A massive collection of autographed Topps baseball sets has been bid up to $75,000 in Collect Auctions' current sale. The auction is live now (www.collectauctions.com), with bidding ending Dec. 1.
The Topps Baseball set run from 1974-90 includes all of the cards signed by the respective players, approximately 15,000 signatures with dozens of Hall of Famers, hundreds of rookie cards and numerous rare signatures, from Thurman Munson to Alan Wiggins. This entire signed set run from 1974-1990 is packaged neatly in binders and nine-pocket sleeves, except for the singles which have been pulled out and arrive in PSA/DNA slabs. All other singles have been pre-certified by PSA/DNA.
“It’s not the HOFers and stars that are the most difficult signatures to obtain,” said Steve Bloedow, director of Collect Auctions, about the excellence of the set run. “It’s the little-known players, those who didn’t make the majors, or those who had a cup of coffee in the majors and then fell off the face of the earth, or even the foreign players who go back to their native countries and never come back to the states.”
There are many other signed sets and near sets in the auction, including a 1957 near set with 362 signatures.
Topping the memorabilia side of the auction is a 1969-72 game-used Bobby Orr Boston Bruins jersey that comes with a Milton Byron LOA. This classic dureen Wilson knit Bruins black road jersey has the size “50” added to the company tag in the neck. The characteristics, like the tagging in the neck, numbering, yolk and the jersey design are consistent with early 1970s game-worn jerseys. Bidding on the jersey started at $10,000.
Another marquee item in the auction is a Christy Mathewson signed, typed letter written in 1925, eight months before he died. The letter is on Boston National League Base Ball Company letterhead addressed to Boston Braves player Ernest K. Padgett laying out the terms of a contract. Current high bid is over $7300.
The Lou Gehrig signed envelope with handwritten note that was written about here last week has jumped to over $7600 with more than a week to go in the auction. Sent to a fan who had requested a signed photo in the 1930s, the Gehrig autograph carries a PSA/DNA 10 grade.
Speaking of high-grade signed items, Collect Auctions will also feature a 1966 Green Bay Packers team-signed football with 53 signatures, graded PSA/DNA 9. All the principle signatures are present, including many rare examples.
Other highlights in the auction include the following:
- 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folder Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford PSA 6.5
- 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle No. 82 PSA 6
- 1957 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set (407)
- 1955 Topps Baseball complete set (210)
- 1971 Topps Baseball Series 4 vending box
- Hank Aaron signed April 8, 1974 full ticket (broke Ruth’s record)
- Cy Young Signed B&W HOF plaque postcard (PSA/DNA)
- Jimmie Foxx and Bing Miller signed 1929 World Series program page
- Muhammad Ali single-signed ONL baseball