Published: June 26, 2001
OAK BROOK, ILL. – The most recent event hosted by the sports memorabilia and collectibles leader MastroNet, Inc. through its Mike Gutierrez Auctions division generated over $1.3 million. The Internet/phone auction included over 1,000 lots of autographed sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia.
While there were many rdf_Descriptions of considerable interest outside the field of sports memorabilia, the results of this MastroNet event once again prove the most popular auction game in town is sports memorabilia.
Top sports related rdf_Descriptions included the top lot – a signed collection of 10,000 index cards, each bearing the autograph of a historically significant person in baseball’s history. The collection sold for $34,309 and contained signatures from early baseball players, Hall of Fame stars, minor league miracles, commissioners, umpires, team presidents, scouts and women’s league wonders.
A rare Chas A. Comiskey Single-Signed baseball, the only one known to exist, sold for $21,300. Comiskey was a pioneer player during baseball’s early days. Later, he was the owner of the Chicago White Sox during the time the team became known as the infamous Chicago Black Sox due to the notorious 1919 baseball scandal.
A 1923 New York Yankees Championship Team Signed baseball that featured 24 signatures, included Babe Ruth’s along with the players who won the New York Yankees first World Championship. Almost 70 years and 25 World Championships later, this baseball sold for $18,307.
A 1927 New York Yankees Championship Team Signed baseball featured the autographs of Ruth and Gehrig and 20 other signatures from the team that many consider the greatest in all of baseball history. The final price was $17,603.
$17,477 was paid for a Highest Quality 1947 Babe Ruth Signed baseball. This incredible rdf_Description was autographed by Ruth and given to a patient during one of Ruth’s well-documented hospital visits and features Ruth’s large blue fountain pen signature on the sweet spot.
A 1926 New York Yankees (AL Champions) Team Signed baseball with twenty signatures including Babe Ruth, Joe Dugan, Bennie Bengough, Tony Lazzeri and Herb Pennock sold for $14,067.
A rare Single-Signed Roger Maris Autographed bat from the player who first broke Ruth’s single season record of 60 home runs went for $4,281. Mark McGwire’s Autographed bat signed in 1987, after hitting his 39th home run of the season his rookie year, sold for $1,995.
Over 200 Autographed 1940/50s/60s baseball exhibit collection included Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial – went for $8,536.17 Autographed Baseball Card Sets from Fleer and Topps, 1985-1989, sold for $8,210; an 1954 Topps Autographed set of baseball cards with strong signatures went for $7,679; a signed early tobacco and candy card collection with turn-of-the-century stars and famous Hall of Famers including Tris Speaker, Wahoo Sam Crawford, Ed Walsh, Zack Wheat and Fred Clarke sold for $6,981.
A Lou Gehrig autographed 8 by 10-inch black and white 1938 news wire photo sold for $9,292; a 1933 World Series photograph signed by Babe Ruth sold for $8,419; a Ty Cobb color tinted 8′ by 10′-inch signed photo sold for $7,590; a lot of 607 8 by 10-inch autographed photos of current Major League stars went for $3,945; a classic Babe Ruth autographed 81/2 by 7-inch photograph commanded $3,255; a lot of 588 autographed 8 by 10-inch photos from retired baseball stars sold for $2,717; and a Mickey Cochrane (A’s) and Jimmie Foxx (A’s) autographed 8 by 10-inch sepia photograph had a final price of $2,657.
A 1922 Notre Dame football team signed photo featuring Rockne and the “Four Horsemen” taken during the Horsemen’s first year together with Rockne. This photo captures the legendary Notre Dame coach and the famous quartet, Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden, along with their teammates. The photo sold for $4,927.
Items from other sporting arenas included a collection of nearly 3,000 football signatures including NFL and college players sold for $3,780; a single-signed photo of Football Hall of Famer Dan Reeves went for $3,043; a massive 1,000-piece collection of basketball autographs including Chamberlain, Maravich, Auerbach and Mikan commanded $2,790; a lot of 92 autographed boxing photos and postcards sold for $2,790; a collection of 650+ hockey autographs sold for $2,346; a pair of Shaquille O’Neal autographed 1996 game used Lakers shoes sold for $2,346; 128 different Football Hall of Fame signatures sold for $2,132; and a pair of Michael Jordan autographed 1990 game used shoes went for $1,995.
The largest Signed Photo of FDR available sold for $8,855. Roosevelt became synonymous with the “New Deal” and is credited with pulling the United States out of The Great Depression.
The most documented lock of Abe Lincoln’s hair in existence consisted of ten strands of Lincoln’s hair are among the many taken from the site of his fatal head wound. A well-documented lineage regarding the lock’s provenance adds to the value of this unique piece of history. It sold for $8,816.
An Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) document signed by Lincoln while he was President, provides for an important military commission three weeks before the start of the Civil War and sold for $6,115.
$4,428 was realized for a Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed ship’s captain’s document. Jefferson was President and Madison was Secretary of State when this document relating to cod fish and salt leaving from Marblehead was signed.
The finest known Ulysses S. Grant photo taken while President measured 131/4 by 181/2 inches photograph is an amazing testament to the power of this U.S. President who made his mark in the Civil War. The 3-inch signature is in excellent condition and the framed photo sold for $4,210. A three-page handwritten letter by George Patton from West Point in 1908 commanded $4,077; a John F. Kennedy 8 by 10-inch black and white photograph signed while President sold for $3,939; a Harry Truman single-signed baseball went for $2,922.
An 8 by 10-inch color photograph of Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and George Bush in front of the Statue of Liberty- signed by Gorbachev and Reagan- commanded $2,783; a David Ben Gurion First Day Cover sold for $2,766; and an autographed 6 by 8-inch sepia photo of Theodore Roosevelt when he was President sold for $2,717.
Music, movie and art memorabilia included a Pablo Picasso Signed original “Rough” 51/2 by 81/2-inch sketch of a flute player, done in preparation for a later work, was rendered in charcoal. Picasso signed the rough in the same charcoal and it sold for $9,607.
$7,966 was paid for a Dr. Seuss original hand-drawn 3 by 5-inch original color sketch of “The Grinch” in black ink and green marker and reads, “The Grinch! from Dr. Seuss”. Another Seuss original, a 3 by 5-inch black ink and red marker rendering of Seuss’ mischievous cat, “The Cat in the Hat” sold for $4,281.
Elvis Presley’s Signed 1953 Humes high school yearbook from Presley’s senior year, was signed, “Best of everything to a swell girl – Elvis.” The early mint signature sold for $4,379. Other rdf_Descriptions included a set of Beatles signatures from 1963, commanding $2,990; a complete set of cast signatures from the 1942 movie Casablanca went for $2,790; and the shirt worn by Elvis Presley in the movie Charro sold for $2,195.
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