Auction closes November 25. 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.
FALL 2023 PREMIER AUCTION CLOSES NOVEMBER 25, 2023
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BACK IN LATE 2014, we received a consignment of several die-cut cards that were known at the time as “Scrapps Tobacco.” Printed on a tab connecting some of the cards in red ink was “H.D.S. & Co.,” a clue which sent us on a lengthy mission. We knew the story of how “Scrapps Tobacco” got their name, as it was a result of a misunderstanding between hobby pioneer Lawrence Kurzok and a young Robert Lifson, who was working on the 1974 edition of the Sports Collectors Bible . After some lengthy research, we discovered that the cards were actually produced by a gum company called H.D. Smith & Co, of Cincinnati. Upon making the discovery, we did what all collectors did when they made a hobby discovery that needed to become a matter of record: We presented our findings to the Standard Catalog , so the next issue could be updated to reflect the new discovery. It wasn’t the first time we reported a discovery to the Standard Catalog , nor was it the last. Though it contained pricing information, the Catalog was, first and foremost, a scholarly publication, perhaps the last of its kind in the hobby. Looking through the “Acknolwedgements” section of the 2014 edition reveals dozens of names of the hobby’s great collectors and researchers, names we still know today: John Brigandi, Scott Brockelman, Ryan Christoff, Jeff Emerson, Bob Fisk, Larry Fritsch, David Hall, Terry Knouse, David Levin, Rob Lifson, Lew Lipset, Marc Macrae, Bob Marquette, Richard Masson, Dan McKee, Frank Nagy, Keith Olbermann, Al Richter, John Rumierz, Kevin Savage, Corey Shanus, Barry Sloate, Frank Ward – the list goes on and on. Knowledgeable collectors, sharing their research and their discoveries to create a single document that was the bible for the hobby. A way for collectors to learn and discover, and a central point to report new findings, errors, variations, and more. The last printed Standard Catalog was published in 2016. It is nearly 2024.
produces such publications and websites as Woodshop News , CabinLive.com , Old House Journal and Log & Timber Home Living . To my knowledge, nobody is producing a Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards . In these pages you will find a new discovery of 39 cards from the 1921 Herpolsheimer’s set. Previously thought to be just 69 or 70 known examples, with just one of each player known, this find includes nine new additions to the checklist, plus 30 cards which are now 1 of 2 known. This is a major hobby discovery that changes everything we know about these cards. And everything in the last edition of the Standard Catalog about this set is now wrong. Where do we report it? This is not the first time we’ve asked this question, not even this year. We specialize in difficult to find vintage cards, and that means we sometimes encounter things nobody has ever seen before. We try and spread the knowledge far and wide, but without a single, widely-accepted resource for this information, we still read major auction house descriptions of “Scrapps Tobacco” cards and see grading companies continue to mislabel them. We see grading companies rejecting uncatalogued variations because there’s no place to catalog them, and we see a steady stream of misinformation about cards being disseminated on social media. As the hobby boom of the 2020s creates unprecedented income for businesses and collectors alike, I fear we are losing sight of the fact that this hobby is, at its core, built on the scholarship and research of its pioneers, and continued on by groups of passionate collectors, working together to learn and share knowledge in one place. We’re building vaults, and not building knowledge. The hobby needs a Standard Catalog .
Krause Publications was a division of F&W Media in 2017, when Bob Lemke passed away. F&W filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2019, and in June, the book publishing assets of the company were purchased by Penguin Random House with some individual properties sold off individually. The Krause imprint, under Penguin Random House, continues to publish such titles as US Coin Digest ; Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals ; Pokemon Cards: The Unofficial Ultimate Collector’s Guide ; Warman’s Depression Glass Handbook ; and The Spells Bible: The Definitive Guide to Charms and Enchantments . In 2019, Active Interest Media acquired the “collectibles” magazines from F&W, including Sports Collector’s Digest , whose logo appeared prominently on the cover of the Standard Catalog each year. Sports Collectors Digest still does a wonderful job presenting hobby news in its magazine and website format. In addition to SCD, Active Interest Media
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Featured Items.........................................................................................................................6 Great Cards...........................................................................................................................17 Prewar Baseball Memorabilia.............................................................................................31 1949-Present Baseball Memorabilia..................................................................................36 Baseball Tickets and Passes................................................................................................38 Vintage Baseball Photography...........................................................................................39 Baseball Postcards................................................................................................................45 19th Century Baseball Cards..............................................................................................46 1900-1948 Baseball Cards...................................................................................................57 George Sisler Special Collection........................................................................................69 Band-Aid Box Find of 1921 Herpolsheimer’s..................................................................73 1949-Present Baseball Cards..............................................................................................86 Football Cards....................................................................................................................100 Miscellaneous Sports Cards..............................................................................................102 Signed Baseballs.................................................................................................................108 Signed Baseball Cards.......................................................................................................109 Shibe Park Autographed Card Collection......................................................................111 Signed Flats, Photos, etc....................................................................................................141 Miscellaneous Sports Autographs....................................................................................145 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.
AL CRISAFULLI – Auction Director ANDREW ARONSTEIN – Operations 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. Newly-Discovered 1921 Herpolsheimer’s Babe Ruth (HOF) - PSA FR 1.5 - One of His Rarest Cards
Incredible, newly-discovered Babe Ruth card from the enigmatic 1921 Herpolsheimer’s issue, one of Ruth’s most rare cards with only two examples known. Herpolsheimer’s Boys Fashion Shop, a Grand Rapids, Michigan department store for the younger male set, apparently commissioned a set of cards using familiar W575-1/E121 strip card images that were either never issued or barely made it out to the public in 1921. The issue was discovered in 2004 when a group of 69 or 70 were sold individually on eBay, each card unique as there was only one card of each player. The discovery generated a huge hobby buzz as the issue had never been seen before, and collectors scrambled to obtain one. The cards subsequently filtered into the hobby and the Herpolsheimer’s issue joined sets like Tango Eggs and Shotwell Manufacturing as the subject of research and speculation about whether the cards were ever actually issued. Cards from the initial find make themselves available occasionally, and are always the subject of spirited bidding. This example is part of a second find, dating to a 2019 Grand Rapids estate sale where the card was one of 39 1921 Herpolsheimer cards discovered in an old Band-Aid box. This “Band-Aid Box Find” was introduced to the Net54 Baseball message board in late 2019, yielding a number of Hall of Famers and newly-discovered subjects, most notably this Ruth. The Ruth becomes the second-known example and increases the likelihood that the 1921 Herpolsheimer cards actually were distributed to customers somehow, but remain incredibly rare. The card has been graded FAIR 1.5 by PSA due to overall wear, the most noteworthy flaws related to the back. A series of surface abrasions break the surface of the reverse inside the printing of the word “Fashion,” also scuffing away some ink elsewhere in the printing. In the area outside the bottom border, some long ago- erased pencil writing is barely visible. It should be noted that the remaining 38 cards in the find also have similar markings, though
the grader who assessed those cards elected to address it with an “MK” qualifier. In this case, though the card has no qualifier, the marking is present, not readily visible in the scan. Surface, corner and edge wear consistent with the grade is visible on the front, most notably along the left edge, where chipping and a tiny edge wrinkle is apparent. Regardless of the flaws, the card front presents stronger, the image area largely clean, save for a tiny, light-colored blemish at Ruth’s waist, and a few stray marks here and there. At first glance, the card appears VG. Even with this discovery, the 1921 Herpolsheimer’s is one of Babe Ruth’s rarest cards, with only two surviving examples known. The story of the discovery of the 1921 Herpolsheimer’s cards is the stuff of hobby legend, and obtaining an example has been a white whale of many advanced collectors. Only 110 or so collectors can own one. Only two can own a Ruth. One of the most rare and important baseball cards we have ever offered. MINIMUM BID: $25,000
2. 1910 Punch Cigarros John Henry “Pop” Lloyd - SGC AUTHENTIC Impossibly rare first card of Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, one of what we believe to be just two known examples. One of the most important of all Negro League cards, this is one of the key cards from one of the most elusive and highly prized of all Cuban issues. Ranked #27 on Bill James’ list of all-time greats, Lloyd is credited with a .343 batting average across a 27-year career, a lightning-fast baserunner and elite defender. Considered the greatest shortstop in Negro League history, Babe Ruth was thought to believe Lloyd to be the greatest player ever. Lloyd was called the “Black Wagner” by some, a nickname to which Honus Wagner himself famously replied “It’s an honor to be compared with him.”
The Punch Cigarros issue is among the most rare and desirable of all Cuban card sets, with very few surviving examples known. Many of the most advanced prewar and Negro League collections are without a Punch Cigarros card, simply due to their extreme rarity. The cards were issued in conjunction with a Cuban visit by the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, the set consisting of players from those two teams as well as the Almendares and Havana ballclubs. The current known checklist is considered incomplete, with only one or two surviving examples of many of the known subjects. Complete sets of the cards could be exchanged for an album; it is speculated that this contributed to the rarity of the set today. The cards were produced on photographic paper glued to a cardboard backing measuring approximately 1 1/4” x 1 7/8”. Of the surviving cards, very few (a half dozen or so) have been found with the backing, the remaining examples - such as this - are all graded AUTHENTIC as a result. The card has not been trimmed. As is the case with all Cuban issues, the Punch Cigarros cards are extremely condition-sensitive; this example presents extremely well, save for a small insect hole to the left of Lloyd’s image. Such flaws are common to Cuban cards; the climate is conducive to such paper damage. Some additional surface and edge wear is evident.
Major League Baseball’s 2020 announcement that it would recognize seven Negro Leagues as major leagues and adopt their statistics into the official record has had a profound impact on baseball fans; as curiosity and interest in Negro League stars begins to pique, its elite players are beginning to establish their place in the hobby. In our Summer, 2023 auction, a 1923 Aguilitas Oscar Charleston card sold for more than $140,000, the highest price ever paid for a Charleston card in any grade. As the Negro Leagues’ greatest players begin to become household names, hobbyists and investors are becoming aware of the extreme rarity and historical significance of those players’ collectibles. Demand has never been higher. One of the most important of all Negro League cards, from one of the most rare and desirable of all Cuban sets. One of just two examples known of the first card to picture one of the greatest players of all-time, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd. Please note: due to the extreme rarity of this card, it is being offered with a reserve, to protect the investment our consignor made in it more than ten years ago. As is our policy, should the bidding not meet the reserve beforehand, we will disclose the number approximately 7 days before the auction close. Please see our terms and conditions regarding reserves. MINIMUM BID: $25,000
3. Spectacular Signed 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams (HOF RC) - PSA/DNA MINT 9 - Likely the Finest in Existence!
Extraordinary rookie card of Ted Williams, signed in thick, blue ink by the then-young Boston outfielder. The card boasts a wonderful midgrade appearance, well-centered and clean with honest wear at the corners. Williams’ elegant signature was carefully applied diagonally, centered nearly perfectly from left-to-right. The card is the clear highlight of an original owner autograph collection featured in these pages, the result of a dedicated and patient young collector who would bring his cards to a train station near Shibe Park in Philadelphia and wait for ballplayers to disembark from incoming trains prior to games. Many of the cards were subsequently stored in an album, where they remained as he grew up, had a family and eventually passed. The cards were eventually removed from the albums and stored safely away until making their way to Love of the Game this past summer. Autographed baseball cards were not always the desirable collectibles they are today. In earlier days, autographing a baseball card was considered taboo; collecting purists believed the signature destroyed the condition of the card, making it less desirable. Eventually, however, collectors began to realize that this unwritten rule had an unintended effect: signed vintage cards were hard to find . The result of this is that PSA has just 16 signed examples of this card in the PSA/DNA population report. This example is surely one of - if not the finest. With a beautiful vintage signature that was likely obtained in the year the card was issued, we were thrilled that PSA/DNA recognized its beauty by assigning it a grade of MINT 9, reflecting the thick, evenly-applied blue ink, the elegant signature of the Splendid Splinter virtually jumping off the card. The card front boasts a midgrade appearance, well-centered with honest wear at the corners. We did not request a numerical grade on the card when submitting to PSA, content with an AUTHENTIC assessment. A lower technical grade would likely be assigned as a result of paper remnants on the reverse that reflect its former scrapbook mounting. Regardless, the eye appeal is tremendous.
With signed, vintage cards in high demand, this example checks all the boxes: well-centered, clean image with a beautiful vintage signature, centered well on the canvas and graded MINT 9 by the leader in autograph authentication and card grading, and with remarkable provenance. A truly outstanding card, the highlight of a wonderful original-owner collection of autographed cards obtained in person by a dedicated young autograph collector, an unknown hobby pioneer decades ahead of his time. MINIMUM BID: $15,000
4. 1908 American League Publishing Co. Ty Cobb (HOF) - SGC PR 1 Produced by a Cleveland publishing company of the same name, the American League Publishing Company set of 1908 was a small postcard set that consisted of 14 members of the Cleveland Indians, plus Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Most of the cards feature black and white photography and printing (though a few have been discovered with red or green overprints), each containing a posed photo with an inset portrait. Though any card from the set is extremely desirable, the card of Ty Cobb is unquestionably the most valuable of the 16 known cards in the checklist. In fact, it is one of the most valuable of all Ty Cobb’s cards due to its extreme rarity, with just four examples having been graded by PSA and SGC combined.
The posed image of Cobb is a familiar one - the same image used for his desirable T206 “Bat on Shoulder” pose. The inset portrait photo of Cobb is an interesting one, picturing Cobb in street clothes, wearing an elaborately-designed medal that was his award for winning the batting title in 1907. The card has been graded PR 1 by SGC, largely due to postal use (the card carries a 1915 postmark), with some areas of staining on both front and back, and some very minor smudging of the images. Corner and edge wear is minor, as are some small areas of surface wear, including a couple of minor creases breaking the surface of the card inside the inset portrait. Unquestionably among the most valuable of all Cobb’s cards, so scarce that it is virtually never sold at public auction. One of the most rare and desirable of all Ty Cobb’s cards, highly prized by all Cobb collectors, surely worthy of being the centerpiece of any advanced prewar collection. MINIMUM BID: $7,500
5. 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb (HOF) - PSA VG-EX 4
One of the keys to the 1914 Cracker Jack set, Ty Cobb was coming off his seventh consecutive (of an eventual twelve overall) American League batting titles amidst what was an unprecedented run of hitting prowess. This example of the Tigers superstar is, in our opinion, an exceptional card for the grade. The corners have rounded gently and evenly, with the slightest of wrinkles evident on the bottom right one. The edges are all ruler-straight and while there is some product staining typical for the issue, it remains light and mostly visible in the borders, with just a few light areas seen on Cobb’s uniform. The red background is bright and clean and the image of Cobb is amazingly dark and strong, with an even surface enhancing the look. Centering is pushed ever so slightly to the right. The reverse also exhibits signs of product stains, grouping from the middle toward the bottom. They appear reasonably light excepting a few darker spots along the bottom border. It’s a Cracker Jack, so its seen the inside of a package and made contact with the toffee-coated popcorn and peanuts but seems to have been fished out early in the sales cycle and survived to this day with a pleasant and attractive appearance. The result is a pleasing, mid grade example of one of the most important cards of one of the tougher, more widely-collected card sets of the era. MINIMUM BID: $10,000
6. 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig (HOF) - PSA EX-MT 6
Classic baseball cards don’t get much more classic than this. Lou Gehrig’s #92 low number in the granddaddy of all gum card sets offers a classic batting pose on a card that is just alive with dramatic color. The Iron Horse’s sheer power is on full display with a slight centering bias to the right and corners just barely touched. The white borders are bright, with just a hint of foxing seen in the upper left. The registration is flawless, the composition superb.Flipping the card over reveals a beautifully preserved back, with the green text looking almost alive. Everything is there and it all looks outstanding. Gehrig’s prowess was virtually unmatched and this card is a fine testament to his talent and the fantastic freshman effort put forth by the Goudey Gum Company. MINIMUM BID: $5,000
7. 1910 E98 Honus Wagner (HOF - Blue Background) - PSA GOOD+ 2.5
Prior to the discovery of the “Black Swamp Find” of E98 cards several years ago, cards from the issue were considered somewhat difficult to obtain, the condition-sensitive cards typically found in low grades with weak eye appeal. Visually-pleasing examples that had been “circulated” among collectors in their year of issue were highly desirable. Though the Black Swamp Find has dramatically increased the population of high-grade E98 cards in the hobby, those “circulated” examples remain popular and highly prized among advanced collectors today, particularly when the background color is not one known to be a part of the find. In the case of the Honus Wagner card from the set, Black Swamp examples seem to have been largely restricted to red and green-background examples. Orange and blue-background specimens remain in short supply, considered condition-sensitive, clearly “circulated” cards. We often express our opinion that “circulated” E98s and BSF E98s should almost be considered separate sets. Presented here is an attractive and well-centered blue-background example of Honus Wagner’s card from the E98 issue. Clean and attractive, the card has attained a grade of GOOD+ 2.5 by PSA, due largely to corner and edge wear, most visible along the right edge, factory cut with a very slight tilt. PSA has graded eight in total, with none higher, a testament to the condition-sensitivity of the issue. There is a small bit of paper loss along the right border and some light soiling in the upper right corner with a well-preserved image of the Pirates Hall-of-Famer in a natural throwing pose offered. A small amount of foxing is seen on the reverse, but overall, an outstanding presentation on a very difficult card. MINIMUM BID: $2,500
8. 1917 Boston Store #180 Honus Wagner (HOF) - PSA VG 3
Though more scarce, the Boston Store set catalogued as H801-8 utilizes the same 200-card base set (though some variations are known) as the Collins-McCarthy issue, a clean and stark black and white photographic set similar in design to a number of other baseball sets released in the early 1920s. The cards were produced on thin stock with a glossy surface, making them susceptible to creasing and wrinkles. Featuring promotional advertising for a Chicago department store, the cards are very scarce and desirable today. This is a clean example of one of the issue’s keys, that of Honus Wagner at the tail end of his legendary career. Graded VG 3 by PSA, the card features some light wear and soiling, particularly at the corners, with some corner wrinkling evident, particularly at the top left. An extraordinary card, one of the tougher cards of the Flying Dutchman. MINIMUM BID: $3,000
9. c.1914 Shoeless Joe Jackson Original Type 1 Photo by George Grantham Bain (PSA/DNA)
Cleveland’s slugging outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson entered training camp in 1914 fresh from arguably the three most significant campaigns of his career. Long before the two World Series appearances (1917, 1919) that perhaps defined him, Jackson’s reputation as one of the greatest hitters of all-time began to manifest as he batted .408, .395, and .373 consecutively between 1911- 13, leading the majors in hits hits during both 1912 and 1913. Displaying a date stamp of March 23, 1914 on verso, the presented 3.5” x 5” original photograph of “Shoeless Joe” appears to have been captured at the Naps spring facility in Athens, GA, shortly before the superstar’s final season in Cleveland began. Consistent with originals from Bain’s news photo service, the photo has been developed on contact print paper with fine details remaining clearly visible in the foreground throughout the 25-year-old Jackson’s uniform and facial features. The print exhibits some waviness along the edges, which is typical of original photos of this era, with mild rounding of all four corners. George Grantham Bain’s credit stamping is proudly displayed on reverse among several handwritten notations, one of which gently bleeds through below surface of emulsion by Jackson’s left ear. Interestingly, this image is a companion to another image of Jackson shot at the same location and ultimately used as the source material for Joe’s 1914 B18 blanket. Authenticated and encapsulated as a Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. MINIMUM BID: $2,500
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