Traverse City, Michigan. Legacy Sports Rarities has announced the successful completion of their Summer 2009 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Saturday, August 22nd, the auction generated total prices realized of $673,518. There were 3,510 registered bidders, and 122 different winning bidders. A total of 413 lots were featured, of which 402 sold. There were 3,291 bids placed, for an average of 8 bids per lot.

Tobacco, Early 20th Century, and Non-Sports Rarities Especially Strong

Traverse City, Michigan. Legacy Sports Rarities has announced the successful completion of their Summer 2009 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Saturday, August 22nd, the auction generated total prices realized of $673,518. There were 3,510 registered bidders, and 122 different winning bidders. A total of 413 lots were featured, of which 402 sold. There were 3,291 bids placed, for an average of 8 bids per lot.

The following five lots achieved the highest prices realized:




  1. Lot 13 - 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA 6 -- $25,200
  2. Lot 2 - 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Tim Keefe EX/NM -- $22,800
  3. Lot 1 - 1887 N175-2 Gypsy Queen John Ward (Large) VG/EX -- $19,800
  4. Lot 4 - 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plug Cap Anson NM -- $18,840
  5. Lot 10 - 1921 Koester Bread Babe Ruth EX/NM -- $15,600

The following five items had the most daily unique visitors to their website page:

  1. Lot 1 - 1887 N175-2 Gypsy Queen John Ward (Large) VG/EX -- 384 hits
  2. Lot 13 - 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA 6 -- 373 hits
  3. Lot 11 - 1927 New York Yankees World Championship Team Signed Photo PSA/DNA 8 -- 345 hits
  4. Lot 2 - 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Tim Keefe EX/NM -- 287 hits
  5. Lot 7 - 1909 T206 White Border Ty Cobb (Portrait - Green Background) NM+ -- 285 hits

The following five items received the most bids:

  1. Lot 403 - 1938 Horrors of War #264 "Don't Shoot Your Brothers" PSA 8 -- 40 bids
  2. Lot 408 - 1959 Fleer Three Stooges #2 Moe PSA 9 -- 34 bids
  3. Lot 375 - 1938 Horrors of War #37 "Japanese Seize Vessel and Destroy US Flag" PSA 8 -- 34 bids
  4. Lot 406 - 1938 Horrors of War #286 "Chamberlain Meets Hitler in Peace Effort" PSA 8.5 -- 28 bids
  5. Lot 293 - 1959 Topps #20 Duke Snider PSA 10 -- 28 bids

19th Century highlights include: Lot 1 - 1887 N175-2 Gypsy Queen John Ward (Large) VG/EX at $19,800, Lot 2 - 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Tim Keefe EX/NM at $22,800, Lot 4 - 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plug Cap Anson NM at $18,840, and Lot 5 - 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plug Buck Ewing (Cleveland on Shirt) NM at $13,800.

Tobacco, E-card and early Regional highlights include: Lot 6 - 1908 E102 Christy Mathewson NM at $13,440, Lot 7 - 1909 T206 White Border Ty Cobb (Portrait - Green Background) NM+ at $13,220, Lot 8 - 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Christy Mathewson NM at $13,800, Lot 10 - 1921 Koester Bread Babe Ruth EX/NM at $15,600, Lot 22 - 1909 T206 White Border Chief Bender (Portrait) PSA 8 at $4,800, Lot 24 - 1909 T206 White Border Ty Cobb (Bat On Shoulder) PSA 6 at $4,560, Lot 62 - 1911 T205 Gold Border Mordecai Brown NM/MT at $5,280, Lot 65 - 1911 T205 Gold Border Eddie Collins (Mouth Closed) NM/MT at $6,960, and Lot 129 - 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #30 Ty Cobb EX at $4,300.

Early Gum card highlights include: Lot 13 - 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA EX-MT 6 at $25,200, Lot 145 - 1932 US Caramel #27 Lefty Grove (Baseball) PSA 7 at $1,920, Lot 173 - 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams NM/MT+ at $6840, and Lot 175 - 1941 Double Play #39/40 Johnny Mize/Enos Slaughter PSA 8 at $1470.

Post-War highlights include: Lot 192 - 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars #10 Tris Speaker PSA 7 at $2190, Lot 195 - 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle NM/MT+ at $4200, Lot 209 - 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 at $3900, Lot 220 - 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 8 at $6,000, Lot 229 - 1957 Topps #18 Don Drysdale PSA 8 at $1320, Lot 277 - 1957 Topps #328 Brooks Robinson PSA 8 at $1440, Lot 293 - 1959 Topps #20 Duke Snider PSA 10 at $4800, Lot 315 - 1967 Topps Roger Maris (Yankees, Blank Back "Proof") NM at $2940, and Lot 324 - 1935 National Chicle #29 Jim MacMurdo PSA 8 at $3600.

Non-Sports highlights include: Lot 375 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #37 Japanese Seize Vessel and Destroy US Flag PSA 8 at $5160, Lot 377 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #45 Surrender of Rebels at Teruel PSA 9 at $2700, Lot 403 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #264 "Don't Shoot Your Brothers" PSA 8 at $5400, Lot 406 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #286 Chamberlain Meets Hitler in Peace Effort PSA 8.5 at $4680, Lot 408 - 1959 Fleer Three Stooges #2 Moe PSA 9 at $6480, and Lot 413 - 1959 Fleer Three Stooges #71 Getting Even With Moe PSA 9 at $1440.

Legacy's owner, Greg Bussineau, comments: "Following the trend of other recent auctions, items of exceptional rarity, as well as those that were the finest graded example, achieved particularly strong final bid prices. Additionally, non-sports cards from classic sets did extremely well across-the-board." He also commented, "Especially gratifying is the fact that there were 159 new registered bidders since our March 28 auction."

All lots, along with complete descriptions, high-resolution scans, and prices realized are permanently archived on the Legacy website at www.legacyrarities.com.

Anyone interested in receiving future auction catalogs can call Jennifer Heard at (231) 922-8037. Or, just go to the Legacy website at www.legacyrarities.com and click on "Request a Catalog."

Legacy's next auction is scheduled for January 30, 2010. They're now accepting consignments to the sale. Cash advances are available. A special commission structure with sizable incentives for large consignments is also available. The deadline for consignments is November 1st, 2009. Anyone interested in consigning should call Greg Bussineau at (231) 922-8037.