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Two single-signed Ruth balls headline Vintage Auth

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Vintage Authentic will have two Babe Ruth single-signed baseballs, along with game-used bats from Ruth, Joe Jackson and Lou Gehrig and game-used jerseys from Dan Marino, Walter Payton and Pee Wee Reese, in it's next auction. The 700-plus lot auction will end start in mid-Feb. and end on March 2.


Of the two Ruth single-signed balls, one is a "really nice signature" according to Vintage Authentic co-CEO, Steve Jensen. "They will appeal to two different audiences because one is really nice, probably an "8," and the other is more collector grade, with some browning and probably a "5." The first ball starts with a minimum bid of $10,000, while the other starts at $2,000.

Vintage Authentics also has some big-time jerseys up for auction, led by a 1983-84 Marino game-used rookie jersey graded A10 by MEARS (mininum $3,500). Also included is a 1978 Terry Bradshaw game-used Steelers jersey graded A10 ($7,500), a Roger Staubach game-used Cowboys jersey graded A9 ($3,500), Payton game-used and autographed Bears jersey graded A8 ($1,250), a Reese game-used jersey graded A7 ($2,500) and a 1971 Pete Rose game-used and autographed jersey graded A4 ($2,000).

Ruth leads the way for game-used bats, with a Hanna Batrite model graded A7 by MEARS ($5,000). There is also a Gehrig game-used bat graded A7 ($4,000), Jackson game-used bat graded A4 ($4,000) and a Rogers Hornsby game-used bat graded A8 ($1,500), along with Mickey Mantle ($1,500), Ted Williams ($1,500), Jimmie Foxx ($1,000) and more.

Other feature items include: a Ruth and Gehrig 1927 autographed inscription baseball ($3,000); a Gehrig autographed bat ($3,000); a Jackie Robinson autographed baseball ($1,000); 1978 New York Yankees team-signed baseball ($1,250); Billy Martin game-used glove ($2,500); Babe Ruth autographed Associated Press photo ($1,500); 1955 Pittsburgh Pirates team-signed baseball with Roberto Clemente's rookie signature ($1,000); Lou Gehrig autographed menu ($1,000) and a 1996-97 Michael Jordan 50th Anniversary game-used jersey ($1,000).

There is also an impressive collection of Muhammad Ali original closed-circuit and on-site advertisements, including: 1974 Ali vs. George Foreman promotional poster ($1,000); 1975 Ali vs. Joe Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla" promotional poster ($750); Ali vs. Wilt Chamberlain promotional poster ($750); Ali vs. Joe Buggner autographed promotional poster ($750); Ali vs. Ron Lyle autographed promotional poster ($750); 1976 Ali vs. Antonio Inoki promotional poster ($750); Ali vs. Inoki unused fight ticket ($500); Ali vs. Leon Spinks autographed LeRoy Nieman litho ($500); 1970 Cassius Clay vs. USA documentary movie poster ($500); and a Ali vs. Spinks autographed promotional poster ($500).

Other jerseys in this auction include (all with minimum bids of $750): Mike Schmidt, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams, Nolan Ryan, Barry Bonds, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steven Jackson, Edgerrin James, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Eli Manning, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Brett Favre, John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, Walter Payton, Jim Kelly, Joe Montana, LeBron James, Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken, Robin Yount, George Brett and Ken Griffey Jr., among others.

Top game-used bats include: Ernie Banks game-used and autographed ($750); Willie Mays game-used and autographed ($750); Eddie Mathews game-used and autographed ($750); Hank Aaron game-used and autographed ($750); Mel Ott game-used ($750); Tony Lazzeri game-used ($500); Harmon Killebrew game-used and autographed ($500); Frank Robinson game-used and autographed ($500); Willie McCovey game-used ($500); Paul Waner game-used and sidewritten ($500); Tony Conigliaro game-used ($400); George Kell game-used ($400); Eddie Murray game-used and autographed ($350); Rickey Henderson game-used and autographed ($350); and a Wade Boggs game-used and autographed 3,010 hit bat ($350).

Other bats starting at $250 include: Joe Morgan, Rod Carew, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Paul Molitor, Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols.

Vintage also has a collection of around 50 PSA-graded, team-signed baseballs from the 1960s and early 1970s. They are from American League teams, with the 1968 Detroit Tigers and 1967 Boston Red Sox leading the way.

"The team-signed baseball collection was amazing," said Jensen. "They are from a local person who had connections with the Twins and all the balls were still in their original Reach boxes. They are all graded ranging from 7 to 9.5.

"One of the things we always hear is how fast our turnaround times are," said Jensen. "People went out of their way to compliment us on the follow-up from our auctions. Our last auction closed Nov. 17 and we had approximately 75 percent of the items (in value) paid for and shipped before Thanksgiving and most of the consignors were paid within two weeks. The people that consign and bid in our auctions really appreciate that."

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