Spring, 2017 Premier Auction - Closes April 1, 2017
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Much has been written about our "Texas Find" in March of last year, where we encountered a full run of Topps and Bowman sets, along with thousands of modern cards dating as recently as 2007.  The collection included more than 600 signed 1952 Topps cards, many of which are featured in this very catalog.  And of course, as is the case with many large collections, there was quite a bit of "chaff" with the wheat, items of little value that simply become part of every collection almost by osmosis.  We all have it, as focused as we try and keep our collections.

Occasionally, though, what appears to be a lack of focus turns out to be anything but.  Examining pieces of the collection in the family's Texas home, we encountered a large binder of signed 8x10" glossy photos, each featuring an obscure Yankee.  As we paged through the binder, we were unimpressed by the randomness of the names: Jim Beattie.  Dave Bergman.  Doug Bird.  "Dad was a pretty big Yankee fan," his daughter explained, as we put the binder off to the side.

Later, we opened another binder, and were greeted with a similar sight: pages of obscure Yankees.  Henry Cotto.  Bud Daley.  Atley Donald.  In the next binder, we casually flipped through the pages, marveling at the number of photos, each signed, many displayed with a handwritten slip of paper describing the player's statistics, along with the seasons he played.

Then we found another binder.  And another.  Nine binders in total, each filled with signed photos of Yankees.  Eventually we realized what we were looking at: an absolutely massive collection of signed Yankee 8x10" photos.  In alphabetical order (mostly).  It was not an unfocused collection at all - in fact, it was completely focused.  It was as comprehensive an autograph collection as we had ever seen, virtually all the photos professionally or personally taken, each depicting a player in his Yankee uniform, each signed by the player.  

The player selection cuts across all eras, more than 800 photos in all.  While we did pull out some of the bigger names to offer elsewhere in this auction, and pulled out a number of pieces that were deemed inauthentic (three dramatically different Thurman Munson signatures and two Mickey Mantles did not pass muster, for instance), the remaining collection is presented exactly as we found it.  It is amazing.  If you're a Yankee fan, it's a trip down memory lane that's virtually impossible to describe.

It would be impossible to list all the names included in this collection without having to print several pages, just to list them.  We have elected to give you just a taste, a listing that includes Hall of Famers, fan favorites, classic heroes and goats, along with obscure names you may not have ever heard.  The collection includes Jim Abbott, Felipe Alou, Matty Alou, Dell Alston, Joe Ausanio, Steve "Bye Bye" Balboni, Hank Bauer, Don Baylor, Dale Berra,Yogi Berra, Ewell Blackwell, Paul Blair, Wade Boggs, Frenchy Bordagaray, Jim Bouton, Clete Boyer, Scott Brosiius, Frank Crosetti, Greg Cadaret, Bert Campaneris, Robinson Cano, Danny Cater, Rick Cerone, Chris Chambliss, Horace Clarke, Ken Clay, Roger Clemens, Tex Clevenger, Jim Coates, Dave "Bronx Burners" Collins, Davd Cone, Jose Contreras, Joe Cowley, Ron Davis, Bucky Dent, Bill Dickey,  Art Ditmar, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Dock Ellis, Alvaro Espinoza, Sid Fernandez, Ed Figueroa, Fred Fitzsimmons, Cecil Fielder, Brian Fisher, Whitey Ford, Bob Friend, Oscar Gamble, Jason Giambi, Joe Girardi, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Randy Gumpert, Larry Gura, Jim Ray Hart, Ron "Babe" Hassey, Tommy Henrich, Sterling Hitchcock, Ralph Houk, Steve Howe, Dick Howser, Catfish Hunter, Mike Kekich, Charlie Keller, Johnny Kucks, Bob Lemon, Ricky Ledee, Joe Lefebvre,  Johnny Lindell, Phil "Hohner" Linz, Sherm Lollar, Ed Lopat, Sparky Lyle, Gene Michael, Willie McGee, Sal Maglie, Tino Martinez, Tippy Martinez, Kevin Maas, Cliff Mapes, Billy Martin, Hideki Matsui, Rudy May, John Mayberry, Carlos May, Lindy McDaniel, Gil McDougald, Bobby Meacham, Doc Medich, Paul Mirabella, Johnny Mize, John Montefusco, Bobby Murcer, Mike Mussina, Graig Nettles, Joe Pepitone, Pascual Perez, Lou Piniella, Tim Raines, Willie Randolph, Vic Raschi, Dennis Rasmussen, Hal Reniff, Allie Reynolds, Rick Rhoden, Dave Righetti, Mickey Rivers, Robin Roberts, Roy Smalley, Shane Spencer, Alfonso Soriano, Andy Stankiewicz, Brien Taylor, Chien-Ming Wang, Ed Whitson, Walt "No Neck" Williams, George Zeber, and yes, Paul Zuvella.

There are approximately 800 signed photos in this collection - as much as we like to help answer individual customer questions, please do not call and ask us "Is Ray Fontenot included?" (he is) or "Is there a Hector Lopez?" (yes).  Suffice to say that this is one of the coolest lots we have ever offered, as close to a comprehensive collection of Yankee autographs we have ever seen, containing some of the greatest names in Yankee history, in terms of greatness, and in terms of pure fun.

While we have a strict policy against providing "Auction LOAs" for lots we sell, in this case we did make an exception, since individual LOAs for each photo would have put us into bankruptcy.  As such, the entire lot comes with an auction LOA from James Spence Authentication, and please see our rules governing large lots of autographs and authenticity.

Absolutely Massive New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Collection (800+) - JSAAbsolutely Massive New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Collection (800+) - JSAAbsolutely Massive New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Collection (800+) - JSAAbsolutely Massive New York Yankees Signed 8x10 Collection (800+) - JSA
Absolutely Massive New York Yankees Signed 8x10" Collection (800+) - JSA
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,300
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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