The best part of sports memorabilia auctions is the chance to own something from the annuals of history, and perhaps learn something along the way. The latest history lesson comes courtesy of Collect Auctions, which will be serving up some great vintage cards and an excellent lineup of signed items that will entice a broad range of collectors.
Collect Auctions' upcoming sale kicked off April 1 and will end April 11 at www.collectauctions.com.
Collect Auctions built its foundation on a solid offering of vintage cards and that continues in this sale. Vintage singles sure to attract attention includes a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 149 PSA 4, 1940 Play Ball Ted Williams, 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth PSA 4, 1950 Bowman Roy Campanella PSA 8.5, 1956 Topps Willie Mays and two 1906 Fan Craze singles graded PSA 9, including Chief Bender and Connie Mack. A football card on collectors' radars is a high-grade 1955 Topps All-American "Whizzer" White.
Complete sets are another highlight in the auction, led by a 1954 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set with more than 75 of them graded. This will be joined by similarly high-grade 1957 and 1962 Topps Baseball complete sets, along with other baseball offerings from 1954 Bowman, 1967 Topps, 1968 Topps and 1961 Nu-Card Scoops.
If you're into signed sets, Collect Auctions will be serving up a 1975 Topps near set (640/660), along with partial signed sets from 1971, 1972 and 1977 Topps. There are also scarce, signed singles of Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, Nellie Fox, Mickey Mantle, Danny Murtaugh, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and more.
Unopened card products in the sale - another Collection Auctions staple - will be the following boxes: 1971 Topps Baseball Series 4 vending box, 1972 Topps Baseball 5th/6th Series Wax Box, 1972 Topps Baseball Series 3 vending box, 1973 Topps Baseball Series 3 wax box, 1972 Topps Football Series 1 vending box and 1968-69 Topps Hockey vending box. Also in the lineup is a 1959 Topps Football unopened cello pack, with Jim Brown on top.
Signed memorabilia is a popular category for Collection Auctions, and one of the leading items in the sale is a 1971 HOF Induction multi-signed baseball that includes 25 signatures. Big names on the ball are Satchel Paige, Zach Wheat, Rube Marquard, Hank Greenberg, Joe Medwick, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, Buck Leonard and Harry Hooper.
On the football side of things, there's an impressive array of early football HOFer signatures, including a Curly Lambeau signed 3-by-5 index card and a Johnny "Blood" McNally signed 8-by-10 photo. Others signatures include: Dan Reeves, Greasy Neale, Turk Edwards, George Preston Marshall, Vince Lombardi, Tuffy Leemans, Fats Henry and more
Multi-signed items of note include the following: 1963 NBA All-Star team-signed sheets (26 signatures with Chamberlain and Russell), NFL HOF multi-signed helmet (47 signatures), 1951 N.Y. Yankees team-signed baseball (30 signatures), 1967 NL All-Star team-signed baseball (23 signatures with Clemente) and 1971 All-Star Game team-signed baseball with Clemente (in his last All-Star Game).
There's also a great lineup of game-used items, including bats from Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Miguel Cabrera, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, Fernando Valenzuela, Bret Saberhagen and others. Game-used jerseys include: Danny Thompson (Twins flannel RC jersey), Joe Mauer (Harvey Davidson Day minor league jersey), Tom Glavine, Ivan Rodriguez, Paul Konerko, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Liriano and more. There's also a Harmon Killebrew game-used undershirt and a Bert Blyleven game-used glove that was used during the 1985 All-Star Game.
Finally, a few non-sport highlights are a Ferdinand Porsche signed First Day Cover, Henry Ford signed Ford English School diploma from 1919 and a Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor signed airline menu.
Much more will be available in the Collect Auctions sale that kicked off April 1. For more information, call (888) 463-3063 or visit www.collectauctions.com.