Mission Viejo, California - SCP Auctions continues to bring high quality cards and memorabilia to auction in its first of sale of 2009. According to David Kohler, President and CEO of SCP Auctions, the sale includes a large percentage of material that is "new" to the marketplace. "We constantly strive to bring in material that is fresh to the marketplace. Many of the sets and graded cards in this sale were only recently graded, and some of the most remarkable memorabilia pieces in this sale will be seen by collectors for the first time." Kohler states.

Following several successful auctions in 2008, SCP's January 2009 Internet Auction will feature a large collection from Dr. James Rice. Dr. Rice's passion was the collecting and building of complete sets, covering virtually all the major issues from the early tobacco sets up thru the 1970's. Among the many highlights presented from his collection are pre and post war baseball sets and singles and post war football sets. Pre War specifics include a 1909-11 T206 Near Set, 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank, 1909-11 T206 Sherry Magie error, 1911 T205 Gold Border Near Set, 1933 DeLong Complete Set, 1933, '34, '35, '36 and '38 Goudey Complete Sets, 1939, '40 and '41 Play Ball Complete Sets and 1933 Goudey #101 Napoleon Lajoie. Post War cards from Dr. Rice include a Complete Run of Topps Baseball Sets from 1952 through 1974, 1948 through 1955 Bowman Complete Sets and many Regional Sets. The vastness of the Dr. James Rice collection is such that SCP Auctions will be offering a second portion later in 2009. Additional card highlights include c. 1908-09 Joe Jackson Post Card, 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie, 1908 E102 Set of 25 Complete Set of 29 #1 on PSA's Set Registry, 1916 M101-5 Sporting News #176 Jim Thorpe PSA NM 7, 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb PSA NM-MT 8 and a 1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis) PSA NM 7.

SCP Auctions has secured several significant new memorabilia pieces for auction including Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Harry Hooper's 1916-18 Game Worn Road Flannel, 1936-39 Mel Ott Professional Model Game Bat and a 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Photo. Additional memorabilia highlights include a 1905-10 Miller Huggins Professional Model Side-Written Game Bat, 1921-31 Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger Professional Model Game Bat and a 1955 Mickey Mantle Game Worn Autographed Home Flannel Jersey.

Additional Memorabilia Highlights Include:

  • 1958-62 Hartland Statues Complete Set w/ 14 Boxes and 15 Tags

  • 1954 Tour of Japan Original Photo & Signed Sheet w/ Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio

  • c. 1897 Cy Young Cigar Box w/ Label

  • c. 1903 Honus Wagner Cigar Box w/ Label

  • Group Of (24) 1903-08 W601 Sporting Life Team Composite Prints

  • Lou Gehrig Single Signed Baseball Graded 6.5 by PSA/DNA

  • 1933 Who's Who in MLB Book Signed by 30 incl. Ruth & Gehrig

  • Jim Thorpe's Track and Field Hall of Fame Induction Ring

Each of the 600-plus items will be featured in SCP Auctions full color catalog as well as on the SCP Auctions website at www.SCPAuctions.com. The auction will be open to registered bidders on January 13th with the conclusion of bidding to take place on January 28th. Call (800) 350-2273 for more information on how to participate.