E-commerce fueling growth of Ironclad Authentics
Ray Schulte’s first goal when he and baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. formed Ironclad Authentics was the management and handling of Ripken’s autograph and memorabilia deals. A year later, Ironclad Authentics has grown significantly and has several more initiatives on its plate for 2006 and beyond.
Among the company’s accomplishments in the past year: Becoming a licensee of the MLB Authentication Program; creation of a “Legends” line of licensed, autographed collages featuring Ripken paired with Brett Favre, Lance Armstrong and Hank Aaron, with many of the pieces nearly sold out; created and marketed a line of memorabilia that celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak; signings with current and past athletes that include Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Stan Musial and Tom Seaver; and growing the sales of Ironclad Authentics through online partnerships with MLB.com, Amazon.com and Shop.com, among others.
“We’re expanding our platforms and really getting our tentacles out there,” said Schulte, general manager for Ironclad Authentics. “From the beginning, our goal was to create a niche by offering items that weren’t available in the marketplace. And we’re getting responses not only from hobbyists, but also from people who are not collectors but simply see that our products are unique and they want to purchase them.”
Having the name and reputation of Ripken behind the company’s efforts has been a key to its success, Schulte said. “With his credibility and his contacts, when we do approach a player about a potential project, we are received with open arms,” he said. “And Cal’s reputation is important in how we do business. We want to be sure the consumer receives a high-quality, authentic item in a timely manner.”
Charitable efforts are also a big part of the company’s efforts, such as next month’s fund-raiser in Puerto Rico for the Roberto Clemente Sports City project and an auction earlier this year of Orioles’ game-worn jerseys featuring commemorative “2,131” patches that raised money for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Orioles charities.
Next year, plans are in place to expand the company’s roster of athletes and its line of special commemorative items, which will grow even more in 2007 in anticipation of Ripken’s induction into Cooperstown. Schulte said the chance to manage and grow a company, particularly through e-commerce offerings, is very satisfying. “E-commerce really intrigues me, and when you have someone with the caliber of Cal, that sets you apart from others because so many people know him and trust him,” Schulte said. “That kind of trust is the key to being successful online. We’ve been in existence for one year and reached heights that we didn’t know we could. And now we see so much potential in the future.”
PSA will authenticate, grade unopened packs in ’06
Professional Sports Authenticator will begin authenticating and grading unopened packs of sports and non-sports trading cards in 2006. A starting date for the new service or information regarding fees have not been announced.
“When the new service begins next year we will accept both vintage and modern packs for certification,” said PSA president Joe Orlando. “Many collectors and dealers have repeatedly said they want the PSA brand for the assurance of authenticity and grade of the unopened packs they buy and sell.”
Orlando said pack specialist Steve Hart, owner of Baseball Card Exchange of Lynwood, Ill., will be working with PSA on the authentication of submitted material. An Unopened Pack Set Registry and price guide will be established after the service begins. “We now are designing a special holder to encapsulate certified packs, and we will publish PSA grading standards for unopened packs,” said Orlando.
Heritage Sports Collectibles' October Signature Auction Realizes Over $1.8 Million and Breaks Records on the Way!
Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers (HG&A) held its most recent Sports Collectibles Signature Auction October 29, in Dallas, Texas. 1,915 total bidders competed for 788 lots, 266 of them successfully, for an overall total of $1,861,300, although after-auction sales are still ongoing and could push the total even higher.
"The biggest star of the sale was the 1911 Addie Joss Day Panoramic Photograph from the Frank "Home Run" Baker Collection (http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19707&type=prte-pr103105a )," noted Heritage Sports Collectibles director Chris Ivy. "We believe that the price realized of $89,625 is the highest ever achieved for an unsigned sports photograph. The presale estimate for the piece was $10,000 to $15,000, though clearly the fabulous condition and rock-solid provenance accounted for the historic final price."
Another highlight from the auction's phenomenal photography offerings was the Circa 1910 Frank Baker Studio Photograph by Carl Horner (http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19698&type=prte-pr103105a ), which provided the image from Baker's M116 tobacco card. Fierce bidding more than tripled the presale high estimate to achieve a final tally of $13,145.
"Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel also provided a lot of fireworks on Saturday evening," noted Ivy, who explained that the price of $22,705 realized for his magnificent 1913 World's Series Newsreel Poster (http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19604&type=prte-pr103105a ) ranks in the top five for sports related posters. "In total, the contents of Stengel's personal collection surpassed the $150,000 mark."
Other auction highlights included: 1924 Muddy Ruel Game Worn Tour of Europe Uniform. REALIZED: $44,813. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19725&type=prte-pr103105a
1909-11 T206 White Border Partial Set (400/521). REALIZED: $28,680. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19462&type=prte-pr103105a
1968-69 Wilt Chamberlain Game Worn Jersey. REALIZED: $22,705. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19270&type=prte-pr103105a
1924 Muddy Ruel Game Worn Tour of Europe Sweater. REALIZED: $20,315. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19726&type=prte-pr103105a
Mid-1950's Yogi Berra Game Worn Catcher's Mitt. REALIZED: $17,925. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19739&type=prte-pr103105a
1880's John L. Sullivan Fight Worn Boxing Belt & Sash. REALIZED: $13,145. http://www.heritagesportscollectibles.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19332&type=prte-pr103105a
CUSTER LETTER DECRYING REBELS IS TOP ITEM IN 3-DAY AUCTION BY GEPPI’S MEMORABILIA ROAD SHOW - $87,750
A three-day, 1,000-lot online auction conducted by Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show, found a historic letter written by 24-year old George Armstrong Custer, to be the highest priced item, bringing $87,750 in spirited international bidding. (All prices include the buyer’s premium).
Custer, long before his “Little Big Horn” fame, wrote a four page document in 1864, pledging loyalty to President Lincoln, and claiming to fight on and “hang every human being who possesses a drop of rebel blood in their veins whether they be men, women or children.”
The letter came from the sports-historical-entertainment collection of Bert Padell, the “Financial Advisor to the Stars,” a former Yankee batboy who went on to represent such figures as Joe DiMaggio, Robert DeNiro, Madonna and Britney Spears, and he amassed a collection believed to be the biggest set at auction since Barry Halper in 1999.
From his collection also came a winning bid of $81,900 for a 1950 World Series bat used by Joe DiMaggio, personally handed to Padell, his batboy, following that series.
The other major collection in the auction was the Stanley Weston/Toby Weston Cone boxing collection, which at one time comprised a large segment of the Madison Square Garden Boxing Hall of Fame, and has continued to be updated. Among the most watched items from that collection was a 1916 “confession” letter from Jack Johnson, claiming to have thrown his earlier fight in Havana against Jess Willard. The letter, long coveted by ring historians, went for $26,325. Stanley Weston was a long time boxing and wrestling magazine publisher, artist, writer and boxing historian.
"Our Icons auction was an amazing experience. Toby Weston Cone, Bert Padell, and our other consignors offered a spectacular selection of collectibles with an impeccable combination of provenance and pop culture appeal, and our bidders responded accordingly," said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Geppi's Memorabilia Road Show. "Even as items are being shipped out to the winning participants, our team is already at work on the next auction. We've set a high standard for ourselves with this event and we look forward to living up to it in the future."
Other highlights in the auction included Lou Gehrig’s 1935 signed Yankee contract ($42,120), Babe Ruth’s 1948 autobiography book contract ($18,720), and his contract for the Babe Ruth Story movie, ($17,750); an original Ebbets Field turnstile ($26,325), a Gaultier-designed bustier worn by Madonna on her “Blonde Ambition” tour ($28,080), and a check written by Christy Mathewson to his namesake son ($24,750).
Lot 303, a trio of Babe Ruth photographs which included the seldom seen cover photo from the catalog, went for $9,360.
Highlights of the third and final day of bidding included:
- Two Ali artworks signed by Andy Warhol - $11,115
- A vintage “Mutoscope” machine from turn of last century - $22,230
- Frank Thomas’ 1962 New York Mets home jersey - $7,980
- A game used Jimmie Foxx bat - $16,380
- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig signed baseball - $16,380
- Gehrig signed banknote from 1938 - $21,060
- A Lincoln manuscript from 1938 - $11,700
- Mickey Mantle game used autographed bat - $14,040
- George Washington signed document - $9,360
A full run of All-Star game issued workout jerseys for the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, auctioned individually, brought some $33,000, raised for the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.). The top price for any player was $1,755 for Mariano Rivera’s jersey.
Highlights from the first two days:
- Warhol/Jagger Signed Silk Screen, $16,380
- Lincoln hand written letter to P. Quinn Harrison, $26,325
- John Wilkes Booth Handwritten Letter, $22,230
- Bat Masterson Signed Subpoena Display from 1881, $9,360
- Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter on Foreign Policy, $17,750
- Franklin Roosevelt Signed Presidential Letter, $9,945
- Babe Ruth Autographed Bat, $11,700
- Mize All Star Bat with Over 200 A.L. Signatures, $4,680
- Nolan Ryan Game Worn 1973 Angels Jersey, $11,700
- Christy Mathewson Signed Check Payable to Namesake Son, $24,570
- Original Handwritten Lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, $14,040
- Hack Wilson Handwritten Signed Letter and Autographed Photo, $14,040
- a collection of 32 boxing event tickets: $17,550
- a collection of over 200 tickets and stubs: $11,700
- a collection of 21 full tickets to Joe Louis bouts: $10,530
- James J. Corbett vs. John L. Sullivan silk: $9,945
- a signed card from heavyweight champ Marvin Hart, $15,210
- John L. Sullivan boxing silk, $15,210
- a collection of “Damsels in Distress” cover art, $14,040
- a collection of 3 original Ring Magazine cover art by Reekis, $14,040
- another collection of 3 Reekis original cover art, $12,870
- a massive collection of boxing photos, $11,700
- 51 color proofs of Ring Magazine covers, $12,870
Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show is unique in obtaining all consignments directly from sports insiders, notably players, their families or their representatives, or those who worked in the industry.
The company is headquartered at 1966 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland 21093. The telephone number is 877-ROAD-SHW. (877-762-3749) or +011 (410)427-9456 outside the US. The website is http://www.gmrs.com.
Vintage Authentics features 1972 Dolphins Super Bowl Ring in Nov. 17 auction
Miami Dolphins 1972 "extra" rings have on occassion surfaced through the past few decades but none until now have ever been offered which were originally issued to players, ownership, or principle front office personnel. This gem, representing the greatest season ever recorded by an NFL team, comes from the estate of super scout Mike Rathet. Mike was a lead scout for Vince Lombardi prior to moving on to the Dolphins to work for another Hall of Fame coach in Don Shula. Rathet was a "behind the scenes" type of guy who was never one to flaunt his football prowess and success and therefore rarely ever wore the ring. For this reason, it remains in near flawless, immaculate condition.
The top of the ring leaves little to the imagination in terms of what the ring represents. A beautiful one karat diamond signifying the 17th victory on January 14, 1973 in Super Bowl VII is encircled by 16 diamond chips representing the other 16 wins of their unparalleled perfect season. "Rathet" appears on one side with the official Dolphins logo and "Winning Edge" mantra below. The opposite side has "Super Bowl VII", "Dolphins 14 Redskins 7", "17-0", and "Perfect Season" all beautifully raised above the gold surface surrounding a perfectly intricate carved image of the Super Bowl Trophy.
According to sources within the Miami Dolphins organization, there were only 52 of the high quality 1 karat diamond championship rings produced for players, coaches and other key contributors deemed worthy by Dolphins management. There were a handful of others within the organization that had the option to buy a cheaper version for themselves but it’s estimated that only 5-10 chose to do so. This is only the 3rd genuine Dolphins Super Bowl Ring from the perfect season to hit be offered to hobbyists. There was Dolphin’s punter Billy Loftridge’s Super Bowl Ring that was auctioned in the late 1990’s for $35,000 as well as that of running back Mercury Morris that was sold for an undisclosed amount during the same era. Super scout Mike Rathet had as much to do with the success of the Dolphins as anyone associated with the team which is why he was hand picked to receive this treasure. This is the first to surface in nearly a decade and has many Dolphin’s followers eager to own this piece of football immortality.
Heritage Signature Auction ends Oct. 29
Internet bidding for Heritage's Sigature Auction #703 ends at 10:00 PM Central on Oct. 28. The live event will take place on Oct. 29 in Dallas, Texas. For more information, or to place an absentee bid, go to www.heritagesportscollectibles.com.
Historic Auctions debuts with Dec. 1 auction
Merging technology with memorabilia, Historic Auctions is the latest auction house to open its doors. Utilizing the the most advanced technology available, Historic Auctions provides an unparalleled avenue for obtaining game used and historic memorabilia. Historic Auctions was founded at the beginning of 2005 by a group of investors and players with the goal of being able to acquire game used and signed materials directly from the athletes and provide them directly to the collecting community. With this in mind, Historic Auctions is very excited to bring investors and collectors alike together in their debut auction which runs November 18 through December 1st. They have truly taken the guess work out of collecting and have only just begun.
While the November auction should have well over five hundred lots, the planned April auction is inline to surpass one thousand lots. By having every item auctioned authenticated by James Spence, Mears, ASI, Grey Flannel, the athlete themselves and/or PSA/DNA, Historic Auctions is clearly dedicated to providing only authentic memorabilia in their auctions.
Historic Auctions is confident that the coupling of authentic, game used memorabilia with advanced technology and superior customer service they will be able to provide the highest quality product available on the market. For more information, visit http://www.historicauctions.com.
GMRS auction ends Oct. 25-27
GMRS.com will stop accepting bids at 3:00 PM EST. Please place maximums before 3:00 PM. Your maximum bid will work for you during the live sale. A GMRS representative will bid incrementally to the maximum amount you specify.
If you would like to place bids during the Live Auction by phone please contact us and identify your lots of interest. GMRS will have phone representatives available to reach you as your lots open. Top advanced bidders will have priority in phone call backs. 877-762-3749.
The live auction begins at 7:00 Eastern, with live bidding also avaiable on eBay. The Stanley Weston Auction includes Lots 1-334 and ends Oct. 25. The Bert Padell Collection ends Oct. 26 (lots 335-668) and the final day of the auction is Oct. 27, with lots 669-1000. Visit www.geppismemorabiliaroadshow.com for more information.
Memory Lane Nov. 16 auction opens for bidding
Memory Lane Inc's November 16th Auction is now open for Lot viewing and Bidding at www.memorylaneinc.com.
AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Offered is the 78 year old Harry Gates; 1927 Babe Ruth signed ball -- a wonderful piece of history! Further, the auction is offering 17 SETS; Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Football and 2 Wax Pack Boxes w/24 packs each; a 1960 Baseball, and a 1968 Football. Included in the 17 sets offered is a "1969 Topps Super Set" -- the #1 graded Set in the World!!(A must see). Also offered is a 1941 Play Ball Set and a 1954 Red Heart Set --both high grade delux Sets.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS; Dozens of T206's, a high grade Mathewson T205, a group of 1887 Old Judge tobacco cards including William Ewing in a PSA 9 -one of only 2 Ewing cards in the World to be awarded this high grade status! Also there is a 118 YEAR OLD -- 1887 Old Judge N172 Edward Daley in a MINT 9!! An Excellent copy --amazing condition! And more early vintage -- a wonderful selection of 1911 Trukey Reds, a great grouping of 1933 and 1934 Goudeys, a '33 Sport King Cobb#1, Two- '33 Goudey Ruths #181 and #53. A "rare" '32 US Caramel #3 Bobby Jones in a MINT 9!
OTHER TOUGH CARDS include a 1940 Play Ball #225 Shoeless Joe Jackson, a high end grouping of '49 and '51, '55 Bowmans all in high grade 8 and 9's including a 9.5 Gem Mint '49 Snider!! Lot of high end Topps from the 50's too!
There's so many great Lots; 1954 Topps Hockey cards in high grade, '86 Fleer Baskeball cards in GEM 10's! A whole '86 Fleer Starter Set of 68 cards -all in GEM MINT 10!!
The list goes on and on and on; Mantles, Berras, Williams, Mays, Aaron, there are all here in high end grades! Leafs, Goudeys, play Balls, 40's & 50's Bowmans, 50's & 60's Topps, A super rare '54 Stahl-Meyer Franks Mantle! Paul Hornug's "Rookie" card a 1957 Topps #151 in a PSA MINT 9!
ALSO OFFERING: GRADED AUOTOGRAPHS and CANCELLED CHECKS -- hundreds of HOF's -- Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Lou Gehrig, Casey Stengel, Jimmie Foxx, Cheif Bender; a absolutley stellar gouping of real vintage autographs! AND to top it off .... Joe DiMaggio and Mariyln Monroe cancelled checks --in high grade PSA MINT 9's!! A Vince Lombardi double signed Packer letterhead check and a Yankee payroll check!
Memory Lane has become known for putting on auctions with hard-to-find; low pop, hard-to-get cards and this Nov 16th auction does not disappoint!
See for yourself and Good luck! 877-606-LANE (5263); EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.memorylaneinc.com
MastroNet and MEARS Present The Duke Hott Collection
Assembled over a 50+ year period, the Duke Hott collection represents the most comprehensive private accumulation of gridiron artifacts. The game used uniform collection spans 6 decades and consists of many unique, rare, and one of a kind styles. Each jersey is displayed front and back with close-up of the manufacturers tag. Accompanying the ever-popular jersey exhibit is an assemblage of display pieces, broadsides, and advertising. These images capture the early days of the NFL, various championship teams and seasons, and celebrate the gladiators that shaped the game.
With the greatest of care the MEARS Collectors Museum photographically chronicled the Duke Hott Collection in its entirety as is was displayed in the Hott family home. Special attention was given to key individual pieces as they are highlighted in either the jersey or memorabilia virtual museum sections. With the sale of the collection and its dispersal into numerous private holdings, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the collection as Mr. Duke Hott built, displayed and loved it. I hope you enjoy the collection as much as the MastroNet staff and I welcomed the opportunity to handle such a historic football collection. Visit www.mastronet.com for more information.
MastroNet Classic Collector auction ends today
MastroNet's Fall Classic Collector Auction ends today. The Classic Collector Auction is closing tomorrow! This is your last chance - get your initial bids in before 9 pm CDT on Thursday, October 20th!
Remember that you must place a bid on a lot by 9 PM CDT to be eligible to bid on that particular lot during the extended bidding period!!! The 30-minute clock starts to tick for each lot at 11 PM CDT. Each lot closes individually after 30 minutes with no bids - so get set to go!
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American Memorabilia World Series Auction ends today
American Memorabilia's World Series Auction ends Oct. 20. Open bidding ends at 8:00 PM Pacific and is then subject to the 15-minute rule, which means when bidding stops for 15 minutes, the auction ends. There is a 17.5% buyer's premium on all lots. Some of the highlights include: 1966 Willie Stargell game-worn, signed Pirates flannel jersey vest, a signed Babe Ruth check from 1936 grading PSA 9 and a variety of one-of-a-kind, Dominique Wilkins items. For more information, visit www.americanmemorabilia.com.
Classic Collectible - Que Mahovlich collection ends Oct. 18
Hockey memorabilia collectors have less than one week to bid on items in the Frank Mahovlich Auction, presented by Classic Collectibles-Que. Known as the “Big M”, and inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981, Mahovlich has 120 lots from his personal collection in the auction. The showcase of the auction is Mahovlich’s 1960s Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Wool Jersey, which is currently at $13,310. Other highlights from the Mahovlich collection include his 1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championship Trophy (current bid $3,000), his 1970s Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey (current bid $7,073.85), his 1972-73 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Trophy (current bid $3,000), his Red 1972 Canada-Russia Series Game Worn Uniform (current bid $5,358.98) and his 1981 Hockey Hall of Fame Ring (current bid $1,996.50. Collectors can visit www.classicauctions.net for more information. The auction is open until Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. (EDT) after which bidding will continue until bids stop coming in for 10 minutes and will extend until 6 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the latest.
Bidding is open for Hunt's Louisville Slugger Auction
Hunt’s Louisville Slugger Museum auction catalogue is currently online and open to absentee bidding. The live auction takes place on Nov. 12 at the Louisville Slugger Museum. To view the online catalog and place bids, go to the “current live auction” section at http://www.huntauctions.com. Some of the highlights include: a Joe Jackson autographed baseball bat circa 1920s; Willie Mays 1958 Stand Francisco Giants home jersey; a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball with direct provenance; a Ruth, Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle signed baseball; a Joe DiMaggio 1943-49 game-used bat; a lineup card from Ruth’s first major league game on July 11, 1914;and Boston Red Sox team autographed baseball attributed to the 1918 World Series.
Ruth ball sells for $150,000
An autographed Babe Ruth baseball has reportedly sold in a private transaction for $150,000, establishing a record price for a Ruth-signed ball. The sale of the ball, whose autograph graded 9.5 out of 10 by PSA, was brokered by Memory Lane of Tustin, Calif. PSA president Joe Orlando said this particular ball is widely regarded by most hobby experts to be the finest single-signature Ruth ball known. “The eye appeal is extraordinary, with Ruth’s big, bold signature astonishingly vivid in blue ink,” Orlando said.
“The overall grade for the signature and the condition of the ball is 9.5, and that’s still the highest PSA grade to date for a Ruth-signed baseball.” Orlando said the same baseball first set a record in November 2004 when it was purchased for $115,000.
Gutierrez Auctions adds December auction
Mike Gutierrez Auctions typically conducts two auctions per year, so following his September event, he was planning on running his next auction in March, 2006. That changed when a significant baseball collection acquired by a clubhouse worker from the 1960s through the 1980s was brought to his attention, so Gutierrez has added a new auction to be concluded Dec. 15 at his www.mgauction.net Web site.
“The quality of my last auction catalog prompted a consignor to call and offer me his ball collection from a retired clubhouse worker from Milwaukee,” Gutierrez said. “I was thinking I was going to do something in March, and then he called and I thought, ‘Why not run another one?’ ” That collection could comprise 400 lots alone. “It’s mainly balls from the 1970s and ’80s, but there are All-Star team balls, Ripken, McGwire, it’s really good names from that time,” Gutierrez said. “The nice thing about it is I like good provenance. This is fresh material, offered for the first time. We’ll try to put together a provenance cert on these items.”
With consignments from others taken through Oct. 28, Gutierrez hopes to put together a 700-800-lot auction. It should be live on the Web site in mid-November. “The consignment window is small, but we had the basis for an auction, so we’ll make the best of it,” Gutierrez said. “I think it’s going to turn into a nice auction.”
Huggins & Scott auction gets $16,100 for Redskins doll
If you’ve ever wondered what the Honus Wagner of the sports figures niche would be, you can put your mind to rest because a recent Huggins & Scott auction produced the answer. A 15-inch Washington Redskins promo doll from 1961 which is the only known nodder of its kind, fetched a record $16,100 in the recent auction that closed Sept. 30. Add in a record-setting Abraham Lincoln signed presidential commission that garnered $10,350 and one can see how the auction helped the company reach its highest total to date. Huggins & Scott’s Worldwide Internet and Telphone auction is scheduled for early March with a consignment deadline of Jan. 15. To learn more about an upcoming auction see www.hugginsandscott.com.
Memory Lane to auction 1927 Ruth ball
Memory Lane’s Buried Treasure IV auction will feature a 1927 signed Babe Ruth ball, among other high-end autographs, cancelled checks and graded cards. The auction ends Nov. 16 and will be open for bidding Oct. 26. Other noteworthy signatures include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Eddie Collins, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Joe DiMaggio, Cy Young, Vince Lombardi, Marilyn Monroe and others. Highlighting the card lineup is a W512 strip set featuring seven of the eight Chicago Black Sox, a Sport Kings Ty Cobb PSA 9, U.S. Caramel Bobby Jones PSA 9, 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra PSA 9, both 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards and a 1986-87 Fleer Baskeball Sticker set - all graded PSA 10. The auction will include more than 500 lots. For more information on Memory Lane, go to www.memorylaneinc.com.
Lipset auctions "The Sarah Rose" collection
The Lew Lipset auction which closes Nov. 3 will be a special one for the company for a number of reasons. The auction, which can be accessed at www.oldjudge.com, is titled “The Sarah Rose” collection in honor of owner Lew Lipset’s new grandaughter. The sale, which will feature a variety of 19th Century cards, an 1888 Chicago National League Baseball Club yearbook and a very rare Western Playground Tom Madden card among others, will also be the companies first to feature live online bidding. The entire auction will be live on the site beginning Oct. 7.
Grey Flannel announces live Yankee Stadium event
Auction highlights for Grey Flannel’s Yankee Stadium Live Auction held in conjunction with with Yankee-Steiner Collectibles is sc heduled for Dec. 8-9 at Yankee Stadium: Yankee Stadium organ, seats from the stadium, 2005 spring training uniforms, complete run of 2005 Yankees players uniforms featuring the Hurricane Katrina patches, which has a beginning bid of $100,000 – all proceeds benefit charity. Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio game-used jerseys, and equipment from past and present Yankees.
Steiner charity auction ends Oct. 28
Steiner Sports: The Collectibles For A Cause Auction, which is currently live on the Steiner Sports Web site at www.steinersports.com, continues through Oct. 28. Steiner will donate 100 percent of each winning bid to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Efforts. Among the headlining items in the auction are an autographed Bob Sheppard (Yankee Stadium announcer) 8-by-10 photograph (ends Oct. 26), Derek Jeter autographed 16-by-20 photo (ends Oct. 28) and Robinson Cano signed baseball (ends Oct. 26).
Coach's Corner has Jackie Robinson ball for November auction
Nov. 10-11 Coach’s Corner auction highlights: 1957 Topps Willie Mays graded a pristine 10, Jackie Robinson autographed baseball authenticated by STAT Authentic and a Jerry Rice autographed jersey authenticated by PSA.