Published: September 28, 2004
MastroNet broke a previous multi-consignment auction sales record the gallery set in April 2004 by more than $800,000 with a phone/Internet event closing mid-August and generating more than $12.4 million.
Gallery representatives predicted that the stars of this auction would be a Roger Maris #61 jersey, the Richard Egan collection, certain Revolutionary War pieces and rdf_Descriptions related to Houdini.
Roger Maris’s #61 jersey, which he wore when he hit his historic home run #61 in 1961, sold for $302,000. This price not only makes it the most valuable non-Hall of Fame jersey in existence, it is in the top five jerseys of all time. The jersey was recently discovered in a collection where it had resided for more than 40 years.
A 1951 Bowman uncut sheet with three Hall of Famers – Mickey Mantle, Bucky Harris and Frank Frisch – had a rookie Mantle card that caught the fancy of serious bidders. The final price tag for the sheet was $134,522. A 1909-11 T206 white border graded set minus the Big Three – Magie, Wagner and Plank – roared to $109,639. And a 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron rookie – PSA Gem Mint 10 – commanded $90,199.
Ty Cobb was not known to have many friends, but those he did have he rewarded handsomely. In 1925, Cobb gave fellow Hall of Famer Joe Sewell a bat featuring Cobb’s signature taping and unique wood treatment process involving “chew.” The bat sold for $74,918.
A 1909-1911 T206 white border partial set sold for $63,823, while a 1909-11 T206 white border Honus Wagner showed that the supply of these cards will never meet the demand when it was snatched up after aggressive bidding resulted in a final price tag of $62,338. A high-grade 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card went for $62,338.
Rounding out the sale’s top ten, Edward A. Howell’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” an original oil painting measuring 6 by 31/2 feet, sold for $60,375.
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