Huggins and Scott’s fourth Masterpiece Auction of 2015 will open for bidding on Monday July 27th and close on Thursday night August 6th with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm ET. This is our “Event of the Year” with over 1,000 lots and the premium pieces will be on display at our booth (#s 913, 915, 1012 & 1014) at The National Convention in Chicago, IL from July 29 – August 2, 2015.
A terrific assortment is offered with tremendous investment-quality pieces from all sports and the historical and political worlds. It features another amazing array of items that caters to every level of collector and investor. Whether you only want to spend a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, our selection of quality items has a little something for just about everyone. Several unique high-dollar lots headline this auction. We open the auction with the highest grade average SGC Graded T205 Gold Border Near Master Set of (221/222) Cards (average grade 55.96) – Lot #1.
Vintage baseball card collectors will enjoy an abundance of pre-and-post war rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including 1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes Cap Anson SGC 55 VG-EX+ 4.5, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young and more; a number of graded and ungraded tobacco and candy cards offered as singles and in lots, and much more. Highlights include: the highest graded S74 Silk Ty Cobb with a scarce Red Sun Back (SGC 84); a 1930 Cracker Jack Pins Complete PSA Graded Set (#4 on Registry); a previously undiscovered 1937 Babe Ruth Lindt & Sprungli Stamp Card; and many more.
The post-war collection is substantial as well with a large number of singles, lots, complete and near sets from 1948 to present. Highlights include: a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC SGC 60; two different complete Topps baseball set runs from 1958-1973 (sold set-by-set); a seldom-offered 1957 Topps baseball unopened wax pack from Series 2 (Mickey Mantle series) PSA 7; and a lot more. As always, we also present a plethora of wonderful “shoebox” collections (always a crowd favorite).
This auction has a large number of baseball autographed items highlighted by a young boy’s contest-winning prize of a dual-signed Ty Cobb & Honus Wagner baseball with impeccable provenance; a number of multi- and team-signed baseballs including a 1922 NY Giants ball with Christy Mathewson; a 1927 Superstars ball with Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Walter Johnson and many others; a 1915 Tigers ball with Cobb; a gorgeous 1947 Pirates ball with Wagner (PSA/DNA 8); a 1939 multi-signed ball that displays as a single-signed Mel Ott; stunning single-signed baseballs from Jimmy Foxx, Thurman Munson, and a grouping of 15 different single-signed 500 homerun club members; a superb 1937 Yankees team photo flawlessly signed by Gehrig; and loads more.
Staying in the memorabilia category, we are pleased to offer a gorgeous 1867 “The Base Ball Quadrille” full color Sheet Music featuring the Boston Tri-Mountains BBC – the first piece of the upcoming incredible Lew Lipset Collection; a rare 1870s large full plate baseball team tin type; a neat turn-of-the-century 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings engraved Commemorative Ashtray; 1915 Boston Red Sox team Premium with Babe Ruth; one of only two known 1912 Boston Red Sox AL Champions felt pennant; a number of high end Championship rings including 1944 St. Louis Browns, 1967 and 1975 Boston Red Sox, 1972 and 1973 Oakland A’s, 1983 Orioles and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Duke Snider salesman sample; an original Mickey Mantle painting by Steve Kaufman, from Mantle’s personal collection (with LOA’s); and a variety of vintage publications and tickets from the turn-of-the-century to modern day, and lots more.
Our game-used section in this auction includes some spectacular pieces. The highlight is the remarkable Billy Southworth Sr. 1943 World Series game used St. Louis Cardinals hat, given to his son and subsequently used in 25 World War II bombing missions with photo matching and video provenance; a 1977 Steve Carlton road blue Phillies signed jersey; a 1970s Jim Palmer game used glove; a 1982 Pete Rose game used and signed Mizuno bat (PSA/DNA 8.5); plus a number of other game-used bats, jerseys, jackets, hats, shoes, gloves and plenty more.
If you don’t collect baseball items, we have a terrific selection of some high-end pieces from the other sports including a wonderful selection of football, basketball and hockey lots, sets, autographs and memorabilia. Highlights include: the first football card – 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Harry Beecher PSA 4.5; a beautiful 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski PSA 5; 1948 Leaf football PSA Graded Set (#19 on Registry); 1950 Bowman football PSA Graded set (#23 on Registry); a 1958 Topps football unopened cello pack with Jim Brown RC on front (PSA 4); a scarce 1926 NY Giants football sterling silver season pass; a 1960 Houston Oilers AFL Champions ring (Coach Rymkus); Brett Favre’s 2001 game used Packers helmet with photo and Favre LOA; a 1980 Washington Bullets game used Elvin Hayes jersey; a number of completely PSA Graded and registered basketball sets from 1957, 1969, 1970 and 1971; the 1962 Floyd Patterson/Sonny Liston signed Heavyweight Championship fight contract; a neat grouping of Gordie Howe items including a scarce 1952 Royal Desserts card (PSA Auth) and a 1960s game used and signed Northland stick; and many more lots.
If Non-Sports cards, comics, Americana or Political collecting is your cup of tea, we are offering a nice selection in those categories as well, including the only known example of a 1935 Gum Inc. Mickey Mouse one-cent display box; a 1968 Topps “Superman in the Jungle” Test Issue Near Set (52/66) all SGC graded; rare Americana autographs from Francis Scott Key, Jefferson Davis, George Custer Armstrong, Walt Whitman, Charles Lindbergh, Ulysses S. Grant, Neil Armstrong and Mother Teresa; an extremely rare 1955 Lincoln Cent Double Die “Full Red” PCGS 64; the first 5 Fantastic Four Comics (all CGC graded); (15) rare Ant-Man Comic Book run; and loads more.
To browse the auction for the rest of the quality pieces being auctioned, or to download the catalog, please visit the website: www.hugginsandscott.com
Also, remember to check out our “WEB Gems” (post printed catalog) section of auction lots that are not found in the printed catalog, but there are hundreds of great lots to bid on in that category. Link: “WEB Gems” (post printed catalog) section
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