Stars of the Speedway demonstrate their signing talents in this sizzling collection. Centered on the rousing Indy 500 racing event, dozens of open-wheel circuit daredevils have applied their sought after endorsements to a variety of vintage 1974-1983 materials with average (“7-9”, 20% lesser) potency. Lot highlight is a 1983 A&S Racing complete card set of (50) with (25) signed including (8) race winners. Auction LOA from JSA. Detailed description on our website.
This lot comes from the personal collection of Dick Luther, a venerable Wisconsin basketball coach who has associated with and befriended countless athletes over the years. One of four Luther lots in our current auction, these vintage original materials are being offered for the first time as the coach is liquidating his lifetime collection. Please see the Other Sports-Auto Racing, Baseball Cards-Sets & Near Sets and Basketball-Autographs categories for the other three lots.
The complete list of included items is as follows:
1983 A&S Racing complete card set of (50) average (VG-EX to EX) with (25) signed including: (8) Indy 500 race winners: #1 Rick Mears, #21 Johnny Rutherford, #26 Danny Sullivan, #33 Mario Andretti, #34 Bobby Rahal, #43 Al Unser Jr, #47 Tom Sneva, #49 Gordon Johncock; and (17) qualifiers: #4 Chris Kneifel, #5 Chip Ganassi, #6 “Howdy” Holmes, #7 Steve Krisiloff, #8 “Pancho” Carter, #11 Geoff Brabham, #14 Herm Johnson, #15 Spike Gehlhausen, #16 Steve Chassey, #17 Pete Halsmer, #18 Kevin Gogan, #19 Teo Fabi, #24 George Snider, #29 Josele Garza, #37 Phil Krueger, #50 Dick Simon and #51 Gary Bettenhausen. *This set is complete to #51 as no card #13 was produced owing to the superstition that 13 is an unlucky.
1974 Indianapolis 500 yearbook (GD) signed by (26) throughout with keys: Mario Andretti, (2) Gordon Johncock, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser; and “rookie class”: Tom Bigelow, Larry “Boom Boom” Cannon, “Pancho” Carter and Johnny Parsons
1981 Indianapolis 500 yearbook (VG) signed throughout by (6) with: Mario Andretti, George Bignotti, “Howdy” Holmes, Jerry Karl, Danny Ongais and Bobby Rahal
1982 Indianapolis 500 yearbook 10th Anniversary edition (VG) signed throughout by (26) with keys: Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Rick Mears, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and Johnny Rutherford
5/29/83 67th Indianapolis 500 program (VG-EX) signed throughout by (32) with keys: Gordon Johncock, Jim McKay (ABC announcer), Bobby Rahal, Johnny Rutherford, Tom Sneva, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr and Bobby Unser
(2) Multi-signed scrapbook pages with a 5/26/74 Indy 500 program cover and a magazine page (both adhered to rigid album leaves) with (49) total signatures including keys: Bill Alsop, Tom Bigelow, Duane Carter, Jerry Karl, Gordon Smiley and Danny Sullivan
(3) Unsigned ticket stubs with: 5/30/66 50th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes “Golden Anniversary Race” (FR-GD); 5/26/74 58th 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (GD-VG); and 5/25/86 Indianapolis 500 500 (GD-VG)