Laguna Niguel, CA - The Southern California based company is set to bring forth 368 lots of top quality Sports Cards and Memorabilia. The auction will include some significant rarities in many different categories. At the forefront of the card portion of the sale is a supremely rare 1888 WG1 Baseball Playing Card Complete Set. The 72-card set is one of only four or five known, and is the first to be offered publicly in almost ten years. A fully graded 1909-11 T206 set is also being offered (minus the "Big 3" and Doyle variation). The set averages Vg/Ex with many of the key Hall of Famers in Ex or better condition. Other important 19th Century, Pre & Post-War Sets headed to the block include, N28, T205, 1939-41 Play Ball, early Bowman issues & 1952-72 Topps.
As usual, there is a slew of high-end single cards that are sure to draw lots of attention including: a fine collection of 1887 N173 Old Judge Cabinets (incl. Anson, Brouthers, etc.), 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Cap Anson PSA 8 NM-MT, T206 Ty Cobb Portrait (Red) PSA 8 NM-MT, T206 Eddie Plank PSA 3 VG, 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson PSA 7 NM, 1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 NM-MT, 1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio PSA 8 NM-MT and a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM. The company is breaking a fully graded 1933 Goudey set into some nice lots, as well as singles such as #1 Benny Bengough PSA 7, #92 & #160 Lou Gehrig -- both PSA 8 NM-MT, and #53 & #181 Babe Ruth -- both PSA 7 NM. Anchoring the card portion of the sale is a superb 1938 Goudey Uncut Sheet in top condition. This rare 24 card "Heads-Up" sheet accounts for the first half of the set (#241-264), encompassing every 1938 Goudey Hall of Famer including DiMaggio.
A well-balanced offering of memorabilia in this auction is the most diverse ever offered by SportsCards Plus. There is something for virtually every type of collector, starting with some remarkable original sports art. The auction will include dozens of one-of-a-kind original paintings from renowned artists Christopher Paluso, Daniel Smith, and Michael Elins. The cream of the crop is Paluso's signed original painting of Mickey Mantle, used to produce a highly sought after series of lithographs. A large group of game used bats is headlined by examples from Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Dozens of game used bats from some of the biggest stars of the late 1970s-1990s, originating from the collection of longtime Fleer photographer Lou Sauritch, will also be included. Other game used items include jerseys from Nolan Ryan ('73 Angels), Mike Piazza, Alex Rodriguez, Dan Marino, Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd (Rare '02 Finals), Allen Iverson, and three from Michael Jordan ('92-'93 Bulls, and two 2001 Wizards). A spectacular c. 1985 Walter Payton game used home jersey should generate plenty of spirited bidding.
Autograph collectors can choose from a fabulous array of signed balls, photos, and display pieces from the likes of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, etc. One of the most unique items in the sale is a vintage folk art baseball bench. Former major leaguer Fred Hoffman assembled the bench. It's made from a hoard of game used bats and signed baseballs gathered throughout his playing and coaching career. The signatures on the balls include multiple Ruth, Cobb, and Foxx examples among other top tier Hall of Famers. Another fascinating lot includes three Joe DiMaggio insurance documents pertaining to his entrance into the U.S. Army in 1943. Each document bears a rare, never before seen, full "Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr." signature.
These items, along with hundreds of other lots including Rings, Awards, Pennants, Bobbin' Heads, Advertising Pieces, Tickets, Programs and cards, will be featured in SportsCards Plus's full color catalog as well as on the company's web site at www.sportscardsplus.com. The auction will be open to registered bidders on February 3rd and will culminate on Thursday, February 20th. Bids will be accepted by phone or online through the company's real time Internet auction program. Call (800) 350-2273 for more information on how to participate in this extraordinary auction event.