Ruth bats, high-grade cards, sets headline MastroN

For collectors who occasionally surrender to the idea of “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic,” MastroNet has just the thing in the August auction: a deck chair from the Titanic.

The Willowbrook, Ill.-based auction behemoth will offer a massive assembly of high-end collectibles, including sports, comic books and comic art, historical milestones, Hollywood, music, political campaigns and more.

According to Doug Allen, president of MastroNet, the August auction represents one of the company’s most impressive Americana lineups in addition to its spectacular sports items.
Bidding will begin on Aug. 1 and conclude on Aug. 17, 18 and 19. Some of the items offered will include:

  • A selection of bats from Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mel Ott and Mickey Mantle
  • An impressive array of baseball cards
  • Rare, one-of-a-kind game-worn baseball jerseys
  • Incredible Titanic items
  • A variety of entertainment treasures, including rare Beatles and Elvis items
  • An assortment of historical documents and items
  • A collection of comic art

More than 1,800 lots of memorabilia will be included in the massive Internet/phone auction. Specific details and highlights include:

Sports Highlights

  • 1931 H&B game-used, signed and inscribed Babe Ruth bat – $25,000
  • 1917-19 H&B game-used Ruth bat – $25,000
  • 1958 Mickey Mantle game-used World Series bat, SCD A-10 – $10,000
  • 1948 Ted Williams 1948 H&B vault-marked bat, SCD A-10 – $7,500
  • 1933 Goudey uncut sheet with five Hall of Famers, including Ruth (24) – $10,000
  • 1951 Bowman high-grade complete set – $10,000
  • 1911 T205 Gold Border complete set, with variations
  • 1952 Bowman high-grade complete set – $5,000
  • PSA-graded 1952 Topps Complete Set Plus Variations (486) – $10,000
  • High-grade 1904 WG2 American League Fan Craze set (52) with vast majority PSA 9 and PSA 10 – $5,000
  • 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson, PSA 9 – $5,000
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, PSA 8 – $5,000
  • 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb, SGC 88 – $5,000
  • 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ty Cobb, PSA 8 – $2,500 

   The Branca Collection: Worthy of special note in the baseball card section is the third installment of the famed John Branca Collection. This extraordinary PSA-graded card collection has been setting record numbers for star cards and commons alike. A few of the highlights from the current installment include:

  • 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Portrait Green Background, PSA 8 – $5,000
  • 1933 R333 DeLong Lou Gehrig, PSA 8 – $5,000
  • 1940 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio, PSA 8 – $2,500
  • 1932 R328 U.S. Caramel Ruth, PSA 8 – $2,500

Baseball Memorabilia

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander 1926 St. Louis Cardinals game-used World Series jersey, the only known example of a Grover Cleveland Alexander game-used jersey outside of Cooperstown – $10,000
  • Bob Feller 1951 Cleveland Indians game-used uniform, SCD A-9.5 – $10,000
  • Dizzy Dean 1938 Chicago Cubs home jersey, SCD A-9.5 – $5,000
  • Hank Aaron home run No. 733 (Feeney) ball – $5,000 
  • Ruth/Gehrig/Huggins signed Barnard ball – $5,000
  • 1928 Yankees team-signed ball – $2,500
  • Mickey Lolich full-size 1968 World Series Trophy – $5,000
  • Earle Combs 1932 Yankees World Series ring – $2,500
  • 1974 World Champion Oakland Athletics owner’s Trophy in original shipping box – $2,500
  • Rare 1863 “Union Prisoners at Salisbury” Civil War baseball print – $5,000
  • 1909-2003 World Series ticket collection (412) – $5,000
  • Thurman Munson’s 1978 Yankees team-signed original oil painting – $2,500

Other Sports

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA “50 Greatest Players” signed lithograph – $10,000
  • Julius Erving 1980-81 Philadelphia 76ers game-used road uniform, SCD A-10 – $1,500
  • Michael Jordan 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls road uniform, SCD A-5 – $1,000
  • 1952 Bowman Football Large high-grade complete set – $5,000
  • 1961 Fleer Football completely graded Second Series Five-Cent wax box (24 packs) – $1,000
  • Emmitt Smith 1992 Dallas Cowboys game-used home jersey, SCD A-6 – $900
  • Gem mint 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie, PSA 10 – $10,000
  • Autographed Hockey card collection (35,000-plus) – $5,000
  • Bill Vukovich’s 1953 Indianapolis 500 winner’s trophy – $7,500
  • Bill Holland and wife 1949 Indianapolis 500 winner’s rings – $2,500

Americana Highlights

  • 1824 Beethoven document with full signature – $10,000
  • 1878 patent application for the phonograph signed by Thomas Edison – $10,000
  • Spectacular Amelia Earhart flight ensemble with leather jacket, cap and goggles – $10,000
  • “The Iwo Jima Monument” mid-1960s Felix de Weldon authorized limited-edition bronze casting – $10,000
  • 1961 Beatles-signed Liverpool photo with Pete Best – $5,000
  • 1957 Elvis Presley’s own phonograph, signed – $2,500
  • Historically significant 1933 “Marx Bros., Inc.” minutes of first corporate meeting, signed by all four brothers with their real and stage names – $2,500
  • Titanic original deck chair – $10,000
  • Circa 1876 Baron Von Steuben/George and Martha Washington inlaid marquetry tilt table – $7,500
  • 1840 William Henry Harrison six-sided campaign jug – $5,000
  • Rare 1864 Abraham Lincoln campaign bandanna – $5,000
  • 1868 Alaska Purchase era document signed by President Andrew Johnson – $2,500

Stamps, Coins, Currency and Comics

  • 1898 Barber Quarter NGC Proof Ultra Cameo – $2,500
  • 1930 Graf Zeppelin set of blocks of four (C13-C15) – $1,500
  • 1963 Mad No. 79 original “Whistler’s Mother” cover painting by Norman Mingo – $5,000
  • August, 1940 Famous Fantastic Mysteries original cover oil painting by Virgil Finlay – $2,500

For more information or to register for the MastroNet August auction and receive an auction catalog, call (630) 472-1200, or go to www.mastronet.com.

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