A single-signed Babe Ruth National League baseball, a 1929 Philadelphia A’s team-signed ball and a Jimmie Foxx single-signed ball headline the list of items in the November Coach’s Corner Sports & Celebrity Auction.
The auction week will run Nov. 7-11, with online and fax bidding. Overall, there will be more than 3,000 items up for grabs.
The lead item is a baseball that has been in the family of professional women’s player Almaeda E. Bard of the Hollywood All-Stars. Ruth signed the ball for her while in the lobby of a Wilkes-Barre, Pa., hotel lobby in 1932, following an exhibition game in which they both took part.
The 1929 Philadelphia Athletics ball also comes from the Bard family and was acquired personally by her. It is an official American League ball with two-colored laces. There are 17-plus signatures in blue fountain pen ranging from 1-to-7. The ball contains Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Eddie Rommel and some very difficult ones like Bevo LeBourveau, Lefty Yerkes and Ossie Orwell, who saw limited A’s action that year.
Another item sure to attract the interest of A’s and Red Sox fans is a clean red-laced Foxx-signed Wilson Canadian American League ball. Coach’s Corner officials estimate the value of the ball at $8,000. A John F. Kennedy signed National League Harridge ball also is available in the auction. It is signed on the sweet spot by JFK with the added “U. S. Senate Mass.” The value is estimated at more than $9,200. Also from Camelot comes a JFK and Jackie-signed 1959 cachet.
Other interesting and important signed baseballs include a Mickey Mantle signed A.L. ball on the sweet spot with “536 HRs” added in his hand, an Al Simmons red-and-blue-laced practice ball, a Chuck Klein signed Rawlings red-laced ball, a Jackie Robinson signed Eastern League Spalding ball, a Roberto Clemente signed Worth red-laced ball, a Wahoo Sam Crawford single-signed 1950s PCL ball, a Goose Goslin N.L. (Giles) signed ball, a Harwood Pony League ball signed by Jimmie Foxx in black fountain pen, a Ruth signed MacGregor “Official 97 League” baseball and a Maris-Mantle signed Yankee ball circa 1978 with Mantle on the sweet spot and Maris on the side panel.
Also up for bids are a Barry Bonds 2002 World Series baseball, an Oakland A’s vintage superstars ball with 27 signatures (Alvin Dark, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Bert Campaneris and others), a single lot of one dozen Derek Jeter single-signed baseballs, a 500 Home Run Club signed A.L. ball and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball, including the tough Frank Kelleher and all the expected stars.
This auction features some other noteworthy Hall of Fame signed items such as an Ed Barrow signed personal check from 1952, a Lou Gehrig 8-by-10 magazine photo, a 1930s signed and framed Gehrig Wire photo from the Yankees locker room, a Satchel Paige signed game-used pitchers bat, a Mantle-signed Gerry Dvorak print (numbered 120/450), six deceased Hall of Famers on Paluso prints (Lefty Gomez, Johnny Mize, Luke Appling, Enos Slaughter, Carl Hubbell and Joe Sewell, shown in photo above right), a 1950s Wilson Hall of Famers signed ball with 18 names on it (Frankie Frisch, Sam Rice, Lefty Grove, Bill Dickey, Waite Hoyt, Ted Lyons, Red Ruffing and more), a Ruth cut signature, a DiMaggio, Mantle and Ted Williams signed and framed 16-by-20 photo and a unique lot of four Hall of Famer cut signatures (Mel Ott, Branch Rickey, Connie Mack and Ty Cobb).
Other key sports-related items include a Mark McGwire signed Steiner panoramic “62” photograph, a Barry Bonds 11-by-14 original artwork by Rick Jackson, a Joe Louis signed boxing advertisement promoting his fight with Battling King Levinsky, a signed Ben Hogan 8-by-10 photo, a Michael Jordan signed Bulls game jersey, an NBA All-Stars signed East All-Star jersey with Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant and others, and a 2005-06 USC Trojans signed full-sized helmet.
For trading card fans, a 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel card of Cobb graded CSA 8.5, a 1948 Leaf DiMaggio graded 8 by Pro Grading, a 1962 Topps Mantle graded Gem Mint 10 by Pro Grading, a 1957 Topps Willie Mays card graded Pristine 10, a 1958 Topps Williams All-Star graded Mint Plus 9.5, a 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie card graded Pristine 10, a 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie card graded Pristine 10 and a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card graded Mint 9.
Bids will be accepted online at www.myccsa.com, by phone at (215) 721-9162, or by mail prior to the auction date.