Our first Set Builder Auction in 7 years!
(845) 750-6366 | www.loveofthegameauctions.com SET BUILDER AUCTION CLOSES FEBRUARY 11, 2023
IN OUR EARLY DAYS, WE USED TO HOLD SEMI-REGULAR auctions that we called our “Set Builder” auctions. They generally consisted of the kinds of cards collectors look for to complete their sets or augment their collections – but not the high-dollar items that populate most of the major auctions. The “Set Builder” auctions were really well-received by both bidders and consignors, and they were always fun to put together. As we grew as a company, though, it became more and more difficult to focus on those auctions. They took a lot of time to assemble, and they cost just as much to run as our larger “Premier” auctions. Eventually, the “Set Builder” auctions fell by the wayside. Several years ago, we switched to a new auction platform that made it easier for us to run individual auctions outside our regularly-scheduled “Premier” auctions. This enables us to offer consignors the option of set break auctions for more valuable sets, like the T206 set we broke up in 2021. It makes it possible for us to run dedicated auctions for higher- value collections. And it makes it possible for us to run occasional “Set Builder” auctions like this one. We never want to be in a position where there’s always a LOTG auction running, where they become mundane and lose the appeal that makes them special. At the same time, we recognize that there are times when a separate auction makes sense. In that spirit, we’re happy to welcome you to a new “Set Builder” auction – the first one we’ve held since the summer of 2016. We’ve got a host of excellent cards here, many of which were parts of collections that came in on consignment during 2022. There’s an outstanding collection of midgrade T206 Hall of Famers, many with tougher backs. There’s the balance of several Hall of Fame collections, the remaining cards from a high-grade Roberto Clemente registry set, and a large number of 1929- 30 Exhibits. We’re breaking up a PSA-graded set of 1947-66 Exhibits, and also offering a large number of unopened modern cards of all sports. We think there’s something in this auction for everyone to enjoy. We’ll be back in April with our next Premier auction, and it’s already shaping up to be great, with an incredible autographed 1952 Topps near-set that we’ll be offering card-by-card. We are still accepting higher-end consignments for that auction, so if you’ve got material you’re considering selling, please get in touch. Until then, we hope you enjoy this new “Set Builder” auction, and find something you need!
Al Crisafulli Auction Director
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AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS ABOUT OUR AUCTION
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1. This auction is conducted by Crisafulli Ventures, LLC, doing business as Love of the Game Auctions. The auction is conducted under the following rules and applicable laws. Consignors and bidders in this auction agree to be bound by these rules. By bidding or consigning, you are expressly agreeing to these terms. If you have any questions, contact us at info@ loveofthegameauctions.com. 2. A buyer’s premium equal to 20% of the high bid will be added to all lots. A $100 winning bidder will thus be charged $120. Any bidder who elects to pay by PayPal will also be subject to a 3% convenience fee on the entire lot. This fee applies only to payments made by PayPal (including credit card payments made through PayPal). 3. This auction closes using the “Double Overtime” method, with a 15-minute rule for the entire auction. In order to bid on an item during the extended bidding session beginning on the date of the auction close, you must place at least one bid on that item prior to 9:00 PM Eastern on the auction closing date. If you do not bid on it by 9PM Eastern on the closing date, you cannot bid on it afterward. To ensure that everyone gets a chance to bid, we will apply the 15-minute rule to the entire auction beginning at 9PM, with the clock resetting every 15 minutes. Bidding continues until no bids have been placed in the entire auction for a full 15-minute interval. As long as there is at least one lot that receives a bid during a 15-minute interval, the entire auction will extend for 15 minutes. Once a 15-minute interval passes without a bid on any item in the auction , the auction will close. At 1:00 AM Eastern, any item that has not received a bid for one hour or more will close without notice. The remaining items will enter “Double Overtime,” with the 15-minute rule applied to the remaining lots. NOTE: There are no exceptions to this. If an item is closed, it is closed and we cannot accept additional bids. This auction may close without notice at any time once the Extended Bidding period begins. We do not guarantee that bidders will receive a “Fair Warning” notice before the auction closes. 4. Winning bids will be subject to additional charges for packing, domestic shipping and insurance. We do not make profit on shipping. As a convenience, we now offer a standardized schedule for packing and shipping, based on the total invoice amount. This standardized schedule is $12 per invoice valued at less than $750; $20 per invoice valued between $750 and $5,000; $35 per invoice valued between $5,000 and $10,000; $50 per invoice valued between $10,000 and $50,000; and $75 per invoice valued greater than $50,000. Bidders who win three or fewer graded cards valued at less than $400 in total may request USPS First Class shipping in a padded mailing envelope for $5, provided that they assume all risk of loss or damage. There are exceptions to the standardized shipping schedule in instances of shipments outside the continental US, or in the instance of large, heavy or fragile items that require special packing or shipping carrier (for example, stadium seats, oversized and framed items, large lots or graded sets), or oversized items such as bats or pennants. In the case of high-value items requiring bonded, insured transport and/or transport by special carrier, the winning bidder will also pay all shipping, packing and insurance charges. ALSO NOTE THIS EXPLANATION OF HOW OUR SHIPPING WORKS: We primarily use the USPS and FedEx for shipping, and generally adhere to the following rules: • If your package is valued at $400 or less, we ship via USPS Priority Mail. • If your package is valued above $400, we ship via USPS Priority Mail with a signature confirmation requirement, USPS Express Mail, or Federal Express, at our discretion. • Oversized packages are shipped FedEx Ground. We generally do not use UPS, as we no longer trust their ability to safely move packages from Point A to Point B without damage or loss, and our experience has been that they do not guarantee their service. Please note, however, that the method of shipping is AT OUR DISCRETION, and we can choose whichever method we feel best fits the item we are shipping. We pride ourselves on packaging all items very carefully and diligently, but cannot honor special packaging and shipping requests.
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Additionally, we will publish the full name and location of all reneging bidders in our printed catalog, on our website and on our social media as a reneging bidder, and we will forward your name to other auction houses for informational purposes. Should an account be late with payment more than once, it is our policy to assign a credit limit to that account. Your bidding in our auction constitutes agreement to all these rules and policies, especially this one. Payments by check or money order should be made to Love of the Game Auctions, PO Box 3931, Kingston, NY, 12402 We make every effort to ship as quickly as possible. We generally ship under a “First In, First Out” policy, meaning we ship packages in the order that payment was received, unless there are extenuating circumstances. If you make your payment by PayPal or credit card, your payment is processed immediately and forwarded to shipping. This does not mean your item will be shipped right away. It means it is “ready to ship,” and is in queue with all the other packages that have been paid for. We hold all checks for 7 days. Please note that the above does not say “we hold all checks until they clear,” it says “we hold all checks for 7 days.” Our bank has advised us that the best way to avoid issues is to hold each check for 7 days. This means that on the 8th day, we make sure checks have cleared, and then we forward the invoice to shipping. This does not mean your item will be shipped right away. It means it is “ready to ship,” and is in queue with all the other packages that have been paid for. We realize this is a one-week delay, which is partially why the buyer’s premium is 3% less for buyers who pay by check than for those who pay by Paypal. While it does require some patience, we can assure you that we are still quicker than most auction houses. 22. Insurance is provided by Collectibles Insurance Services. The buyer assumes the risk of loss on all items purchased once we ship said items. Shipping carriers are chosen at our discretion. In no event and under no circumstance will the liability of Love of the Game exceed the purchase price paid for any lot. 23. We will not commit customs fraud on packages shipped outside the United States. 24. All items are purchased “AS IS” and may not be returned for any reason. No returns are permitted. 25. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Bid retractions are not permitted for any reason. Once a bid is placed, it may not be retracted. All items are offered “as is.” 26. We accept Paypal, checks, certified checks, cash or money orders. We do not accept any other form of payment. We can, by special arrangement, accept payment by wire transfer. Wire transfers under $10,000 are subject to an additional $10 fee. We ship as soon as possible after payment in full is received. Ownership of any lot does not pass to the winning bidder until the lot is paid for in full, nor do we ship items to winning bidders without first receiving payment. 27. If a winning bidder has not honored his/her winning bid per these terms and conditions, then Love of the Game Auctions is entitled to sell the winning lot, re-auction the lot, or hold the non-paying bidder responsible for the entire amount, at our discretion, with the bidder responsible for the difference between the price received at resale and the non-paying bidder’s original bid. Love of the Game Auctions is also entitled to publicly disclose the names and locations of all reneging bidders, as well as any aliases or online handles. Bidding in our auction constitutes your agreement to our auction rules. As a bidder, you agree that a non-paying bidder is responsible for any and all losses incurred, plus all fees and/or commissions related to the subsequent sale of the item(s). Reneging or non-paying bidders are also responsible for interest charges at the rate of 2% per month for all outstanding balances until paid in full, as well as all legal fees and court costs incurred by Love of the Game Auctions in our efforts to collect their unpaid debt. In other words, if a winning bidder does not pay in full, he/she agrees to be held responsible for the value of the lot, any losses incurred as a result of having to re-sell the lot, plus interest charges of 2% per month on all unpaid balances, plus legal and court fees. AUTHENTICITY, GRADES, DESCRIPTIONS, and CAVEAT EMPTOR 28. Love of the Game Auctions makes every attempt to describe each item in our sale as accurately as possible. We do not “sweeten” or otherwise enhance any scans or images, save for general unsharp mask or image re-sizing, general color correction of photographs, and cropping out unsightly background distractions with the magical Photoshop program. Occasionally, an item in our
auction may appear differently in the catalog photograph than in person, due solely to lighting or white balance. We do not enhance scans or photographs, but we do shine light on items we are photographing, in an effort to ensure it is as visible as possible. Despite all this, subtle variations in print color, computer monitors, background lighting, and even camera and scanner settings could result in a catalog or website image not being 100% color accurate, and we make no such guarantees. We cannot accept returns due to discrepancies over color, brightness, contrast, flaws, etc. Any bidder who is unsure of an item’s true appearance is more than welcome to contact us with questions or to schedule an in-person preview or receive additional photographs. Similarly, we cannot accept returns on graded items because of a condition issue or flaw that is not addressed in the written description of an item. This includes marks, discolorations, stains, or any other defect that might not have been described in our written description or is not easily visible in the scan or photo. 29. Card grading and authenticity: We utilize the card grading service of PSA and SGC, and are authorized dealers of each. Additionally, we occasionally offer cards graded by CSG, Beckett or, on rare occasion, GAI. As stated above, we make every effort to properly represent and describe items in our auction. However, we cannot be held responsible for the opinion of a third-party grader or authenticator. As most collectors understand, opinions on grade or authenticity, while typically rendered by skilled workers with vast experience, are exactly that: opinions. We cannot guarantee that every card graded by a third-party grading service, or every item authenticated by a professional authenticator, would receive the same grade upon resubmission to a different (or even the same) grading service, nor would we guarantee that the item would receive a grade or be authenticated at all. All we can tell you is the number on the holder and the company that graded it. This is important: if a graded card that we sell is subsequently discovered to be overgraded or altered, we cannot be held responsible. We do our best to ensure that the items we sell are as described, but we cannot be held responsible for the opinion of an unrelated party, including the accuracy of a grade and whether flaws or alterations were “missed.” We do not warrant or guarantee any item authenticated or graded by a third party. Graded and/or authenticated items are sold “as is.” THIS IS IMPORTANT: Love of the Game shall not in any way be liable for any defect (either patent or latent) or controversy pertaining to or arising from any encapsulated collectible. In any such instance, the buyer’s remedy, if any, shall be solely against the authentication or grading company certifying the collectible. All graded cards are sold “as is” with no exceptions. Your participation in the auction constitutes your acknowledgement, agreement and acceptance of this rule. Furthermore, we do our best to accurately describe the condition of ungraded items in our auction. We do not guarantee that a bidder, consignor, grading or authenticating company will agree with our descriptions. Our descriptions, like those of the grading and authentication companies, are based on our opinions . We try to be as detailed and thorough as possible, but occasionally make errors in descriptions or images. Any error we discover or that is brought to our attention will be rectified as quickly as possible, provided that such an error is an actual error , and not an issue of opinion or speculation . 30. Autograph authentication: We utilize the autograph authentication services of James Spence Authentication and PSA/DNA, exclusively. We do recognize the LOAs of Beckett, GAI, Major League Baseball and its individual players and SGC Authentic, and occasionally sell items authenticated by those companies. Similar to card grading, the opinion of an autograph authenticator is an opinion, and we cannot be held responsible for differences of opinion between authentication companies. Authenticated, signed items are sold “as is.” We do not warrant or guarantee authenticity of any item authenticated by a third party authenticator, nor do we guarantee that an item authenticated by one company will be authenticated by another - or even by that same company, upon resubmission. With respect to any large lots of authenticated autographed items, we offer these lots with the understanding that a few of the items in such a lot may not be authentic. When rendering an opinion on such a lot, authenticators may spend more time verifying the authenticity of the “key” items, and thus an inauthentic signature may occasionally slip by. All bidders who choose to bid on such lots do so with this understanding.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Featured Items.........................................................................................................................6 Baseball Memorabilia..........................................................................................................33 Vintage Baseball Photography...........................................................................................35 1888-1948 Baseball Cards...................................................................................................40 1949-Present Baseball Cards..............................................................................................98 Miscellaneous Sports Cards..............................................................................................130 Non-Sports Cards..............................................................................................................140 Miscellaneous Sports Memorabilia.................................................................................141 Autographs.......................................................................................................................... 143 IMPORTANT NOTE: Customers in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia are subject to the appropriate state sales tax if we do not have a valid resale certificate on file.
AL CRISAFULLI – Auction Director ANDREW ARONSTEIN – Inventory Manager SANDY CRISAFULLI – Finance Manager DAVID HORNISH – Research/Copywriter STEPHANIE KOWALSKY – Graphic Designer
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1. 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA GOOD+ 2.5
Mickey Mantle remains, fifty-four years after his retirement and twenty-eight years after his death, the king of the vintage post- war hobby. He has become the stuff of legend as both a player and among hobbyists as have his cards, all coveted but especially from his earliest major issues. His 1951 rookie card, a year before than his first Topps appearance, is the key to the 1951 Bowman set and an integral and essentially inescapable starting point for any collector of the Yankees great. Presented here in a PSA 2.5 holder, this is an example that shows signs of some youthful handling. All four corners have obvious touches, the lower two corners a bit less so. Centering is trending
toward the top and little to the right as oriented here but is quite typical for the set. There’s a vertical crease in this view, running down from the top border and terminating at the top of his uniform and a less severe one arcing across the lower right corner. Some scuffing is also visible. The registration is exceptional, not a given at all with this card, and it remains bright in appearance. The reverse shows a small wax stain, that’s a hallmark of Bowman due to so many cards being sold in penny packs, presenting nicely and is pretty much perfectly centered. It’s fairly graded and offers an opportunity at acquiring a key rookie card that, not incidentally, kicks off the Bowman high numbers in ‘51.
MINIMUM BID: $3,000
2. 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays (HOF RC) - SGC VG/EX+ 4.5 After the Mickey Mantle card, Willie Mays is the biggest key to the 1951 Bowman set and is seeing a hobby ascendancy that was long overdue. His rookie effort, which is a high number and shown here in an SGC 4.5 holder, remains a massively popular card and this col- orful and nicely registered example captures an almost impossibly young Mays taking some Spring Training BP.
pleasing Bowman rough cuts along the long borders. The bottom left corner is touched the most, with the other three holding on nicely. Some surface scuffing can be seen across the middle about a third of the way down. The reverse is very nice, free of any wax stains and centered just a smidge to the left. Mays is iconic, as is his rookie card and this is an excellent opportunity to grab one of the best cards of the early 1950’s. MINIMUM BID: $3,000
As oriented here, the card is centered to the lower left, with some
3. 1939 Play Ball #26 Joe DiMaggio (HOF) - PSA VG- EX 4 It’s not his rookie card but his 1939 Play Ball is the first full-sized image of Joe DiMaggio to appear in a major baseball card set. 1939 Play Balls, issued by Gum, Inc. (which would become Bowman Gum after World War 2) are a very underrated series, featuring fantastic and bright black-and-white photos, with no front artwork getting in the way. The set was released at a time when high quality photographic reproduction was finally supplanting illustration and also the poorer efforts of the craft in prior years. This PSA 4 of the Yankee Clipper shows just how attractive this set is in both execution and presentation. The image is undisturbed save for a small remnant dot above and to the right of the “New York” team name on his uniform. Centering is up and to the left and three corners are showing just the tiniest of touches. The bottom right corner area (but not the corner itself, which is sharp) has sustained a scuff, which is defining the grade but is contained in the border area and is, frankly, not very distracting. The reverse features the “all caps” version of DiMaggio’s name and is in remarkable condition. MINIMUM BID: $750
4. 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams (HOF RC) - PSA EX 5 1939 Play Ball features Ted Williams rookie card, a key pre-war card and also the key to this set. 1939 Play Balls, issued by Gum, Inc. (which would become Bowman Gum after World War 2) are a very underrated series, featuring fantastic and bright black-and-white photos, with no front artwork getting in the way. The set was released at a time when high quality photographic reproduction was finally supplanting illustration and also the poorer efforts of the craft in prior years. This PSA 5 of the Splendid Splinter shows just how attractive this set is in both execution and presentation. The corners just show very minor touches with a paper hit a little way up the right border being the most obvious flaw. Centering is up and to the right, with the absolutely stunning image of Williams swinging away in glorious sunshine. The reverse, amusingly sparse on information given Ted’s 1938 rip-roaring season with Minneapolis in the American Association, is tasty in appearance and centered ever-so-slightly to the left and features the “all caps” version of Williams’’ name. MINIMUM BID: $2,000
5. 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth (HOF) - PSA GOOD 2
6. 1925 W590 Lou Gehrig (HOF) - PSA AUTHENTIC
One of the most visually pleasing of all Babe Ruth’s cards and the only example of the Babe’s four cards in the 1933 Goudey issue that draws his image from a different original source photo. The “Green Ruth” is notoriously found with centering issues; this example sits slightly high on the canvas but is excellent from left to right. Consigned from an original owner collection, this card is fresh to the hobby, submitted to PSA by us for the first time during the spring of this year. Color is bright and the image clear, with a few minor surface marks and noticeably soft corners, along with pronounced (but difficult to see in the scan) creasing that traverses horizontally across the card center. An outstanding example. MINIMUM BID: $2,500
W590 is primarily a 1920’s strip card issue that persisted into 1931, produced by an unknown manufacturer and featuring what looks like news photos of roughly 75 players across multiple sports, in an somewhat low resolution back-and-white reproduction. Not even catalogued until 1968, the set is primarily known today for having hard-to-track down cards of Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. The cards were issued in horizontal strips, the cards extremely close to one another. As a result, the majority of the graded examples have been graded AUTHENTIC by both PSA and SGC, with much border missing. As is the case with many strip card issues, lower-grade examples are the norm. PSA has graded 17 Gehrigs, 14 of which are graded as PSA Authentic, just as this one is. This example shows an irregular cut from the original strip that’s especially noticeable at the bottom, which lacks the team and league designation in the third line of copy that is typically seen with these cards. Still, the image of Gehrig is nicely, if not remarkably, well-preserved and looks about as strong as anything can from a set that was clearly issued without much thought given to quality control. As the hobby begins to delve into more obscure cards of its greats, the W590 Gehrig stands out as a card that is rapidly increasing in value. MINIMUM BID: $1,000
7. 1965 Topps Complete Set (598) w/Several Autographed Following in the path Topps began in 1961 by featuring a large, full-color player photograph on each card, the 1965 Topps issue includes a team logo as a design flourish, adding a bit of 1960s flair to the card layout. Featuring rookie cards of Joe Morgan, Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton and Tony Perez, the set features an outstanding player selection, despite being occasionally over- shadowed by the issues of the next few years.
NM or better, 10% EX/MT, 25% EX, 40% VG/EX, 17% VG, 3% G/F. 40 of the cards have been graded by PSA, as follows: #1 AL Batting Leaders (PSA EX 5), #2 NL Batting Leaders (PSA EX-MT 6), #3 AL Home Run Leaders (PSA EX-MT 6), #5 AL RBI Leaders (PSA EX 5, small crack in holder), #8 NL ERA Leaders (PSA NM 7), #16Joe Morgan RC (PSA EX 5), #110 Ron Santo (PSA NM 7), #134 WS Game 3 (PSA NM 7), #145 Luis Tiant (PSA NM 7, cracked holder), #155 Roger Maris (PSA EX-MT 6), #160 Ro- berto Clemente (PSA EX-MT 6), #170 Hank Aaron (PSA NM 7), #200 Joe Torre (PSA VG-EX 4), #207 Pete Rose (PSA VG- EX 4), #208 Tommy John (PSA EX-MT 6), #220 Billy Williams (PSA VG-EX 4), #236 Denny McLain (PSA EX 5), #250 Willie Mays (PSA EX 5), #260 Don Drysdale (PSA EX 5), #282 Masa- nori Murakami RC (PSA EX-MT 6), #300 Sandy Koufax (PSA EX-MT 6), #305 Rico Carte (PSA VG 3), #320 Bob Gibson (PSA EX-MT 6), #340 Tony Oliva (PSA NM-MT 8), #350 Mickey Mantle (PSA EX-MT 6), #360 Orlando Cepeda ( PSA VG-EX 4), #385 Carl Yastrzemski (PSA NM 7), #400 Harmon Killebrew (PSA EX-MT 6), #415 Curt Flood (PSA EX 5), #460 Richie Al- len (PSA NM 7), #461 Phil Niekro (PSA EX 5), #470 Yogi Berra (PSA EX+ 5.5), #477 Steve Carlton RC (PSA VG-EX 4), #500 Eddie Mathews (PSA EX-MT 6), #510 Ernie Banks (PSA EX 5), #513 Yankees Team (PSA VG 3), #519 Bob Uecker (PSA EX-MT 6), #526 Jim Hunter RC (PSA EX-MT 6), #540 Lou Brock (PSA NM 7), #581 Tony Perez RC (PSA VG-EX 4). A breakdown of the remaining key cards is as follows: #15 Rob- erts (VG), #20 Bunning (VG/EX), #50 Marichal (VG/EX), #95 Mazeroski (VG/EX), #99 Hodges (VG/EX), #120 F. Robinson (EX), #130 Kaline (VG/EX), #176 McCovey (EX), #187 Stengel (EX/MT), #193 Perry (VG/EX), #205 Spahn (F), #330 Ford (VG/ EX), #377 Stargell (VG/EX), #410 Aparicio (EX), #485 Fox (VG/ EX). In addition, five cards have been autographed, and although they have not been professionally authenticated, we feel confident in their authenticity: #4 Orlando Cepeda (HR Leaders), #36 Bob- by Wine, #162 Russ Nixon, #276 Holy Wilhelm and #377 Willie Stargell. All signatures are in Sharpie. The cards are largely clean, with condition issues primarily related to corner wear from handling, as well as the typical Topps qual- ity control issues of the era (mostly centering). The set presents extremely well, particularly the stars and HOFers, most of which have been graded. 598 cards total.
Presented here is a beautiful midgrade complete set, the majority of the cards clean and presentable. The set breaks down as 5%
MINIMUM BID: $1,000
8. 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson (HOF RC) - PSA FR 1.5
9. 1938 Goudey #274 Joe DiMaggio (HOF) - PSA GOOD+ 2.5
His rookie card is generally considered to be his Canadian World Wide Gum issue from 1936 but the 1938 Goudey “Heads Up” set contains what is essentially Joe DiMaggio’s U.S. card debut. The variety offered here is from the reissued second series of the set and features the desirable small cartoons that were added at that time. Holdered as a PSA 2.5, the card exhibits a small bit of paper loss in the upper right just below the corner that drives the grade but doesn’t have a whole lot of negatives otherwise. DiMaggio’s tinted image is bright and the card has aged well, with the typical toning associated with Goudey’s cardboard stock present. The reverse has some light foxing in two or three areas but nothing that is too displeasing or distracting. Exceptional card for the grade, from an original owner collection, submitted by Love of the Game to PSA. MINIMUM BID: $750
One of two cards considered to be Jackie Robinson’s rookie card (the other is his 1949 Bowman of course), and certainly the most popular of the two, his appearance in Leaf’s quirky 1949 set was downright historic. Despite the flip, which picks up a 1948 copyright on some cards, the set was clearly issued in 1949. This PSA 1.5 holders a card that has seen what appears to be staining from clear tape at the cor- ners, with centering to the right side. Despite some surface soiling and overall wear, the central image still looks good and has excellent registration, which is never a given with the Leaf cards. he reverse has fared better and is centered well, with bold text and looks quite clean. This is a key and noteworthy card from the postwar era in any condition. MINIMUM BID: $2,000
10. 1909-11 E90-1 Ty Cobb (HOF) - SGC GD 2
11. 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb (HOF - Bat On Shoulder) - PSA VG-EX 4
E90-1 is to caramel cards what T206 is to tobacco cards. Dubbed “The Kraken” in some quarters (a play on T206 being called “The Monster”), the set’s array of Hall-of-Famers and short printed sub- jects is impressive and challenging. Ty Cobb is one of the keys and has been an in-demand card for many decades. This example presents a bright image, with some pleasing subtle- ties in the nascent twilight sky adding some nice depth to the color. There’s some mild creasing and the corners are a bit rounded, while the border are large top and bottom, a desirable trait. The back looks to have some original product staining but presents very well. Cobbs are always popular and this is a strong example for the grade. MINIMUM BID: $1,500
This Sweet Caporal 150 Series Factory 25 Ty Cobb Bat On Shoulder pose is one of 4 different cards of the Georgia Peach in the T206 set. Featuring a sunny look and nice centering, there are two spots of product residue in the upper right background. Some surface wear can be seen, fairly minor overall and the lower right corner area is a little weak looking. The back is richly red, with a couple of small spots of staining present. Hall-of-Famers from T206 are always pop- ular and other than the near-impossible Honus Wagner, the Cobbs are the biggest Cooperstown enshrined name in the entire series. MINIMUM BID: $3,000
12. 1909-11 T206 Sovereign Ty Cobb (HOF - Green Background) - BVG PR 1
centered example rich with color and strong print registration. At first glance the corner and surface wear seem consistent with a higher- grade example, though flipping the card over reveals four larger spots of paper loss that are the likely result of scrapbook removal and the reason for the reduction in grade. A wonderful example of one of the hobby’s most sought-after cards with a tougher Sovereign back; this is one of the key Hall of Famers in the most popular prewar set ever issued. Simply a tremendous card. MINIMUM BID: $1,000
There are few cards in the hobby which are hotter than green background T206 Cobbs; it seems that with each sale a new record is set. Such astronomical prices realized are quickly pricing some collectors out of the market when it comes to attractive specimens. Rarely does an example hit the market that appears stronger than the assigned grades, as collectors continuously resubmit lower-grade examples hoping to move their cards into the best holders possible. Such is the case however with this card, which is a fine clear and well-
13. 2018 Topps Transcendent #TA-SO16 Shohei Ohtani Autographed Gold (RC) - SGC MINT 9/AUTO 10 - #4/5 Topps took their luxury Transcendent brand to the Japanese market in 2018, in a set that featured just two players among the base and chase cards: Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani. Thirty gold autograph subjects of Ohtani were created as pack inserts, each numbered to 5. This is Gold Autograph card #16 then from his singular “subset” and it’s a beauty, gleaming brightly and with a glitzy sheen. SGC has given the autograph their top 10 grade, deservedly so, with card itself garnering a 9 grade. Ohtani is a hot name that will only get hotter as his potential free agency arrives after the 2023 season. MINIMUM BID: $500
14. 1909-11 T206 Chief Bender (HOF - Trees) - PSA EX 5
15. 1909-11 T206 Chief Bender (HOF) - SGC EX 5
This nicely executed Chief Bender “with trees’ pose from T206, presents the Hall-of-Fame pitcher in an almost sneaky pose-check out how his eyes are looking to his right while his body is moving left. Oddly pastoral, with a tree line in the background, it’s one of the more interesting cards in a set not lacking for interesting subjects. Nicely centered and fairly graded at PSA 5, the front is super colorful, with very subtle green shading and some understated reds meriting a closer look. The reverse is a Piedmont 350 Factory 25, which has a small bit of tobacco residue adhering. MINIMUM BID: $150
Chief Bender’s got three poses in T206 and this is one of two action images therein. This SGC 5 is richly colored and presents with some agreeable centering. It’s a looker, no doubt about it. The back is a Sweet Caporal 350 Factory 30 and its every bit as nice as the front. Some evidence of contact with the tobacco in the slide-and-shell pack can be seen on the bottom half of the reverse but it’s faint. Excellent condition T206’s are where the overall graded populations start to clearly divide and 5’s are on the positive side of that arc. MINIMUM BID: $250
16. 1909-11 T206 Roger Bresnahan (HOF - w/Bat) - SGC EX-NM 6
17. 1909-11 T206 Mordecai Brown (HOF - Cubs on Shirt) - PSA EX 5
Roger Bresnahan (with bat) in an SGC EX/MT holder, centered to the upper left but quite strong, with superb color and clarity. Nicely edged, with the corners showing a hint of wear. The Piedmont 350 Factory 25 reverse has some staining, possibly from pack contact with tobacco. MINIMUM BID: $400
Three Finger Brown (Cubs on Shirt) is the Hall-of-Fame image encased here in a PSA 5 holder. Well-centered and defined, bright yellow sky smoothly merges with green grass as Brown follows through. A small mark appears in the upper right border, with just a hint of product staining in the lower right. The Piedmont 150 Factory 25 back is quite nice. An outstanding midgrade Hall of Famer from the prewar hobby’s most desirable issue. MINIMUM BID: $750
18. 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Roger Bresnahan (HOF - Portrait) - PSA EX-MT 6 Roger Bresnahan is looking quite sharp in every sense of the word on this spiffy PSA 6 T206 portrait. Nicer- conditioned cards from the set tend to jump out at you and that’s exactly what is happening here. The deep green mesmerizes and the reds shine are like beacons in the night, with snowy white borders and really nice centering just packing the visual punch. The reverse is a tougher Sovereign 350, in the forest green ink variety and it’s stunning. A superb looking card of the inventive Hall-of-Fame catcher. MINIMUM BID: $500
19. 1909-11 T206 Carolina Brights Roger Bresnahan (HOF) - PSA AUTHENTIC Roger Bresnahan (with bat) presented here in a PSA Authentic holder due to a possible top and definite bottom trim. It’s a bright, colorful image of Bresnahan with an interesting industrial background in relief as the sun sets. The reverse is a desirable Carolina Brights, albeit with the bottom frame affected by the trim. The Carolina Brights reverse are among the ten most scarce advertising backs in the T206 universe, and Hall of Famers in any grade have become highly sought-after in recent years, with collectors paying large premiums for examples with strong eye appeal. MINIMUM BID: $500
20. 1909-11 T206 Old Mill Frank Chance (HOF - Yellow Portrait) - PSA EX-MT 6 Frank Chance comes in a red or orange portrait variety in the venerable T206 set, seen in the latter color here, which celebrated the team’s 1908 World Series triumph over Ty Cobb’s Tigers with a uniform redesign that looked dramatically better than the prosaic “Cubs across chest” version. The card has a desirable Old Mill reverse and a faint wet sheet transfer of the brand logo can be seen in the background, seemingly running behind the portrait. Color and centering are very nice and the Old Mill reverse looks superb on this PSA depicting a popular Hall-of-Famer. MINIMUM BID: $600
21. 1909-11 T206 Frank Chance (HOF - Batting) - SGC EX 5
22. 1909-11 T206 Jack Chesbro (HOF) - PSA EX-MT 6
Attractive batting pose of Frank Chance for the T206 set, his one action card in the seminal pre-war series. The orange and green color scheme is a perfect backdrop for Chance’s looming at bat. The centering and edges are very nice on this attractive specimen. The reverse is a Piedmont 350-460 Factory 25 with some mild toning around the edges and light foxing present in a few spots. MINIMUM BID: $250
Jack Chesbro’s portrait card from T206 captures the Hall- of-Fame hurler at the tail end of his career and inadvertently celebrates the end of an era as he was traded to the Red Sox in the middle of the 1909 season and then retired. His 41 wins in 1904 remains the American League record. The green background is a study in fine shading and the facial coloring is sublime. The centering is sweet on this EX-MT example, featuring a Piedmont 150 Factory 25 reverse. MINIMUM BID: $400
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