Huge Vintage Card Collection Consigned to Auction

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A million dollar collection of high-grade Hall of Famers will be included in an upcoming sports memorabilia auction.

A private collector with a concentration in rare and pristine Hall of Fame baseball cards has chosen Heritage Auction Galleries’ Oct. 1 Signature Sports Auction to present 40 of the rarest and most valuable specimens to the collecting hobby.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage Auction Galleries. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available.”

Estimated at more than $1.2 million for just the 40 cards, The Freedom Collection of Elite Baseball Trading Cards will provide the early fireworks to the event, leading off the auction, which features well in excess of 1,200 lots of rare and valuable trading cards and sports memorabilia. While the consignor of the Freedom Collection has chosen to preserve his anonymity, the legends pictured on the cards require no introduction.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle “Ty Cobb, ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays are just a few of the names featured,” said Ivy, “and in each case, the player’s most important and/or valuable card is presented. It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

The auction launches September 10 and the trading card portion will end on Thursday, Oct. 1 in an Extended Bidding format, each lot closing individually after 30 minutes of bidding inactivity following the 10 PM CT cut-off. The memorabilia presented in the sale will be sold Oct. 2 in a Live auction format beginning at 12 noon CT, with bidders able to participate in person, by telephone, or online.

Some Highlights of The Freedom Collection include:

1911 D304 Brunners Ty Cobb PSA NM-MT 8:

Estimate: $200,000+

1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA EX-MT 6:

Estimate $125,000+

1910 T210 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA Good 2:

Estimate $100,000+

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8:

Estimate $80,000 – $100,000

1951 Bowman Willie Mays #305 PSA Mint 9:

Estimate $60,000 – $80,000

1910 T210 Old Mill Casey Stengel PSA EX-MT 6:

Estimate $60,000 – $80,000

1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX-MT 6:

Estimate $40,000 – $60,000

1902-11 W600 Sporting Life John "Hans" Wagner Cabinets-Uniform PSA EX 5 (MK):

Estimate $25,000 – $35,000

1952 Topps Ed Mathews #407 PSA NM-MT 8:

Estimate $25,000 – $35,000

1911 Zeenut PCL Buck Weaver SGC 88 NM/MT 8:

Estimate $20,000 – $30,000

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5:

Estimate $20,000 – $30,000

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53 PSA NM 7:

Estimate $15,000 – $25,000

1911 D304 Brunners Honus Wagner SGC 60 EX 5:

Estimate $15,000 – $25,000

1911 D304 Brunners Cy Young SGC 80 EX/NM 6:

Estimate $15,000 – $25,000

1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background PSA NM-MT 8:

Estimate $15,000 – $25,000

1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets Ty Cobb #9 Checklist Back PSA EX 5:

Estimate $15,000 – $25,000

1925 Exhibits Henry L. Gehrig PSA EX+ 5.5:

Estimate $10,000 – $15,000

1954 Topps Ernie Banks #94 PSA Mint 9:

Estimate $10,000 – $15,000