Love of the Game Auctions Spring 2023 Premier Auction


Sporting News supplement picturing Joe Jackson. Scarce and interesting, the premiums were issued along with copies of the Sporting News between 1909 and 1913, each only distributed on one single day, the date of issue printed in a text box on the supplement. This example was printed on March 23, 1911, really before Jackson became a star in the majors. His 1911 season would be his breakout year, as the Cleveland outfielder batted .408 with a lofty .468 on base percentage, pounding out 233 hits. Easily the key supplement in the entire issue, examples do not make themselves available frequently and when they do, bidding activity is brisk. This example has been freshly-graded AUTHENTIC by PSA, due in large part to paper loss at several edges, caused by moderate tearing. Despite the significant wear and creasing at the edges, the image of Jackson itself is relatively unblemished. It should be noted that M101-2 supplements are typically found in lower grades due to their size, flimsy paper stock, and method of distribution - PSA has not graded a Jackson higher than FAIR 1.5, and has only graded one example from the set above the VG level. One of Jackson’s few vintage collectibles and the most important of all the M101-2 supplements. 30. 1909-1913 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements Shoeless Joe Jackson - PSA AUTHENTIC MINIMUM BID: $1,000 Brilliantly-colored “Dark Cap” Mathewson card, with sharp corners and a rich, blue and green background. The tough American Beauty back adds to the desirability of the card, as does its sharpness. American Beauty - backed T206 cards are traditionally cut more narrowly than other T206s, often leading to centering issues. Such is the case with this example, centered to the far left of the canvas, to the point where the green border fram on the reverse is miscut. The MK designation applied by PSA addresses this, as the card would otherwise grade EX due to square corners, bright borders, and the aforementioned vivid image. A wonderful example of a very pleasing card, one of the more important Hall of Famers in the issue. 29. 1909-11 T206 American Beauty 350 W/Frame Christy Mathewson (HOF - Dark Cap) - PSA EX 5(MC) MINIMUM BID: $500

31. 1912 T207 Broadleaf Buck Weaver - PSA VG 3 (MC)

Quite underrated due to a shortage of star power, the T207 issue of 1912 is one of the most fascinating of all prewar tobacco issues. With varying levels of scarcity, a number of tough individual rarities, difficult front/back combinations and a condition-sensitive gloss on the card fronts, assembling a strong T207 set is quite a collecting challenge. Presented here is one of the set’s true keys: a card of Black Sox shortstop Buck Weaver, graded VG 3 (MC) by PSA. One of 50 T207 cards available only with Broadleaf or Cycle backs, the card boasts both the desirability of the Black Sox affiliation, with the added scarcity of the Broadleaf back. Although not one of the most rare Broadleaf/Cycle T207s, each of the cards with these backs are quite difficult to locate, and are incredibly desirable among collectors familiar with the issue. Due to the leagues and times in which he played, many of Buck Weaver’s cards are extremely rare. His PCL issues command a premium as due the tougher backs among the various M101 issues. His T207 is the only mainstream tobacco issue to picture him in a major league uniform, and the Broadleaf reverse only adds to the desirability of the card.



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