The current auction hosted by Clean Sweep Auctions is one of its largest auctions in terms of physical size of material that is being offered. Encompassing an enormous array of sports collectibles, the auction checks in at more than 2,000 lots.
The auction contains a single-owner consignment of unusual, interesting and rare autographs and memorabilia. These items all have a neat touch to them, from a Willie Mays ball signed to Rusty Staub in 1973, to a Floyd Patterson 8”x10” photo signed to Roger Maris, to Muhammad Ali autographs from the 1960s, to a wide variety of letters with great content. The auction also features the company’s largest offerings ever of signed jerseys for baseball, basketball, football and hockey, and perhaps its biggest offering ever of vintage sports pennants, dating back to the 1930s.
Nearly all items have a retail value of $500 or less and very low minimum bids.
The first day of the auction is highlighted by baseball autographs. It opens with a strong run of signed jerseys of HOFers and classic stars. It continues with a new run of circa 1939 signed Burke photos, all Dodgers and Giants players. Autographed cards come next, with a 1928 Exhibit Ted Lyons, 1933 Goudey Joe Cronin, vintage 1939 R303-B Bob Feller and many interesting singles and lots from the 1950s through the 1980s, including desirable rookie cards.
Signed letters are a high point of the auction, there are over 40 different lots, with many unusual letters with striking content, including two from umpires critical of Jackie Robinson and a George Sisler letter regarding Walter O’Malley.
Collectors of signed photos will have a field day, with more than 100 different lots of signed 8”x10” photos and many smaller size photos and postcards as well. Highlights include classic HOFers, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams plus Mickey Cochrane, Dizzy Dean, Hank Greenberg, Roger Maris, Billy Martin, Harmon Killebrew and Billy Southworth.
Collectors of 3”x5” cards and GPC will see some quality content, including Eddie Cicotte, Ed Reulbach, Eppa Rixey, Bobby Wallace, Tom Connolly, Kiki Cuyler and Bobby Lowe. There are some rare cuts and a nice selection of signed checks, several PSA slabbed. Documents include a 1963 Tony Conigliaro, Lefty Grove and a real estate contract from 1969 signed by Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Leo Durocher. There are many large prints and several nice signed gloves and hats.
Autographed programs go back to 1929, with a 1936 Yankees program signed by Joe DiMaggio, a Jim Bottomley/Kiki Cuyler signed 1935 Reds program, a Willie Mays rookie signed 1951 program, and a Lee and Larry MacPhail signed program among so much more. Single signed baseballs close out the first day. There is a wide variety of scarce material from deceased players, a particularly deep run of HOFers and many other interesting and unusual signed baseballs.
Day two begins with baseball cards. Checking in at just over 300 lots, these are mainly high-grade single cards, group lots and sets from the 1960s through the 1980s. There are some good oddball lots and many sharp cards of key HOFers from the 1960s as well.
Basketball contains a great 1969 vintage UCLA Bruins program, a vintage signed Chamberlain 1964-65 program, a run of signed jerseys with Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, a run of signed basketballs, some rare earlier autographs and some nice card lots.
Boxing contains several Ali items and many autographs and memorabilia that go back to the turn of the 20th century.
Football is a big part of the auction, with a strong run of signed jerseys and footballs, key autographs including the supremely rare Young Bussey (D’1945), a great Bert Bell signed large photo and a Johnny Blood McNally signed card among so much more. There are three Tiger Woods signed items for golf collectors and several fine signed hockey jerseys and pucks.
Baseball memorabilia is as deep as it has ever been, with items going back to the 19th century, including a great run of pennants, vintage equipment, a run of tickets, and bobbing head dolls.
Team and multi-signed baseballs conclude the auction, with more than 100 lots. Balls include popular team balls, some championship balls, All Star balls, HOF Induction balls and much more.
Bidding is currently open, and ends April 11.
For a complete listing of auction items, or to bid, visit, www.cleansweepauctions.com.