Pristine’s Elite Auction is underway!

main_1491595131-Star-Wars-195-x-235-Custom-Framed-Photo-Display-Signed-by-Harrison-Ford-Carrie-Fisher-Mark-Hamill-Peter-Mayhew-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comMore than 500 items in Pristine Auction’s Elite Auction will close Sunday night, April 30. As always, there are some spectacular items waiting for you.

The Force is strong in this remarkable, custom-framed display (19.5” x 23.5”) boasting an 11″ x 14″ photo that has been hand-signed in black and blue felt-tip pen by four original Star Wars cast members: Carrie Fisher (D. 2016), Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Peter Mayhew (who added “Chewbacca”). For Star Wars fans, a signed piece like this is the Holy Grail. Assembling these authentic signatures on a classic image like (especially in a larger size format) was a daunting task from the get go. With the passing last year of Fisher, and the continuing reluctance of Ford to sign for fans, this piece will surely continue to gain in popularity over the next 40 years! There’s also a super cool “Star Wars” blue lightsaber signed by none other than Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamillmain_1492201589-Mark-Hamill-Signed-Star-Wars-Blue-Lightsaber-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.com

If music and not music is your thing, there’s a How about a full-size Takamine G-Series acoustic guitar signed by The Eagles bandmates Don Henley, Glenn Frey (D 2016), Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh, plus an electric guitar signed by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. Then there’s a Paul McCartney signed The Beatles 1969 “Abbey Road” 19.5″ x 31.5″ custom framed album display, and a Certificate of Recording Contract for the movie “Poetic Justice” signed in black ink by Tupac Shakur (D. 1996).

main_1-Kobe-Bryant-Signed-Lower-Merion-High-School-Jersey-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comOur hoops action includes a remarkably rare team-issued Lower Merion High School jersey autographed by Kobe Bryant. The DeLong jersey, size 42, is hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Kobe and includes the personalized message: “To my girl Rach From your boy Kobe Bryant #33.” This is a very early full-name signature, which makes a desirable item all the more special!

Got some baseball fever? Treat it with this personal bank check dated March 13, 1940, and signed “G.H. Ruth.” Items signed by other Yankee legends include a Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2014 game-used road jersey, a Mariano Rivera Yankees 2011 game-used road jersey, and a Yankees display featuring a jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle with the desirable addition of “No. 7”.

main_1485550791-Vintage-1994-Junior-Seau-NFLPA-Mackey-Award-Trophy-for-AFC-Linebaker-of-the-Year-PristineAuction.comIf you were waiting for baseball season to start only so it can end and we can get back to football, you’ll want to bid on our Vince Lombardi signed 21″ x 27″ custom framed check display (the check is dated November 19, 1960). We also have the cornerstone of any true NFL collection: Junior Seau original 1994 NFLPA Mackey Award Trophy for AFC Linebacker of the Year!

Plenty of other goodies are on deck, ranging from 41 rare and original Muhammad Ali unpublished photographs, a Wyland “Humpback Wave” Lucite table sculpture artist proof.

Again, the clock’s ticking on these treasures, with the Elite Auction accepting bids only until Sunday night, April 30. Be sure to visit our website and place your bids right now!

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Vintage Babe Ruth signed items for bid at Pristine Auction

main_1491512176-Babe-Ruth-Signed-3-x-55-Photo-JSA-PristineAuction.comWhether at work or at play, Babe Ruth set the bar high. He was, without question, the modern sporting world’s first superstar. Ruth is still a superstar when it comes to collectors, with his name at the top of virtually ever want list. This month, Pristine Auction gives you the chance to add some remarkable Ruth pieces to your collection via our Elite Auction. The auction continues through Sunday, April 30.

First up is a fabulous cancelled payment check, dated March 13, 1940, is payable to St. Albans Golf Course and drawn on Chemical Bank of New York. It has been neatly signed by Babe Ruth (with a formal “G. H. Ruth”) on the appropriate line.

It’s worth noting that what makes this document so special, aside from the obvious. This is not one of Ruth’s personal checks (which would have had a pre-printed name on it). Instead, this is what was known back in the day as a counter check — a blank check that was provided by merchants to move along payment if a customer was short of cash. As such, all of the information on the front of the offered check is handwritten, including the name of the bank on which it was to be drawn. Counter checks were quite common until the 1940s, when bank processing methods were revised. This 8.25” x 3.25” document is definitely a rare and unusual Ruth-signed beauty!

By the way, it’s also encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the Ruth signature graded NM-MT 8!

The Elite Auction also has a 3″ x 5.5″ image of Ruth in swing mode while wearing his New York Yankees pinstripes, signed in blue ink pen. The autograph is beautifully placed in the margin area at the top of the image resulting in a real beauty.

Throughout the 1920s, his powerful swing led to never-before-seen home run totals that drew fans to the ballpark over 22 seasons and boosted the National Pastime’s popularity. Among his lengthy list of stats: a manly 59 homers hit in 1921 and a record-setting 60 slammed in 1927 en route to 714 total home runs.main_1486067235-Babe-Ruth-Signed-Personal-Bank-Check-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.com

The Bambino remained productive at the plate into the 1930s, and in 1933, fittingly hit the first home run in All-Star Game history. By 1934, however, the beginning of the end was closing in on Ruth. His insatiable public appetite for entertainment, food, and drink were taking their toll … and it showed as he managed only 22 that season and six in what would be his last big league campaign in 1935.

It’s easy to wax poetic when it comes to the Bambino, but all of the accolades are true. His name is synonymous with baseball, and has come to mean the best in any field or endeavor. We see many very cool consignments at Pristine, and always stop and genuflect when it comes to any Ruth item. These beauties are no exception.

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Pristine Auctions brings you autographs from some of the “100 Greatest NHL Players”

Any “Best of…” list is almost certain to spark a healthy if not heated debate. What about this guy? Or that guy? He’s my favorite! Why didn’t he make the cut?main

Certainly no list is going to be perfect. There’ll always be room for debate. Yet the National Hockey League certainly appears to have gotten a list pretty darn close to perfect when they identified the 100 greatest hockey players in the league’s 100th anniversary.

The NHL 100 was selected by a large panel of league executives, former players, and media members. The Blue Ribbon Panel was comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game. The league revealed 33 selectees who were from the pre-1967 expansion era (1917-1966) on New Year’s Day before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. That list included such hockey royalty as Gordie Howe and Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. The entire list of 100 were revealed during the first night of All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

So what’s it like to make the list? Even more so, what’s it like to be a roomful of the “best of the best” and to swap stories?

main_1488396422-Wayne-Gretzky-Maurice-Richard-Signed-21x255x15-Custom-Framed-Shadowbox-Hockey-Puck-Display-WG-COA-PristineAuction.com“Quite an interesting evening,” Mark Messier was quoted as saying in one online article. “I’ve been to a lot of All-Star games, a lot of award ceremonies, a lot of events with the NHL over the years, but this is definitely one that put things over the top. … I grew up watching a lot of these players on TV, grew up playing with a lot of these players. So you talk about one big, long walking memory everywhere you look.”
When you look at the complete roster of honorees, it’s shocking to see how many greats there truly were in the game. Sure, we all have our own hometown heroes, but when you look at the complete list …. mind successfully blown.

The first group honored consider of Sid Abel, Syl Apps, Andy Bathgate, Jean Beliveau, Max Bentley, Toe Blake, Johnny Bower, Turk Broda, Johnny Bucyk, King Clancy, Charlie Conacher, Alex Delvecchio, Bill Durnan, Bernie Geoffrion, Glenn Hall, Doug Harvey,Tim Horton, Gordie Howe (Mr. Hockey!), Red Kelly, Ted Kennedy, Dave Keon, Elmer Lach, Ted Lindsay, Frank Mahovlich, Dickie Moore, Howie Morenz, Jacques Plante, Henri Richard, Maurice Richard, Terry Sawchuk, Milt Schmidt, Eddie Shore, and Georges Vezina (the Canadiens legend who is the namesake of the NHL’s goaltending trophy).

The remaining heroes (broken down by decade) were:

1970s: Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito, Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Jacques Lemaire, Stan Mikita, Gilbert Perreault, Jean Ratelle, Darryl Sittler, Yvan Cournoyer, Bob Gainey, Bobby Hull, and Guy Lafleur.

1980s: Jari Kurri, Mike Gartner, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Peter Stastny, Denis Savard, Mark Messier, Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Borje Salming, Grant Fuhr, and Billy Smith.main_1-Stanley-Cup-Champions-16x20-Photo-Multi-Signed-by-10-with-Mario-Lemieux-Mark-Messier-Mike-Richter-Bobby-Hull-With-Inscriptions-Steiner-COA-PristineAuction.com

1990s: Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Leetch, Chris Chelios, Pavel Bure, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov, Peter Forsberg, Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux, Eric Lindros, Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, and Steve Yzerman.

2000s: Teemu Selanne, Chris Pronger, Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, and Martin Brodeur.

Active players: Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Jaromir Jagr.

Whew! Looking at that list makes your head feel like you’ve been checked into the boards, though honestly, if would have been an honor to have been an honor to been in a brawl with the likes of Howe or Hull!

In looking at that list it’s also easy to start salivating and maybe even lusting after some of those names to add them to a collection. It’s a daunting task, that’s for sure. We here at Pristine Auction always do our part to supply your collecting needs. We may be in the Arizona desert but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our ice hockey! Be sure to check out all of our auctions and see what signed items are waiting for you. We have new auctions starting each every day so be sure to bid early and often!

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Aaron Rodgers continues to take charge of the Green Bay Packers

It was no easy task for Aaron Rodgers to step out of Brett Favre’s shadow when he took over as the Green Bay Packer’s starting quarterback in 2008. A lot of guys might have failed … but not Rodgers. He quickly proved to be one of the best field generals in the NFL, and in his first season as a starter passed for 4,038 yards and threw for 28 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions.main_1-Bart-Starr-Brett-Favre-Aaron-Rodgers-Signed-Packers-Super-Bowl-Champion-Quarterbacks-24x36-Stretched-Canvas-Favre-COA-Fanatics-TriStar-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

Rodgers’ rise to greatness began in his native California with field heroics as a member of the Pleasant Valley High School football team. A two-year starter as quarterback, he accumulated 4,421 passing yards and set single-game records of six touchdowns and 440 all-purpose yards. In 2001, he set a single-season yardage record (2,466).

Moving on to the world of higher learning, he set or tied several career passing records at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, he tied the California Golden Bears’ record for 300-yard games at five and the next season set the school’s single game record for passing completion percentage (85.3%) — just two examples of his leadership.

It all caught the eyes of scouts, with the Pack selecting Rodgers in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. After backing up Favre for the first three years of his NFL career, Rodgers became Green Bay’s starter and in the 2010 postseason had 1,094 passing yards (the third player in NFL history to pass for over 1,000 yards in a single postseason) and set franchise records with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. More importantly, he led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, and followed it up by being named Associated Press Athlete of the Year (2011) and collecting two NFL MVP awards (2011, 2014). Rodgers got the Packers off to a 13-0 start in 2011, tying the NFC record for most consecutive games won to start a season, and had perhaps the greatest QB season ever by throwing for 4,643 yards with 45 touchdowns and six interceptions.

main_1-Aaron-Rodgers-Signed-Packers-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-Fanatics-PristineAuction.comDuring Week 16 of the 2016 regular season, Rodgers tied the NFL record for most seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes with four. In the game, Rodgers finished 28 of 38 for 347 yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown. What’s more, he set Packer regular season records for most 4,000-yard passing seasons (6), most completions in a season (374), and (with Jordy Nelson) most touchdowns by a quarterback/wide receiver combination with (59). Rodgers finished the 2016 campaign with 401 completions and 610 attempts (both career highs), a 65.7% completion percentage, 4,428 passing yards, 40 touchdown passes, seven interceptions, a passer rating of 104.2, 369 rushing yards (career-high), and four rushing touchdowns. With his 40 touchdown passes, he led the league in the statistic for the first time in his career and became one of only four quarterbacks to pass for at least 40 touchdowns in multiple seasons. Through the end of the season, Rodgers also counted six Pro Bowls (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2016) among his achievements.

Without a doubt, Rodgers’ skills have earned him a lot of admirers — even outside the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Pristine Auctions is always glad to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing authentically signed photographs, jerseys, footballs, helmets, and other items up for bid. Be sure to check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you today!main_1487951228-Aaron-Rodgers-Signed-Official-Super-Bowl-XLV-Game-Ball-Fanatics-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

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Meet 70-point man Devin Booker at our Pristine Auction office April 8!

main_1490248905-Devin-Booker-Autograph-Ticket-for-April-8th-Appearance-PristineAuction.comOn March 24, 2017, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker became the youngest player in NBA history to score more than 60 points in a game, and only the sixth player in hoops history to score 70 points in a game, when he hit that mark in a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

On April 8, fans will have the chance to meet Booker and get his autograph when he stops by the Pristine Auction office at 2320 W Peoria Avenue, Suite B142, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Booker attended Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi and played in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game before attending the University of Kentucky for one season. (In 38 games for Kentucky in 2014–15, Booker averaged 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.) The Suns selected him13th overall in the 2015 NBA draft.

The current season has been pretty good to Booker. His 70-point game not withstanding, Booker tied a then-career high 39 points in the January 12, 2017, game versus the Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City. His 28 fourth-quarter points set the Suns franchise record for most points in a quarter. (The record was previously held by Stephon Marbury, who had 26 in the fourth in 2002.) Two days later, also in Mexico City, Booker had a second straight 39-point effort in a 108–105 win over the San Antonio Spurs, thus becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record consecutive games of 39 or more points in the regular season. On January 24, he had 26 points versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, allowing him to lay claim to having scored at least 20 points in his 10th consecutive game. It set the longest such streak by a Suns player since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2008.

But it was that March game that cemented a spot for the 20 year old in the history books.

Booker joined HBA legends Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, and Kobe Bryant as the players to reach 70 in one game. It was the 11th 70-point game in NBA history. Booker finished 21-of-40 shooting overall, including 4-of-11 on 3-pointers, and 24-of-26 from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds and six assists in 45 minutes. He had the highest-scoring game in the NBA since Bryant scored 81 in January 2006. In case you were wondering, the Suns’ previous scoring record was held by Tom Chambers—he had 60 points in March 1990.

Tickets are $49 for any item (signature only) and $59 for any item with JSA Witness Authentication. Tickets are $74 for any item (signature with personalization or one inscription) and $85 for that item with JSA Witness Authentication. Just click this link  to purchase your ticket today!

This is a rare opportunity to add Booker’s signature to your collection. Be sure to click on the above link and get ready to meet basketball royalty!

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Pristine’s Elite Auction closes Sunday night!

main_1486060832-Babe-Ruth-Tony-Lazzeri-Signed-OAL-Baseball-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comMore than 500 items in Pristine Auction’s Elite Auction will close Sunday night, March 26. No need to fret … there’s still plenty of time to get your bid in on some of these spectacular items.

Got some spring training fever? Treat it with this OAL baseball signed black ink pen by New York Yankees Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (D 1948) and Tony Lazzeri (D 1946). The Bambino is also represented via a personal bank check dated March 13, 1940, and signed “G.H. Ruth.” Items signed by other Yankee legends include a Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2014 game-used road jersey, a Mariano Rivera Yankees 2011 game-used road jersey, a Yankees display featuring a jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle with the desirable addition of “No. 7”, and a Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio signed Charles Fazzino hand-painted 3D art baseball with Swarovski crystals!

If you’re waiting for baseball season to start only so it can end and we can get back to football, you’ll want to bid on our Walter Payton signed Chicago Bears throwback jersey with six inscriptions including “Sweetness” and “HOF 1993.” The Bears’ rival Green Bay Packers are represented by a Vince Lombardi signed 21″ x 27″ custom framed check display (the check is dated November 19, 1960). We also have the cornerstone of any true NFL collection: Junior Seau original 1994 NFLPA Mackey Award Trophy for AFC Linebacker of the Year! main_1-Kobe-Bryant-Signed-Lower-Merion-High-School-Jersey-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Our hoops action includes a remarkably rare team-issued Lower Merion High School jersey autographed by Kobe Bryant. The DeLong jersey, size 42, is hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Kobe and includes the personalized message: “To my girl Rach From your boy Kobe Bryant #33.” A very early full-name signature! There is also a Larry Bird and Magic Johnson signed 16” x 20” “NBA Finals” story photo with Magic’s lengthy handwritten thoughts on playing against Bird!

main_1488922494-1955-Topps-123-Sandy-Koufax-RC-PSA-8-OC-PristineAuction.comPlenty of other goodies are on deck, ranging from 41 rare and original Muhammad Ali unpublished photographs, a Wyland “Humpback Wave” Lucite table sculpture artist proof, Sandy Koufax’s 1955 Topps #123 rookie card, and a 2016 Gold American Eagle $50 30th Anniversary 1oz fine gold coin that’s been graded PCGS MS69.

Again, the clock’s ticking on these treasures, with the Elite Auction accepting bids only until Sunday night, March 26. Be sure to visit our website and place your bids right now!

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Chuck Berry, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney take centerstage in Pristine’s Elite Auction!

Imagine a concert featuring some of the biggest names in music history: Chuck Berry, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Steven Tyler, Bob Dylan, and on and on and on.main_1490220445-Chuck-Berry-Signed-Glen-Burton-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Pretty cool, right?

Pristine Auction may not be able to pull together such a star-studded show but we can bring you the next best thing — and auction filled with more than 500 signed pieces including countless items from the music world. The items are part of our Elite Auction, which ends Sunday evening, March 26.

We were all a little shocked by the recent passing of rock pioneer Chuck Berry. In the 1950s, he developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock-and-roll music … well, rock-and-roll music! His guitar solos and showmanship influenced not only his contemporaries but the generations of rockers who followed. We’re honored to offer a Glen Burton “Chuck Berry style” semi-hollowbody 335 style full-size electric guitar autographed on the pickguard in black felt-tip pen by the man himself. It’s worth noting that this is a rare full signature not found all that often on a guitar.

main_1488409542-Takamine-Acoustic-Guitar-Signed-by-4-with-Timothy-B-Schmit-Don-Henley-Glenn-Frey-Joe-Walsh-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comOnce you imagine that beauty hanging on your wall, you’ll want fill the remaining void with even more signed guitars! We’ve got you covered. How about a full-size Takamine G-Series acoustic guitar signed by The Eagles bandmates Don Henley, Glenn Frey (D 2016), Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh. There is also an electric guitar signed by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, a Steven Tyler signed “Aerosmith” Huntington acoustic guitar, a Carrie Underwood signed DeRosa acoustic guitar, and a Tom Petty signed electric guitar pickguard.main_1488489876-Madonna-Ciccone-Signed-Confident-Document-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Document lovers will love the “confidential” document in which Madonna consents to change attorneys. The 1987 document is signed “Madonna Ciccone Penn.” This is a very rare signature given the short time that Madonna and Sean Penn were married (1985 – 1989). Then we have a donation form from Fly by Night Entertainment that’s hand-signed in red ink by Bob Dylan along with an inscription of the date “2/29/84.” Bob Dylan’s autograph is exceedingly rare! We also offer a Certificate of Recording Contract for the movie “Poetic Justice” signed in black ink by Tupac Shakur (D. 1996).

main_1487088715-Jimmy-Page-and-Robert-Plant-Signed-23-x-34-Vintage-Led-Zeppelin-Poster-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comOther amazing signed artifacts include a vintage 23″ x 34″ Led Zeppelin poster signed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and a custom-framed The Monkees drumhead that has been hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Davy Jones (D 2012), Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork. What makes this piece unique is that Nesmith, who until quite recently has been a reluctant signer and still hasn’t seemed to fully embrace his Monkees roots, has added “Hey Hey We’re The Monkees.”

Album collectors need to see the Beatles “In the Beginning” LP signed by Paul McCartney, as well as albums and displays autographed by Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Graham Nash, B.B. King, Alice Cooper, and Vince Neal.

If a simple photo by a music legend is all you desire, we’ve got you covered this month, too. Images signed by The Boss — Bruce Springsteen, guitar legend Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and rapper Kanye West  are all up for grabs.

Remember, bidding ends Sunday evening so make sure you visit the main Pristine Auction website to get your bid in right now!

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Talent plus a little luck brings Kyle Schwarber a World Series ring

Some athletes are talented. Some athletes are lucky. And some athletes seem fortunate enough to fall into both categories. Chicago Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber is one such athlete.main_1-Kyle-Schwarber-Signed-Rawlings-Big-Stick-Baseball-Bat-Schwartz-COA-MLB-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

Cub fans seemed to fall in love with Schwarber from his first day with the team. A standout player during his days at Indiana University (where he was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association), Kyle was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft and a year later was playing on Chicago’s North Side. What solidified fans’ love affair with their young catcher was a spectacular home run in Game 4 of the 2015 National League Division Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals. In the NLDS, Schwarber helped the Cubs to a 3-1 series victory with two home runs, including that aforementioned mammoth shot that landed on top of the new Wrigley Field scoreboard in right field. The ball was removed during the 2015-16 off season to prevent theft but was encased in Plexiglas and returned “to where it landed.”

Although the Cubs didn’t advance to the World Series in 2015, fans waited to see what magic Schwarber would perform in 2016. In true Cubs fashion, that enthusiasm was short-lived as he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg following a collision in only his second game of the season, sidelining him for the rest of the regular season. Despite being injured, there were many trade rumors surrounding Schwarber during the season, though team management and fans continued to stand by his side. As the Cubs made their way to the postseason and eventually to the World Series, an unexpectedly fast recovery made the return of Schwarber increasingly more of a possibility.

main_jpgWhether it was a miracle or just a shell game by the Cubbies, Schwarber made a surprise appearance on the Arizona Fall League roster as the Cubs played Game 6 of the NLCS. The Cubs added Schwarber to their roster for the 2016 World Series, and started him in Game 1 as their designated hitter. Schwarber hit a double off the right-field wall in the 4th inning of Game 1, becoming the first position player in baseball history to get his first hit of the season during the World Series. (Because he was not medically cleared to play on defense, Kyle only made appearances as a pinch or designated hitter.) During the Fall Classic he had seven hits, including one double, two RBIs, and one stolen base while batting for a .412 batting average and maintaining a .500 on-base percentage.

Oh … and the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to claim the Cubs’ first World Series championship in 108 years!

Having been part of Cubs team that succeeded where more than a century’s worth of players had failed, coupled with that home run blast, Schwarber remains a popular figure with fans and his autograph remains in high demand. Pristine Auctions always tries to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing signed photographs, jerseys, baseballs, and other items up for bid. Please check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you today!

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Babe Ruth signed check up for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction

Imagine having a Babe Ruth autograph in your collection. If that was the case, it would certainly be the centerpiece … and rightfully so.

Now imagine having not only his signature but one on a rare and unusual item. Can you picture it? Can’t you just see that wonderful image in your mind?

Luckily you don’t have to use much too much imagination to conjure up such an exquisite piece. Just head over to our Elite Auction this month and bid on it!

main_1486067235-Babe-Ruth-Signed-Personal-Bank-Check-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.comThis fabulous cancelled payment check, dated March 13, 1940, is payable to St. Albans Golf Course in the amount of $20.92 and was drawn on Chemical Bank of New York. It has been neatly signed by Babe Ruth (with a formal “G. H. Ruth”) on the appropriate line.

It’s worth noting that what makes this document so special, aside from the obvious. This is not one of Ruth’s personal checks (which would have had a pre-printed name on it). Instead, this is what was known back in the day as a counter check — a blank check that was provided by merchants to move along payment if a customer was short of cash. As such, all of the information on the front of the offered check is handwritten, including the name of the bank on which it was to be drawn. Counter checks were quite common until the 1940s, when bank processing methods were revised. This 8.25” x 3.25” document is definitely a rare and unusual Ruth-signed beauty!

By the way, it’s also encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the Ruth signature graded NM-MT 8!main_1486067236-Babe-Ruth-Signed-Personal-Bank-Check-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.com

Of course, Ruth’s love of golf has been well documented. (It ranked right up there with his love of baseball, kids, food, and drink — quite a crowded field!) The St. Albans Golf Course in Queens, New York, was the place to be for many rich and famous golfers. It was also one of Ruth’s favorite places to hang out, particularly after his retirement. That connection makes this a very unique collectible.

This is a fantastic example of baseball royalty and is one of more than 500 items currently up for bid in our Elite Auction. Be sure to visit the website today, as bidding ends March 26!

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Is there anything Clayton Kershaw can’t do?

The title of this blog entry doesn’t pull any punches. Seriously … is there anything Los Angeles Dodgers pitching phenomenon Clayton Kershaw can’t do? The guy’s only 28 years old and he’s already accomplished more than some pitchers do in their entire career.main_1-Clayton-Kershaw-Signed-Dodgers-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-PSA-COA-PristineAuction.com

Of course, what should we expect from a guy who was an elite high school prospect in 2006? Ever wonder why he was selected by USA Today as High School Baseball Player of the Year”or as the Gatorade National Player of the Year for baseball? Maybe because in 2006 he posted a 13–0 record with a 0.77 earned run average (ERA). Or maybe because in a playoff game he pitched an all-strikeout perfect game, striking out all 15 batters he faced in the game, which was shortened because of the mercy rule.

Whatever you want to cite as the reason, he caught the attention of more than one baseball scout. But it was the Los Angeles Dodgers who selected Kershaw in the 1st round (7th overall) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Kershaw spent a single season in the Minor Leagues before being called up in 2008 as a 20 year old – the youngest player in the Major Leagues for the entire year. His 2011 campaign proved to be his breakout year as he won the pitching Triple Crown with a league-leading 21 wins, 248 strikeouts, and a 2.28 ERA and easily captured the National League Cy Young Award, won his first Gold Glove, and earned his first All-Star Game selection. (By the way, he was the youngest pitcher to win the Pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young Award.) Kershaw was also named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.

Okay, the guy is a monster on the mound. But … how is he off the field? Just as awesome, that’s how he is. He created a foundation appropriately named Kershaw’s Challenge, a Christ-centered, others-focused organization whose participants pledge to use whatever talent they have “to make a difference and give back to people in need.” For that, he was named the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner – presented to the player who combines good play with strong work in the community.

main_2-Clayton-Kershaw-Signed-Dodgers-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-PSA-COA-PristineAuction.comIn 2013 as he once again led the NL in ERA (1.83) and strikeouts (232) to capture his second NL Cy Young Award in three years. Kershaw confounded hitters in 2014 as he led the National League in ERA (1.77) for a fourth straight year while also topping all NL pitchers with 21 wins, a .875 winning percentage (going 21-3), and posting six complete games as he won his second straight NL Cy Young and his third (2011, 2013, 2014) in four years. He also became the first pitcher since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley  in 1992 to win the Cy Young and the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. Kershaw made his sixth straight opening day start in 2016 as the Dodgers won 15–0, and last season set an MLB record with six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no more than one walk and a club record with six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts. Sidelined for much of last season with back trouble, Kershaw managed to start 21 games and post a 12–4 record and 1.69 ERA. He also struck out 172 batters with only 11 walks. Through 2016, the six-time All-Star has gone 126-60 with 1,918 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA.

Kershaw is always popular target for autograph hunters during spring training here in Arizona. For those unable to make it to the Cactus League or not fortunate to secure a signature on their own, Pristine Auction is ready to cater to your Clayton Kershaw with a regular sampling of authentically signed memorabilia. Be sure to check out our website for the special offerings up for bid right now!

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