Pristine brings you some “entertaining” items during our Weekly Auction

With so much going on in the world these days, sometimes it’s a good idea to just kick back and relax with a good movie or binge-watching your favorite TV show. What better way to enjoy your favorite form of entertainment than with a piece of memorabilia.

This week, Pristine Auction brings you a ton of authentically signed merchandise from Hollywood’s elite stars.

main_1495821633-Charlie-Sheen-Signed-Major-League-Vaughn-Indians-Jersey-PSA-COA-PristineAuction.comWith baseball in full swing, not every fan can boast that their team is at the top of their game season. So why not catch up with the Cleveland Indians as portrayed in 1989’s “Major League.” While doing so you may as well also enjoy bidding on a Charlie Sheen (aka Ricky Vaughn) signed “Major League” “Wild Thing” 35″ x 43″ custom framed jersey. We also have the same style of Indians jersey, also signed, but unframed, as well as a Rawlings baseball bat.

As you take a vacation from reality, don’t forget to first bid on this “National Lampoon’s Vacation” full script autographed by Clark Griswold himself, Chevy Chase. Chase also has autographed a 12” x 20″ “Caddyshack” gopher logo Bushwood flag.

If a country club lifestyle (even a fictitious one) isn’t quite your style and you prefer to kick back with a couple of good ol’ boys, then might we suggest looking at our collection of items signed by them Duke boys from Hazzard County, Georgia. Yup, Bo and Luke … plus cousin Daisy … have autographed some pretty cool pieces including a “General Lee” jersey with “DUKES on the front and “GENERAL LEE” and “01 on the back and sleeves. Actors Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, and John Schneider added their character names. The trio also signed a “Dukes of Hazzard” 18″ x 21″ parking sign with six inscriptions as well as a very cool 16×20 photo  also with multiple

Pristine Auctions is ready to take bidders to the future, as well. Even back to the future … via a Michael J. Fox signed “Back to the Future II” DeLorean model. Fans looking for space (that final frontier) need to get bidding on our collection of items signed by none other than Captain James Tiberius Kirk … William Shatner! These include a 16×20 photo, a 23.5″ x 31.25″ photo on canvas, and an elaborate 35″ x 43″ custom framed gold captain’s tunic.

Fans of another sci-fi franchise should sense a disturbance in the Force if they’re outbid on our “Star Wars” that include a David Prowse signed “The Empire Strikes Back” 11” x 14” image inscribed “Dave Prowse Darth Vader”, an officially licensed Star Wars/Disney adult Darth Vader costume (which includes a jumpsuit with molded pieces, belt, cape and mask) that is hand-signed and inscribed by Spencer Wilding who plays Darth Vader in “Rogue One.” You may also want to visit our Daily, Classic, and Elite auctions for more killer Star Wars items including a 1977 Star Wars 19.5″ x 23.5″ framed photo display signed by Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Peter Mayhew, a lightsaber signed by Mark Hamill, and a Daisy Ridley signed “The Force Awakens” 10” x 16” image.

Make it a point while your relaxing to head over to the Weekly Auction and see our more than 1,400 items up for bid through Tuesday, June 6. With all these items we’ve already mentioned, as well as pieces such as a Chris Pratt signed “Guardians of the Galaxy” 11×14 photo, Ray Liotta signed “Goodfellas” 11×14 photo, a Francis Ford Coppola signed “The Godfather Part II” full script, and a Linda Blair signed “The Exorcist” 8×10 photo playfully inscribed “You Make My Head Spin”, you’re going to find something you love at Pristine Auction!

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“Pistol Pete” Maravich — one of the NBA’s greatest offensive forces of all time

It’s been nearly 30 years since “Pistol Pete” Maravich’s shocking and definitely untimely passing. Since then, the demand for the Hall of Famer’s autograph has only continued to grow as new fans are introduced to his offensive greatness, certainly aided by his being named to the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History” list in 1996.

main_1492451624-Pete-Pistol-Pete-Maravich-Signed-Custom-Hand-Painted-Basketball-Limited-Edition-1-1-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comMaravich was the son of college basketball coach “Press” Maravich, who taught him the game. The young Maravich attended high school in North Carolina and South Carolina, and joined his high school’s varsity basketball team a year before he was old enough to attend the institution. (It was in high school that he received his “Pistol Pete” nickname, a nod to his on-the-court shooting style that reminded many of an Old West cowboy drawing a revolver from a holster. Upon graduation, he attended Louisiana State University where he played for his father on the LSU Tigers basketball team.

Maravich set numerous school and NCAA records in his three seasons at LSU, including the NCAA career scoring record (3,667). In 1970, Pistol Pete averaged 44.5 points per games earning him the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, Helms Foundation, UPI, AP, USBWA, and Sporting News Player of the Year awards.

The Atlanta Hawks selected Pete as the third overall pick of the 1970 NBA Draft. For those of us who remember his early days in the league, we recall that he wasn’t stellar … but he did have his moments. He was good enough to earn a spot on the 1971 NBA All-Rookie First Team, and eventually settled down and earned two All-Star Game selections.

In 1974, Atlanta sent Maravich packing. He found himself traded to a new NBA franchise, the New Orleans Jazz. The young Jazz was nothing to write home about, but Maravich didn’t care. During the the 1976-77 regular season, he led the NBA in field goal attempts (2,047), free throws (501), and total points (2,273). Pete earned three more All-Star selections in New Orleans as well as two All-NBA First Team

He spent six years calling the Big Easy home (as well as the less exciting Utah) before the Boston Celtics claimed the often injured Maravich off waivers in 1980. It was Maravich’s last chance at a championship ring, but the Celts lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Having been slowed by knee injuries, Pistol Pete finally retired at the end of the 1979-80 season. He finished his career with 15,948 points, 2,767 rebounds, 3,563 assists, 3,564 free throws and 6,187 field goals, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 (becoming the youngest player ever enshrined).

It was a fitting end to an impressive career, but Maravich and his fans scarcely had a chance to enjoy what life as a Hall of Famer could have brought. Maravich, we sadly learned, suffered from an undetected congenital heart defect and died after suffering a heart attack during a pickup basketball game in 1988. He was only 40 years old.

main_1492451625-Pete-Pistol-Pete-Maravich-Signed-Custom-Hand-Painted-Basketball-Limited-Edition-1-1-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comAlthough he was a popular player prior to becoming a Hall of Famer, Pistol Pete also was a very difficult signer and would regularly turn down autograph requests received through the mail and in person. His signature can therefore be tough to find. We collectors do have some hope, however, as in the mid-1980s, as part of his religious faith, he became more open to connecting with others and embraced signing autographs.

Although it remains elusive to some, Pristine Auctions always tries to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing fabulous items up for bid. Please check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you right now!

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Throughout his career Mario Lemieux showed Penguins fans why he’s “Super Mario”

For parts of 17 seasons from the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux showed the hockey world why he was “Le Magnifique” (“The Magnificent One”) or, as some preferred to call him — “Super Mario.” It’s no surprise that an autograph from “66” is a must-have part of any collection.

main_1478295004-Mario-Lemieux-1985-86-Topps-9-RC-BCCG-10-PristineAuction.comLemieux spent his entire professional career with Pittsburgh, and holds the distinction of being the only player in NHL history to score five goals in five different ways (even-strength, a power play, a shorthanded, a penalty shot, and an empty net goal) in a single game — a feat he accomplished on New Year’s Eve 1988 in a game against the New Jersey Devils.

He also managed to overcome numerous — and frightening — ailments including spinal disc herniation, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic tendinitis of a hip-flexor muscle, and chronic back pain so severe that other people had to tie his skates. He retired two different times over the course of his career due to these health issues: first in 1997 after battling lymphoma (he returned in 2000), and for a second and final time in 2006, after being diagnosed with an atrial fibrillation. He also missed the entire 1994–95 season due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Lemieux was one of the most highly touted junior players in league history as he starred for the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for three seasons, scoring an 247 goals and 315 assists in 200 games. In 1984, the Penguins were (to be blunt) B-A-D bad. They were hoping to turn all of that around when they selected Mario as the number-one overall pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He made an immediate impact on the Pens lineup, scoring his first NHL goal on the first shot of his first shift of his first game and going on to post the third-highest rookie point total in NHL history (100) and captured the 1985 Calder Trophy.

Lemieux led the NHL three times in goals, assists and shorthanded goals, six times in total points, twice in power play points, and once in even strength goals and plus/minus. Lemieux’s career was loaded with accolades and awards such as three Hart Trophies, NHL Most Valuable Player (1988, 1993, 1996), and the Art Ross Trophy (the league’s top point scorer – 1988-1989, 1992-1993, 1996). His best year came in the 1988-89 season when he led the league with 85 goals and 114 assists for a career high 199 points.

That spinal disc herniation as well as the Hodgkin’s disease diagnosis forced his early retirement in 1993. Lemieux underwent treatment for the disease, eventually driving it into remission. Following his last radiation treatment, Lemieux flew to Philadelphia to play against the Philadelphia Flyers that night, registering an assist and receiving a well-deserved standing ovation from the Philly crowd. He led the Penguins to 17 consecutive wins and the franchise’s first President’s Trophy that season as the NHL’s leader in points.

Mario retired again in 1997 and was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame that same year. He became the ninth player to be honored with induction prior to the NHL’s mandatory three-year waiting

In 1999, Mario purchased the Penguins organization, determined to turn the club around and rebuilding the proud franchise. In 2000, Mario returned to the NHL and the Penguins on a limited basis, scoring 35 goals and 41 assists in 43 games.

He played his entire career with the Penguins (1985-1997, 2000-2006) and is the first NHL player to become an owner of a club. He was named to five NHL All-Star First Teams and appeared in ten NHL All-Star Games. As if that wasn’t enough for one guy, Lemieux also won three gold medals in the 2004 World Cup, the 1987 Canada Cup, and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

In 2009, his Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Finals and dispatched the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to claim the franchise’ third Stanley Cup Championship. They captured the cup again in 2016 and currently are facing the Nashville Predators in the hopes of bringing home Lord Stanley’s Cup once again.

As we’ve said, an autograph from Mario Lemieux is something you have to have if you’re going to call yourself a hockey fan. Pristine Auction is ready to help hockey fans add his signature to their collection. Be sure to look at all of our auctions for the chance to bid on some truly incredible pieces signed by the Penguins icon plus a cavalcade of other stars!

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2014 Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson visits Pristine Auction

Stock car racer Kyle Larson is an up-and-comer on the race scene, and Pristine Auction is here to make his autograph available to collectors!

A California native, Larson attended his first race with his parents a week after he was born and began racing at the tender age of 7 in outlaw karts in Northern California. By the time he was a teenager, he raced open-wheel cars, including United States Auto Club (USAC) midget, Silver Crown, and sprint cars.

main_1493246570-Kyle-Larson-Signed-NASCAR-Limited-Edition-11x14-Photo-42-PA-COA-PristineAuction.comIn 2012, Larson made his debut in NASCAR’s national touring series and in 2013 moved full-time to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Currently, Larson competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series (driving the No. 42 Chevrolet SS for Chip Ganassi Racing), part-time in the Xfinity Series (driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for CGR), and part-time in the Camping World Truck Series (driving the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing).

He was named the 2012 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year and champion, and is also the 2013 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as an overall winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona. What’s more, Larson also holds the distinction of having been the 2014 Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

main_1490140403-Kyle-Larson-Signed-NASCAR-Custom-Stitched-42-Jersey-PA-COA-PristineAuction.comWhile visiting our Arizona offices, Larson signed a variety of merchandise including jerseys and photographs. Please visit our home page to bid on these pieces and all of our unique memorabilia, brought to you every day by Pristine Auction!

All of our Kyle Larson autographs are accompanied by an official Pristine Authentic tamper proof hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes.

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Bo knows the fans still remember the two-sport superstar

main_1495580716-Bo-Jackson-Signed-Raiders-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-JSA-COA-Jackson-Hologram-PristineAuction.comSome people wonder what it must be like to excel in baseball or football. To be a hero on the diamond or the gridiron. To make a name for himself and be remembered by the fans long after they’ve hung up their cleats.

No one can fathom what it’s like to excel at BOTH sports.

Unless you’re Bo Jackson.

Who can forget Bo Jackson, that mountain of a man who amazed us in the 1980s and early 1990s by becoming one of the few athletes to be Amed an All-Star in two major sports — and the only one to have those successful professional athletic pursuits be baseball and football.

Arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, Jackson was a two-sport athlete in college and won the 1985 Heisman Trophy while playing for Auburn University (after having already rejected a second-round selection by the New York Yankees in the 1982 Major League Draft). He finished his career at Auburn with 4,675 all-purpose yards and 45 touchdowns. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted him first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft but following a disagreement with the team was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders. As Bo had already opted to play ball for the Kansas City Royals, which selected him in the fourth round of the 1986 amateur draft, the Raiders allowed him to play the entire baseball season with the Royals and then report to the Raiders when the reason was

He reported to the Raiders as a running back beginning in Week 8 of the regular season, rushing for 554 yards on only 81 carries his rookie season in the NFL. He then made his way to the big leagues for the start of the 1987 campaign, and was selected for the American League All-Star team and named the game’s MVP. In 1989 with the Raiders, he rushed for 950 yards, but a 1991 hip injury ended Jackson’s NFL career, leaving him with 2,782 career rushing yards, his Heisman, a 1990 Pro Bowl spot, and in 1985 the Walter Camp Award, Chick Harley Award, and Sporting News Player of the Year Award.

He went onto play 23 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1991 and 85 games for the Southsiders in 1993. He ended his baseball career with the California Angels during the strike-shortened 1994 season. In eight seasons he amassed 141 home runs 415 RBIs, and a .250 batting average.

Jackson remains a popular figure among collectors. Even non-sports fans probably recognize Jackson from his 1989-1990 Nike advertising campaign that proudly proclaimed: “Bo Knows!” The shirtless image of him in football shoulder pads and a baseball bat across his shoulders is a part of countless collections.

Pristine Auctions always tries to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing signed photographs, jerseys, baseballs, 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!

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Pristine Auction brings sports fans basketballs signed by some of the game’s all-time greats including MJ and Kobe!

When Dr. James Naismith came up with a little game he dubbed “basketball” back in 1891, he undoubtedly never thought it would become a sport played by more than 300 million people worldwide.

main_1-Bernard-King-Patrick-Ewing-Carmelo-Anthony-Willis-Reed-Walt-Frazier-Earl-Monroe-Signed-I-O-NBA-Brown-Basketball-w-Knicks-Legends-Insc-PristineAuction.comIn fact, we wonder if he wondered whether it would ever catch on at all. a Naismith was teaching physical education at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (now known as Springfield College) in Massachusetts when he was suddenly in deed of an indoor game to keep his class active on a rainy day. He also figured he could use the game during New England winters, which often begin in September and last until the following September. (Okay … New England winters aren’t that bad but if you’re reading this on the East Coast or have ever lived there, you know exactly what we mean).

Using a soccer ball and a peach basket, Naismith established the original 13 rules for the game. (In an ongoing effort to make life more complicated, the NBA rule book currently features 66 pages!)

No matter, the game has taken on a life of its own. Whether being played on a gymnasium’s wooden floor, a local school’s or park district’s painted cement, or just your driveway, every kid has spent some part of his or her life pretending to the next Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Wilt Chamberlain.

Regardless of your own personal ball-handling skill, this month Pristine’s Elite Auction offers you a chance to be a hardcourt Hall of Famer in the collectibles world with some out of this world leather.

main_jpgFor example, we have more than one example of basketball signed by arguably the greatest basketball player of all time — Michael Jordan.

Among the Jordan items are a Spalding NBA indoor/outdoor basketball hand-signed in silver paint pen and a signed limited edition 50th Anniversary official NBA game ball. MJ spent most of his legendary career with the Chicago Bulls and ended with a short stint with the Washington Wizards. He is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan ended his career with six NBA Championships, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, five NBA MVP Awards, 14 All-Star Game selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, and was the NBA Scoring Champion 10 times.

We also give you a chance to bid on a Spalding Indoor/Outdoor basketball hand-signed in silver paint pen by late great Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, who died in 1999. Wilt the Stilt is still widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history, and is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season.

The Elite Auction also has a full-size Spalding Game Ball Series basketball signed by Kobe Bryant, as well as a hand-signed limited edition basketball inscribed “5x Champ” and autographed by Very few athletes in the history of sports can claim they’ve won five championships, and even fewer can claim they’ve won five NBA titles. Kobe Bryant is among this elite group of

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for you, let us present a New York Knicks NBA basketball signed by six legends: Bernard King, Patrick Ewing, Carmelo Anthony, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and Earl Monroe. Five of the six are also Hall of Famers!

As you probably already know, these are just a sample of the more than 600 exquisite items that are up for bid in Pristine’s Elite Auction this month. Bidding continues until Sunday, May 28!

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Colts Memorial Stadium seat signed by Johnny Unitas is featured in our Classic Auction

Johnny Unitas was one of the NFL’s first real “stars” and is still widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He played 18 seasons in the league (all but one for the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts) during which football faithful gathered in often inclement Maryland and Indiana weather and settled into seats like the one offered in Pristine’s Classic Auction this week.

Oh but there’s something special about this seat.

main_1494431215-Johnny-Unitas-Signed-Baltimore-Colts-Memorial-Stadium-Full-Stadium-Seat-19-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comYou are looking at a GORGEOUS original seat from Memorial Stadium in Baltimore which has been hand signed by Johnny Unitas! What adds to this already rare item is the fact that this stadium seat #19 … Johnny Unitas’ number that he wore during his NFL career! (The stadium seat includes an official James Spence Authentication hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.)

We can only imagine the excited bottoms who once occupied this seat thinking the same thing you’re thinking right now … “Wow! How cool I’m in #19 watching #19!”

So what made Unitas so special to so many fans? After all, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted their hometown boy in the ninth round of the 1955 NFL Draft immediately cut him due to an overabundance of quarterbacks in their system. In fact, the Steelers and other NFL teams felt that Unitas lacked the intelligence to run an offense in the NFL.

But he showed them.

Unitas signed with the Colts on a make-the-team basis as a back up and finally got an opportunity to play after starter George Shaw broke his leg in the fourth game of the 1956 season. Unitas never willingly relinquished the quarterback position. Teaming up with Hall of Famers like Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry and Alan Ameche throughout the 1950s, the Colts marched to two consecutive NFL League Championships in 1958 and 1959. After leading the league with 193 pass completions on 367 attempts for 2,899 passing yards and 32 touchdowns, Johnny earned his first of three NFL Most Valuable Player Awards. (He also won the award in 1964 and 1967.)

As any diehard football fan can tell you, the 1958 NFL League Championship Game against the New York Giants cemented Unitas’ legacy as a field general as he guided the Colts to a come-from-behind game-tying drive in the final minutes of regulation. The Colts won the game in the first-ever sudden death overtime victory in NFL postseason history as an estimated 45 million people watched the nationally televised contest.

From 1957-1963, Johnny led the NFL in pass completions three times and four times in passing attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes. Johnny Unitas was named to ten NFL Pro Bowl appearances and was a six-time NFL All-Pro First Team selection. In 1970, he led the Colts back to the “Promised Land” as they captured Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13. In 1970, he was named the NFL Man of the Year. Unitas played 18 years for the Baltimore Colts (1956-1972) and the San Diego Chargers (1973). Unitas retired atop most offensive categories amassing 40,239 passing yards on 2,830 pass completions in 5,186 attempts. He threw for 290 touchdowns against 253 interceptions and scored a total of 78 points on 13 rushing touchdowns. He also held what many consider one of the greatest records in NFL history, having thrown touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games.

Johnny Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and passed away in 2002.

This stadium seat is one of the thousands of items available in the Classic Auction. Bidding on our items concludes Wednesday, May 24.

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Football Hall of Fame bronze bust collector card set tackles Pristine’s Classic Auction

main_1.commain_.comThere is cool, and then there’s “Holy cow did you see this!” cool.

One of our Classic Auction items this week definitely falls into the latter category.

Nestled among the more than 4,400 items in the Classic Auction (which ends Wednesday, May 24, by the way) is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Bronze Bust Collector Card Set signed by more than 147 Canton inductees.

The time, money, and effort one would need to put into creating this set on their own would be outrageous. Actually … come to think of it … it would be IMPOSSIBLE to amass this identical collection in person as some of the signers have since passed away or make infrequent card show appearances If you want it, this very well may be your only chance to acquire such a phenomenal piece of NFL history!

main_14.comThis limited edition Bronze Bust Collector Card set includes (260) hand-numbered cards depicting, in stunning high-resolution photography, the sculpted bronze portrait bust of each Hall of Fame member. More than (135) collector cards in each set are hand-signed by Hall of Famers, including Joe Montana, John Elway, Barry Sanders, John Madden, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Dan Marino, Herb Aderly, Lance Alworth, Lem Barney, Bobby Bell, Raymond Berry, Elvin Betha, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Mel Blount, Bob Brown, Willie Brown, Nick Buoniconti, Dick Butkus, Harry Carson, Dave Casper, Willie Davis, Len Dawson, Fred Dean, Dan Dierdorf, Tony Dorsett, Warren Moon, Jim Kelly, Art Donovan, and countless others. The set comes in a high quality display binder.

The lot includes an official Pro Football Hall of Fame hologram and matching COA for authenticity

Did we mention how this may be a once-in-a-lifetime shot to acquire a signed collection of this magnitude? Oh good! Then what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking so head over to our main page and place your bid today! Bidding on our Classic Auction items concludes Wednesday, May 24.

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Joe Montana and Dwight Clark signed Candlestick Park seatback with hand-drawn “The Catch” play!


It was a play for the ages. More than 35 years after it happened, “The Catch”  is still “the catch” by which all other miracle NFL plays are compared.

In case football isn’t your thing, or if you haven’t had a chance to read a newspaper or watch any highlights since the early 1980s … “The Catch” simply refers to the winning touchdown pass in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that played between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 10, 1982, during the 1981–82 NFL playoffs. This was a catch to end all catches. With 58 seconds left in the game, San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone to complete a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Montana, enabling the 49ers to defeat the Cowboys, 28–27.

When Montana took the snap, the play (known as Sprint Right Option) was intended to be a pick-play to set up a quick pass to wide receiver Freddie Solomon. However, Solomon slipped while running his route, ruining the timing of the play. Montana backpedaled and threw a high pass to the back of the end zone that seemed destined to sail out of bounds … until Clark made a leaping touchdown grab with his fingertips to tie the game with less than a minute left. The ensuing extra point by kicker Ray Wersching gave the 49ers the ultimate win.

As we’ve already noted, that single catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in football history. Much to the chagrin of Cowboys fans, the game also represented the end of the Cowboys’ domination in the NFC — a stranglehold held since the conference’s inception in 1970 — and the beginning of the 49ers’ rise as an NFL dynasty in the 1980s.

This month’s Elite Auction features a spectacular piece of sports memorabilia: a Candlestick Park orange seatback  hand-signed in black felt tip pen by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his intended target, Dwight Clark. Clark has carefully drawn the play, and added “The Catch” along with the final score and the date of the game. Montana has added three of his own memorable inscriptions beneath his autograph.

This special memento is only one of the more than 600 exquisite items being offered in Pristine’s Elite Auction this month. Bidding continues until Sunday, May 28!

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Pristine brings a desirable Mickey Mantle signed bat to May’s Elite Auction

main_1491512581-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Player-Model-Louisville-Slugger-Baseball-Bat-JSA-PristineAuction.comMickey Mantle. There aren’t many names that are more recognizable in the baseball world than the one belonging to that fair-haired lad from Oklahoma, who went on to become a New York Yankees legend.

For collectors, his autograph fall into the “must have” category. Thanks to the card show circuit of the 1980s and 1990s, fans who weren’t even born when Mantle roamed Yankee Stadium’s outfield were able to secure a signature on a photograph or a baseball.

The one item that remained elusive, however, was a signed baseball bat.

Whether it was viewed as an inconvenience to sign or (as some in the hobby have maintained) a bizarre competition between Mantle and another Bronx Bomber legend — Joe DiMaggio — “The Mick” routinely refused to pen his name to bats during those signing heydays.

Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule.This month, Pristine Auction is proud to have obtained a bat signed by No. 7.

The Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Slugger signature model baseball bat is hand-signed in felt tip pen by Mantle. His signature has been placed beneath the H&B stampings. For the lucky original recipient of this lumber (as well as its future owner), it proudly displays not only Mantle’s name but also the desirable addition of his jersey number!

The autograph includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

This bat is one of the more than 600 unique pieces that are available for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction through Sunday, May 28. Be sure to bid early and often!

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