Every auction hosted by Collect Auctions is filled with a variety of sports cards and memorabilia, but there is always one item that leads the way. In Collect Auctions’ current sale, that item is a Ted Williams 1951-55 game-used and signed H&B Louisville Slugger bat.
This bat, used by Williams, is a model W166 and measures 35” long, weighs 32.5 oz., and has a round barrel and natural finish on professional grade ash. The bat matches all factory records and exhibits moderate use, with ball marks, stitch marks and bat rack marks throughout the uncracked barrel. Williams’ uniform number “9” is written on the knob in vintage marker, with a black felt tip pen signature on the barrel, which is authenticated by JSA with a full LOA. The bat is graded by MEARS and received a grade of A8, putting it in the upper echelon of all Williams bats. The bat received two extra points for use and another point for provenances to arrive at the final grade.
While perusing the auction listings, collectors will quickly see that the auction is also filled with a variety of vintage baseball cards. The top vintage baseball cards on offer include: 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA Authentic, 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background (Sweet Caporal) PSA 5, 1911 T3 Turkey Red Walter Johnson Cabinet (Turkey Red Back) PSA 5 (MK), 1909-11 T206 Bill O’Hara St. Louis (Polar Bear) PSA 1.5, 1909-11 T206 Cy Young Cleveland, Glove Shows (Sweet Caporal) PSA 5, 1928 Harrington’s Ice Cream Babe Ruth No. 6 PSA 3, 1939 African Tobacco Babe Ruth World of Sport Large No. 34, PSA 6, 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson RC No. 79 BVG 5.5, 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle No. 82 PSA 5, 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Ty Cobb PSA 1, 1910 E91C American Caramel Honus Wagner SGC 1.5, 1909-11 T206 Christy Mathewson, Dark Cap (Sweet Caporal) PSA 4, and 1909-11 T206 Tris Speaker (RC) (Piedmont) SGC 4.
As is the case with every auction hosted by Collect Auctions, there is a variety of unopened product available. Highlights from this group include: 1973 Topps Baseball 4th Series Wax Box (Fritsch/BBCE), 1975 Topps Baseball Cello Box (Fritsch/BBCE), 1975 Topps Football Cello Box, 1972-73 Topps Basketball Wax Box (BBCE), 1976 Topps Baseball Vending Box (Fritsch/BBCE), 1986 Topps Football Rack Box (Fritsch/BBCE), and 1970-71 Topps Basketball 1st Series Wax Packs.
Autograph collectors will also have plenty of items to bid on, including: Willie Mays signed 1953 Topps No. 244, Kris Bryant 2014 game-used and signed Futures Game cleats inscribed “Futures Game 2014,” Michael Jordan signed 1986-87 Fleer RC sticker No. 8 BGS 9 (AUTO 10), Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant signed Staples Center floor pieces in shadowbox, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant dual-signed Spalding game ball (UDA), Michael Jordan and Tom Brady dual-signed Spalding game ball (4/23, UDA, TRISTAR), 1984 U.S. Olympics Basketball team-signed basketball with Michael Jordan, 500 Home Run Club signed OAL baseball (11 signatures, including Mantle, Williams, Aaron, Mays), 1929 Detroit Tigers team-signed OAL baseball, Gil Hodges single-signed ONL baseball, and Cy Young signed B&W Artvue Plaque Postcard Type 1 (Graded BAS 9).
Modern cards also have a prominent place in the auction, led by a 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout RC Auto Refractor BGS 9.5 (AUTO 10) and 2018 Stadium Club Chrome Shohei Ohtani Autographs Superfractors BGS 9.5 (AUTO 10).
Bidding ends July 18.
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