Autographed items from some of the best players to ever play in the major leagues will highlight EAC Gallery's latest auction. Around 40 percent of the roughly 500-lot auction are sports memorabilia items, with the rest of the lots historical items of a wide variety.
As is the case with a lot of vintage auctions, signed Babe Ruth items are at the top of the list for the highlighted items for this auction. At the top of the list is a 1927 World Champion New York Yankees team autographed Ban Johnson Official American League ball. The ball features 20 signatures, 14 of them Yankees, including Ruth, Gehrig, Huggins, Lazzeri, Combs, Hoyt, Moore, Meusel Shawkey, Bengough, Dugan, Ruether, Shocker and Elias Funk, a minor leaguer who didn't make it with the Yankees until 1929. The ball also includes six other signatures, including St. Louis Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Frank Frisch. The ball has a $10,000 minimum bid.
Another Ruth item sure to draw plenty of attention is a 9-by-5-inch, black-and-white photo signed by Ruth, Red Rolfe and Gehrig. This items has a minimum bid of $4,500.
There is also an 8-by-10-inch Ruth-signed photo available in the auction. The photo is of Ruth swinging a bat at spring training and is inscribed, "To Jack Thomas From Babe Ruth." It carries a minimum bid of $3,500.
Other highlighted sports items in the auction include:
Abner Doubleday autograph signed letter (minimum Bid $900).
Roberto Clemente autographed ball, also signed by Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda ($1,500).
Ty Cobb autograph letter mentioning "World Series" ($1,500)
Connie Mack autographed Reach Official League ball ($500).
Dizzy Dean autographed Harridge Official AL ball ($500).
Lefty Grove autographed Harridge Official AL ball ($500).
Ball signed by 15 early Hall of Famers that are now deceased, including: Wheat, Goslin, Traynor, Lloyd Waner, Carey, Medwich, Grove, Stengel, Schalk, Cronin, Roush, Ruffing, Frisch, Rice and Gehringer ($500).
"Heroes of the Negro Leagues 1920-1955" bat filled with nearly 100 signatures, including: Doby, Leonard, Irvin, Radcliffe, O'Neil, Tinker, Cash, Zapp, Glenn, Manning, Bostock, Pope, Black, Davis, W. Robinson, Stubblefield, Gulley, Lockett, and Scott, just to name a few ($500).
Hall of Famers signed Cooperstown Bat signed by approximately 40 HOFers, including: Drysdale, Boudreau, Stargell, Spahn, Hunter, Mathews, Herman, Day, Slaughter, Mize, Irvin, Appling, Wilhelm, Lemon, Ford, Palmer, Frank Robinson, Banks, Snider, Berra, Brooks Robinson, Carlton, Kaline, Roberts and Killebrew ($500).
1968 Detroit Tigers World Champions team-signed bat, signed by approximately 30 players ($500).
1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers team-signed bat, signed by more than three dozen players ($500).
1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers signed home plate, signed by approximately 30 players ($500).
Al Kaline 1968 World Series ring ($1,000).
Kirk Gibson 1984 World Series ring ($1,000).
Sparky Anderson, Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell signed and game-used lineup card from the last game all three were together ($500).
Some of the highlights of the non-sports lots include a George Washington document signed as president, an Abraham Lincoln war-dated autograph document signed as president, a Sitting Bull document signed, a Robert E. Lee autograph letter signed, an Albert Einstein typed letter signed and a William Penn autograph letter signed.
For more information about this auction, which ends on Feb. 2, visit www.eacgallery.com or call (516) 535-4611. Collectors who are not on the EAC Gallery mailing list can call EAC Gallery and request a free catalog for this auction.