Lot 1. Get Well Card Signed by Roberto Clemente and 25 Other 1971 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Led by Roberto Clemente’s MVP performance, these Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in a seven-game World Series. Their autographs, ranging from ex-m 6 to mint 9 and averaging nm 7 to nm-m 8, extend across two panels of a three-panel 6 1/8” x 11 5/8” card. Two signatures slightly intersect Clemente’s. Six small holes from pins or tacks that once aided its owner in displaying the card affect the “i” in “Mazeroski.” Here is the complete list of signers: Gene Alley, Steve Blass, Nellie Briles, Dave Cash, Roberto Clemente, Gene Clines, Dock Ellis, Dave Giusti, Richie Hebner, Jackie Hernandez, Bob Johnson, Bruce Kison, Milt May, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Miller, Bob Moose, Frank Oceak, Al Oliver, Jose Pagan, Dave Ricketts, Bob Robertson, Manuel Sanguillen, Rennie Stennett, Bob Veale, Bill Virdon and Luke Walker. This affordable, autographed card wonderfully commemorates the Pirates’ fourth World Championship - and a major highlight of Clemente’s career. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $847
Lot 2. Outstanding Mickey Mantle Autograph Authenticated by JSA and Kevin Keating. Mantle’s unimprovable gem mint 10 blue-Sharpie signature extends for 4.5” across his shoulders in this 8.5” x 11” magazine photo. The magazine page notes Mantle’s 1974 election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and provides a brief summary of his illustrious career. It has a slightly irregular right border, which could easily be matted out. JSA Certification Number Z16305 is applied, and a JSA Letter of Authenticity accompanies the photo. Kevin Keating has also approved the autograph.
Winning Bid $163
Lot 13. Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. Autographs on Official MLB Baseballs. Junior was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, his first year of eligibility. He received 99.32 percent of the votes cast after retiring with 630 home runs, 1836 runs batted in, 10 Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger Awards. He was an All-Star 13 times and the A.L. MVP in 1997. His father, Ken Griffey, Sr., was a three-time All-Star who played on two World Championship teams. Griffey Sr. autographed the sweet spot of an ONL Coleman baseball, which is nm-m, except for stickers applied next to the label, apparently by the business that conducted the signing. His sweet spot signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the sweet spot. He added “3 X All Star.” Junior was the MVP of the 1992 All-Star game, and he signed the panel of the ball that has the All-Star Game logo. The official Vincent ball shows light discoloration, which is barely evident on the panel Griffey signed. His signature, with “MVP” added, is mint 9 to gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $206
Lot 14. 1932 N.Y. Giants at Chicago Cubs Official Scorecard Signed by Rogers Hornsby and Lon Warneke. Generally regarded as one of the best 10 baseball players of the 20th century, Hornsby has placed a large, bold autograph in blue fountain pen over his name in the pre-printed lineup inside the scorecard. The first “R” in his name shows minor bleeding, and the ink coverage across the name, strong throughout, is somewhat uneven. Ex-m 6 to nm 7, solely because of its placement. A .358 career batter, Hornsby was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1942. He died in 1963. Warneke, who pitched for the Cubs 1930-1936, 1942-1943 and 1945, signed in pencil “L. Warneke” at the top left inside the scorecard. The signature is nm 7 with a bit of ink intersecting the “k” in his name. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
In 1932, Warneke, a five time All-Star, led the N.L. in victories and MLB in ERA. He died in 1976. The scorecard, which has been scored, has been glued on the back to a sheet of paper. The front is clean; the letters in “Cubs” have been traced over in pen.
Winning Bid $436
Lot 15. Mark Fidrych Autographed Book, “No Big Deal.” Fidrych wrote this book with Tom Clark, biographer, poetry editor and baseball fan. He boldly signed the fly leaf in black ink and added “The Bird” R.O.Y ’76.” The signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10. The book, a stated first edition published in 1977 by J. P. Lippincott Co., is vg+ to ex in a vg dust jacket. Fidrych pitched for the Detroit Tigers 1976-1980. In 1976, he earned Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors by leading the major leagues with a 2.34 ERA and a 19–9 record. Even though he had a better ERA and winning percentage, he finished second to Jim Palmer in the Cy Young Award voting. Fidrych was an All-Star aging in 1977, but thereafter, injuries limited his career, and ended it in 1980. He was 54 was he died in 2009 in an accident while repairing his truck.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 16. Ted Giannoulas – the Famous San Diego Chicken - Autographs, Photos and Cards. This collection includes seven Giannoulas autographs - with his name or as “The Chicken” or “Famous Chicken.” For more than 40 years, Giannoulas has entertained baseball and other sports fans as the (San Diego) Chicken or Famous Chicken. This collection includes a 2.75” x 4” section of white cardboard signed by "Ted Giannoulas" with a note to David encouraging him to “Get me a date with the NBC Peacock!” He also signed a business card “Ted.” An 8” x 10” color photo of The Chicken has a personalized signature of Giannoulas and “The Chicken.” Another color photo is signed as “Famous Chicken.” He signed 1982 and 1983 Donruss cards as “The Chicken” and a 1984 Donruss card as “The Famous Chicken” (personalized). In summary, one item is signed “Ted Giannoulas,” one is signed “Ted,” two are signed “Famous Chicken,” two are signed “The Chicken,” and one is signed “The Chicken” and “Ted Giannoulas.” Signatures on four of the seven items are personalized to “David.” Several other items are included, among them a 1980 original UPI wire photo of The Chicken kissing a Chicago Bulls cheerleader. Nm photos. The signatures are 9s and 10s. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 18. Ralph Kiner Autograph and an Editor’s Personal Note to Famous Photographer George Brace. Kiner signed a 6” x 8.5” mimeographed agreement that provides permission to use his photograph in the 1960 issue, Book 1, Volume 1, of “Baseball Confidential,” a publication featuring photos and career statistics of “Baseball’s Greatest Sluggers.” Kiner’s signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the agreement, dated 9-30-1960. His photo is on Page 36 of the “Confidential.” Morton Lowy, editor of the publication, also signed the document. In addition, his signature is inside the front cover of the “Confidential” – at the conclusion of a personal note to Brace, widely known and respected for his baseball photography. From 1929 to 1994, Brace took thousands of photos at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park. His compilation of baseball photos, considered to be among the best ever assembled, was used in numerous publications. At his passing in 2002, Brace’s daughter noted that “Lou Gehrig loved his photos so much, he'd order hundreds of them.” In Lowy’s note to Brace, he wrote: “To a Grand Guy: George Brace. Dear George: This book could never have been published without you and your photos! Please accept this book with my deepest gratitude and very soon you and I will begin work on book II Baseball’s Greatest Pitchers! Thanks for everything. Your Pal, Mort.” The paperback “Confidential” has a g cover and ex pages.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 19. Baseball Signed by Ted Kluszewski - Achieved What Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio Could Not! Kluszewski is among the better players without a plaque at Cooperstown. With a career fielding average of .993, he was an excellent fielder. If only he had been able to sustain the hitting he demonstrated during a four-year span…. In that period, he was a four-time All-Star and led the N.L. in home runs and RBI in 1954. He averaged 43 home runs, 116 RBI and a .315 batting average. In each of these four years, he also recorded more home runs than strikeouts. He is the only major leaguer with 35 or more homers in a season to do so four times. Only Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Mize achieved this feat twice in their career. Unfortunately, in 1956, Kluszewski injured his back, apparently in a clubhouse fight. He wasn’t the same after. He retired as a .298 hitter with 279 home runs and 1,028 RBI in 1,718 games. After his retirement, he was the Reds’ hitting coaching and then their minor league batting instructor. He died in 1988. His autograph, personalized to “Bruce,” is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on a mint ONL Giamatti baseball.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 20. Willie Mays Autographed Z-Silk. This Mays “All Star Sports Series” Z-silk commemorates the 10th Freehold Classic Sports Memorabilia Show. It was postally cancelled in Freehold on July 15, 1984. The Mays autograph, signed boldly in black ink, is gem mint 10. Generally, Mays is considered one of the best five baseball players of the 20th century.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 21. Autographs of Hall of Fame Stars Frank Frisch and George Sisler on Unlined Index Cards. Elected to the HoF in 1947, Frisch was a three-time All-Star and World Series champion as a second baseman. As a player-manager in 1934, he led the St. Louis Cardinals to another World Championship. In 1931, he was the N.L. MVP. After playing first base from 1915-30, Sisler was inducted into the HoF in 1939. In 1922, he led the A.L. in hitting with a .420 average and was the league’s MVP. His .340 career averages places him 16th on the all-time MLB list. Both autographs are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Frisch added “The Old Flash” above his name. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs. Frisch ranked 88th, and Sisler, 33rd, on “The Sporting News” list of Top 100 players of the 20th century. Both Frisch and Sisler died in March 1973.
Winning Bid $81
Lot 22. Pete Rose Signed Wiffle Ball Box with a Wiffle Ball Inside. A portrait of Rose in his Reds cap appears on the top flap of the box with text that reads “Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds Recommends Wiffle Ball Regulation Baseball Size.” Rose has autographed the top of the box boldly in blue sharpie. Below his autograph, he added: “44 Games In Row.” The box and ball are like new. The autograph is Nm-m 8.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 23. Bill Veeck Signed 1976 Letter on Chicago White Sox Stationery. Dated January 23, 1976. At one time or another, Veeck was a principal owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. Also an innovator, Veeck came up with the idea of planting ivy on the walls of Wrigley Field in 1937. In 1947 he integrated the American League by signing Larry Doby. A year later, he signed Satchel Paige. Veeck also gained recognition for his publicity stunts. In 1951, he had Eddie Gaedel bat for the Browns in the first inning. Only 3’ 7,” Gaedel was walked on four straight pitches and then replaced by a pinch runner. Veeck also held a “Grandstand Manager’s Day,” which allowed fans to vote on various strategic decisions during a game by holding up signs. Veeck died in 1986. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. The 8 ½” x 11” sheet of White Sox stationery with his autograph is toned, has slightly clipped upper corners and shows two small pin holes near them. In the letter, Veeck thanks a fan for his “interest in the Chicago White Sox” and assures him that his “comments and suggestions will be given the utmost consideration.” Veeck’s signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 24. Buck Leonard and Ray Dandridge Autographed Cachet Envelopes. Dandridge at third base and Leonard at first were stars of the Negro Leagues. Dandridge, who autographed a Z-Cachet, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 1994. Leonard, enshrined at Cooperstown in 1972, signed Gateway envelope, which has a small, stray ink mark on “All-Star.” Leonard died in 1997. Both autographs are gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 25. 14 Baseball Autographs, 13 by HoFers, on Cachet Envelopes!! Gateway issued one of these cachet envelopes; the 13 others are from Z-Cachet. All of the autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10. Except as noted, the signatures are on envelopes with the player’s image: Here is the list: LUIS APARICIO, LUKE APPLING (signed a Babe Ruth envelope and added “H.O.F. 1964; died 1991), Jose Canseco, ANDRE DAWSON, BOBBY DOERR (d. 2017), ROLLIE FINGERS, CARLTON FISK (Gateway envelope), CATFISH HUNTER (d. 1999), HARMON KILLEBREW (d. 2011), HAL NEWHOUSER (d. 1998), GAYLORD PERRY (signed an envelope that pictures him, Carlton, Niekro and Spahn), TOM SEAVER (d. Aug. 31), HOYT WILHELM (d. 2002) and BILLY WILLIAMS.
Winning Bid $140