This is our first printed catalog since the Covid-19 situation tragically dominated so many people’s lives.
We hope all of our customers and consignors are well and safe. Clean Sweep has been working extra hard to provide continuity and terrific service for our customers and consignors.
The market for vintage cards and memorabilia remains extremely strong. Our sales have been outstanding over the past few months and the auction market remains very vibrant. Our current auction has many highlights and interesting items. We open the auction with a truly stunning signed photo of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and legendary scout Paul Krichell (he discovered Gehrig). A terrific framed display with a superb 1931 Babe Ruth signature and a very high quality original photo follows.
We have a superb Grover Cleveland Alexander TLS in which he discusses Monty Stratton, a signed 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle slabbed PSA 8 for the signature, a fine George Washington signature and a gorgeous Harry Houdini signed photo. Other key lots include the extremely rare Lloyd Waner signed Perez Steele postcard, a pure PSA 10 1989 Perez Steele Celebration set that is number one on the registry, a fine looking E90-1 Cy Young and a PSA 4 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth.
We have a brand new run of the great and so undervalued 1933 Worch Cigar cards, headlined by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the key lots section. There is a really nice SGC 6.5 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth, two 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookies (PSA 2.5 and 6), a superb quality 1951 Fischer’s Bread label set, a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente RC PSA 6 with great centering, a gorgeous T9 boxing slabbed set and a 1934 Tour of Japan ball with Ruth and Gehrig.
Baseball cards begin the main portion of the auction. Interesting graded items include some very clean 1907 Grignon Cubs postcards, an E102 Ty Cobb a T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder PSA 3, a 1933 DeLong Lou Gehrig, a fine fresh run of Worch Cigar HOFers, a strikingly well centered 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews RC PSA 3, a Hunter’s Weiners Stan Musial, 1954 Bowman Ted Williams PSA 6, 1954 Dan Dee Mickey Mantle PSA 3.5, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron RC PSA 5.5 and a 2011 Topps Traded Gold PSA 9 Mike Trout Rookie. Baseball card sets and lots start at the turn of the 20th century. We have some pre-war lots and our usual run of Topps and Bowman sets from the 1950s and 1960s. There is a nearly complete 1977 Topps wax box and a rare 1988 Topps Cloth Stickers uncut sheet.
Baseball autographs include four signed Black and White HOF Plaques (Baker, Hornsby, McKechnie, Young). We have some tougher signed photos, including an Al Simmons signed Charles Conlon photo, a Jackie Robinson signed blood donor card and many interesting signed baseballs. Historical autographs include a terrific Martin Luther King Jr signature and signed Presidential documents from Grant and Teddy Roosevelt. Vintage entertainment autograph collectors should really enjoy this auction. We have a emarkable collection of in-person autographs from the 1930s through the 1950s. An amazing autograph chaser seemingly met everyone who came through New York City in this period, including Marlon Brando, Rita Hayworth, Boris Karloff and Joe DiMaggio.
Basketball card collectors will see a 1986-7 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 8 and three 1986-7 Fleer PSA 8 packs. Basketball autograph collectors will see an early Kobe Bryant full name signed jersey as well as a LeBron James signed Cavs jersey and a large and fresh run of single signed basketballs with many scarcities.
We have the final part of the great hockey card collection that we have been selling this year. There are fine partial sets going back to the late 1950s, a 1965 Topps Phil Esposito RC PSA 8, several PSA 8 HOF cards, a terrific PSA 8 Wayne Gretzky RC and a slabbed 1979-80 Topps set with a Gretzky.
Baseball memorabilia concludes the auction. We have a superb circa 1913 Type One Christy Mathewson/John McGraw photo, 1923 and 1927 World Series tickets and a 2009 Yankees ring.
We want to thank both our old and new customers for their outstanding support in 2020. We are actively accepting consignments and buying quality single items and entire collections for our inventory. Cash advances are available, we have the funds to immediately purchase any size collection.