After averaging more than $2 million per sale over their last three auctions, Huggins and Scott has completed preparations for its upcoming worldwide sports memorabilia catalog auction that will begin Oct. 5.
The Maryland-based company, which last year sold a single-signed Christy Mathewson baseball for $161,000 and a rare Joe Jackson/Buck Weaver autographed baseball for $69,000, will offer more than 1,400 consigned lots of vintage and modern sports cards and memorabilia in a two-day auction, with bidding being conducted by phone and Internet via the company’s website.
This auction includes an exemplary list of unique, rare and vintage baseball memorabilia highlighted by the second installment of the Dade Thieriot’s Philadelphia Phillies Collection.
The auction begins with the “Matchless Ball,” the only known game-used baseball from the 1934 Major League Baseball All-Star Game that was signed by the American League team, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Card collectors will enjoy a plethora of 19th-century and early 20th-century rarities, including a 1909 S74 silk of Ty Cobb with the rare Red Sun reverse graded SGC 84, Kalamazoo Bat singles, Old Judges, Allen & Ginter and Goodwin Champions. There is a fine selection of 1909-11 T206 White Borders, including a complete set and a grouping of (141), each graded a PSA 6.
The spotlight, however, may fall on the Thieriot Philadelphia Phillies Collection. Thieriot’s astounding labor of love is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting Phillies memorabilia. The collection covers the highest of highs in Phillies history, with several items from the 1980 World Series Championship, as well as items from the Phillies’ lean years. Among the impressive pieces in the October auction are Steve Carlton’s actual 1982 Cy Young Award, a 1968 game-worn Steve Carlton Cardinals jersey, game-used gloves from both Carlton and Mike Schmidt and Schmidt’s 1982 Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
“We are honored and privileged to be able to sell the most impressive Philadelphia Phillies memorabilia collection we have ever witnessed,” said Josh Wulkan, vice president of auction operations. “And these desirable relics will draw intense interest from our bidders.”
Several pieces of high quality autographed items from baseball icons will also be offered in the upcoming auction. Included is a gorgeous Mickey Mantle game-used bat given to teammate Bob Cerv; a Joe DiMaggio-used coach’s bat signed by DiMaggio, Mantle and Ted Williams; an incredible Len Bias autographed basketball signed by the 1984-85 Maryland team; a Yellow Hall of Fame postcard signed on the front by Goose Goslin (only known example); a Cal Ripken game-used 1981 baseball bat (signed and graded PSA/DNA 10); and Gehrig and Ruth signed items. All autographs have been examined and authenticated by either James Spence Authentications or Professional Sports Authenticators.
Other rare artifacts in this auction are three world championship belts won by boxer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal won by Kendall Cross in wrestling, a complete 1933 Goudey Baseball card set, an amazing 1965 Beatles U.S. Tour program signed by all four members and a 1952 Topps low-series set, along with an incredible run of vintage Topps Baseball complete sets.
As with most of Huggins and Scott auctions, they will have a large number of autographed lots with balls, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country.
Huggins and Scott’s rapid growth has caused the company to double the frequency of its catalog auctions beginning in 2008, now offering quarterly sales. “Our upcoming October auction will undoubtedly produce an industry stir, as the company offers unique and rare items such as the Red Sun Cobb and 1927 Honey Boy Babe Ruth,” said the company’s head writer, Kevin Heffner. “But it is the Dade Thieriot Collection that will most likely draw the most attention.”
To learn more about the upcoming auction, go to www.hugginsandscott.com or call (866) 462-2273.