“Texan Collection” Part III to Highlight Hunt Auctions’ April Premier Live Auction: Now Live and closes April 24th

Exton, PA (March 26, 2021) – Hunt Auctions will conduct its April Premier Live Auction event with several prestigious private collections to be offered, most notably the third installment of the “Texan Collection” of historic sports cards. Curated over a forty-year period, the collection is one of the finest assembled of its type with the initial two offerings establishing record pricing for several card issues. Part III of the “Texan Collection” will include a wide variety of vintage sports cards highlighted by an exceedingly scarce complete set of 1912 Helmer Tobacco L1 Baseball Leathers. The oversized leather premiums were issued in exchange for coupons packaged with their “Turkish Trophies” line of tobacco products. The coupons could be exchanged for a T3 baseball cabinet card (10-15 coupons), S81 silk (20-25 coupons), or the top premium which were the offered leathers (35-50 coupons).  Given the required number of coupons and limited population of surviving examples, the Helmar L1 Leather set are considered to be among the most valuable baseball premiums ever issued. 

Another grouping within the “Texan Collection” which is sure to draw attention is a master set and unique uncut sheet of 1909-11 S74 Baseball Tobacco silks. The sheet may well be a unique surviving example consisting of an amazing total of (156) S74 baseball tobacco silks including numerous star players in duplication such as Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson.  Several other outstanding private collections of vintage sports cards will be presented within the auction led by the first installment of a highly significant group of autographed vintage cards.  The collection consists of thousands of pieces and will be sold over a period of several years with the first offering taking place within the April Premier auction. Numerous Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio signed cards from the 1940-60s period will be sold in addition to many other star players such as Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Johnny Unitas.  The collection was assembled by one collector over several decades and is being offered to the public for the first time. Rounding out the vintage sports card portion of the sale will be the first offering from a substantive collection of vintage unopened packs dating from the 1940-70s.  The collection included hundreds of items as obtained by a private collector and will be sold over the course of several auctions.

“Texan Collection” and Vintage Sports Card Highlights

1912 Helmar L1 Baseball Leather Premium Complete Set (Est. Range $500-$25,000 each)
1909 S74 Baseball Tobacco silks uncut sheet (Est. $25,000-$50,000)
“Ty Cobb” tobacco tin c.1912 (Est. $25,000-$50,000)
1909 T-212 Obak tobacco card set with Chic Gandil (Est. $4,000-$8,000)
1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 (Est. $20,000-$40,000)
1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 autographed card (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 autographed card (Est. $15,000-$25,000)
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 autographed card (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
1956 Topps Jackie Robinson #30 autographed card (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
1957 Topps, 1959 Topps, 1954 Bowman, 1963 Topps, 1960 Topps baseball unopened wax packs (Est. Range $500-$3,000 each)

The April Premier auction will also showcase an impressive selection of vintage sports, music, and popular culture memorabilia from a number of private collections.  Hunt Auctions is excited to announce the first portion of a significant collection of vintage baseball memorabilia from a Northeastern Gentleman. The collection is focused on vintage game worn jerseys, game used bats, and early photography dating from the 1890s-1970s period.  The offering will take place over a number of auctions including many unique specimens most notably in the category of vintage game worn jerseys.  Three private collections of music and popular culture related materials will also be sold within the auction consisting primarily of autographed items from the great music legends of 1950-90s era.

1989 Mario Lemieux NHL All-Star Game worn professional model jersey (NHL provenance) (Est. $20,000-$40,000)
Scarce Stew Johnson ABA Pittsburgh Condors professional model uniform c.1971-72 (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
Frank Frisch rookie era professional model baseball bat c.1916-20 (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
Olaf Henriksen Boston Red Sox professional model home uniform c.1912-14 (Photo match) (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
Scarce 1926 Alphonse Tommy Thompson Chicago White Sox professional model road uniform (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
1911 Christy Mathewson autographed photograph (Est. $25,000-$50,000)
Frank “Home Run” Baker single signed baseball (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
Scarce Tommy Connolly single signed baseball (Est. $15,000-$25,000)

Bidding is now live and closes April 24th. Bidding is available via online absentee, live telephone, and live interactive online bidding through our Invaluable portal. For more information, visit www.huntauctions.com . For auction inquiries call 610.524.0822 or email [email protected].


Exton, Pennsylvania based Hunt Auctions has been a leader in the sports memorabilia auction industry for 32 years.  Numerous former players and their families have trusted their collections with Hunt Auctions including Babe Ruth (HOF), Ted Williams (HOF), Joe DiMaggio (HOF), Roberto Clemente (HOF), Brett Favre (HOF), Vin Scully (HOF) Whitey Ford (HOF), Curt Flood, Gale Sayers (HOF), Tony Dorsett (HOF), Tony Gwynn (HOF), Reggie White (HOF), Randall Cunningham, Joseph Carr (HOF),  Leo Durocher (HOF), Robin Roberts (HOF), Earl Weaver (HOF), Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (HOF), Warren Spahn (HOF), Johnny Bench (HOF), Johnny Unitas (HOF), Clem Labine, Mickey Vernon, Jake Pitler, Thurman Munson, Roy Campanella (HOF), Harmon Killebrew (HOF), Bill Mazeroski (HOF), Kent Tekulve, Steve Blass, Johnny Pesky, Charles “Kid” Nichols (HOF),  Jim Palmer (HOF),  Bucky Walters, Walter Johnson (HOF), Bill McKechnie (HOF), Willie Mosconi, Joe Frazier and Norm Van Brocklin (HOF).  Hunt Auctions is also the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Official Auctioneer of the MLB All-Star PlayBallPark®. Hunt Auctions has worked with numerous institutions to include: National Football League, Philadelphia Phillies®, Pittsburgh Pirates®, Baltimore Orioles®, Boston Red Sox®, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago Bulls, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and Baseball Assistance Team.