Averaging more $2 million per sale over its last three auctions, Huggins and Scott has completed preparations for its upcoming worldwide sports memorabilia catalog auction that will begin June 22.
The Maryland-based company, which last year sold a single-signed Christy Mathewson baseball for $161,000 and a rare Joe Jackson-Buck Weaver autographed baseball for $69,000, will offer 1,300 consigned lots of vintage and modern sports cards and memorabilia in a two-day sale, with bidding conducted by phone and on the Internet via the company’s website.
An extraordinary list of unique, rare and vintage baseball memorabilia highlights the auction, with the Dade Thieriot Philadelphia Phillies Collection and “The 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack Find” leading the way. The auction begins with of the most complete Topps Baseball set run ever offered at auction, with complete sets from 1951-present, including the ever-popular 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.
Card collectors will also enjoy the 298-card 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack Find that includes Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Joe Jackson, Christy Mathewson and many more. The entire collection is in mid-to-high grade, and each card has been graded by Sportscard Guaranty.
The spotlight, however, might fall on the Dade Thieriot Philadelphia Phillies Collection. Thieroit’s labor of love is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting Phillies memorabilia. The collection covers all of the Phillies highlights throughout the team’s history, with several items from the 1980 World Series Championship, as well as items from the Phillies lean years.
Other pieces in the auction are a 1915 National League Championship presentation pocket watch; a 1925 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Phillies Gold Pass; several rare pennants, including a 1915 NL Champions pennant and a 1910-14 Charles Dooin pennant; a triple-signed Grover Cleveland Alexander baseball; several key game-used Phillies baseball bats; and Mike Schmidt’s 1982 Silver Slugger Award.
Game-used jerseys always draw considerable interest, and the Thieriot Collection has several key specimens, including Dick Bartell’s 1933 National League All-Star uniform and cap, Benny Bengough’s 1950 full uniform, a 1970 Jim Bunning jersey and an exceedingly rare Ryne Sandberg Phillies jersey from 1981.
“We are honored and privileged to be able to sell the most impressive Philadelphia Phillies memorabilia collection we have ever witnessed,” said Josh Wulkan, vice president of auction operations. “And as the Phillies continue to contend in the National League East, interest should increase for these historic collectibles.”
Several pieces of high-quality autographed items from baseball icons will also be offered in the upcoming auction. Included is a gorgeous 1938 New York Yankees team ball with Gehrig and DiMaggio on the sweet spot, a George Burke photograph signed by Babe Ruth to Yankees teammate Henry Johnson, an incredible Len Bias autographed Maryland basketball program and Joe DiMaggio’s 1940 Yankees signed contract. All autographs have been examined and authenticated by either James Spence Authentications or Professional Sports Authenticators.
Other artifacts in this auction include a 1955 Ted Williams game-used baseball bat, 1928 Star Candy Ty Cobb (once owned by hobby pioneer Charles “Buck” Barker) and several hard-to-find Briggs and Esskay Meats cards.
The sale will also include dozens of quality 19th century baseball items, an IBC World Championship belt won by boxer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, plus some hobby staples, including a pair of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards and dozens of high-grade singles.
As with most of Huggins and Scott auctions, a large number of autographed lots with balls, bats, lithographs, photographs and other items will also be available.
For more information on this and future auctions, call (301) 608-0355, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hugginsandscott.com.