A new find always gets a vintage card collector’s attention and when it’s a never before seen T206 variation, the talk goes off the charts. Huggins and Scott’s latest auction catalog includes what seems to be a one-of-a-kind, never before seen card of Ed Walsh that has an ad for Old Mill cigarettes printed with blue ink. Never before has such a variation been uncovered on any other T206 card.
The Walsh, which was first revealed at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, is most commonly found with black text, although a few brown versions exist and often sell for large premiums at auction.
Some believed it was a hoax but SGC gave its stamp of approval, even adding the words “blue back” to the label on the holder while grading it a ‘30’ (good). The card retains good color and detail but has moderate print wear and creasing.
The opening bid on the card is $15,000. Online message boards indicate at least one significantly higher offer was made at the National but the seller turned it down, choosing instead to take his chances at auction. The pre-sale estimate is $25,000-50,000.
The auction will also feature a scarce 1907 Ty Cobb Detroit Seamless Steel Tubes rookie postcard, carrying an SGC 20 grade. Bidding opens at $4,000 for the postmarked card. The auction contains 832 lots of vintage and modern era sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia including an attractive completely graded E95 Philadelphia Caramel set with a SGC 60 Honus Wagner; a tough-to-find collection of SGC graded D304 Brunner’s Bread cards with Wagner, Lajoie and Baker; a collection of high grade Exhibit cards with many shortprints and “highest graded” examples; several lots of graded T3 Turkey Reds, T205 Gold Borders, T206 White Borders and more.
The post-war cards being offered include a 1952 Topps Mays SGC 84; the finest group of 1951 Fischer’s Bread Labels the company has ever offered; a large selection of high grade 1967 Topps unopened cello packs; many complete and near sets from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s and two different 1990 Topps George Bush cards (of only 100 total made, including the highest graded example) and several vintage “shoebox” collections.
There are several game-used warm-up jackets including a neat early St. Louis Cardinals; a seldom-seen 1969 Seattle Pilots game-used cap; and a Moses Malone game-used Washington Bullets jersey.
Collectors can bid on a variety of old game programs and tickets, including Mickey Mantle’s 1951 Major League debut ticket stub; 1941 Lou Gehrig Memorial full ticket; numerous graded World Series tickets and season passes; several early World Series programs including 1920, 1922, 1927, 1932 and many more.
Autograph highlights include: an 1896 George Wright signed invitation graded Gem Mint 10 by PSA; letters signed by Nicholas Young, Ty Cobb, Fred Clarke and Joe Tinker; a unique 1937 Leo Durocher trade contract signed by Burleigh Grimes and Branch Rickey; a Babe Ruth and Jacob Ruppert dual-signed photo postcard PSA 7.5; a PSA 8 Walter Johnson signed index card; a PSA 10 Ty Cobb cut; acollection of vintage autographed photographs from the personal collection of EC Patterson including Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Fielding Yost and other early college football dignitaries; and a big collection of signed Sporting News issues with literally hundreds of signed publications including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Roger Maris, Wayne Gretzky, Wilt Chamberlain, Johnny Unitas and multiple Michael Jordan autographed covers.
Bidding opens Monday, December 3 at noon eastern time and closes December 13 at hugginsandscott.com.