If the plan was to demonstrate continued growth, gain trust and acceptance
among the auction community while providing its customers with a wide array of vintage sports and non-sport memorabilia, it's mission accomplished for Huggins and Scott Auctions.
Huggins and Scott raised the bar to another level with its latest sale by establishing a company best $1.7 milion in sales in its most-recentInternet/telephone auction, which wrapped up in early March.
"This auction was truly amazing. It was without a doubt our best one to
date," said Huggins & Scott VP of Auction Operations Josh Wulkan. "It far exceeded our expectations. I believe the industry is starting to accept us
as major players and the word is getting out there on the quality memorabilia we have."
Fueled by a single-signed Christy Mathewson official NL John Heydler
red-and-blue stitched ball which was signed beautifully on the sweet spot by the Hall of Famer. The signature, which graded 7-8, was scripted with a
steel tip fountain pen in black ink. The ball, which was authenticated by
PSA/DNA and James Spence, drew some heavy bidding before the final gavel sounded at $161,000, which is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a single-signed baseball.
"This Mathewson baseball has to be considered one of the scarcest of all autographs in the industry and is truly a historic piece of sports memorabilia," said Huggins & Scott Auctions president Bill Huggins.
"This could be the highest price ever paid for a single-signed baseball."
Because of Mathewson's early death and the outstanding authenticity the ball came with, Wulkan knew he had something special when it was originally consigned.
"It was a great piece so we had pretty high expectations going in, we were
pretty sure it was a six-figure ball," Wulkan said. "As the auction approached, there was a lot of buzz about it so we figured somewhere in the
$75,000-$100,000 range, but there were several people bidding on it who
really wanted it and it kept climbing."