Auctions now live with McGwire 500 homerun ball

After a successful consignment period, including an East Coast tour, Auctions is ready and picking up steam towards its Aug. 12 close date. Auctions Sports and Americana Auction No. 5 will feature more than 700 lots, which includes a great deal of significant items.

Mark McGwire’s 500th home run baseball starts out the auction. This ONL ball comes with a COA from PSA/DNA. The ball is a true landmark of MLB history and would be a great collectible for Cardinal fans or those who collect 500 home run club memorabilia.

It is very unusual to get a glimpse of an Al Demaree Die-Cut card, yet alone have the opportunity to place a bid on one. Auctions is thus intrigued to offer 50 lots of the seldom-seen 1934 Al Demaree Die-Cuts (R304), including a number of checklist additions. The notables include, Hank Greenberg No. 29 PSA 3, Jimmie Foxx No. 155 PSA 4, Charlie Grimm No. 160 PSA 8, Left Grove No. 79 PSA 4, among many others. Several of these cards are graded by PSA/DNA for the first time and some were uncatalogued prior to this remarkable find.

“To be able to offer something so unique and special to the hobby is an honor and a real pleasure,” said Steve  Bloedow, director of Auctions. “It’s always special when a new find is brought to the market, and these Al Demaree Die-Cuts are as rare as they come. Their condition is surprisingly good for cards of that age and with the purpose of being folded and handled extensively. Never has a collection of Al Demaree Die-Cuts of this size been offered, and this provides a chance for Hall of Fame, player and vintage card collectors to add some unique pieces to their collections.”

Another outstanding item is the original Silver Slugger bat that was awarded to Willie Wilson in 1982. The Silver Slugger given to the best offensive player at each position. Wilson earned this by hitting .332 with 15 triples and 194 hits. The bat is in near-mint condition.

While sports memorabilia makes up a solid chunk of the auction, there are other areas of interest.

Military and jewelry buffs will enjoy a pair of rings in the auction. One of them is a crace U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge ring from the late 19th century. Another is a West Point 1934 class ring – a minature women’s ring that is a reproduction of class rings made smaller to wear as engagement rings.

Movie star cards are everywhere, including 1938 Carreras Ltd. Film Favourites complete set, 1950 R423 Actors/Actresses uncut sheet, 1955 Times Confectionary Roy Rogers complete set (No. 2 on the PSA Set Registry), 1948 Dinkie Series 1 Stars & Starlets complete set and 1964 Topps Beatles Series 3 lot of 46 cards.

Poitcal highlights include a George H.W. Bush signed bat and Texas Rangers cap, Barack Obama signed “Rolling Stone” magazine, Gerald Ford signed copy of “JFK: Assassination Report of the Warren Commission,” a Mikhail Gorbachev signed photo and a Richard Nixon signed copy of “The Real War.”’s sports memorabilia lineup includes: a 2005 Derek Jeter Yankees road jersey that was worn by the future Hall of Famer; a 1987 game-used George Brett bat; Pete Rose game-used and signed cap; Nolan Ryan game-used and signed bat; Cal Ripken Jr,  2001 game-used and signed base from his final season; and many others.

A vast array of baseball items signed by Hall of Famers include: a Babe Ruth signed baseball from 1947 with 11 Cincinnati Red signatures; a baseball signed by Roger Maris, Ronald Reagan and four others; a Satchel Paige single-signed baseball; a vintage signed ball with 24 signatures, including Honus Wagner, Al Simmons, Al Lopez and Connie Mack; and a multi-signed baseball with Ty Cobb, Gabby Hartnett, and Ted Williams.

Team-signed baseballs include: a 1936 Boston Red Sox team-signed ball; 1950 Boston Red Sox, 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1953 Boston Red Sox, 1957 Boston Red Sox, and 1967 Boston Red Sox.

Other baseball items include: a Mickey Mantle signed Yankees jersey PSA 9 (shown at top of page); Mantle, DiMaggio, Williams signed original artwork PSA/DNA; 1910 Hermes Ice Cream Bobby Byrne Pin PSA 7; multi-signed poster called “Super Heroes of Sports,” including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Y.A. Tittle, Ernie Banks, Duke Snider, and Bobby Hull, 60 signatures total from that unprecedented grouping signing in Las Vegas; 1959 Yankees team-signed photo; and Sandy Koufax signed original artwork.

An incredible collection of autographs that were all obtained in person can be found in a 1962 MLB Yearbook. This must-see baseball magazine has 186 signatures, including a flawless Roberto Clemente. Other notable signatures include, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and numerous autographs from other All-Stars and Hall of Famers.

Various signed lots include the Perez-Steele Celebration set with 40 signatures of the 44 players featured, signed Z-Silk Cachets lot of 167 with 210 signatures, complete signed Living Legends set by Ron Lewis, an interesting book signed by Sandy Koufax book with the inscription “Thanks for last night, love those curves,” and an Eddie Collins signed document. There are also great buys for those who collect signed index cards, including Dizzy Dean, Paul Waner, Rogers Hornsby, and Jackie Robinson signed and graded 3-by-5s.

NBA cards in this auction include a 1976-77 Topps unopened wax box, and an unopened wax box of 1972-73 Topps, and a  Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain signed indoor/outdoor Spalding basketball, truly a signature that is one of the nicest you’ll ever see. 

Hockey fans are going to love this unopened 1979-80 Topps wax box that all but guarantees a Wayne Gretzky rookie card. Also featured is a 1972-73 Topps unopened vending box of hockey cards, and a 1979-80 Topps unopened vending box that also offers the siren call of a Gretzky rookie.

Other signed lots include two multi-signed golf hats with Jack Nicklaus, Bryon Nelson, Arnold Palemer, Payne Stewart, Phil Mickelson and 109 more signatures between the two caps.  An extremely rare boxing glove is signed by HOFers Ali, Carmen Basilio, Floyd Patterson and 13 more signatures. Another great boxing memorabilia item featured is a “Legends of the Ring” lithograph signed by 10 boxers, including Muhammad Ali. Many single boxing tickets can be found in this auction, but the biggest ones are the 1947 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Flashy Sebastion full ticket and a 1946 Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn full ticket. 

There are many non-sport and entertainment lots in this auction, such as the August 1928 copy of “Amazing Stories” comic book that features the first appearance of Buck Rogers, 1938 Movie Million complete set of movie star collector cards, and 1948 Dinkie first series of Stars and Scarlets complete set, Edgar Rice Burroghs signed check dated 1939, Beatles John Lennon worn jacket, and Gene Simmons signed Kramer Axe bass guitar. Daffy Duck also makes his first print appearance in the 1938 comic book “Porky Pig’s Duck Hunt,” also in this auction.    

For more information, visit, or call (888) 463-3063 to register to bid. ? Auctions is owned by F+W Media, publishers of Antique Trader magazine. -Editor.


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