Love of the Game Fall, 2021 Auction Now Underway

Premier Catalog Auction Closes November 27

KINGSTON, NY – Love of the Game Auctions, an internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia, announced today that its Fall, 2021 Premier Auction is now open for bidding.

The auction closing date is Saturday, November 27.  The sale features one of the company’s strongest selections of sports memorabilia in its history, including hundreds of vintage programs, original photography, vintage ticket stubs and display pieces.

As is the case with most Love of the Game auctions, the auction features a large assortment of cards, with a heavy focus on prewar baseball. The auction’s marquee item is a fantastic 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth. An incredibly rare early Ruth card that still pictures him as a pitcher with the Red Sox, PSA has graded just 14 examples of the card.

Another key auction higlight is an incredible 1965 Topps rookie card of Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA, one of just eight cards to reach that plateau.

Also featured are a pair of important Mickey Mantle cards, highlighted by an attractive midgrade example of his 1952 Topps card, graded EX 5 by PSA, and a beautifully sharp 1951 Bowman, graded PSA 6.

Love of the Game’s specialty has long been prewar baseball cards, and as usual, this auction has hundreds. Highlighted by a breakup of the #9 1911 T3 Turkey Red set on the PSA Registry, the auction also has a plentiful selection of 19th and early 20th Century cards, with a heavy focus on Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.


The auction features an assortment of vintage baseball and football programs, many originating from the world class collection of former broadcaster Ted Patterson. The highlight is an amazing program from a November 27, 1921 game between the Chicago Staleys and Green Bay Packers – the first Bears/Packers game in their long-running rivalry. Programs from this game are extremely rare, the Staleys represented in their final season before changing their name to the Bears.

The auction features a host of rare college and pro football programs, including several more early Bears, Giants and Packers programs, along with teams like the Stapleton Stapes, Frankford Yellowjackets, Wilson’s Wildcats, Rochester Jeffersons, and Providence Steam Rollers. College football programs date back as early as 1894.

Baseball programs are also featured throughout the auction, most notably a 1915 Boston vs. Philadelphia World Series program, which was Babe Ruth’s first World Series. The auction includes a number of other prewar World Series programs, as well as large collections of programs for a number of teams, including Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees and more.

The baseball memorabilia section is one of the largest in the history of the company, with more than 150 lots of memorabilia. The memorabilia assortment is highlighted by a number of original photos, including Jim Thorpe, Ty Cobb, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and more. Large-format team photos are also well-represented, as are 19th Century cabinet photos.


The auction features a large assortment of unopened football, basketball and hockey boxes, largely from the 1990s and 2000s. The highlight here is a number of different football boxes from 2000, likely including rookie cards of Tom Brady, as well as a number of basketball boxes from 1996, likely including rookie cards of Kobe Bryant. The auction features more than 100 lots of factory-sealed boxes, all from a large original-owner collection, fresh to the hobby.


The auction features a tremendous assortment of complete and partial sets, graded and ungraded, from multiple sports. Highlights include a fantastic high-grade 1975 Topps PSA-Graded set. Ranked #25 on the PSA Set Registry, the set includes 21 cards grading GEM MINT 10, and just two cards grading below NM-MT 8.

Other complete and partial sets include 1932 U.S. Caramel baseball, 1933 Goudey Sport Kings, 1957 Topps baseball, 1958 Topps baseball, 1959 Fleer Ted Williams, 1960 Topps baseball, 1962 Topps baseball, 1963 Topps baseball, 1960 Topps football, 1963 Topps football, 1987 Wheaties football, 1986 and 1987 Fleer sticker basketball, 1910 T218 Champions, and nonsports sets like 1950 Bowman “Wild Man,” 1950 Topps Flags of the World, and 1963 Topps Astronauts.

One of the company’s finest auctions yet, Love of the Game continues to build its reputation as an auction house for unusual items that you don’t see every day.

The final date to bid is Saturday, November 27. To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit

Love of the Game is in the process of assembling its Spring, 2022 catalog auctions and “Great Cards” selections, which they hope will prove to be its biggest and most exciting sale yet. For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at [email protected] or (845) 750-6366.

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