Laguna Niguel, Calif. - With the inclusion of one of the finest known 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings Trade Card, industry leader SCP Auctions continues to bring high-quality cards and memorabilia in its second Internet auction of 2009.
One of the first baseball cards issued, the 1869 relic features baseball's first professional team, led by Harry and George Wright. Both Harry, the team's manager and center fielder, and George, the team's shortstop and best player, are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"This is certainly a fantastic find," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. "The beautiful condition of this card is remarkable and is sure to bring spirited bidding."
Seeing the importance and growing popularity of the emerging sport of baseball, Peck & Snyder sought to gain recognition for their sporting goods store by applying team photos on their advertisements. With that, the birth of a hobby was born.
Additional vintage sport card rarities include a 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA EX 5, 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Lenox Brown Back, 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA FR 1.5, 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson PSA NM-MT 8 and a T210 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA GOOD 2.
In addition to the pre-war rarities, SCP Auctions will offer significant post-war cards and sets in the auction, including a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA MINT 9 (OC), High Grade 1952 Bowman Baseball Complete Set, 1960 Topps Complete Set all graded PSA 8 NM-MT or better, 1954 Dan Dee Complete Set with PSA NM-MT 8 Mantle, 1952 Topps #2 Pete Runnels PSA MINT 9 and a 1948 Leaf #5 Satchel Paige PSA EX 5.
SCP Auctions' memorabilia lineup includes some incredible pieces across the sports spectrum, including Stan Musial's Autographed 1955 All-Star Game-Winning Home Run Bat, NBA 50 Greatest Basketball Players Legends Edition signed lithograph #15/50, the only known 1931 Lefty Grove Game-Used World Series Bat, a 1925-30 Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger Professional Model Bat, a 1917-19 Ty Cobb Sidewritten Louisville Slugger Professional Model Bat, Stan Musial's 1962 Game-Worn Home Flannel, Edmonton Oilers Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky's 1984-85 Game-Worn Home Sweater and Michael Jordan's 1989-90 Game-Worn Road Jersey with pristine provenance.
Additional Memorabilia Highlights Include:
- 1962 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals Road Flannel Jersey
- Ty Cobb Single-Signed Baseball
- 1982-85 Magic Johnson Signed, Game-Used Lakers Home Jersey
- 1950-60 Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger Professional Model Bat
- 1936 New York Yankees Signed 16x10 Photo w/ Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio
- Ted Williams Louisville Slugger Professional Model Game Bat
- William Kramer Collection of Track and Field Memorabilia
- 1971-72 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Game-Used Helmet
Each of the 600-plus items will be featured in SCP Auctions' full-color catalog as well as on the SCP Auctions web site at www.SCPAuctions.com. The auction will be open to registered bidders on July 8th, with the conclusion of bidding July 23rd. Call (800) 350-2273 for more information on how to participate.