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When all the May bids were in, a rare Bobby Clarke game-used 1973 Flyers NHL jersey skated past a red-stitched unlabeled baseball bearing the signatures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the monthly Coach’s Corner auction. In all, 3,022 items were offered in the auction that closed May 27.

The Clarke Flyers jersey sold for $5,882; the Ruth/Gehrig red-stitched ball sold for $5,734. Also in the auction was a VG Ruth-Gehrig signed ball that sold for $1,688.

There were two other Ruth and one Gehrig single-signed balls among a large assortment of signed balls in the auction. The Ruth balls brought $2,407 and $2,330, and the Gehrig ball sold for $3,675.

A Ty Cobb signed DeBeer baseball sold for $3,184, a Jimmie Foxx signed NL Giles ball sold for $2,205, and Earle Combs signed Wilson ball sold for $1,772, a Larry Lajoie signed NL Giles ball brought $1,596, a Lloyd Waner Wilson ball sold for $1,100, a Rube Marquard red-laced ball went for $932 and a Jackie Robinson signed Nebraska State League ball went for $840.

Other significant signed baseballs included: a Hank Greenberg signed Spalding ball ($387); a red-laced 1950s ball inked by Heinie Manush ($630); a Mel Ott signed Warren Giles NL ball ($1,982); a Roberto Clemente signed DeBeer and son ball ($1,915); a Thurman Munson signed AL Lee McPhail ball ($1,707); a 500 Home Run Club ball with all 11 originals on it ($334), a lot of (10) signed Joe DiMaggio AL baseballs ($2,011), a Mickey Mantle signed AL ball ($816) and a Nelson Fox signed Spalding ball ($1,385).

A unique Billy Hamilton cut signature sold for $222; other cuts featured a lot that included Connie Mack, Mel Ott, Branch Rickey and Ty Cobb that sold for $419 and a 1930s signed Philadelphia A’s cut sheet with many legendary players for $430.

Signed bats included: 500 Home Run Club bat with all (11) signatures – $669; a Hank Greenberg H&B Louisville Slugger – $446; a Theodore Samuel Williams signed H&B bat – $433; a 500 Home Run Club bat with all 11 signatures – $1,313; a Gary Carter signed and game-used bat ($146); a Mickey Mantle signed H&B bat ($852); and a Dom DiMaggio signed Red Sox bat – $315.

Signed equipment included a NASCAR Legends signed racing helmet – $730; a Michael Jordan signed official NBA ball – $334; a Jordan-signed Bulls home jersey – $311; a signed 2004 Red Sox jersey with at least 20 signatures – $486; a Barry Bonds signed All-Star jersey – $287; a 2004 Master’s pin flag signed by 15 of the top golfers on the tour – $403; a Gale Sayers signed Bears jersey – $128; a Jerry Rice signed Raiders stats jersey – $164; a Joe DiMaggio signed and certified Mitchell & Ness jersey – $732; and a Tiger Woods signed golf ball and shoe combination – $275.

Signed photos and lithos included a Cy Young 15-by-26 signed photo display that brought $259, a photo showing Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) knocking out Sonny Liston and signed in both names by the Champ that went for $236, a signed Mickey Mantle collector’s plate that sold for $163, Mickey Mantle signed Topps card litho going for $386, a Joe Montana signed and framed litho that went for $111, a Sports Illustrated piece of signed artwork from the Joe Louis-Max Schmelling fight that changed hands for $463, a signed Ali huge photo that brought $96 and a Rogers Hornsby signed 8-by-10 photo from his days as a Mets coach that sold for $315.

Baseball card items included: a lot of 1,378 signed baseball cards, including 143 deceased – $578; 470 autographed baseball cards from 1985, 1990 and 1993 – $237; a 1982 Topps Cal Ripken Jr. graded Gem Mint 10 rookie card – $349; as well as a 1979 Ozzie Smith rookie card graded a Pristine 10 – $232. Also in the card category were three Michael Jordan-signed and Dick Dobbins certified basketball cards – $126; and a complete set of 1959 Topps Football cards – $391. A lot of (19) 25th Anniversary Hartland’s in their original boxes sold for $500.
A John F. Kennedy signed 1960 letter, signed “Jack” on U. S. Senate stationery, sold for $486, a Walt Disney signed 5-by-6 autograph album page sold for $525, and a Disney-signed Donald Duck comic book sold for $621.

A Three-Stooges signed and custom-framed photo brought $1,940, a Fleetwood Mac signed and framed record album display sold for $256, a Bob Marley signed record album display brought $491, a signed Led Zeppelin album display went for $289, a Van Halen signed guitar sold for $302, a Buddy Holly and the Crickets signed cut brought $270, an Elvis Presley signed album went for $351, a Marlon Brando signed photo brought $181, a Mel Blanc signed Bugs Bunny sketch sold for $193, and a Grateful Dead signed album display changed hands at $262.

Bids are accepted on line at, by phone at (215) 721-9162, or by mail prior to the auction date. The complete auction is published monthly in Sports Collector’s Digest.

– Ted Taylor, Coach’s Corner

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