby Orr rookie card in a PSA 7 holder. There is also some fine original hockey artwork, as well.
Baseball memorabilia comes next, and this section is much deeper than usual for Clean Sweep. The lineup includes several vintage jerseys, some better game-used bats, a 1914 World Series program, signs, an authentic Yankee Stadium turnstile and a wonderful Steve Kaufman Mantle original painting.
Baseball cards ably conclude the auction. Highlights include a 1951 Bowman set with the Mantle and Mays rookies in PSA 5s, an incredible 1954 Johnston Cookies uncut sheet with 234 cards (including six Hank Aaron rookies), an E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie in a 1, a T206 Cy Young portrait in a 6, 1936 World Wide Gum Joe DiMaggio rookie, a big run of very high-grade 1950-55 Bowmans, several 1952 Topps condition rarities, a 1952 Eddie Mathews in a 5, a 1959 Fleer Ted Signs No. 68 in a SGC 9 holder and some amazing 1964 Topps cards, including many 9s.
For more information on this sale, contact Clean Sweep at (516) 338-8557 or visit www.csauctions.com.