Premier Catalog Auction Closes April 1
HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey, March 22 – Love of the Game Auctions, an internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia, announced today that its Spring, 2017 auction is open for bidding.
The auction closing date is Saturday, April 1. The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by an incredible Roberto Clemente collection (#4 on the PSA Set Registry), a tremendous hoard of 1920s and 30s Exhibit cards, more than 300 autographed 1952 Topps baseball cards, and important, rare cards of Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and more.
Babe Ruth is well-represented in the auction. Highlighted by his ultra-rare 1917-20 Felix Mendelsohn card (the first card depicting Ruth as a Yankee) and his 1923-24 Exhibit card (with only a few examples known), the auction features 19 different Ruth cards, not counting those included in complete and partial sets. Also included is a fantastic 1930 Type I photo featuring Ruth, along with teammates Bob Shawkey, Benny Bengough and Roy Sherid. The photo has been signed by all four subjects, and authenticated by PSA/DNA.
Another incredible Ruth-related item is an incredible 1934 Babe Ruth Boys’ Club Contest Winner collection. Likely the only collection of its kind, it consists of a group of documents and photos related to young Gerard Knapp of Menands, NY, who, along with 49 other boys, was the winner of a radio contest sponsored by Standard Oil to receive a trip to Yankees Spring Training with Babe Ruth. The collection includes all the letters and itineraries related to the trip, a newspaper article about Knapp’s contest award, and a postcard from Knapp to his parents. The collection also includes a previously-unseen variation of the 1934 Esso Babe Ruth premium, as well as a handsome real photo postcard of the Babe that we have never seen before. Since there were only 50 contest winners, it is extremely unlikely that other examples of these items survived, and that the Boys’ Club premium may well be the only example in existence.
Another auction highlight is an ultra-rare 1913 Voskamp’s Coffee Honus Wagner. The card is virtually never made available at public auction; it is one of the most rare of all Wagner collectibles. The example featured in our auction is one of the only Voskamp’s Coffee Wagners to have been featured at auction in the last decade; the exact card featured in this auction sold in a 2009 auction for more than $14,000. No example of a higher grade has sold since.
Remnants of our San Antonio, Texas find of last year, the autographed 1952 Topps were among the highlights of the massive collection that was consigned to Love of the Game last spring. We have had all of the cards from that collection authenticated and encapsulated by PSA/DNA, and are spread across more than 60 lots in the auction. The largest lot is an enormous partial set of 266 cards, including 50 of the tough high numbers. The auction also features some of the most difficult signed cards in the set, broken into individual lots, including the Johnny Sain/Joe Page error (signed by Sain), the second of just two known examples signed by Cliff Fannin, rare, signed cards of Johnny Kucab, Karl Drews, Dizzy Trout, Fred Hutchinson and many more.
Roberto Clemente Collection
The auction includes a massive collection of cards and ephemera related to Roberto Clemente, ranking #4 on the PSA Set Registry. Highlighted by the popular 1955 Topps rookie card (PSA NM 7), each of the remaining mainstream Clemente cards has been graded NM-MT 8 or better by PSA, a complete run from 1955 through 1973. The collection also features some notable Clemente rarities, such as a complete 1964 Bazooka panel graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA (one of just two in existence), a tough 1957 Kahn’s Weiners (PSA VG-EX 4), a host of difficult team-issued cards and photos, and his rare 1962 Sugardale Wieners card (PSA GOOD 2). The collection includes a host of Clemente-related memorabilia as well, including Type I photos, box panels, programs, and a ticket stub from October 11, 1972 – Clemente’s last game before his tragic plane crash.
The auction also includes an incredible assortment of rare type cards, including the largest selection of 1910 T210 Old Mill cards offered at auction in recent memory. In addition, the sale includes more than 100 lots of memorabilia and game-used items, as well as a fine selection of autographs, highlighted by an absolutely massive collection of more than 800 different New York Yankees signed 8x10” photos.
The final date to bid in this auction is Saturday, April 1. To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit http://www.loveofthegameauctions.com.
Love of the Game is beginning to assemble its Summer, 2017 catalog auction, which they hope will prove to be its biggest and most exciting auction yet. Held in conjunction with the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention, the Summer Love of the Game sale will be the company’s Fifth Anniversary Auction. The company is currently seeking high-value sports card, memorabilia, and autograph consignments for that auction. For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at [email protected] or (973) 452-9147.