Our current auction closes on Wednesday June 5 and has some interesting and exciting content. We start the auction with a fresh mid-grade near T206 set. From the same collection, we also have a T205 set, a partial T207 set and all manner of interesting tobacco and caramel cards through the 1930s, including E90-2 and E106 Honus Wagners.
Other key lots include two fine looking PSA 2 and 2.5 Mickey Mantle Rookies, a 1952 Topps Mantle, a remarkable PSA 10 1968 Topps Mantle/Mays/Killebrew, a fine Babe Ruth single signed baseball and a superb slabbed 1985 Perez Steele Greatest Moments set with the key Ashburn (PSA 10) offered as a separate lot. We have a Ned Hanlon signed 1897 Baltimore Orioles contract, an amazing Mel Ott black and white HOF plaque with a letter on the back discussing the HOF, a Cy Young handwritten and signed 1895 financial ledger, a remarkable Martin Luther King Jr. TLS in which he mentions Jackie Robinson, a Mint Abraham Lincoln cut signature and a fresh Elvis Presley signed 8x10.
Baseball cards in this auction include the third and final part of the huge and significant collection of Old Judges that we obtained last summer, with note to another 25 HOFers/rarities as part of well over
100 different lots. Other card highlights include an E102 Cobb, several T206s with rare backs, including a Johnson Portrait and a Cy Young Portrait with brown Hindu backs, a Ty Cobb with a Sovereign 360 back, 1932 U.S. Caramels of Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig, a key 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson, a quality run of 1948 Leaf short-prints, a 1954 Wilson Weiner Gil Hodges PSA 7, a superb 1954 Dan Dee Mantle PSA 7, 1954 Red Heart Mantle, a 1954 Topps Aaron Rookie PSA 5 and a 1956 Topps Clemente PSA 8.
Baseball card sets and lots include several tobacco lots including some fine lots at the end of the auction catalog that arrived just at our print deadline, with note to a T206 Cobb Red Background, Cy Young Portrait PSA 3, and a lot of over 300 different T206s in collector grade.
Baseball autographs check in at over 100 lots and include many desirable signed card singles and sets, signed photos, letters and programs. Noteworthy items include a 1965 Yankees team sheet, a lot of 392 different NY Yankee signed 8x10s, a beautiful Mantle/Maris 8x10 and an amazing 16x20 signed by Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose to each other from Mantle’s restaurant. Signed baseballs include singles of Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Joe Page and Jackie Robinson. Team balls include 1928, 1934 and 1936 Yankee signed baseballs, and a truly rare 1946 Satchel Paige signed barnstorming tour ball.
Historical autographs include a Gem Mint 2008 Barack Obama signed election night ticket, entertainment autographs include a new fresh collection of 8x10 and large format photos signed to an editor in the 1940s and 1950s with rarities and much more. We have some lots of comic books that go back to the 1940s and an extensive selection of non-sports sets.
Basketball collectors will see a vintage 1968 UCLA Bruins signed card, an amazing program signed by Pete Maravich and his father in 1970, two Michael Jordan UDA basketballs and a tremendous selection of LeBron James and Michael Jordan signed oversize photos.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction. Items here include a 1927 World Series program, first game programs for Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle, a beautiful 1969 Mets pendant given to the wife of a player and a terrific circa 1977 Yankees true game jacket.