A vintage Official American League baseball featuring a Lou Gehrig autograph authenticated by PSA/DNA and Kevin Keating drew a winning bid of $24,032 in Collectible Classics' Dec. 5-6 online auction. All prices include a 15-percent buyer's premium.
PSA graded the single-signed ball and the autograph, which is on the sweet spot, EX-MT 6.
"The ball stood out in our auction and received plenty of attention," according to Judy Burk, who operates Collectible Classics with her husband, John. "In a larger auction, a ball such as this might get lost among multiple high-end items.
"Because our autograph consignments have been increasing significantly, we recently added several thousand autograph collectors to our mailing list. One of the individuals we added was the successful bidder," John Burk added.
A bid of $731 took a 16-by-20-inch photo autographed by Mickey Mantle.
A 1952 Topps Mantle card graded fair + by the auction house garnered a top bid of $3,892.
A group of (15) 1950s Joe Palooka boxing cards in good condition went for $1,332.
Other highlighted items from the auction included: a 1930 check completed and signed in fountain pen by Ty Cobb ($1,123); a Jackie Robinson autographed 1949 Bowman rookie card ($575); a Jimmie Foxx autograph as part of a professionally framed 11-by-14-inch display ($384); a Mickey Mantle large display with a signed photo, plate from his restaurant ($307); a Roger Maris autographed 8-by-10-inch color photo ($613); 14 different 1990 T203 Mayo's baseball comics ($421); Baltimore Orioles card sets plus 400 team-issued postcards with 35 of them signed ($449); a high-grade 1964 Topps Giants set ($565); a World Champion 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates photo with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford ($460); a 1925 "Great American (Baseball) Game" ($251); and an original Lou Gehrig oil-on-canvas painting by Gerald Cravath ($999).
Most of the remaining lots in the collector-friendly auction sold for $200 or less.
"As we obtain higher-end consignments, we remain committed to continuing to offer lots that the average collector can afford," Judy said. "This approach enables us to serve collectors and consignors well. For consignors, it means that we can achieve excellent prices for their high-end items and handle their less expensive collectibles as well."
Collectible Classics will conduct its next online auction in March. Consignments are due by mid-January.
The Burks can be reached at (724) 446-3079 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete auction results are available at the Collectible Classics website, www.auctionscc.com, or by calling (724) 446-3079.