Pristine cards and a boffo Babe bat headline Mastr

Mastro Auctions closed its 2006 Summer Classic Collector sale with some eye-popping prices from everything ranging from T206 White Borders and 1933 Goudeys to Babe Ruth material and Americana items of great rarity. The June Mastro Auctions Classic Collector event included more than 1,300 lots of sports and Americana collectibles.

Highlights from the sale include:

  • A near-set  (518) of 1909-11 T206 White Border cards including 50 “Hindu” backs sold for $40,830.     
  • A 1921-31 Babe Ruth game-used bat went for $33,744.
  • A complete set (239) of SGC-graded 1933 R319 Goudey baseball cards commanded $27,866.
  • A collection of 1971 Topps Baseball 4th-6th series unopened vending boxes (3) – all GAI 8.5 NM-MT-plus 8.5 went for $20,950.
  • A 1931 New York Yankees team-signed ball including Ruth and Gehrig – PSA/DNA 7.5 NM-plus went for $11,824.
  • A 1911 T3 Turkey Red Walter Johnson PSA 4 sold for $11,824.
  • A 1945 Jimmie Foxx game-used H&B bat realized a final price of $11,824.     
  • A collection of 1912 T207 Brown background rarities (51 different) sold for $9,771.
  • Two 1972 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes – GAI NM 7 went for $9,771.
  • A late 1770s George Washington free frank went for $9,771.
  • An 1810 Napoleon signed appointment realized a final price of $6,065.     

Baseball cards
A collection of 1953-76 Topps and Bowman cards (1,600-plus items) sold for $8,883; a 1954 Topps complete set (250) went for $8,883; a 1958 Topps complete set (494) sold for $8,883; a 1911 T206 Gold Border complete set (208), plus Dougherty “White Sock” variation commanded $8,075; a 1910 E102 “Anonymous” partial set (17/29) sold for $7,340; a 1911 T205 Gold Border collection (106), including Johnson and Mathewson went for $7,340; a collection of 1930s-50s baseball cards (2,375-plus) sold for $7,340; a 1957 Topps high-grade complete set (407) sold for $7,340; an 1888 N162 Goodwin “Champions” SGC-graded baseball collection (four different) including Anson, Keefe and Kelly went for $6,673; a 1910 T206 key rarity Bill O’Hara St. Louis PSA 4 went for $6,673; a 1956 Topps complete set (340), plus “Dated” team cards (6) commanded $6,673; a 1972 Topps complete high-grade set (787) commanded $6,673; a 1951 Bowman complete set (324) went for $6,065; a 1953 Topps complete set (274) realized a final price of $6,065; a 1971 Topps PSA 9 collection (28 different) commanded $6,065; a 1967 Topps complete set (609) went for $6,065; a 1909 E92 Dockman Caramels complete set (40) went for $5,513; a 1950s-80s card collection (1,625-plus) including Allen & Ginter, Hires, Hahn’s and much more went for $5,513; a 1962 Topps complete set sold for $5,513; a 1933 Goudey No. 181 Babe Ruth SGC 80 sold for $5,513; a 1952 Bowman No. 218 Willie Mays – PSA 8 went for $5,513; a 1911 T205 Gold Border starter set (72) including Ty Cobb sold for $5,011; a 1933 R300 George C. Miller collection (10 different) including “Ivy” Paul Andrews went for $5,011; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Christy Mathewson PSA 2 realized a price of $5,011; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb PSA 2 sold for $5,011; and a 1958 Topps complete set (494) went for $5,011.

Unopened wax and vending
A 1952 Bowman baseball unopened five-cent wax pack GAI 10 sold for $8,075; a 1970 Topps Baseball unopened wax box (24 packs) GAI 7 went for $7,340; a 1975 Topps Baseball unopened cello box (24 packs) GAI 8 commanded $5,011; 1975 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes (2), both GAI 7.5 went for $4,555; a 1972 Topps Baseball unopened wax box (24 packs) GAI 7.5 sold for $3,764; two 1974 Topps Baseball unopened wax boxes sold for $3,764; and a 1985 Fleer Baseball unopened 16-box cello case went for $3,420.

Baseball autographs
A Babe Ruth signed 1934 commemorative postage stamp went for $5,513; 1921 Honus Wagner signed check cuts (5) sold for $4,555; a signed Hall of Fame Yellow Plaque postcard collection (127 different) went for $4,555; a circa-1940 Lou Gehrig signed 7-by-9 photo went for $3,109; a 1986 Card Collectors Co. “1951 Bowman Reprints” complete set (324), including 213 signed cards, sold for $3,109; a Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio signed photo display pairing commanded $3,109; a signed and personalized Roger Maris ball and postcard sold for $2,826; a Mickey Mantle single-signed bat went for $2,826; Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle signed bats (2) commanded $2,826; and a collection (105 items) assembled by a Clippers batboy went for $2,826.

Baseball memorabilia
An 1888 World Tour A.G. Spalding “Welcome Home” celebratory dinner program went for $4,555; a Joe Jackson 1917-21 professional model bat went for $4,555; a 1907 World Series Game 4 full ticket at Detroit commanded $4,141; a 1962 New York Yankees World Series Champions salesman’s sample ring went for $3,420; 1921 and 1923 World Series at Polo Grounds full ticket stubs (2), both from last games, went for $3,109; a Mickey Mantle career ring sold for $3,109; and an 1871 stereo view card of the Trophy Haymakers and the “Displaced” Chicago White Stockings sold for $2,569.

Baseball bats
A Richie Ashburn 1950-60 game-used H&B bat sold for $3,764; a Roberto Clemente 1961-64 H&B game-used team index bat commanded $2,826; a Sammy Sosa 2001 career home run No. 444 game used and signed bat sold for $2,826; a Mickey Mantle 1961-64 game-used team index bat went for $2,569; and a Bernie Williams signed Yankees 1996 World Series game-used bat commanded $1,446.

Baseball photos
Two 1933 All-Star team George Burke photos went for $3,109; a Charles Conlon 1910s news service photo of Sam Crawford, signed by Conlon on the reverse, sold for $2,826; a baseball photo collection (23) with Ruth and Gehrig went for $2,826; an 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings photograph commanded $2,335; a 1932 Brooklyn Dodgers outfield photo by Charles Conlon with Hack Wilson sold for $2,122; a 1907 Detroit Tigers AL Champions postcard collection (3) sold for $1,928; and two Tony Lazzeri news service photographs went for $1,446.

The Jim Turner Collection
A 1958 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball sold for $6,065; a Jim Turner watch collection (5), including gift from DiMaggio and 1938 All-Star Game, went for $4,141; a 1956 New York Yankees team-signed World Series program with Berra, Ford and Mantle sold for $3,764; a 1951 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball commanded $3,109; a 1970 New York Yankees team-signed ball realized a final price of $2,826; and a 1953 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball sold for $2,122.

Single- and mulit-signed balls
A Babe Ruth single-signed and inscribed baseball went for $5,513; a Ted Williams single-signed ball collection (10) all graded by PSA/DNA commanded $3,764; a circa 1928 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed ball PSA/DNA 4 commanded $3,420; a single-signed ball collection (123) realized a final price of $3,420; a Hall of Fame and superstar single-signed ball collection (43) went for $2,826; a Lefty O’Doul single-signed and dated 1934 home run ball commanded $2,335; and a Barry Bonds single-signed ball collection (12) all graded PSA/DNA 9.5, sold for $2,335.

Team-signed balls
A 1933 New York Yankees team-signed ball with Ruth and Gehrig went for $2,826; a 1930 Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators signed ball commanded $1,446; a 1928 Philadelphia Athletics team-signed ball with Cobb and Speaker went for $1,315; and a collection of 1970s through 2000s team-signed balls (42) went for $1,315.    

Baseball uniforms and equipment
A Mark McGwire 1998 St. Louis Cardinals game-worn home jersey went for $2,826; a Greg Maddux 1997 Atlanta Braves “Turn Back the Clock” game-worn and signed road jersey went for $2,569; an Albert Pujols 2001 St. Louis Cardinals game-worn home jersey commanded $2,569; a Roy White 1978 New York Yankees game-worn and signed home jersey went for $1,752; and a Don McMahon 1968 Detroi t Tigers game-worn road jersey sold for $1,315.

Football
Two early University of California vs. Stanford “Big Game” football programs went for $6,673; a 1953 Bowman complete set (96) sold for $4,555; a 1956-59 Topps complete set run (4) realized a final price of $3,764; a 1964 Topps PSA 9 collection (11) went for $3,764; an extremely rare 1950s LSU running back Hartland statue went for $3,420; a collection of 1960-71 football cards (1,232) realized $3,420; and a 1963 Fleer Football unopened five-cent wax pack GAI 10 sold for $3,420.

Basketball
A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card BGS 9.5 sold for $6,065; a 1957-58 Topps complete and partial set collection (3) went for $4,555; a 1957-58 Topps complete set (80) commanded $3,420; a 1961-62 Fleer basketball collection (135) went for $3,420; a 1986-87 Fleer high-grade complete set (132) sold for $2,826; a 1957-58 Topps complete PSA-graded set (80) went for $2,569; and a 1970s and 1980s Topps complete and near-set collection (8) sold for $2,569.

Boxing
A Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey signed 1936 World Welterweight boxing ticket went for $3,764; a collection of 19th century boxing-themed tobacco cards (5) sold for $3,420; a 1974 Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden signed poster sold for $3,109; an 1887 N174 Gypsy Queen “Prizefighters and Celebrities” boxing champions (2), including Sullivan and Kilrain, went for $2,569; and a boxing collection (19 items) with 41 signatures, including Ali, Frazier and Louis, sold for $2,122.

Hockey
A collection of 1974-75 Topps Cloth Stickers unopened wax boxes (11) sold for $8,075; a 1965-66 Topps complete set (128) went for $2,826; a Wayne Gretzky signed lithograph collection (11) sold for $2,826; a 1954-55 Topps complete set (60) went for $2,335; and a 1954-55 Topps Gordie Howe PSA 8 sold for $2,122.

Golf
A Tiger Woods signed keepsake collection (3) went for $3,420; a PGA Tour Major Champions signed memorabilia collection (29 items) with 32 signatures, including Ben Crenshaw and Greg Norman, went for $1,195; and a Masters Champions signed keepsake collection (24 items) with 32 signatures, including Woods, Nicklaus and Palmer, commanded $1,086.

Americana Highlights
Additional highlights for numerous Americana lots are provided in the following arranged by auction category.

Presidential
A circa-1935 oversized Franklin D. Roosevelt signed photo sold for $1,086; an 1865 Ulysses S. Grant signed document went for $897; a Civil War-era autograph book with General U.S. Grant went for $814; two 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed typewritten letters sold for $814; a Ronald Reagan 1990 “An American Life” signed first edition commanded $814; a 1948 Harry S. Truman campaign pinback trio sold for $2,335; an 1864 Lincoln/Johnson campaign ferrotype went for $740; and a collection of early 1900s political pins and souvenirs (21) sold for $672.

Nonsport cards
A 1932 R114 U.S. Caramel “Presidents” PSA-graded complete set (30) minus McKinley No. 2 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $5,513; a 1969 Topps “Planet of the Apes” unopened vending box GAI 7.5 went for $5,011; a 1968 Topps “Laugh-In” unopened box (24 packs) sold for $4,555; a 1980s Topps/Ireland “Wacky Packages” unpublished original artwork “Porkie” sold for $4,555; an 1890s N163 Goodwin “Dogs of the World” complete set (50) went for $4,141; 1977 Topps “Star Wars” unopened vending boxes (4), all GAI graded, sold or $3,764; two sets of 1940s-50s nonsport “War” theme complete sets went for $3,420; a 1964 Topps Beatles Black-and-White 3rd series  unopened vending box GAI 7.5 commanded $3,420; and a 1973 Topps test “Adam-12” and “Emergency!” collection sold for $3,420.

Historical items/autographs
An 1834 slave tag sold for $4,141; a John Hancock 1777 signed military commission went for $4,141; a Norman Rockwell signed lithograph went for $3,764; a late 19th century “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” advertising poster and “W.F.  Cody” signature display went for $3,420; a trio of CDV’s pertaining to Jesse James sold for $2,826; a Samuel L. Clemens handwritten signed letter on his personal stationery went for $2,826; an 1882 Sitting Bull cabinet card realized a final price of $2,335; a 1792 Alexander Hamilton signed document sold for $2,335; a 1987 Mother Teresa signed photo and note card commanded $1,592; a 1786 Patrick Henry signed document realized a final price of $1,446; and a 1930s Basil Wolverton comic strip sold for $1,315.

Toys
A circa 1957 Zorro wristwatch mint-in-box went for $1,592; a circa-1947 Mickey Mouse wristwatch mint-in-box commanded $1,446; a 1949 Porky Pig wristwatch mint-in-box went for $1,315; and a 1950s Hopalong Cassidy wristwatch mint-in-box sold for $987.

Hollywood
A collection of late 1800s through 2000s Hollywood and sports celebrity signatures (67) sold for $2,122; a collection of Hollywood photos (900-plus) from the 1930s-90s, including 74 signed pieces, went for $1,315; an a 1940s Cary Grant signed 11-by-14 original photo sold for $1,086.

To consign with Mastro Auctions next Classic Collector auction, which will be held in October, go to www.mastroauctions.com or call (630) 472-1200.

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