Hot celebrity memorabilia featured in Sports Auction closing Dec. 9

A black fedora signed by Michael Jackson is one of the keynote lots in Auctions’ Sports & Americana Auction No. 6.

The event, which closes at 10:15 p.m. EST Dec. 9, offers 826 lots in categories including entertainment memorabilia, sports cards, game-used items and more than 100 license plates signed by sports figures and entertainers.

“The Michael Jackson fedora is a very special piece,” said Steve Bloedow, director of Auctions. “There are very few of these in the market, as they are nearly identical to what Jackson wore in performances, and he has signed this one version with ‘Love.’ Other examples of this fedora have brought significant amount of money on the secondary market, and we believe this one will, too.”
This hat, which comes with a JSA full letter of authentication, carries a minimum bid of $6,000. The inside band of the fedora is embroidered with the name “Michael Jackson” in gold; Jackson signed his name and the word “Love” in white paint pen. Another version of this fedora, also signed, sold for $50,000 with Julien’s Auctions earlier in 2010.

An index card signed in black marker by The King of Pop also is offered in the auction. It, too, earned a JSA full letter of authenticity. Its minimum bid is $200.

A grouping of Beatles color photo cards that includes an original wrapper is another lot of interest. Topps issued 64 different Beatles cards in 1964, each of which featured a color photograph on its front side. This lot has 65 total cards: 41 of the 64 original patterns are represented, and there are duplicates of one or more cards for 19 of the 41 cards. All of the cards are listed in very good condition. Minimum bid: $100.

A lot of 27 black-and-white Beatles cards also is available. Topps produced a three-series card set of the Fab Four in 1964 . Each card featured a photo on the front with a facsimile signature. The third series was comprised of cards No. 116-165; this grouping has 23 of the 46 different versions of the cards from that series, along with a few duplicates. One card, No. 160, which shows Paul McCartney, has been PSA graded in EX condition. The rest of the cards, although unslabbed, are in similar shape.

A trio of lithographs of John Coltrane, Pearl Bailey and Billy Ekstine also are offered. All three are signed by artist Christopher Paluso, and all feature autographs of important musicians.

Coltrane’s lithograph, which is No. 75 of a limited-edition run of 100, shows the jazz saxophonist in three different poses. It also includes PSA/DNA-certified signatures of the late drummer Louie Bellson, the late trombonist Al Grey, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Jimmy Woode and flugelhornist Clark Terry. It is offered for a minimum bid of $250.

A similar 16” x 20” lithograph, which depicts famed vocalist Pearl Bailey in three different periods of her career, also is offered for a minimum bid of $250. Musicians who autographed the Bailey lithograph include bandleader and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, percussionist Tito Puente, vocalist Cab Calloway, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, flutist and saxophonist James Moody, drummer T.S. Monk, vocalist Della Reese, drummer Max Roach and trumpeter Al Hirt, along with Bellson, Woode, Grey and Mance. All of the signatures are pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

The Ekstine lithograph shows the singer in three poses, as well. It’s signed in pencil by 13 different artists including Reese, Grey, Moody, Mance, Hirt, Bellson, Edison, Puente, Hampton, Terry and Calloway; all of the signatures are precertified by PSA/DNA. It has a minimum bid of $250.

Other pop culture-related lots include:
• A 15- x 22-inch framed display featuring a photograph of and index card autographed by musician, actor and bandleader Rudy Vallee also is offered. The signature is authenticated by JSA. Minimum bid: $200.

• A large-format, original art page from Green Hornet Comics No. 13. Minimum bid: $150.

• A 1930s Oswald The Lucky Rabbit original animation drawing. Minimum bid: $135.

• A 1968 David Crane daily strip original drawing by Creig Flessel. Minimum bid: $125.

• A Carmine Infantino original Spider-Woman No. 2 art page plus comic book.

• A 1960s-1970s era animation cel featuring the Batmobile. Minimum bid: $110.

• A 1950s color book original art by Lone Ranger artist Tom Gill. Minimum bid: $95.

• Original wanted posters from 1934 for John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde. Minimum bid per poster: $100.

• A group of six celebrity-signed 8” x 10” photographs, including Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren and Janet Leigh. Minimum bid: $75.

• A postcard signed by film director Hal Roach. Minimum bid: $75.

• A lot of three checks signed by comedian George Burns. Minimum bid: $75.

• A lot of three checks signed by author Alex Haley. Minimum bid: $75.

• A signed, typed letter from Paramount Pictures founder Adolph Zucker. Minimum bid: $75.

• A 29-inch-tall wood and metal lamp from the 1950s-1960s featuring The Long Ranger, Silver and a saddle, all in ceramic, by Hartland. Minimum bid: $50.

• An 8” x 10” “Wizard of Oz” photo signed by Ray Bolger, who portrayed the scarecrow. Minimum bid: $50.

• A baseball signed by author Dean Koontz. Minimum bid: $50.

• A baseball signed by actress and activist Jane Fonda. Minimum bid: $50.

• A baseball signed by actor Tony Curtis. Minimum bid: $50.

• A Missouri license plate signed by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Minimum bid: $50.

• A California license plate signed by Frankie Avalon. Minimum bid: $25.?

• A Pennsylvania license plate signed by “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark. Minimum bid: $25.

• A Nevada license plate signed by entertainer Wayne Newton. Minimum bid: $25.

• A California license plate signed by Roy Rogers. Minimum bid: $25.

• A South Carolina license plate signed by Hopalong Cassidy. Minimum bid: $25.

• A Saskatchewan, Canada, license plate signed by James Belushi. Minimum bid: $25.

• A California license plate signed by Zsa Zsa Gabor. Minimum bid: $25.

For a complete catalog of these and more than 800 fine sports collectibles, including a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, visit Auctions


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