Mastro Auctions February Sale Kicks Off New Year Of Collecting Excitement

Mastro Auctions will begin yet another year of providing the most anticipated auction events in the industry. The auction powerhouse will initiate its 2008 auction calendar with a massive selection of high-end Sports and Americana items. According to Doug Allen, the spring Classic Collector event will set the stage for the rest of the Mastro Auctions’ events in 2008. “It has been evident that our Classic Collector auctions have become something the hobby counts on,” said Allen. “Throughout 2008, we will continue to focus on both the needs and wants of our expanding customer base. But, we know that great material is just one part of that equation. That’s why in addition to the best items on earth, Mastro Auctions will continue to bring the highest degree of service, expertise and knowledge that is available in the industry directly to the collecting public.”

Over 1,300 lots in the February Classic Collector auction will open with a minimum bid of $100. Bidding, conducted entirely over the Internet, will begin on February 11 and conclude on February 28. Specific highlights include the followingÖ

Sports Memorabilia

Single signed baseballs, including a Tris Speaker single signed and inscribed ball – dated 1955; Babe Ruth single signed ball; and a Roberto Clemente signed ball.

Multiple signed baseballs including: a 1935 New York Yankees Team signed ball (24 signatures) including Ruth and Gehrig; circa 1927 Babe Ruth and Umpire Bill Dineen multi signed ball; 1961 New York Yankees World Champions Team signed ball (26 signatures) including Mantle and Maris; 1936 A.L. and N.L. All-Stars multi signed ball (21 signatures) including Gehrig, Dean and Foxx; 2005 Chicago White Sox World Champions Team signed balls (72 balls, each with 25 signatures) – a complete case of six dozen official W.S. balls; and an extraordinary multi signed vintage ball – including Ruth, Cobb, Williams and Young. Baseball cards will include: a 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle – PSA NM 7; 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays – PSA EX-MT 69133 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth – PSA EX 5; 1952 Bowman #196 Stan Musial – PSA NM-MT 8; 1917-20 M101-6 Sporting News/Felix Mendelsohn Babe Ruth, Yankees – SGC 30 GD 2; 1916 D350-1 Standard Biscuit #87 Joe Jackson – GAI GD 2; 1915 Cracker Jack #33 Amos Strunk – SGC 88 NM/MT 8; 1933 R306 Butter Cream Mickey Cochrane – SGC 60 EX 5; 1966 Topps #510 Hoyt Wilhelm – PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 2”; 1934 Goudey #76 Hal Trosky – SGC 88 NM/MT 8; 1909-11 T206 White Border Walter Johnsno, portrait – PSA EX5; 1909 11 T206 white border Fred “Nodgrass” error card – SGC 30 GD 2; and a 1910-12 Spaulding & Merrick “Plow Boy Tobacco” Johnny Kling – SGC 30 GD 2.

Baseball card sets, near sets, partial sets will include: a 1955 Topps complete set (206) including #210 Duke Snider Signed Card; 1964 Topps Complete Set (587); 1976-1999 Topps standard and traded complete sets (37); and a 1934 R309-1 Goudey premiums near set (3/4) plus the original envelopes.

Baseball game gear will feature: a Roger Maris 1960-1966 New York Yankees game worn cap; David Ortiz 2007 Boston Red Sox worn home jersey; Joe DiMaggio 1968 Oakland A’s game worn coach’s road jersey; and a unique Lou Gehrig signed painter’s cap.

Baseball? photographs, including a Walter Johnson 1925 news service photograph; Tony Lazzeri 1927 news service photograph; and a Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves photographs archive (30).

Signed baseball items, including cards, photos, and programs are: Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron 1958 Topps #418 “World Series Batting Foes” dual-signed card – PSA/DNA authenticated; Alexander Cartwright 1876 signed payment voucher; 1941 play ball #71 Joe DiMaggio signed card – PSA/DNA MINT 9; Hugh Duffy signed photograph; 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers N.L. Champions Team signed World Series program (35 signatures); Babe Ruth 1948 signed and personalized photograph; 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Team signed yearbook (28 signatures) including Robinson and Campanella; 1955 Boston Sports Lodge Awards signed dinner program (27 signatures) including Young, Speaker, Baker and Clarke; Willie Mays 1951 Bowman #305 signed rookie card – PSA/DNA-authenticated; Jimmie Foxx 1950 W576 Callahan Hall of Fame signed card – PSA/DNA-authenticated; and a 1953 All-Star multi signed program (20 signatures) including Mantle and Williams.

Miscellaneous baseball items include: a Don Larsen 1956 World Series Game 5 “Perfect Game” vintage scored program; 1958-1962 Hartland figurines collection (9); extremely rare 1930’s Babe Ruth Carnival Prize figure; extremely rare 1910 Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods pinback – Hank Gowdy, Boston – PSA NM-MT 8; scarce 1911 World Series program – Philadelphia Athletics at New York Giants; 1848 “Babe Ruth Day” Stadium pin with hanger; 1939 All-Star Game program at Yankee Stadium – The first hosted by the Yankees; 1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Series program; and Babe Ruth – three strand of hair; 1974 Hall of Fame induction bats collection (5) – Mantle induction year.

Football items include: a 1917 University of Illinois Panorama – George Halas’ last game; 1951 Bowman #6 Tom Fears – SGC 96 MINT 9 “1 of 1”; 1967-2007 Super Bowl I through XL tickets complete run (41) – all PSA-holdered; and a 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes National Champions Team signed football (54 signatures) including Coach Woody Hayes and HoFer (Hall of Famer) Jim Parker.

Basketball will include: a Wilt Chamberlain signed official Spalding basketball; a 1984 Milwaukee Bucks program – Michael Jordan’s first game; 1961/62 Fleer #34 Bob Pettit – PSA MINT 9; Hakeem Olajuwon 1990-91 NBA Blocked Shots Champion Award; 1970/71 Hawthorne Milk Chicago Bulls Jerry Sloan; and 1961/62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8.

Boxing will include: 1910 E75 American Caramel “Prize Fighter Caramels” complete master set (22); Jack Dempsey 1919 signed Willard-Dempsey fight ticket; and an 1890’s-1940’s boxing and entertainment photos collection (201 items) – including Jim Corbett signed cabinet.

Hockey items are: a 1912/13 C57 Hockey Series graded partial set (31/50); 1960/61 Parkhurst #20 Gordie Howe – PSA MINT 9; and a 1962/63 Parkhurst #31 Gordie Howe – PSA MINT 9.

Americana Highlights

Political and presidential items are: 1860’s-1880’s presidential campaign ballots collection (9 different) including Lincoln/Johnson and Garfield/Arthur; 1940 “Forward with Roosevelt” campaign posters collection (12); 1860 Lincoln/Hamlin campaign ferrotype and extremely rare Lincoln portrait laminated campaign ribbon (2 items); Abraham Lincoln 1850’s signed legal pleading; Ulysses S. Grant 1871 signed pardon document; and a John F. Kennedy 1955 signed letter on U.S. Senate stationery.

Historical value items will include: Robert Todd Lincoln 1889 handwritten letter; and a November 3, 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune “Dewey Defeats Truman” full newspaper.

Entertainment items: Harry Houdini 1923 signed and personalized photograph; and a 19th Century Lillian Russell collection (20 different).

Non-sports cards will include: 1962 Topps “Mars Attacks” complete set (55); scarce 1965 Topps “Battle” full uncut sheet (132 cards) including two complete sets; 1924 Godfrey Phillips “Cinema Stars – Circular” complete set (25) – #1 on the PSA set registry; 1966 Topps “Funny Rings” complete set (24); and a 1955 Barbers Tea “Cinema and Television Stars” complete set (25) – #1 on the SGC set registry.

To register for Mastro Auctions’ February Classic Collector auction or to get more information, go to Bidding begins on February 11 and ends February 28.