A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball was the top seller at the Collect.com Auctions Sports & Americana Auction No. 3.
The auction, which closed on Dec. 3, 2009, saw 655 lots sold for a total of $260,451, including the buyer’s premium.
"We are extremely pleased with the results of our Dec. 3 Sports & Americana
Auction #3," said Steven Bloedow, director of auctions. "Once again, we saw more registered bidders, a higher amount of bidding activity and higher prices realized. Watching our company grow in the past year has been a real treat."
The Ruth baseball, which drew 15 bids over the course of the sale, sold for $8,775 — nearly three times its minimum bid of $3,000.
"Dated to 1927 with a great signature, it was a no-brainer as to why it was one of the top items," Bloedow said. "Another strong category in the sale were card lots that consisted of examples across a range of years. Those baseball hoards really jumped up."
For instance, a 1960-1975 Topps Baseball Hoard consisting of more than 3,200
cards brought $2,223 with the buyer’s premium. A similar lot of more than 2,300 Topps baseball cards from 1960-69 sold for $1,872. A 1965 Topps Baseball hoard consisting of more than 700 Cards with a Mickey Mantle PSA 4 brought $1,521.
Other top sports-related lots included a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 144 that sold for $1,989; Ron Lewis’ original painting “The Kings,” which sold for $2,925; and a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams SCDA 3 sold for $2,457.
Several lots on the boxing front were popular as well. A Muhammad Ali 17-piece signatures lot featuring posters and magazine photos sold for $1,175.85, and a massive autographed boxing collection loaded with signatures of legends and hall of famers brought $2,340.
Another great item was the 1956 World Series Game 5 Ticket Stub (Yankees vs.
Dodgers). Some might remember that game as the one where Don Larsen pitched the World Series’ only perfect game. The stub sold for $1,053.
While sports offerings dominated this sale, as they have in past Collect.com Auctions events, the auction house branched out to include other categories, too.
"We got a nice assortment of presidential and historical signed documents in this auction, and we hope that becomes a growing category in our auctions," Bloedow said.
A John F. Kennedy baseball-related photo lot with presidential cufflinks display and a Theodore Roosevelt 26th president signed engraving each sold for $702, including the buyer’s premium, while an 1814 land grant signed by President James Madison sold for $585. A 1950s movie star 24-postcard set brought in $819, including the buyer’s premium, while autographed photographs of Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger sold for sold for $251.55 and $175.50 respectively.
Collect.com Auctions will conduct an online-only Sports and Americana auction that opens Jan. 11, 2010, and ends Jan. 28, 2010. The next Sports and Americana catalog auction will take place March 22-April 8, 2010, with a consignment deadline of Feb. 13, 2010.
"For our next catalog auction, we are again looking for quality sports and Americana items. If you have something you’d like to consign, give us a call to discuss the items in question," Bloedow said. Consignors can call 888-463-3063.
Lot 361: Ticket Stub
This ticket stub from Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — known by baseball fans simply as Don Larsen’s perfect game — sold for $1,053 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions
Lot 1086: Boot Bank Lot
A cast-iron, 5-1/2”-tall Roy Rogers Cowboy Boot Bank produced by The Almar Metal Arts Co. of Point Marion, Pa., sold for $70.20 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 821: Joe Louis Engraved Wooden Box
A hand-engraved wooden box rumored to have been used by Joe Louis during training sold for $994.50 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 1068: 1962 Topps Civil War News Cards
This lot of 79 Topps Civil War News cards, produced in 1962, sold for $193.05 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 1051: Ephemera
An assortment of late 19th century/early 20th century ephemera included postcards depicting American Indians, tobacco trade cards, Victorian trade cards, candy premiums, playing cards and a stereoview card from the Boer War brought $152.10 at auction. The lot of more than 80 pieces dated from 1869 to 1925. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 12: 44 Gold Border Baseball Cards
An awesome group of 44 T205 Gold Border single baseball cards featuring six Sweet Caporal backs, six Piedmont, three Honest, four Cycle, three Sovereign, five Hassan and 17 Polar Bear backs sold for $1,638 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Highlighted players include John McGraw, Eddie Cicotte and Jake Daubert. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 1045: Victorian Ephemera, Tin Types, Cabinet Cards and Carte de Visites
A 123-piece lot of Victorian-era ephemera, including photographs, tin types, cabinet cards and stereoviews sold for $117 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 916: 1814 Land Grant
A land grant signed by President James Madison and dated May 10, 1814, sold for $585 in the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 1: Babe Ruth Single-Singed OAL Baseball
A Babe Ruth single-signed official American League baseball sold for $8,775 at the Collect.com Sports & Americana Auction. The ball, which came with a letter of authenticity, is dated Sept. 10, 1927 and includes the notation “St. LO-0 NY-1.” Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.
Lot 53: 1960-75 Topps Baseball Hoard
A 1960-1975 Topps Baseball Hoard of more than 3,200 cards brought $2,223 at the Collect.Com Sports & Americana Auction No. 3. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.