Auction closes August 19. Please note that winning bidders in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia are subject to the appropriate sales tax.
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THE HOBBY LOST TWO OF ITS BEST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEM. Paul Howard was a football collector with an incredible eye for beautiful, high-grade cards from the 1960s. He was also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I met him on the CU message boards in the early 2000s; his handle was “Wolfbear” because his daughter told him that he looked like a combination of a wolf and a bear (which he did). Wolfie was a tall guy, maybe even taller than me, with a passion for music (specifically Pearl Jam), and a devotion to his family. And boy, did he make me laugh. He made everybody laugh, actually, we would sit in the hotel lobby bar at the National each year and just talk, and by the end of the night we’d all be exhausted from laughter. I can’t really tell you any of Wolfie’s one-liners, many aren’t appropriate for mixed company and the ones that are require so much setup that you wouldn’t get it. Suffice to say that the longer you hung out with Wolfie, the harder you’d laugh. George Leveilee was a collector of 1967 Topps baseball, and also of T206. Though he was building a nice T206 set, condition wasn’t that important to him; he was happy to be part of the hobby and enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with it. He was a sweet, gentle guy, and he was crazy about his family, especially his daughter. Once, I was set up at the White Plains show, and George came over to say hello. We were chatting about our families - my son was about to go off to college, and George’s daughter was in the midst of some great academic achievements. We were simultaneously bragging about our kids and talking about how much we were going to miss them when they went away. Pretty soon, the two of us were standing there in the middle of a card show, surrounded by collectors, tears streaming down our faces.
with each of them, talking and laughing. I have years of memories of both of them, which I will treasure more than any piece of sports memorabilia I will ever own. I’m going to miss them both terribly. You’re holding in your hands an auction catalog that is filled with unique pieces. With each auction, Love of the Game continues to assert itself as a leading source for esoteric, unique and seldom-seen items. And that’s great, I’m proud to own a company that can deliver that kind of material to hobbyists in an ethical, trustworthy way. But more importantly, I hope that your love of this kind of material draws you to other folks that you can call your “chosen family.” Those hobby relationships, they’re worth more than all the triple logomen put together. And that is the kind of “white whale” that’s worth tracking down.
Which, of course, made us both laugh. There’s a lot to love about our hobby, especially recently. Sale prices are through the roof because there are so many new collectors learning about the vintage end of the hobby. The increase in sale prices are resulting in new collections and discoveries revealing themselves, helping hobbyists find their “white whales.” The renewed interest in the hobby has resulted in a host of new businesses and service providers that are providing lots of new resources that we previously never had. Grading companies have become better funded and are beginning to remedy longstanding operational shortcomings. The hobby is in a pretty good place. But the most important part of the hobby will always be people . If it wasn’t for the hobby, I would have never met Wolfie and George. My life is so much better because I did. I never bought a card from either guy, or made a trade with them. We didn’t even collect the same things. But I spent hours
Warmest wishes, Al Crisafulli Auction Director
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Featured Items.........................................................................................................................6 Great Cards...........................................................................................................................25 Prewar Baseball Memorabilia.............................................................................................37 Postwar Baseball Memorabilia...........................................................................................43 Baseball Tickets & Passes....................................................................................................45 Vintage Baseball Photography...........................................................................................63 Baseball Postcards................................................................................................................76 19th Century Baseball Cards..............................................................................................77 1900-1948 Baseball Cards...................................................................................................84 1949-Present Baseball Cards............................................................................................116 Football Cards....................................................................................................................134 Miscellaneous Sports Cards..............................................................................................136 Miscellaneous Sports Memorabilia.................................................................................140 Baseball Autographs..........................................................................................................142 TABLE OF CONTENTS 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.
Nonpaying bidders from our Spring, 2023 auction: Brian Battles, Dothan, AL Robert Szewczyk, Homer Glen, IL
AL CRISAFULLI – Auction Director ANDREW ARONSTEIN – Inventory Manager SANDY CRISAFULLI – Finance Manager DAVID HORNISH – Research/Copywriter STEPHANIE KOWALSKY – Graphic Designer TERRY MELIA – Research/Copywriter EVELYN MARIE ROSE – Imaging Specialist
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1. Rare 1923-24 Tomas Gutierrez #14 Oscar Charleston (HOF RC) – SGC VG-EX 4 The 1923-24 Cuban Winter League had enough interest to allow for multiple card issuers and Tomas Gutierrez took advantage to issue a lengthy, 85 subject set distributed as in- serts with Diaz Cigarettes. One of the most popular of all the Cuban baseball card issues, yet also one of the most scarce, the cards were part of a redemption offer where a complete set could be exchanged for a hardcover book with printed images of the cards. It is believed that the complete sets were not returned to the person submitting them, which accounts for some of the scarcity of the issue.
Described by many who played against him as the best ball- player they ever saw, Oscar Charleston played nine seasons in the Cuban Winter League. It was during this time that this card was issued, one of two cards issued in 1923-24 that are considered Charleston’s “Rookie” card (the other being his 1923-24 Billiken card). This VG/EX example is a fine por- trait on a card that’s aged nicely, with a clean surface and spectacular image, free of creases. Two small, dark marks are present at the very bottom edge of the card, visible at both the front and back, though not at all distracting from what is a beautiful card, high-grade for the issue. This is one of seven examples of this card in the SGC database, with one higher. PSA has graded two, with the best grade a 2 in their pop report. Charleston’s lifetime batting average of .364 is good for sec- ond all-time, just .002 behind Ty Cobb. His 1921 season was perhaps his finest, when he posted a .433 batting average and .512 OBP, though he continued to post incredible numbers through the 1920s. In addition to ranking among the Ne- gro Leagues’ top five all-time in batting average and home runs, Charleston is its all-time leader in stolen bases. Though James ranks Charleston fourth all-time, other baseball schol- ars feel Charleston may be the greatest player ever. The great John McGraw said of Charleston “If Oscar Charleston isn’t the greatest baseball player in the world, then I’m no judge of baseball talent.”
In recent years, as Charleston begins to gain recognition as one of the game’s most elite players, his cards have begun to fetch prices more consistent with his legend. Recent sales of his 1924 Aguilitas card have approached and eclipsed the six-figure mark, with an example graded GOOD by SGC fetching $132,000 at public auction. As one of Charleston’s true rookie cards, the Tomas Gutierrez is more important, more rare, and in this case, a higher-grade example, certainly one of the most important cards of Oscar Charleston in existence. One of the most significant baseball cards we have ever offered. MINIMUM BID: $20,000
2. Beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (HOF) – SGC EX+ 5.5 Spectacular example of the world famous 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, brightly colored with a clean, crisp image. As iconic as a card can get, this example presents wonderfully and is quite bright and colorful, with superb registration, well befitting of its EX+ grade. Some minor flaws are, of course, present but none are remarkable. There is just a spot or two of print snow seen in the background field which has retained its blue hue in fine fashion after 70+ years. The corners are evenly and gently worn, consistent with the grade. The edges have also sur- vived in an enviable state, with a minute and slender surface chip seen in the right, mid-border. Light fox- ing can be seen at the bottom and a very slight tilt is also evident, as is typically seen with this card. The centering is, as can be plainly seen, fantastic.
The reverse also shows faint signs of foxing, mirror- ing that on the front and small overspray line of red ink from the printer is seen at the edge of the name- plate background. The reds are all solid and bright on the reverse and the black text is well struck as well. A stellar looking back to go with the equally fabulous front. This is a fine looking card for the grade, really a banger, and the king of cards from the king of sets remains one of the top prizes in the hobby. A stun- ning, higher-grade example of the most important postwar card in the hobby. MINIMUM BID: $30,000
3. 1907 Wolverine News Ty Cobb (HOF RC – Batting) – SGC PR 1
The 1907 Wolverine News set is a Postcard set that solely features members of the Detroit Tigers, and in- cludes two poses of their young sensation, Ty Cobb. This is the batting pose and it features Cobb seeming- ly taking batting practice. This is one of only 11 ex- amples of the Hall of Fame outfielder in the SGC pop report, with another 9 over at PSA. The PR 1 grade speaks primarily to postal use, the sender writing “This is the high-salaried man” on the reverse, Cobb’s $4,500 salary equating to approximately $150,000 to- day. The corners of the card have rounded and some obverse foxing can be seen, while central image is es- sentially unscathed. The card has been postmarked October 13, 1908, with the sender’s comments prov- ing fans have been complaining about player salaries practically since the game was invented. His wages were indeed taking off but he was not yet the game’s highest paid player, an honor that belonged to Nap Lajoie at the time. In 1912 Cobb would earn the first five figure salary in the history of the sport. A highly desirable rookie card of one of the game’s greats. MINIMUM BID: $7,500
4. Impossibly Rare 1955 Topps Hocus Focus Lou Gehrig (HOF) – PSA VG-EX 4 In 1955 Topps released a throwback to their 1948-49 series of Magic Photos, which were similarly small cards that required the application of moisture and sunlight to “develop” the picture that revealed the answer to the very basic question on the card’s reverse. They were issued in two sizes, a Large (relatively speaking) format edition of 96 subjects measuring 1’ x 1 9/16’’ and a Small edition featuring 126 subjects and measuring 7/8” 1 7/16”. Movie Stars, World Leaders and several other groupings of subsets were created, with Baseball Stars among them. The first 96 cards in either size consist of identical subjects, with variance on the reverse to account for a subset numbering system that was rendered askew by the additional 30 subjects added in the Small set, inadvertent “high numbers” if you will.
The Large series of 96 was issued in panelized form in wax packs, while the Small series of 126 was issued as a true insert, with one small card wedged between the inner and outer wrapper of a piece of bubblegum-a method of distribution lacking in all manner of refinement. As a result, the Small cards are several orders of magnitude more difficult than the Large ones and they are, indeed, the rarest regular issue cards ever released to the public by Topps. The Baseball Stars series has 18 subjects in the Large size and 23 in the Small. These five additional Baseball Stars have been slow to reveal themselves over the years and the pop counts on these are minuscule. The other four “high number” Baseball Stars have PSA pops of either 2, or 3 and this card, of the immortal Lou Gehrig, is the sole entry in their database. The only record of a Gehrig coming up previously was in an old 2002 “blind” lot offering from a large but now defunct auction house, and which was then sold anew that year. It’s not clear if this is the card that surfaced two decades ago or or a different one, the latter scenario seeming more likely. It is PSA 4 in grade, as the corners have rounded and some obvious foxing is seen on the reverse of a well-developed card. This is perhaps the rarest card of the Iron Horse ever issued and it comes from Topps. MINIMUM BID: $1,000
5. 1927 E126 American Caramel #38 Babe Ruth (HOF) – PSA GOOD+ 2.5
Scarce and seldom-seen caramel issue featuring a close-cropped version of the “photo montage” image of Babe Ruth popularized on his E121 American Cara- mel card from five years earlier. This example is from a much more condition-sensitive and tough-to-find set, the E126 cards printed on extremely thin stock with a light gloss surface. This well-centered example pres- ents extremely well, some light wrinkling along the bottom border and pronounced corner rounding be- ing the primary condition issues. The reverse is clean, as the card has been stored in nine-pocket pages for decade along with the rest of the set, much of which is featured elsewhere in this auction. Freshly-graded by PSA, submitted by us for its first-ever encapsulation. An extraordinary card of the hobby icon, from a less frequently-seen issue, just the 24th example assessed by PSA. MINIMUM BID: $2,500
6. 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson (HOF) – PSA VG-EX 4 N162 identifies what may be the most gorgeous card set of the Nine- teenth Century. A multi-sport set that included eight baseball players, “Champions” were issued in 1888 by Goodwin & Co., who were also responsible for the massive Old Judge series. Setting an early bar for high quality, the set is revered today for it’s stunning color lithography and superb player selection. One look at this PSA 4 Cap Anson shows why.
A golden, setting sun glints of a sky full of clouds behind the musta- chioed and well-coiffed White Stockings captain, looking regal in his uniform and brimming with confidence. Fine detail can be seen and it’s apparent this is a work that was deliberate and undertaken with care, created by a trained hand. Centered a tad up and to the left, three corners are tipped to varying degrees, with a fourth exhibiting very gentle wear. Some light foxing can be seen, primarily in the lower bor- der. The color work is fantastic and bold, with unbelievable contrast and registration, far superior to what is typically seen with this card. The reverse has some light foxing as well, scattered throughout, with dark, black text and looks fantastic. A wonderful card, which belies its grade in the best possible way. MINIMUM BID: $2,000
7. 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson (HOF) – SGC VG/EX 4
Jackie Robinson’s 1952 Topps card is becoming a true hobby touchstone as the years pass. For those keeping track, this example has the baseball stitches on the reverse pointing left. The crimson red background is instantly recognizable on one the most “baseball-card looking” baseball cards ever created. There is some wear seen on this SGC 4, almost resembling print snow and primarily confirmed tot he mid-band. It’s tilty, as the high numbers from this issue inevitably are, though very well-centered. Light corner wear is evident, with minor foxing seen at the bottom border, the card bright and colorful overall. The reverse, which has toned some, is well rendered and the reds and blacks are strong. One or two minute dots of foxing can be seen along the top border as oriented, both extremely minor. The edges front and back are keen. The one-two punch of Mantle and Jackie in the 1952 Topps high numbers is just one of those crazy things that make this such a great set. Robinson’s cards continue to climb and this may just be his most popular and attractive issue. MINIMUM BID: $4,000
8. 1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks (HOF RC) – PSA NM 7
“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks got his first Topps card in 1954 and it’s a virtual riot of color. The blue and red trimmed Cubs cap, yellow and brown team logo and white background all work together in stunning fashion. PSA Near Mint 7 in grade, the corners have the lightest of touches, with a little bit of errant print spray seen, mostly above the cap, typical for the issue. The reverse is clean with gorgeous green and righteous red glowing. One of the key cards to the issue, part of a trio of im- portant postwar rookie cards with Hank Aaron and Al Kaline also featured in this set. MINIMUM BID: $1,500
9. Outstanding 1879 Ezra Sutton Player’s Contract Signed by Sutton, Arthur Soden, and Twice by Harry Wright (HOF) – JSA
Outstanding, museum-quality player contract between util- ity man Ezra Sutton and the Boston Red Stockings, owned by Arthur Soden and managed by Harry Wright. Easily the oldest player contract we have handled and likely one of the oldest to survive its era, the agreement is dated October 16, 1879, and has been signed by Sutton and Arthur Soden, as well as twice by Hall of Famer and baseball pioneer Harry Wright. The contract governs the 1880 baseball season, and calls for Sutton to receive $171.43 per month, less $30 for the cost of his uniform, and less fifty cents a day for boarding while the team was on the road. The contract bears the embossed seal of the Boston Base Ball Association. This contract does bear historical significance, since the signatories were all involved with the creation of baseball’s “reserve clause,” which was adopted on December 6, 1879, just weeks after this contract was signed. The initial reserve clause enabled each team to “reserve” five players for each season, unless a player opted out of his contract and did not play in the league for a year. The clause began making its ap- pearance in player contracts in 1880, and essentially bound each player to a single team until that team determined otherwise. Arthur Soden was the person who proposed the reserve clause to the National League in 1879, and Sutton was one of the first five team members bound to Boston by the clause. The contract measures 9” x 17 1/2” and is housed in a handsome 12” x 20 1/2” shadowbox. The contract is clearly well-worn, with significant edge wear and light tears, visible foxing and staining, along with some staining that appears to have been left by clear tape. The signatures are bold and legible, the first Wright signature applied in pencil and re- maining dark and clear, the second somewhat faded with a bit of staining at the “H.” Soden and Sutton’s fountain pen signatures are clear and dark. Also included in the display is a clean N172 Old Judge Cigarettes card of Ezra Sutton, mounted at the bottom left of the contract. A very import- ant early contract, signed by several baseball pioneers in- cluding Hall of Famer Harry Wright – twice. LOA from James Spence Authentication.
MINIMUM BID: $3,000
10. Mickey Walker 1931 Ring Magazine Championship Belt
New Jersey native Mickey Walker held both the welterweight and world middleweight championships during his career. One of the greatest fighters ever, ESPN has ranked him #17 on their list of 50 Greatest Boxers of all-time, with boxing his- torian Bert Sugar placing him at #11 in the top 100. In 1929, Walker attempted to win a championship in a third division, fighting light heavyweight champion Tommy Laughran to a ten-round loss. In the summer of 1931, Walker voluntarily re- linquished his world middleweight title and moved up to the heavyweight division. Walker continued to fight until 1935. He was part of the inaugural class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Presented here is Walker’s Ring Magazine belt awarded to him in 1931. Though it is missing its sash, the brass metal plates are in outstanding condition with some light scuffing here and there, with a few of the metal connective chains hav- ing become disconnected but likely easily repaired. The center plate heralds Walker’s career, engraved “The Ring Magazine Merit Award to Mickey Walker 1931.” Side plates read “Great- est Fighter in Four Classes Since Fitzsimmons,” “Won Titles from Jack Britton and Tiger Flowers,” “As Welter Champion Defeated Mike McTigue Light Heavy King,” and “Fought 15 Round Draw with Jack Sharkey.” Ring belts are seldom made available for public sale, and examples this early are extraor- dinarily rare. An exceptional early belt from one of the most prestigious resources in boxing, recognizing the achieve- ments of one of the greatest fighters ever. MINIMUM BID: $7,500
11. Howard Ehmke 1929 World Series Game 1 Single-Signed Game Used Baseball – Surprise Starter Sets Strikeout Record! The 1929 World Series featured the AL champi-
the Series. Mack believed that Ehmke’s sidearm de- livery would catch Chicago unprepared, and
on Philadelphia Athletics against the NL Champion Chicago Cubs, with the Ath- letics winning the championship in five games. The Series opened with
despite Ehmke being considered “over the hill,” Mack was correct. Ehmke pitched masterfully, setting the record for most strikeouts in a World Se-
a classic managerial move on the part of Hall of Fame skipper Connie Mack, resulting in one of the legendary stories of the game.
ries game with 13 (a record that would stand until Carl Erskine broke it in 1953), scattering 8 hits and a walk in a complete game, 3-1 victory. Ehmke’s heroics helped Mack’s Ath- letics capture the momentum with Game 1, and they would keep it for the rest of the Se- ries.
The Athletics were led by a four man pitching staff that included George Earnshaw (24-8), Lefty Grove (20-6), Jack Quinn (11-9) and Rube Walberg (18-11). Heading into the Series, Cubs manager Joe McCarthy would surely have his team prepared to face one of Mack’s aces, but the A’s manager elected to sur- prise Chicago by opening the Series with 35-year-old Howard Ehmke, who posted a 7-2 record in just 11 games with the Athletics. Ehmke
Presented here is a single-signed and heavily notated game-used ball from that game, signed and person- alized by Ehmke himself on the sweet spot. The game score and date is notated on the south panel. The ONL (Heydler) ball re- mains in outstanding condition, with significant signs
was not even with the team the last few weeks of the season, hav- ing been sent ahead by Mack to scout the Cubs in anticipation of
of game use. A significant game ball from one of the most storied of all World Series games. LOA from James Spence Authentication. MINIMUM BID: $500
12. 1929 World Series Game 1 Wrigley Field Ticket Stub – Surprise Starter Howard Ehmke 13 Strikeout Game! Attractive ticket stub to the opening game of the 1929 World Series at Wrigley Field. A five-game series that would see the Athletics wipe out the Cubs the first game was won by the Athletics. In that game A’s pitcher Howard Ehmke went the distance putting up a dominant performance and setting the record for most strikeouts in a World Series game with 13. A historically significant ticket with outstanding visual appeal but some staining and wrinkling that reduces the technical grade to the GOOD range. MINIMUM BID: $150
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