Normally, complete sets of this calibur would headline an auction, but they have to take a back seat in Memory Lane’s Nov. 16 auction. However, any time you have a Babe Ruth single-signed ball that can be traced to the 1927 season, it is no doubt the headliner.
“It’s really a neat story about him remembering getting the ball signed,” said Roger Cameron, director of auctions at Memory Lane. “He (Harry Gates) was just a little kid and they called him up on stage with some other kids to meet Babe Ruth. He got the ball signed and has had it ever since.”
The video interview with Gates can be viewed at www.memorylaneinc.com. The Spalding ball is in EX/MT condition due to some notching that doesn’t affect the signature.
As for the aforementioned sets, the auction has 17 different high-quality sets. The 1969 Topps Super set is the No. 1 graded set in the world according to PSA’s set registry, with 62 of the 66 cards graded Gem Mint. Next, is the 1941 Play Ball set ranked fifth on the registry. The complete set has 72 cards with 96 percent of the cards graded Near Mint or better. Another set that will attract plenty of bidders is the 1954 Red Heart set, with all 33 cards grading PSA 8 or 9. This one ranks second overall on the registry.
Other top sets included in this auction are: 1919-21 W514 strip set with 120 cards plus four variations and includes 26 HOFers and seven of the eight Black Sox players, including Joe Jackson; 1944 New York Yankees Stamps (30-stamp set, No. 1 on the registry); 1955 Golden Stamps Brooklyn Dodgers (32-stamp set, No. 1 on the registry); 1970 Topps Super (42-card set, more than 90 percent PSA 10); 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set (132-card set, all graded PSA 9); 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Sticker set (11 cards, all graded PSA 9); 1986-87 Fleer Basketball starter set with 68 total cards, all graded PSA 10; and a 1954 Topps Hockey complete set with all cards graded PSA 7 or GAI 7.5.
“All 17 sets are really high quality,” said Cameron. “The Topps Super, 1941 Play Ball and 1954 Red Heart sets are just amazing and some of the highest graded sets in the world. We’ve got a 1911-12 C55 hockey set that’s so old they don’t really even know who put it out. It’s normally a 45-card set, but this one has a really rare additional card of Walter Small (No. 27, hand on stick).”
Single cards being auctioned include: 1932 US Caramel Bobby Jones SGC 96; 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth (No. 181); PSA 8; 1933 Babe Ruth (No. 53) PSA 7; 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig PSA 8; 1933 Sport Kinds Ty Cobb GAI 9; 1888 N29 Allen & Ginter William Ewing PSA 9; 1887 Old Judge Cigarettes N172 Eward Daley SGC 96; 1911 T205 Christy Mathewson SGC 84; 1940 Play Ball Joe Jackson GAI 8.5; 1941 Play Ball Ted Willliams PSA 8; 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth PSA 8; 1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson PSA 9; 1949 Bowman Roy Campanella PSA 9; 1955 Bowman Willie Mays GAI 9.5; 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9; and 1957 Topps Paul Hornung PSA 9.
Autographs are also a big part of Memory Lane’s offering. They’ve got a 1942 Babe Ruth signed cancelled check graded PSA 9; Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio signed checks graded PSA 9 offered as one lot with a wedding photo of the two; Vince Lombardi double-signed cancelled check; and a Pete Maravich signed cancelled check. They also have cut signatures of Babe Ruth (graded PSA 10); Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Chief Bender, Tris Speaker, Frank “Home Run” Baker, Jimmie Foxx, Cy Young and more.
“We’re known for high-end, low population report sportscards and we really bring a lot of value,” said Cameron. “We’ve also got more than 100 vintage HOFer autographs in this auction and everything is authenticated.”
For more information on Memory Lane or to place a bid in this auction, visit www.memorylaneinc.com or call 877-606 LANE (5263).