Heritage Galleries has released details on its next major auction, including a trio of hard-to-find cards from the T206 set and some early Philadelphia A's memorabilia.
Three top rarities in the famed T206 set are among the vintage sports cards and memorabilia offered by Heritage Auction Galleries next month.
A Honus Wagner T206, graded SGC 10, headlines the vintage card section of the auction. It's estimated that less than 100 examples of the well-chronicled card exist with six figure winning bids now a given even for the lower grade varieties. An SGC 10 sold in August of last year for $192,000 in a Mastro Auction. A PSA 1 sold in June of 2005 for $132,000 while a PSA 2 sold in December of 2006 for $294,338 via Memory Lane.
The Wagner is joined in the Heritage Signature auction by two other scarce cards from the T206 set, Eddie Plank and the elusive Sherry Magee card.
"Eddie Plank and the Magee error card establish this as one of the few auctions in history to feature all three of these T206's," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectible Auctions for the Dallas-based company.
Heritage also has one of the few surviving specimens of the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings trade card, recognized by many as the first baseball card ever produced. "Fewer than ten examples have reached the auction block in the past decade," noted Ivy of the card which has been authenticated by PSA.
Another source of recent hobby gossip is the "Arkansas Find" of Mint PM1 pins, including a never before seen Chief Bender specimen. "These pins are simply never seen in the flawless condition of this find," explained Ivy. "Even the original mounting cards are here, still attached to the pins. It's safe to say you'll never see PM1's like this again."
Complete or near sets of T206, 1952 Topps and 1933 Goudey will also be a part of the sale.
Heritage is also offering items related to early Philadelphia Athletics star T. Frederick 'Topsy' Hartsel including his 1910 World Series trophy and game worn jersey consigned to the auction by his family.
Autographed memorabilia will include what Ivy calls "two incredible personal collections, one of 1930's and 1940's government postcards, and the other Hall of Fame plaques, feature all of the greatest names of the era." Fan favorites like Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and Ott are joined by the scarcely seen Jesse Burkett, Christy Mathewson and Bobby Wallace.
A collection of artifacts consigned by Joe Montana's high school sweetheart and first wife features the earliest game used and autographed material ever seen from the Hall of Fame quarterback, and includes his signed letter of intent to attend Notre Dame University.
Numerous jerseys including a Pete Maravich rookie season Atlanta Hawks shirt will be available and the auction also features an assortment of hockey material with jerseys from Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky among the offerings.
The trading card portion of the auction will end on Friday, May 2nd in an Extended Bidding format, each lot closing individually after thirty minutes of bidding inactivity following the 9 PM CST cut-off. The memorabilia will be sold May 3rd in a Live auction format beginning at 12 noon CST, with bidders able to participate in person, by telephone, or by using the eBay Live link below.