With an assortment of high-grade Sandy Koufax cards, vintage sets and vintage unopened packs, collectors who have come to recognize American Memorabilia as an auction house that only specializes in autographs and memorabilia will have to change their train of thought for the Las Vegas-based auction house's July 19 sale.
"This is the most diverse auction we've had," said AMI representative Tony Giese. "We've been trying to get involved in the sports-card area more and this auction probably features the best cards we've had since we auctioned a T205 set two years ago."
That doesn't mean collectors won't find AMI's usual selection of game-used jerseys in the auction, which offers nearly 500 lots.
"We have one of the few rookie Rollie Fingers that have hit the market this auction," said Giese. "It can be attributed to 1969 because of the 100th-year anniversary patch on the front. The vest style was unique and ahead of its time, and as a result is very popular with jersey collectors."
In addition to the Fingers shirt, AMI also is headlining a 1979 Ozzie Smith Padres jersey, 1970 Willie Mays Giants flannel, 1963 Gaylord Perry flannel and 1977 Robin Yount Brewers jersey.
Consignors interested in selling items in AMI's September sale can call (800) 430-0667 or visit its website at www.americanmemorabilia.com.
Other featured items in the July auction include:
? 1960 Andy Carey game-worn Athletics flannel
? 1984 Bruce Sutter game-worn Cardinals jersey
? 1948 Ted Kluszewski Leaf graded PSA 8
? 1921 Babe Ruth Schapira Brothers portrait card
? 1948 Bowman Baseball complete set
? 1949 Bowman and 1948-49 Leaf
Jackie Robinson rookie cards
? 1953 Topps and 1953 Bowman Color
Mickey Mantle cards
? 1972 Roberto Clemente Daily Juice
Fan Club uncut sheet
? Three 1954 Al Kaline Topps RCs
? 1995-96 Jeter game-used rookie bat
? Pepper Martin single-signed
? Babe Ruth signed and
? 1939 Baseball Centennial signed
program w/ Ruth, Ott, Johnson, etc.
? 1926 World Series ticket stub
signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig
? Mickey Mantle career ring
? Polo Grounds chair
? 1997 Derek Jeter game-worn
? 2007 Pujols game-worn Cards jersey
? 1994 Roger Clemens game-worn Red Sox jersey
? 1970s Rod Carew game-worn Twins jersey
? 2006 Greg Maddux game-worn Dogers jersey
? 2004 Don Mattingly game-used Yankees jersey
? 1976 Bucky Dent game-worn White Sox jersey
? 1928 Boston Garden dual stadium seats
signed by Celtics and Bruins players
? Lew Alcindor and Magic Johnson and
Larry Bird rookie cards
? 1986-87 Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card
and two 1987-88 Fleer Basketball sets
? 2002 Brett Favre game-worn Packers jersey
? 1955 Topps All-American Football
unopened 20-card cello pack
? 1982 Carmichael game-worn Eagles jersey
? 1967 Topps Football complete set
? Danny White game-worn Cowboys jersey
? Early-80s Marcus Allen game-worn USC jersey
? 1939 Bobby Jones signed letter
? Pele match-worn Cosmos jersey
? Superman Costume worn by Christopher
Reeves in Superman movies
? 1964 The Beatles commercial gum ball machine
? John Lennon cut signature (PSA)
? Early George Harrison cut signature