to a West Coast Collector over the telephone (lot 1, est. $40/60,000*). A collection of (48) early autographed Hall of Fame postcards, which have laid dormant in a safe deposit box for most of the 65 years that have passed since they were signed, brought $72,000 (lot 129, est. $50/60,000).
Within a cache of circa 1903-04 E-107 Breisch Williams cards was a Type-1 Honus Wagner SGC 40, which commanded $96,000 (lot 158, est. $10/15,000), selling for many times over its high estimate to a bidder in the room. Nearly tossed into a trash can in recent months, this group is another remarkable “find.” Also from this series was a Type-1 Group of 25 (SGC 40), which sold for $48,000 (lot 164, est. $20/25,000) to a bidder over the internet.
Game-Used Baseball Bats
A number of the game-used bats commanded strong prices, including Babe Ruth’s H&B Model 125 ‘Dash-Dot-Dash’ Bat, c. 1917-1921, which sold for $102,000 (lot 195, est. $80/120,000) and Mickey Mantle’s H&B Bat, c. 1966, which brought $48,000 (lot 264, est. $30/50,000).
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium
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