January 6, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 1
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  The 1934-36 Diamond Stars Baseball Card Set – A Hobby "Star" Even Without Ruth and Gehrig

diamond-star-foxxThe 1934-36 Diamond Stars baseball card set is a terrific example of the visual beauty found in several great sets manufactured in the 1930s. This colorful issue is filled with many stars of the day like Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Rogers Hornsby. The one tragedy is that the set is absent the two biggest names of the time in Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. As a result, the good news is the set remains relatively affordable considering all of the positive attributes it offers. In the following article, we dig deeper into a set that is sometimes overlooked for not featuring The Iron Horse and The Babe.

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Collecting the 1933 DeLong Baseball Card Set – A Classic 80-Year-Old Set from a Hobby Trailblazer

1933-delong-simmonsThe 1933 DeLong baseball card set is one that packs a lot of power without a ton of required cards. At only 24 total cards in size, these colorful little gems picture some of the true legends of the game. Lou Gehrig leads the charge in this highly-collectable series, with a supporting cast that includes the likes of Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx. The incredibly narrow borders make this issue difficult to find centered on occasion, and the cards are often found with varying degrees of eye-appeal. In the following piece, we talk to some collectors who pursue this classic 1930’s production and find out what keeps this tiny set in big demand.

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PSUinCT – The Number One Current Finest 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents Set
Most advanced collectors are familiar with the 1932 U.S. Caramel sports set and how difficult it can be to assemble in high-grade. The same is true for its presidential counterpart. Instead of Babe Ruth and Bobby Jones, you have George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The set, which contains 30 total cards, also offers one of the great trading card rarities – the William McKinley card. While this card is not required to complete the set on the registry, this intentionally short-printed card was used to entice kids to buy more product. If someone could complete the set, including the McKinley, they were to receive a 1lb box of chocolate. Today, the McKinley alone would pay for many boxes of chocolate. The 2014 winner of the Best Pre-War Vintage Non-Sports set of the Year has a GPA of 7.65 and the set remains #1 on our All-Time Finest list. No other set has ever reached PSA NM 7 or better. Click here for a look at this set.

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  Gary Hughes Collection Highlights Memory Lane Winter Auction. Ends Saturday, January 10th

Memory Lane kicks off its Winter Auction with a baseball executive’s high-end baseball card collection, some rare unopened boxes and hundreds of high-grade and rare sports cards.

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Lelands.com Vintage Sports 2015 Catalog Auction, Now Open. Closes January 16th

Auction Features a Rod Gilbert 1970s New York Rangers Game-Worn Jersey, a Ted Williams 1955 All Star Game-Used Cap, Signed Little League Baseballs and Trophies from Derek Jeter’s Youth and a Fringed Suede Vest and Belt Worn by Music Icon Janis Joplin. Red Pollard’s Seabiscuit Saddle and Horseshoes from the Iconic Thoroughbred’s Most Famous Races, the Personal Collections of Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, the Joe Brown Family Historic Signed Baseball Collection and Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Personal Scrapbooks.

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2 Days Left to Bid in Sirius Sports Cards Auction #124 – Ends 1/8

This auction features many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950’s through the 2000’s. Rookies include Don Drysdale, Pete Rose, Paul Hornung, Mike Ditka, Michael Jordan, and much more.

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Goldin Auctions Winter Auction Offers "The Oscar Taveras Collection". Opens Monday, January 12th

A long-time St. Louis Cardinals fan who was building a memorabilia collection of the team’s top prospect, Oscar Taveras, has consigned the nine items into the Goldin Auctions 2015 Winter Auction scheduled for January 12, through February 6, 2015 at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

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Clean Sweep Auctions Unique Affordable 2-Day Autograph and Memorabilia-Only Auction. Closes Thursday, January 28th

Checking in at over 900 lots, this is one of the very biggest auctions of this kind that we have ever run. We want to of course thank our many loyal consignors for making this possible. This auction is our most balanced ever, with terrific selections of baseball graded cards, complete sets, autographed flats, autographed baseballs and perhaps our best selection ever of baseball memorabilia.

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5,743 Cards for Sale Today valued at $530,285

Most Recent Listings:
1982 Topps Traded 98T Cal Ripken Jr.
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1954 Bowman 25 John Schweder
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Which of the following 1930’s baseball card sets is your favorite?
  1. 1933 Goudey
  2. 1934 Goudey
  3. 1934-36 Diamond Stars
  4. 1939 Play Ball
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