Gathered by Tiger Stadium fixture Don Wert throughout and after his career, these diamond keepsakes include autographed memorabilia and novelties that conjure up glorious memories from the venue on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Highlights include: (2) 1968 World Champions Team-Signed Photos 20x16 prints including a 1968 photo and a reunion photo with key autographs including: Kaline, Lolich and Mathews; (10) Signed Baseballs with single-signed Mazeroski and multi-signed orbs with Cepeda, Kaline, Marichal and Weaver; and Ted Williams signed personal letter. More on our website.
1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers Team-Signed Photo a 20x16 color print signed in blue Sharpie (average “9” strength) by (28) with: Bohm (trainer), Brown, Cain, Campbell, Comer, Face, Freehan, Green, Hiller, Horton, Kaline, Lasher, Lolich, Matchick, Mathews, McAuliffe, Naragon (bullpen coach), Northrup, Patterson, Price, Ribant, Rooker, Sain (pitching coach), Stanley, Tracewski, Warden, Wert and Wilson.
1968 Tigers Reunion Team-Signed Photo a 20x16 color print signed in blue marker (average “8-9” strength) signed by (25) with: Bohm (trainer), Brown, Cain, Campbell, Comer, Face, Freehan, Green, Hiller, Horton, Kaline, Lasher, Lolich, Matchick, McAuliffe, Naragon (coach), Northrup, Patterson, Price, Ribant, Rooker, Sain (coach), Tracewski, Warden and West.
Includes a snow-white unofficial ball (grade “9-10”) signed on the sweet spot by Bill Mazeroski (“9” strength, inscribed “HOF 01”)
Additionally, there are (7) multi-signed baseballs. These spheres range between clean white (grade “8-9”) to mildly toned (grade “6”) examples. The ballpoint signatures, meanwhile, show (“8-9”) or better quality. There are no themes to these balls, as most are signed by 1950s-1970s contemporaries. Among the key autographs are: P. Blair, Briles, Brock, Campaneris, Carey, Cepeda, Feller, Flood, Horton, Marichal, McLain, Money, Odom, Pepitone, Sievers, Tolan, E. Weaver, Wert, D. Williams and W. Wood.
Game-Worn Old-Timers Apparel includes:
Don Wert Detroit Tigers Home Jersey a white knit button-down garment with the club’s olde English “D” logo sewn to the left breast in navy blue twill, “8” sewn to the back and “WERT: arched atop the number in like fashion. Blue piping lines the collar and button path, while the left front tail is home to a “Russell Athletic” size “48” label and a fabric content flap tag. The style and tagging suggest that this was worn during a 1990s old-timers event at Tiger Stadium.
Also included are (2) Upper Deck “Heroes of Baseball” New Era adjustable caps; as well as a pair of blue knit stirrup socks.
LP Records includes (2) The Year of the Tiger ‘68 33RPM records and a 1960s Denny McLain at the Organ 33 RPM record. All are in their original sleeves and covers.
Hubert H. Humphrey a 1966 typewritten letter composed on “Vice President” letterhead, the letter praises Wert for his visits to Vietnam veterans and is signed at the conclusion by Humphrey (“9-10” strength)
Brooks Robinson signed 1978 banquet program (blue ballpoint, “8-9” strength)
Pete Rose signed 8x10 1985 color print of career hit #4,192
Joe Sparma a 1969 Topps Baseball #488
Casey Stengel signed 1967 St. Louis cardinals oversize postcard (postcard is trimmed; signature “8-9” strength)
(14) Don Wert includes 913) signed 8x10 photos (nine different poses, signatures average “9” strength); and a team-issued postcard
Ted Williams typewritten letter on Washington Senators stationery, signed by Williams (signed “Ted” only) at the conclusion. The letter has great content attesting to Williams’ competitive spirit. It reads (in full):
I hope that you had a very enjoyable holiday and are now making plans for spring training.
Every year when I went to spring training as a player, I was determined to make the coming season the best of my career. Your ambition should be the same. There is no reason why every member of the Washington Senators organization cannot improve on last year’s performance.
You know what you can do. You also know where you have been delinquent. Work to eliminate your weaknesses. Our failure to execute fundamental plays last season was costly.
The Senators spring training camp this year will be all business. Make certain that you report ready to work hard and at your best weight. It is senseless to waste time in training camp trying to lose weight that you have accumulated over the winter.
Washington fans haven’t seen a first division team since 1946 – before some of you were born. Come to camp prepared to do your part to build a winning team.
Little League World Series Pins (12) lapel pins 9all with posts/nuts) from 1990s-2000s Little League World Series installments
The items contained in this lot come from the personal collection of Don Wert. We have chosen to only have third party authentication on some of the key pieces. Due to the provenance of this collection the items included in this lot do not have third party authentication.