Mastro Auctions’ February sale rings in New Year of collecting excitement

Mastro Auctions will kick off 2009 with a February Classic Collector auction loaded with a wide variety of sports and Americana items. The sale will begin on Feb. 16 and concluded on Feb. 25-26. The Classic Collector auction will feature more than 1,600 lots, each with an opening bid of $100.

“Despite the challenging economic environment that surfaced in 2009, Sports and Americana collectibles appear to be weathering the storm well,” said Doug Allen, COO and president of Mastro Auctions. “Our outlook for 2009 is optimistic.”

Highlights will include:

Babe Ruth single signed ball – “1927 World Champions” notation: This unofficial sphere showcases Ruth’s black fountain pen sweet spot autograph. Ruth’s signature technically rates “2.” The moderately soiled sphere bears a bolder, black ink notation on its east panel (in an unknown hand) that reads “1927 World Champions.”

1931-1932 New York Yankees team signed ball (15 signatures): Byrd, Chapman, Dickey, Gehrig, Gomez (signed “Vernon Gomez”), Hoag, Johnson, Lary, Lazzeri, Pipgras, Rhodes, Ruth, Sewell, Joe Cronin and Heinie Manush.

Hall of Famers and superstars single signed balls collection (23): Includes Aaron, Drysdale, Mantle, Palmer, Ripken, B. Robinson, Ryan, Smoltz, Weaver, and Winfield.

Baseball cards will include: 1922 Wm. Paterson #13 Tris Speaker; 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig; 1888 N162 Goodwin “Champions” King Kelly; 1909-11 T206 white border Ty Cobb, portrait, red background; and more.

Baseball bats will include: Thurman Munson 1979 H&B game used; Mickey Mantle 1961-1963 H&B game issued bat; enormous Stan Musial single signed bats collection (64); Willie Mays 1956 Louisville Slugger game used bat.

Baseball game gear: Andy Pettitte 2000 World Series New York Yankees game worn home jersey; Mickey Mantle 1956 New York Yankees signed replica jersey; Ron Fairly 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers game used road jersey; 1930s Dizzy and Daffy Dean NMIB baseball play suit.
Other items to appear include: baseball photos, autographs, other miscellaneous baseball items; football memorabilia; basketball items; historic and political; and many more categories of collectibles.

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