Gehrig, Cobb and Robinson autographs highlight Collection

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For the second consecutive time, a single-signed Lou Gehrig baseball is a highlight of Collectible Classics' "Auction for Collectors," which closes Dec. 5 and 6.

The 677-lot online auction also features an extensive assortment of sports and non-sport cards and memorabilia in lots that are intended to be collector-friendly. Of the 458 lots that close Dec. 6, more than 400 have a minimum bid of $25 or less.

The autographed Gehrig baseball, authenticated by both PSA/DNA and Kevin Keating, features an autograph on the sweet spot of an exceptional 1928 Official American League baseball produced by Reach. With letters "ehri" somewhat lighter than the others, the large signature stands out boldly against the white ball.

According Keating, the combination of the strong autograph and the superb ball to constitute one of the finest Gehrig examples he has ever seen. John Burk, who owns Collectible Classics with his wife, Judy, stated, "A consignor called to offer us this ball after we sold a single-signed Gehrig ball in our October auction. It represents a significant contribution to our continuing efforts to strengthen our autograph offerings."

Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Roger Maris, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio are key names among the 160 other autograph lots. Robinson's autograph is on his 1949 Bowman rookie card, Cobb's on a 1930 check, Maris' on an 8-by-10-inch color photo and Koufax's on an ONL baseball.

The Foxx autograph is on a large cut, framed with his 1933 Goudey card and a Perez-Steele postcard. Similar displays are offered of Joe Cronin, Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell and Bill Terry. In some cases, all three items are autographed.

A dozen lots of autographed bats are up for auction, including one signed by Robert De Niro, another by nine members of the 500 Home Run Club and a third by 16 Hall of Fame members.

A 1952 Topps card of Mickey Mantle tops the list of baseball cards. Collectible Classics grades the card as fair plus. "It's a very collectible example," said Judy Burk, "and it gives our customers a chance to own the most desirable card of the 1950s at an affordable price."

A 1911 Max Rigot postcard of Comiskey Park qualifies as one of the more interesting lots. The three-panel 5-by-24-inch panoramic card captures a game in progress.

T203 Mayo Baseball Comics and 1958 Topps cards with Yellow Letter variations also are being offered.

Collectible Classics always has interesting items to appeal to hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fans. This time, the highlight is an 11-by-17-inch photo of the 1925 World Champion Pirates on the set of "Don Quixote" with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Collectors may also choose from a colorful, oversized 1960 display schedule, a photo of Paul Waner collecting his 3,000th hit and autographs of Steelers and Pirates, including 2006 NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez.

Football cards, autographs and memorabilia are also on the electronic auction block. A 1948 Leaf printing variation card of Moose Fisher lacks a number on the back. Autographs include Red Grange, Norm Van Brocklin and Bud Wilkinson.

For football memorabilia collectors, there are photos of Niles Kinnick and Willie Heston, a tribute to Knute Rockne, Rose Bowl ticket stubs and products endorsed by Joe Namath.

Boxing collectors will find a Sport magazine autographed by Muhammad Ali, a tin-type of two boxers and a collection of Ring magazines.

Hockey cards and autographs will be offered. The autograph of Hall of Fame defenseman Doug Harvey is on a newspaper photo, and the signatures of nine Hall of Fame members are on a page in a 1962 book by Frank Selke. Three groups of Beehive photos are available.

The auction features more than 125 lots of non-sport cards and memorabilia. They include a World War II era Japanese propaganda paperback book with Mickey Mouse, World War II newspapers and displays with strands of hair from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe. Other interesting selections include:

• An original Al Kaline advertising display for Cooper Tires
• A vintage watch fob featuring a porcelain baseball
• Wirephotos of Jim Gilliam as NL Rookie of the Year, minor league MVP
• A vintage Roger Bresnahan Spalding bat
• A 1930s ceramic and leather cigarette holder with a basketball motif
• A baseball signed by 1949 Yankees Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel and others
• Five bowling lots, including vintage games and trophies
• Game-used bats, including Gary Carter and Tim Raines
• 1930s-40s scorecards issued by Chicago newspapers
• Washington Redskins cards and memorabilia
• Baseball books, yearbooks and annuals • A 1950s Wilson "Duke" football

A free catalog is available from Collectible Classics at 724-446-3079 or jburkj@comcast.net. Auction highlights appear on a full-color advertisement on page 22 of this issue of SCD. The auction is online at www.auctionscc.com.

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