Enormous Gateway Signed Baseball Cachet Collection (352) with DiMaggio, Mantle, Williams et al (352)

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1111

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This significant collection of 350 signed baseball cachet covers is comprised of 236 cachets individually signed by Hall of Fame players, seventy-three cachets individually signed by non Hall of Fame players, and another forty-one multi-signed cachets (with thirty-four of the forty-one cachets bearing the signature of at least one Hall of Fame player). In total, this collection features 319 Hall of Fame signatures, with many players represented more than once. This is by far the largest and most comprehensive collection of signed baseball cachets we have ever offered. Although the collection includes cachets dating from the late 1970s to the late 1990s, the overwhelming majority were issued during the 1980s. As one would expect, the majority of cachets were produced by the Gateway Stamp Co. (250), but the collection also includes those produced by "Z" (40), Renata Galasso (6), and a few other publishers. The cachets remain in overall Nr/Mt condition and the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, range in grade from an "7" to "10," averaging "9/10." This enormous grouping was assembled by a dedicated old-time autograph collector and represents just a small portion of his substantial collection, the balance of which has also been consigned to this auction (presented in over thirty different lots). In the list that follows, we have noted the number of signed cachets for each player (if more than one) in parentheses after his name. Hall of Fame Single-Signed Cachets (236): Aaron, Alston, Anderson (2), Aparicio (4), Ashburn, Banks (3), Barlick (2), Bell, Bench (5), Berra, Boggs (4), Boudreau, Brett (2), Brock (7), Bunning, Campanella, Carew (3), Carlton (6), Carter (4), Cepeda, Chandler (2), Dandridge (2), Dickey, DiMaggio, Doby (3), Doerr (2), Drysdale (2), Eckersley, Feller (4), Ferrell (2), Fingers (2), Fisk, Ford, Gehringer (2), B. Gibson, Gomez, Gossage (2), Gwynn (3), Henderson (3), Herman, Hubbell (2), Hunter (2), Irvin, R. Jackson (5), T. Jackson (2), Jenkins (4), J. Johnson, Kaline (3), Kell (2), Killebrew (2), Kiner, Koufax (2, one is signed twice), Kuhn, Lasorda, Lemon (2), Leonard, Lopez, Lee MacPhail, Marichal (2), Mantle (3), Mays (2), Mathews, Mazeroski, McCovey (3), Mize (2), Molitor (3), Morgan (2), Murray (4), Musial (2), Newhouser (2), Niekro (2), Paige, Palmer (2), Perez, Perry (4, one is signed twice), Puckett (2), Reese, Rice, Ripken (2), Rizzuto, Roberts, B. Robinson (2), F. Robinson (4), Ryan (7), Sandberg (3), Schmidt (9), Schoendienst (2), Seaver (3), Sewell, Slaughter (2), Smith (4), Snider (2), Spahn (2), Stargell (3), Sutter, Sutton (4), Terry, Weaver (2), Wilhelm (2), B. Williams (2), T. Williams (2), Winfield (2), Wynn (2), Yastrzemski (5), and Yount (2). Non Hall of Fame Single-Signed Cachets (73). Highlights include: Bert Blyleven, Bob Cain, Ben Chapman, Roger Clemens (2), Andre Dawson (2), Dom DiMaggio, Darrell Evans, Cecil Fielder, Steve Garvey, Kirk Gibson (2), Dwight Gooden, Pete Gray, Ken Griffey Jr. (2), Harvey Haddix, Keith Hernandez, Willie Hernandez, Orel Hershiser, Bruce Hurst, Randy Johnson, Jim Kaat, Dave Kingman, Mickey Lolich, Fred Lynn, Dennis Martinez, Don Mattingly (3), Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Buck O'Neil, Rafael Palmeiro (2), Tim Raines, Jose Rijo, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez (2), Ivan Rodriguez, Curt Schilling, Hal Schumacher, Lee Smith, Jim Thome, Alan Trammell, Fernando Valenzuela, Johnny Vander Meer (2), and Frank Viola. Multi-Signed Cachets (41). A total of eighty-three Hall of Fame signatures (many players represented more than once) appear on these forty-one cachets, thirty-four of which include at least one Hall of Fame signature. Highlights include: 1) Mantle/Mays/Snider, 2) Mantle/T. Williams/Yastrzemski/F. Robinson, 3) T. Williams/Boggs, 4) 1984 Olympic Baseball Team, twenty signatures including McGwire, 5) 500 Home Run Club (plus Pete Rose), Mantle/T. Williams/Aaron/Mays/Schmidt/Killebrew/Banks/McCovey/R. Jackson/Mathews/F. Robinson, 6) 3,000 Hit Club, Yastrzemski/Mays/Winfield/Yount/Rose/Brett/Carew/Murray/Musial/Aaron/Brock/Kaline, 7) Joe Sewell/Bill Wambsganss, 8) Ken Griffey Sr./Ken Griffey Jr., 9) Orel Hershiser/Don Drysdale, 10) Don Larsen/Yogi Berra. Total: 350 signed cachets. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,875


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