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Grey Flannel Auctions at the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinment Ceremony

You are invited to the Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame induction and enshrinement ceremonies and festivities on September 7th, 8th and 9th. The activities will include a motivational speech by the great attorney and collector Jock Smith, a golf tournament where you can play with your favorite Hall of Famer, induction and enshrinement of Charles Barkley and others, and the greatest Grey Flannel auction ever, live at the special exhibit room at the museum. For tickets, weekend package information, and to consign your premier items to this prestigious event, please call us 631-288-7800 ext 227. Tickets for the event will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are extremely limited.

Consignments for our upcoming May 10th Summer Games auction is now closed, and the auction will begin online April 3rd. Auction catalogs will arrive the week of April 17th. Auction lot previews are on display along with hundreds of items available for sale at

Thank you,
Richard Russek

Only two weeks left to consign to Universal Rarities June Auction

Want to consign your collection or individual item to Universal Rarities' June auction? Don't wait any longer--the time to act is now!

The deadline for consigning to the June auction is Friday, April 7th, which is now less than 2 weeks away!

With one of the largest catalog distributions and a virtual "Who's Who" list of active auction clients, consigning to Universal Rarities is the best decision you could make.

Please call (1-800-270-7273) or email me at to discuss your consigning opportunities.

Remember, time's running out. Please contact me TODAY!

Best Regards,
Jeff Woolf
Director of Operations
Universal Rarities

Unique DiMaggio & Monroe Autographed Baseball to be Auctioned by Heritage!

A unique, autographed baseball jointly signed by New York Yankees Hall of Fame player, Joe DiMaggio, and his former wife, actress Marilyn Monroe, will be offered for sale by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas on May 6, 2006.

"The ball is from the estate of the late Associated Press photographer, Harry Harris," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles for Heritage. "By a pure stroke of luck, he obtained the signatures during the Yankees 1961 spring training in Florida when DiMaggio and Monroe were attempting to reconcile after their divorce."

"DiMaggio and Monroe are among the most famous of all celebrity couples, and this one-of-a-kind baseball is one the most exciting autograph items in recent years. Their signatures are bold and clear, and on the same panel of the ball, making this a truly spectacular item for collectors," said Ivy.

"This is the only known baseball autographed by both DiMaggio and Monroe with her name as 'Marilyn Monroe.' One other joint-autograph ball is known, but she signed it 'Norma Jean DiMaggio.' It sold for about $50,000 seven years ago."

In a 1989 interview, veteran news and sports photographer Harris recalled that DiMaggio surprisingly volunteered to be photographed with Monroe during spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1961.

"...we were sitting around the clubhouse and he said, 'Hey, Harry, would you like to make a picture of Miss Monroe and me?' We went to their place on the beach. I posed them with a fishing rod.... When we were finished, my wife got out of the car and asked me if I would get them to autograph one of the balls I kept in the car in case I needed a prop," he recalled in the story.

He said he had turned down a $5,000 offer to sell the baseball in 1961.

Harris, of Brookhaven, New York, passed away in 2002 at the age of 88. He worked for Associated Press for nearly 50 years until retiring in 1978, and shot many famous photographs including President John F. Kennedy lying in state beneath a statue of President Abraham Lincoln.

The unique DiMaggio & Monroe signed baseball carries a pre-auction estimate of $100,000 and up.

For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit <> .

Prospective consignors and sellers of fine and decorative arts are invited to visit <> and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Chris Ivy at <> .

To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Nicole Jewell at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272, or visit <> to order by email.

media contact
Cathy Hadd
Heritage Auction Galleries <>
The World's Fastest Growing Major Auctioneer
3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
1-800-872-6467 x 216

Please direct photography requests to:
Cindy Brenner
1-800-872-6467 x 289

Vintage Authentics Auction Update

Time Is Running Out!
Vintage Authentics "Yesterday's Past " Auction is closing soon! Remember to take advantage of our extended 10 minute period, you must place at least one bid on that item prior to 9:00 p.m. CST, 10:00 p.m. EST.

Vintage Authentics "Yesterday's Past" Auction
Auction Ends March 30th at 10:00pm ET
Register to bid today at Vintage Authentics or call 1-866-304-3090.

Grey Flannel Summer Games Auction 2006 Update

Thank you all who have consigned to our May 10th auction. The auction will be up for bidding on in early April and the catalogs will be mailed April 15th. You will be amazed at some of the great items up for bid. Visit and click the auction preview button to view. There are also dozens of new items added daily for you to purchase at this site. Please remember we are always interested in acquiring your quality collectibles by consignment or purchase. Please contact Keith at 631-288-7800 ext 237 or email us at GFCSPORTS@AOL.COM.

Thank you,
Richard Russek


MARCH 30, 2006 INTERNET/PHONE AUCTION - Our 1300+ lot auction is now on the internet site and ending on Thursday, March 30th! Some items include lots not purchased from the January auction plus ANOTHER 1000 lots and still adding! If you have forgot your username & password please contact us. We will be mailing a text version of this to collectors who have bid in the last five auctions. Regardless, you can go to the bidding site: www.mgauction to download the text and start bidding!

NEXT CATALOG AUCTION JUNE 1, 2006 - The three balls above are a few items that have been recently consigned to this auction! We are currently accepting consignments for all autographs and memorabilia with a lot value of at least $350 to be placed in our all-color catalog auction. Please contact us with a list of items you would like to consign.

JULY 25-27 (27TH NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION, ANAHEIM, CA.) - I will be there Tuesday through Thursday, only, due to my commitment with the Antiques Roadshow.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2006 TOUR - I will be at the following cities on these dates:

AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTICATION - I provide individual pricing between $75-150.

Mike Gutierrez Auctions
8150 E. Raintree Drive
Suite A
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
(480) 991-8060

Mastro Auctions is moving to new facility

Mastro Auctions will be moving Friday March 17th through Tuesday March 21st to our new 18,000 square foot state of the art facility.

Our new address is:
Mastro Auctions
7900 South Madison Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Please be patient during this time as our phone and e-mail access will be somewhat limited.

During this time feel free to contact our Pennsylvania office at 215-947-6575.

Doug Allen
Mastro Auctions
7900 South Madison Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Phone: 630-472-1200
Fax: 630-472-1201

Heritage to offer Wilt Chamberlain Game-Worn Jersey at Auction

He was a titan, the likes of which may never be seen again.

One of the most decorated, storied players in the history of basketball, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain began his professional career with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, in 1958-59. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Warriors (1959-62), during which time he won the NBA MVP Award (1960). He also played for the San Francisco Warriors (1963-64), the Philadelphia 76ers (1964-68), and the Los Angeles Lakers (1968-73).

The 7'1" superstar was the first player in NBA history to be named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season, and Chamberlain would go on to set record after record during his impressive career.

"Chamberlain is, literally, one of the giants in the field of basketball," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Memorabilia Auctions for Heritage Auction Galleries. "His game-worn uniforms, like the one we're offering in our upcoming auction, are the ultimate collectibles for many fans."

"Just a year after shocking the world with a one hundred-point performance in Hershey, Wilt the Stilt suited up in this heroic gamer during the Warriors' first season in San Francisco," Ivy said. "Though never duplicating his triple-digit feat of March 2, 1962, the legendary Hall of Fame center easily repeated as the league's scoring leader in 1962-63, netting an outrageous average of 44.8 points per game."

"It's clear from the strong wear that characterizes this amazing jersey that hundred and hundreds of the more than 3,000 that Wilt scored this season came while wearing it," Ivy said. "Other chart-topping stats compiled in this wardrobe: minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, field goal percentage, rebounds (total and per game) and points."

"Yellow and blue tackle twill spelling 'San Francisco 13'across the chest shows the puckering consistent with reaction to salty sweat," Ivy said, "as does the number '13' repeated on verso. The small '44' size tag in the collar is all that remains of labeling, though it is well known that Wilt used to remove these tags for comfort. This home white jersey was acquired from Wilt personally by a ball boy for the team, and represents one of the finest jerseys from this early NBA legend ever offered for public sale."

Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the 1962-63 Wilt Chamberlain game-worn jersey in their upcoming Signature auction, to be held May 6, 2006 at their headquarters in Dallas, TX.

Wilt Chamberlain's 1962-63 game-worn jersey bears a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 - $20,000.

1962-63 Wilt Chamberlain Game Worn Jersey:
For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit

Prospective consignors and sellers of fine and decorative arts are invited to visit and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Chris Ivy at

To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Nicole Jewell at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272, or visit to order by email.

media contact
Cathy Hadd
Heritage Auction Galleries
The World's Fastest Growing Major Auctioneer
3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
1-800-872-6467 x 216

Please direct photography requests to:
Cindy Brenner
1-800-872-6467 x 289

Robert Edward Auctions Salutes New Hall of Famers

Robert Edward Auctions is pleased to announce the inclusion of a small but very significant selection of items related to the Negro Leagues, including rare signed items from several of the recently elected Hall of Famers. These items include:

1) The only known baseball single-signed by Effa Manly, the first woman to ever be elected to the Hall of Fame, on a special 1980 Wilson Negro League Players Reunion baseball, as well as a 1977 handwritten letter by Manly to Negro Leagues baseball historian John Holway in which she is expressing her extreme displeasure with the Hall of Fame‚s selection process for Negro Leaguers.

2) A 1931 Jud Wilson Signed Real-Photo Postcard. This is the only known card of Jud Wilson from his playing days, in addition to being the only known signed photograph of Jud Wilson.

3) A 1940 Negro League Stars Signed Ball Including Newly-Elected Hall of Famers Jud Wilson and Ray Brown. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only baseball known to exist to be signed by either Jud Wilson or Ray Brown.

4) 1939 Ray Brown Signed Puerto Rican League Player's Contract. One of four Ray Brown contracts known, and one of fewer than ten Ray Brown signed items currently known.

5) A circa 1947 Official Negro League Ball with just four signatures: Campanella, Robinson, Newcombe, and Doby, in Near Mint condition.

6) Sol White‚s 1907 „History of Colored Base Ball‰ book, one of fewer than ten copies known, long considered to be one of the "Holy Grails" of all Negro League collectibles.

7) 1931 Harrison Studios real-photo postcard of Josh Gibson, signed by Gibson on both the front and back. This newly discovered card pictures Gibson in spring training of 1931 as a rookie with the Homestead Grays. It is the only card known of Josh Gibson dating from his playing days.

8) A 1905 Ohio Wesleyan Calendar with Baseball Team Photograph including Branch Rickey (as coach) and Charles Thomas, the black ballplayer whose encounters with racism on this team planted the seeds for Branch Rickey‚s commitment to promoting integration in Major League Baseball decades later.

9) An extremely rare cabinet photo featuring the 1882 University of Michigan Team including Moses Fleetwood Walker. This is one the earliest of the few Moses Fleetwood Walker photographs known. In 1883 Walker became the first black player in Major League history with Toledo of the American Association.

Catalogs will be shipped April 7, 2006. The auction will be online approximately April 10, 2006. Auction closing date: April 29, 2006. If you have recently moved, please log-on to to update your mailing address. We are already accepting consignments for our next sale. If you have significant items to potentially sell at auction, please write or call.


Robert Edward Auctions, LLC

Universal Rarities Announces next auction

We are proud to announce that our next catalog auction will be held on Friday, June 9th. Expect to receive your copy of our full-color catalog around May 26th.



Looking to get top-dollar for your collection? Consign it to our June auction!

-We have one of the largest circulations in the hobby (approximately 32,000 catalogs will be distributed for June!)

-Competitive consignment rates

-A state-of-the-art, user-friendly online auction system

-Most importantly, we produce RESULTS!

To discuss your consignment opportunities please email or call me personally at 1-800-270-7273.

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Best Regards,
Jeff Woolf
Director of Operations
Universal Rarities
Toll-Free: 800-270-7273
International: 951-278-8420
Fax: 951-278-1655

Memory Lane Auction is OPEN

Please note, the Catalogs for the Memory Lane Inc. Auction have been mailed. You should be receiving your catalog by the end of this week. If you do not get one by next Monday, please call our office 877-606-5263 and we will "rush" one out to you.

Bidding is now OPEN and the bidding has been furious!! Go online and get in. Make sure you bid early to take advantage of the 15 Minute Rule which gives you options for later.

And, if you haven't seen it yet -- be sure and see
the Fox Movietone Newsreel - actual footage of the Babe's last home run at Yankee stadium - Min Bid $25,000. Check out the great Walter Johnson's sidearm pitching delivery, and the Bambino's great swing! Reporters called this last HR shot, the Babe's 715th! His wife Claire, said he was proudest of this home run over all the other ones he hit, because it showed the fans he could still do it in the House that Ruth Built!

What a player! What an Historic ball! This is the One
and Only ball -there are no others. See the ball from all angles online! This is the One! See it.

Complimentary Catalogs were mailed to all our customers. If you did not get one by Saturday's mail. Call or EMAIL our offices 877-606-5263 or and we will get one out to you on Monday.

The auction is open for bidding --all lots are online at

Enjoy the Auction -- "good luck" to all!

Memory Lane Inc.

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