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The Aug. 19-20 Hunt Auction of nearly 1,200 lots features two major collections, that of former player and manager Leo Durocher, and autograph collector James MacAlister.

Originating directly from the family, the Durocher Collection is highlighted in 95 lots, which include several pristine NL and AL All-Star team-signed baseballs from 1938-1942, a 1973 Durocher Houston Astros home uniform (estimate $3,000-$4,000), a 1963 Durocher Dodgers home uniform ($5,000-$7,500), a superb Honus Wagner single-signed baseball circa 1946-51 ($5000 - $7500), and Durocher’s 1954 New York Giants large format team photograph ($3,000-$4,000).

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Most notably, the collection also contains Durocher’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Championship ring ($10,000-$15,000), his 1954 New York Giants World Series ring ($20,000-$30,000), and Willie Mays’ game-used professional model baseball glove circa 1950s ($30,000-$40,000, shown on right).

The MacAlister Collection, considered one of the finest and most comprehensive autograph collections of its type in existence, originates directly from the estate of James MacAlister. A pioneer in the field of autographed collecting, MacAlister amassed tens of thousands of autographed index cards, photo postcards, HOF plaque postcards (shown above right), baseball cards, and single- and team-signed baseballs from 1944 to his death in 2004. Featuring names such as Maris, Mantle, Clemente, DiMaggio, Mays, Reese, etc., much of the collection will be sold in large group lots over the next two years, beginning with this initial offering of more than 275 lots.

Other highlights from the live auction include: a 1966 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates home jersey ($30,000-$40,000), a 1926 Babe Ruth signed bat ($25,000-$30,000), and an important 1886 St. Louis Browns World Championship medal ($40,000-$60,000).

Single-signed Baseballs: Ruth circa 1926-28 ($15,000-$20,000) and 1923-27 ($15,000-$20,000); Ruth with related materials circa 1939 ($10,000-$15,000); vintage Roger Maris ($3,500-$4,500); Cy Young circa 1947 ($3,000-$4,000); Dazzy Vance ($3,000-$4,000); 1914 Ty Cobb ($2,500-$3,500); and Satchel Paige ($2,500-$3,500).

Game-used Equipment: 1973 Rollie Fingers Oakland Athletics road jersey ($5,000-$6,000); Luis Aparicio Boston Red Sox road jersey circa 1973-74 ($3,000-$4,000); 1958 Joe Lonnet Phillies road jersey ($2,500-$3,500); 1972 Larry Bowa Phillies road jersey ($1,000-$1,500); Steve Carlton professional model glove circa 1980s ($2,000-$3,000); and Phillies warm-up jacket circa 1950s ($1,500-$2,000).

Non-Baseball Sports Items: Bernie Parent 1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Quarter and Semifinals game-worn road jersey ($10,000-$15,000); NBA 50 Greatest Players limited-edition autographed print ($40,000-$50,000); 1996 Michael Jordan autographed All-Star Game professional model jersey ($4,000-$5,000); 1995-96 Jordan autographed Chicago Bulls road jersey ($3,000-$4,000); “Football” figural group by John Rogers circa 1890s ($4,000-$6,000); 1991 Reggie White Eagles road jersey ($2,500-$3,500); and John Brodie San Francisco 49ers jersey circa 1970s ($1,500-$2,000).

Vintage Photography: 1904 American League Imperial photographic display by Carl Horner ($10,000-$15,000); 1916 Boston Red Sox World Champions team cabinet photograph ($4,500-$6,500); 1929 Philadelphia Athletics panoramic photograph ($1,500 - $2,000); 1905 World Series panoramic photograph ($1,500-$2,000); New York Giants team panoramic photograph circa 1915; and Honus Wagner photograph by Charles Martin Conlon ($1,500-$2,000)
Advertising Display Pieces: large-format Lucky Strike baseball advertising display circa 1920s ($5,000-$7,500); 1887 St. Louis Browns advertising booklet ($2,000-$3,000); Ruth “Whiz It Union-Alls” cardboard advertising display sign ($1,500-$2,000); Mickey Cochrane cardboard advertising display piece circa 1929 ($1,500-$2,000); Mickey Mantle “Charles Antell Formula 9” advertising sign circa 1950-60s ($1,000-$1,500); and a”Pirate Club” whiskey bottle circa 1900-10 ($2,000-$3,000).

The entire auction catalog may be viewed online at Bids and catalog orders may be placed through the website or by calling (610) 524-0822. Hunt Auctions is accepting consignments for future auctions, including the second annual Louisville Slugger Museum Auction scheduled for Nov. 12.