Lot 311. 1944 St. Louis Browns at New York Yankees Program. The 16-page program is unscored and vg+ with a light vertical crease and the center folio loose. Despite the absence of household names, these Browns represented the American League in the World Series. Their manager, Luke Sewell, was “The Sporting News” Manager of the Year. For the season, shortstop Vern Stephens was the team’s leading batter with 20 home runs, 106 RBI and a .293 average. First baseman Mike Kreevich batted .301, and pitchers Nels Potter and Jack Kramer won 19 and 17 games, respectively. All are in the pre-printed lineup or roster. Joe Page, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Johnny Lindell and Hank Borowy are among more familiar Yankees names.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 316. 1952 St. Louis Browns at New York Yankees Program. The cover of the 24-page program proclaims Yank2ee Stadium “Home of Champions” and lists the Yankees’ championships from 1921 through 1951. Their 1951 World Series title was their third straight. The 1952 Yankees made it four in a row. The program is vg+, clean and sharp with a crease on the front cover. Names have been added to the scorecard, which has the top half of the first inning scored in pencil. Future Hall of Fame names are plentiful in the lineups and rosters – Phil Rizzuto, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Johnny Mize, Bill Dickey (coach) and Casey Stengel for the Yankees and Satchel Paige, an All-Star in 1952, for the Browns. The program recognizes Stengel for his success as the Yankees’ manager and presents an All-Time Yankee Team to mark the Bronx Bombers’ 50th season in the American League. Four of the players are pictured.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 332. Derek Jeter 2000 New York Yankees World Champions Replica Ring. In 2000, by defeating the New York Mets in five games, the Yankees increased their World Series championship to more than 27 percent – or slightly more than one out of four World Series ever played. Jeter was the MVP. The metal alloy mint ring has the Yankees’ logo in simulated diamonds surrounded by “World Champions 2000” on the head, and Jeter’s name and “26th” over the World Series trophy on one shoulder. A different Yankees’ logo is on the other shoulder.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 334. Mickey Mantle 1974 Baseball Hall of Fame Replica Ring. On the head of this ring, Mantle’s name is on either side of his uniform number, and the span of his MLB career, 1951-68, is above and below. One should presents career highlights, including his 536 home runs and the year of his HoF induction. The other has a facsimile autograph, an image of Yankee Stadium and the date of Mantle’s retirement. Mint metal alloy ring.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 335. Don Mattingly New York Yankees 1997 Retirement Replica Ring. The head of this mint metal alloy ring says “Don Mattingly Captain” around his uniform number. One shoulder has an engraving of Yankee Stadium with “1984 A.L. Batting Champion” above, and the other notes his 1985 A.L. MVP Award and provides his career batting average and retirement date.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 339. Mariano Rivera 1999 New York Yankees World Series 25th Championship Replica Ring. Rivera was the MVP as the Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves for their 25th World Series Championship in 95 editions of the Fall Classic. He won a game in relief and recorded saves in two others. The mint metal alloy ring has the Yankees’ logo in simulated diamonds on the head, Rivera’s name with “25th” over the World Series trophy on one shoulder and further celebration of the 25th championship on the other.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 348. Hartland Statues - Original 1958-63 Mickey Mantle and 1990s Ryan and Yastrzemski. The 7” Mantle figure has a dark-cream uniform and several rub marks on the forearms and one on the face, and a tiny hole (1/16”), possibly drilled, on the back. Mantle’s bat is present. The Nolan Ryan and Carl Yastrzemski statues, each about 8” to 8.25” tall, are from the 1993-94 Hartland Collection produced by Steven Manufacturing in Missouri. Each statue is numbered but without a Certificate of Authenticity or box. Each is nm.
Winning Bid $168
Lot 358. 8 “Legends of Baseball” Limited Edition Plates Recommended by the Bradford Exchange. These 8.25” fine porcelain plates, which are rimmed with 22-karat gold, present paintings of vintage Hall of Fame baseball stars – Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Christy Mathewson and Mel Ott. Delphi produced the plates, and Jeff Barson created the paintings. He is an artist and medical entrepreneur who has created artwork for the New York City Opera, Ballentine, Coca-Cola and others. He also was commissioned to paint portraits of Vivien Leigh for the 60th anniversary of the movie “Gone With the Wind” and of Princess Diana. Each plate comes with Certificate of Authenticity, a collector card and an insert noting that the “Legends of Baseball” collection is “the first baseball series ever recommended by the Bradford Exchange to depict history’s immortal ballplayers.” The condition of the collector cards varies. The series comprises 16 plates. The half of the set offered here includes: 2. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. 4. Cy Young: The Perfect Game. 5. Rogers Hornsby: The .424 Season. 6. Honus Wagner: The Flying Dutchman. 8. Walter Johnson: The Shutout. 9. Tris Speaker: The Gray Eagle. 10. Christy Mathewson: 1905 World Series. And 11. Mel Ott: Master Melvin. The other plates in the set, which are not included here, are: 1. Babe Ruth. 3. Ty Cobb. 7. Jimmie Foxx. 12. Lefty Grove. 13.Shoeless Joe Jackson. 14. Pie Traynor. 15. Mickey Cochrane. 16. Grover Alexander. The plates are mint in their original Styrofoam packages.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 359. 6 Collector Plates – Mickey Mantle (3), Don Mattingly, Bobby Thomson, Walter Johnson. All three Mantle plates are from Sports Impressions. Two the same are Gold Editions from the “Sports Superstar Collector Plate Series”: Mickey Mantle, “Greatest Switch Hitter.” These 10.5” plates, with a gold rim and facsimile Mantle autograph, feature eight images of Mantle by Joseph Catalano, whose excellent artwork has appeared on numerous Sports Impressions issues. Numbered 983 and 1058 of 2,401, each plate is mint and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The third Sports Impressions plate of Mantle is from the Hamilton Collection, a 6.5” plate titled “The Legendary Mickey Mantle” from the “Best of Baseball Plate Collection.” Robert Tanenbaum provided six images of Mantle. Tanenbaum is widely recognized for his movie poster and Native American art. The plate is mint and comes with a certificate. Sports Impressions is the source of the 1987 Don Mattingly plate, which uses Brian Johnson artwork. The 10.25” gold-rimmed Autographed Edition plate recognizes Mattingly as “Player of the Year” and has a facsimile autograph in gold. The plate is #251 of 2,500, mint, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and the original box. The Bradford Exchange is associated with the two other plates. From its “Great Moments in Baseball” series: “Bobby Thomson: Shot Heard ’Round the World” by Stephen Gardner, 8.25” plate, gold rim, mint, CoA. And, from the “Legends of Baseball” series from Delphi, recommended by the Bradford Exchange, “Walter Johnson: The Shutout” by Jeff Barson, 8.25” fine porcelain plate rimmed with 22-karat gold, mint with a CoA and Delphi collector card. These plates are in their original boxes or in Styrofoam containers.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 364. Frank Graham Books on the New York Yankees and Lou Gehrig. Graham wrote three of the baseball team histories in the Putnam series, including “The New York Yankees.” He was a sportswriter or columnist for the “New York Sun” from 1915-43, and the “New York Journal-American,” from 1945-65. In 1971, he was posthumously recognized by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and, in 1997, by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the A. J. Liebling Award. Each is the organization’s highest award. Graham’s book on the Yankees is the 1958 revised edition, ex hardback book with minor corner wear in a g dust jacket. In 1942, G. P. Putnam’s Sons published “Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Man.” This special edition hardback is from E. M. Hale and Co. Cadmus Books published by arrangement with Putnam. Produced without a dust jacket, it has an illustration of Gehrig on the cover. The book is vg with minor writing inside the front cover, tape and tape residue inside the back cover and some wear on the outside of the back cover.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 368. 6 Baseball Books Including Biographies of Babe Ruth, Moe Berg and Andrew Dawson. Also, a book on the business of baseball by Marvin Miller and two books with brief profiles of hundreds of players. The biographies and Miller’s book are hardbacks. 1. “Babe Ruth: His Life and Times” by Paul Adomites and Saul Wisnia, 1995 first edition, 240 illustrated pages on Ruth’s life and career marking the 125th anniversary of his birth. Nm-m book and dust jacket. 2. “Moe Berg: Athlete, Scholar, Spy” by Louis Kaufman, et al., 1974 second printing, classic book on the catcher who had a modest MLB career in 1923 and from 1926-39 with five different teams. He then served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Ex+ book with the owner’s name on the flyleaf and inside the back cover; vg+ dust jacket. 3. “Hawk” by Andre Dawson with Tom Bird, foreword by Ernie Banks, 1994 first edition, ex-m to nm book, ex-m dj. Dawson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. 4. “A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business of Baseball” by Marvin Miller, preface by Studs Terkel, introduction by Bill James, 1991 first edition, vg-ex book and dj with damage to the book covers, nm-m pages. Under Miller’s leadership as executive director from 1966-82, the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) became one of the nation’s strongest unions. Red Barber called him, after Babe Ruth, “the second most influential man in the history of baseball.” Miller was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. 5. “Aaron to Zuverink” by Rich Marazzi and Len Fiorito, 1984 Avon first printing, 526 pages, more than 1,000 profiles of 1950s MLB players, vg softcover. 6. “Aaron to Zipfel” by Rich Marazzi and Len Fiorito, 1985 Avon first printing, 594 pages, profiles of 1960s players, vg softcover.
Winning Bid $15