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Large Signed Gateway Cachet Collection - 126 Signed Covers with 111 HOF Autographs Including Mantle, Williams, and DiMaggio.
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,000
This extremely substantial and extensive collection is comprised of 126 signed Gateway cachets, spanning the years 1977-1995 (the overwhelming majority date from the 1980s), and features the signatures of 111 Hall of Famers (representing 56 different players). Included among the highlights are single-signed cachets by Mantle, T. Williams, and DiMaggio, and both a 500 Home Run Club multisigned cachet and a 3,000 Hit Club multisigned cachet. The collection also features a few football and basketball cachets, each signed by a Hall of Fame player. Additionally, the collection includes twenty various unsigned Gateway cachets (featuring 5 identical Jackie Robinson examples) and twenty-three unsigned first-day covers issued by other companies (featuring ten different Jackie Robinson examples issued by TCMA in 1982), as well as two ticket stubs to the 1983 Baseball All-Star Game (Vg), a ticket stub to a 1992 San Francisco 49ers playoff game (vg), and a number of Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson commemorative U.S. postage stamps. The cachets remain in overall Nr/Mt condition and the signatures, penned in a variety of inks on the front, all grade "9" or "10." 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 (67): Aaron, Aparicio, Banks, Bench, Blyleven (2), Brock, Carlton (4), Dickey, DiMaggio, Drysdale, Fisk, Ford, Gossage, Herman, Henderson, Hubbell, Hunter, R. Jackson (3), Jenkins, Killebrew, Lopez, Mantle, Mays, McCovey, Morgan, Musial, Newhouser, Niekro (2), Palmer, Perry (3), Reese, Ripken Jr., Rizzuto, Roberts, F. Robinson, Ryan (7), Schmidt (3), Seaver (2), Spahn, Stargell, Sutton (2), B. Williams, T. Williams, Winfield (2), Wynn, Yastrzemski, and Yount.
Non Hall of Fame Single-Signed Cachets (35): Joe Black, Tom Browning, Bob Cain, Jose Canseco (2), Will Clark, Eric Davis, Darrell Evans, Jim Gentile, Kirk Gibson (2), Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey Jr., Andy Hawkins, Orel Hershiser, Bo Jackson, Wally Joyner, Don Mattingly (2), Mark McGwire, Minnie Minoso, Pete Rose (6), Rusty Staub, Terry Steinbach, Dave Stewart, Johnny Vander Meer (2), Mark Whiten, Mike Scott, and Mike Witt.
Multisigned Cachets (15) : 1) 500 HR Club (Mantle, Williams, Mathews McCovey, Mays, Aaron, F. Robinson, Schmidt, Jackson, Banks Killebrew, and Pete Rose). 2) 3,000 Hit Club (Yastrzemski, Mays, Winfield, Yount, Carew, Rose, Musial, Brett, Murray, Aaron, Brock, and Kaline). 3) Mantle/Mays/Snider. 4) Triple Crown Winners (Mantle, Williams, F. Robinson, and Yastrzemski). 5) Phil Niekro/Joe Niekro. 6) Dwight Gooden/Bob Feller. 7) Don Larsen/Yogi Berra. 8) Robin Yount/Juan Nieves. 9) Mark McGwire/Wally Berger. 10-11) Don Drysdale/Orel Hershiser (two examples). 12) Rick Ferrell/Carlton Fisk. 13) Nolan Ryan/Roberto Alomar. 14) Nolan Ryan/Rickey Henderson. 15) Reggie Jackson/Bud Black.
Non-Baseball Single-Signed Cachets (9): Joe Montana (2), Paul Hornung, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, John Elway, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Total: 169 cachets (126 signed and 43 unsigned), plus three ticket stubs and a number of commemorative stamps. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $3,000
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