The NBA season is just starting to heat up and the football has been dominating sports newscasts all winter long. With baseball out of the spotlight in February one would think that impressive collectibles from America's favorite pastime would be few and far between. Not in the case of Mastro's Classic Collector auction. A strong lineup of baseball memorabilia, in addition to solid pieces from other sports make up its sale that ends on Feb. 21.
Over 1,800 lots will be sold in the Chicago-based auction house's "Internet-only" sale that will be open for bidding starting Feb. 5.
Featured signed baseball lots include: two Babe Ruth single-signed balls, Connie Mack and Chief Bender dual-signed ball, 1916 Walter Johnson single-signed/game-used OAL (Ban Johnson) victory ball, Roberto Clemente single-signed ball, Gabby Hartnett single-signed ball, 1969 Chicago Cubs team-signed ball, 1923 Yankees multi-signed ball.
Card collectors will also want to take notice of a solid offering of graded gems such as: 1916 Joe Jackson M101-4 Sporting News #86 PSA 7, 1915 Joe Jackson Cracker Jack #103 GAI 7, 1928 Babe Ruth Fro-Joy premium sheet and mailing envelope, 1928 Rogers Hornsby signed R315 PSA/DNA 9, 1914 B18 Blankets collection (18) including Jackson and Johnson.
Mastro's selection of bats include: 1973 Hank Aaron game-used, signed Adirondack bat MEARS A8, 1965-68 Pete Rose game-used, signed bat, 1984 Mike Schmidt game-used, signed "home run" bat, Joe DiMaggio limited edition signed H&B bat. DiMaggio collectors may also want to check out the offered collection of 18 photos from Joe's personal collection and a 1968 game-worn A's cap from his coaching days. Rounding out Mastro's selection of baseball items are jerseys that include: 1940 Jim Turner game-worn Reds complete uniform, 1940-50s Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn rookie Spring Training jersey and a 1984 Keith Hernandez game-worn, signed Mets jersey MEARS A10.
Despite the strong showing of baseball items, Mastro is also offering nice options from other sports including the following football lots: the first football card-1888 N162 Goodwin "Champions" Beecher, Yale SGC 40, 1963 full NFL Championship ticket, Robert Riger original Oct. 5, 1959 "Sports Illustrated" artwork of Raymond Berry, 1940s-80s University of Michigan programs (37) including six Bowl programs. Key pieces from other sports also include: 1957-58 Bill Russell Topps #77 PSA 6, pair of Michael Jordan signed "Wings" posters, Abe Attell, champion boxer and "Black Sox" figure signed and inscribed photo, 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter "The World's Champions" John L. Sullivan PSA 8, 1962-63 Bobby Hull Topps #33 PSA GEM MINT 10 1/1, 1927-28 Montreal Canadians "La Patrie" complete set, 1912-13 C57 hockey series PSA-graded collection.
Mastro president Doug Allen is confident that its first sale of the year is a sign of good things to come for the company. "Once again, we have assembled a great assortment for the collecting public and already have many great items lined up for future events. The year promises to be a monster in terms of selection, quality and sheer quantity," said Allen. To check out the auction, visit www.mastroauctions.com.