Just imagine a hot fudge sundae with four cherries! That's what Memory Lane Inc. (MLI) is offering in their remarkable Holy Grail Auction on December 14th.
The auction headliner is a rare auction appearance by a T206 Honus Wagner card graded a PSA 2. "In all my years in the Hobby, this Wagner card ranks right up there with the best for eye appeal I've ever seen", noted JP Cohen, MLI's Director of Auction Consignments. "This card's image is phenomenal".
"We titled this auction The Holy Grail Auction because of the three very significant cards, and a very important and significant autographed photo," noted Roger Cameron, Director of Auction Marketing. "A Wagner, a '52 Topps Mantle, a '35 National Chicle Nagurski, and a rare fully autographed 1927 Yankee Team Photo. That's a Holy Grail line up, a collector's dream."
Besides the T206 Honus Wagner card, the most prized of all Hobby cards; other offerings include a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle in a PSA 9 MINT. This card came from the collections of a well-known collector John Branca, who is known for collecting only the highest of high end cards. The copy offered in this auction is a true mint. This card is considered the Holy Grail of Post WWII cards. It is the most recognized card in the Hobby.
Rounding out the Holy Grail cards is a 1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (his Rookie card) in a PSA 8 NM-MT. This premier copy from the granddaddy of all football set issues is of stellar condition. "This has been buried in a collection for years. It's a tough card in high grade, and when they do surface they bring top dollar." said Mr. Cohen. He also added that the last high-end Nagurski card he knows of in mint condition sold for over $240,000.
The grand finale Holy Grail piece is a 1927 Yankee Team photo from the estate of George Pipgras, a pitcher and a member of the 1927 team. This famed Murderer's Row team was judged in 1969 during Baseball's 100 years centennial to be the greatest team ever in baseball. Pipgras did a service for all Collectors by taking this rare team photo and getting every one of his teammates, coaches and even the batboy to sign it! The autographs are graded a high 8 by PSA/DNA.
There are other gems in this auction too, like a 1956 Ray Gallo lithograph portrait of Mickey Mantle in his Triple Crown year. The Mantle autograph was signed by Mantle in the presence of Upper Deck. There's a rare Christy Mathewson check with a mint condition signature. It's so fresh that it looks like it was signed yesterday. There's an excellent selection of Babe Ruth cards and memorabilia too, especially a double signed check mounted in a special frame that lets you see Ruth's check endorsement on the back as well as on the front. Also for the card purist there are a number of vending boxes and unopened boxes of factory fresh pristine packs. In all, there are over 900 high quality card and collectible lots in this auction. Look for the MLI Holy Grail Auction Catalog, which has been mailed, or call to register for the auction and receive a free one. Call 877-606-LANE. You can also email via [email protected]. Finally, you can see all the lots online at www.memorylaneinc.com.