Game-used bats from baseball legends Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and many others are up for bids in the 2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Auction. Several of the historic bats will be sold at the Premium Live Auction on July 31, during the National Sports Collector's Convention in Chicago, while others will be open for bids from July 8-Aug. 8 online at www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Headlining the historic lumber collection is a bat from a player better known for throwing fastballs than hitting them. For the first time ever, Goldin Auctions brings to auction Christy Mathewson's 1905 World Series game-used bat, signed and dated by his teammates and manager immediately following the 1905 World Series (Lot #40).
After leading the Giants to a 4-1 win over the A's in the 1905 World Series by pitching three complete game shutouts and even getting two hits in the series, Mathewson passed his bat around during the locker room celebration and had several of his teammates sign it, including Red Ames, George "Hooks" Wiltse and Billy Gilbert. To cap it off and assure collectors of its authenticity, Hall of Fame manager John McGraw signed and dated the bat "Oct. 14 -05".
For more than 100 years, the bat was in the possession of the original owner in Chicago until it was recently obtained by collector Terrence R. Zastrow. In addition to this incredible provenance, the bat is historic for several other reasons. It is the only game-used Mathewson bat in existence, it is believed to be to earliest World Series game used bat and it represents the very first World Championship in the history of professional sports in New York. T
he experts at MEARS have thoroughly examined the bat and given its highest grade A10 (314257). Likewise, PSA/DNA awarded it their ultimate grade GU10 (1B01858). Additionally, the signatures were certified by JSA (X56499) and PSA/DNA (U04226). A notarized letter from Zastrow documents the provenance.
"We are thrilled to make this rare bat available during our Premium Live auction during the 2015 National Sports Collector's Convention," said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. "When an historic fresh find such as this is made available for the first time, the sky is the limit as all of the hobby's serious collectors take notice."
To register for the auction and receive a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com. Some of the other historic bats being offered in the Premium Live and online auction include:
Lot #1 Autographed 1965-68 Ernie Banks Game-Used Bat from career HR #466
Lot #2 1966 Willie Mays Game -Used and Signed Hillerich & Bradsby S2 Bat
Lot #3 Autographed 1921-31 Babe Ruth Game-Used Louisville Slugger Bat
Lot #4 1939 Mel Ott Game-Used Louisville Slugger Bat
Lot #5 1955-57 Ted Williams Louisville Slugger Game-Used Bat
Lot #7 Autographed 1956 Mickey Mantle Game-Used Triple Crown/MVP Season Bat (one of just 3 known 1956 Mantle bats)
Lot #8 Autographed 1960 Hank Aaron Game-Used All-Star Game Bat
Lot #9 1936 Jimmie Foxx Louisville Slugger Game-Used Bat
Lot #39 1914 Johnny Evers World Series Game-Used Spalding "E" model Bat
Lot #59 Autographed 1925-26 Joe Sewell Ty Cobb Model Game-Used Bat signed three times by Sewell.
Lot #133 1988 Mike Schmidt Game-Used Bat for HR #540
Lot #279 1924-25 Harry Heilmann Game-Used Bat
Lot #280 1926-38 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Game-Used Post Career Barnstorming Krens Special Bat
Lot #286 Autographed 1959 Willie McCovey Game-Used Bat
Lot #290 Harmon Killebrew Game-Used Bat
Lot #298 Autographed 1973-75 Hank Aaron Game-Used Bat.
The Premium Live Auction will be held on July 31, at the Muvico 18 Theater in Rosemont, Ill., located just a mile from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the site of the National Sports Collector's Convention. It will include 100 live lots of premium high-value sports memorabilia, each valued at more than $10,000.
Some of the other Premium Live Auction Lots are: five items from The Andre Dawson Collection including his 1987 N.L. MVP Award; The Mike Schmidt Collection; a 1932 Ruth game worn New York Yankees cap; 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8; a 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie (PSA NM 7); a Hank Greenberg game used and signed Tigers cap; Mike Tyson's Heavyweight Championship Belt from unifying the title; and more.