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Ruth and 1955 Bums headline Classic Collector sale

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With a single-signed Babe Ruth baseball, a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed ball and a remarkable uncut sheet grouping of 1910 E93 Standard Caramel cards atop the marquee, Mastro Auctions concludes its 2006 Classic Collector auction trilogy a vast array of high-end sports and Americana items.


According to Doug Allen, the October 2006 event will offer one of the best collections in terms of both quantity and quality ever presented in a Classic Collector event. "If there were ever a time to jump in on one of our Classic Collector auctions, this one would be it," said Allen. "The overwhelming success of these events has led to a huge influx of material from all collecting genres. If you're looking for it, chances are we've got it in this auction."

All lots in the October Classic Collector auction will open with a minimum bid of $100. Bidding, conducted entirely over the Internet, will begin on Oct. 9 and conclude on Oct. 26.

The auction of 2,100-plus also features a Honus Wagner 1920s professional model bat, MEARS A-7, a Zinn Beck bat that was turned for Wagner during his semipro days. Remaining in the Pittsburgh area after the 1917 season, Wagner toiled in semipro contests from 1918-24. There also is a Lou Gehrig 1920s vault-marked H&B bat, MEARS A-10 that was extracted from that manufacturer's vaults during the 1950s and later displayed at the company's headquarters. it is uncracked and shows virtually no diamond use, which narrows its specific status to that of a lathe bat from which additional models were to be patterned.
Also offered from the bat rack: a Babe Ruth 1933-44 H&B game-used players/coaches bat, MEARS A-4.5.

Some of the other highlights include: a single-signed Nellie Fox ball (Cronin); a single-signed OML (Selig) ball signed and inscribed by Pope Benedict XVI; a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 3; a 1912 T227 Miners Extra "Series of Champions" Ty Cobb PSA 3; a 1962 New York Mets game-worn uniform, MEARS A-8; LeRoy Parmelee early 1940s American Association game-worn satin All-Star uniform, MEARS A-10; Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 Baltimore Orioles game-used batting helmet; 1960 Mickey Mantle Wirephoto; Ted Williams photograph by George Woodruff; Al Kaline rookie-era original photograph; and a Ruth and Lou Gehrig "Arms" news service photograph.

Highlights: "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin' Lou's" photo signed by Babe Ruth; 1955 Cy Young signed letter with baseball content; 1945 Chicago Cubs signed original artwork at spring training in 1947, with 42 signatures; a 1958 NFL Championship Game program; rare 1960s Wilson "The Duke" Official NFL football; Super Bowl III, IV and V pennant collection (4); "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame" cut signatures display; Wilt Chamberlain signed 100-point game black-and-white photo; James Naismith signed card and personal copy of his 1920 rule book; pair of Celtics/Lakers rivalry signed artwork from Stephen Holland Steve Parson; 1938 Max Schmeling signed New York State boxing license application for the Joe Louis Heavyweight Championship Fight; Oscar De La Hoya bout-worn trunks; 1938 Jack Johnson signed letter; 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team-signed photo; 1930s Philadelphia Arrows Hockey programs (4); Guy Lafleur 1979 Victor Award Trophy; and a Wayne Gretzky signed memorabilia collection.


Americana Highlights: 1961 JFK Inaugural invitation; 1960 Jumbo 6-inch Nixon Anti-JFK pinback; World War II recovered Japanese national flag; Apollo XI crew-signed photo with Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins; "The Three Stooges" cut signature; Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed album page display; 1947 Clark Gable signed check; "The Honeymooners" cast-signed photo with all four principal stars; 1954 Marilyn Monroe advertising pinup poster and a Walt Disney 1949 signed bank check.

Non-sport highlights: 1930s R133 Series of 96 Hollywood Stars partial set (75/96); 1933-34 "Betty Boop" Candy bar wrapper; 1888 Allen and Ginter "American Indian Chiefs" complete set (50); 1944 R59 Gum Inc. "American Beauties" complete set (24); 1888 N78 Duke "Histories of Generals" Booklets complete set (50); and a 1935 R48-2 Gum, Inc. "Film Funnies" (With Names) complete set, entirely PSA graded, plus wrapper.

To register for Mastro Auctions October Classic Collector auction or to get more information, go to Bidding begins on Oct. 9 and ends Oct. 26.

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