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News & Notes: Big Vintage Collection Buy & More

When you sell vintage baseball cards for a living, you wait for calls like this.  A past customer who happened to live in the area called New Jersey-based Just Collect Monday and said he was ready to downsize.

Babe Ruth E220 baseball card 1922Within two days, a deal was struck.  It took two trips just to get the collection back to the company’s office.

1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 1Among the highlights:  hundreds of pre-War cards including multiple Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards, dozens of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jacks including a 1915 Joe Jackson, complete sets of E120, E121, near complete sets of 1933 Goudey and 1941 Play Ball, a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie and sets and near sets from the 1950’s to 1970’s.

The condition was mixed, but safe to say the market is welcoming  some of the hobby’s most popular vintage cards as the collection hits eBay, according to Leighton Sheldon of Just Collect.  Three Ruths, the Jackson and Mantle rookie are already drawing attention on eBay. See them here.

As for the size and scope of the collection, check out the photo gallery.

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Here’s a story that’s interesting—and very sad, especially if you’re a hockey fan.

An Ontario man may have one of the last autographs signed by the legendary Tim Horton and it was a purchase that came entirely by accident.

Robert Becker is in possession of a Feb. 20, 1974 Maple Leafs program that Horton apparently put his name on hours before he died.

Read the story in the Toronto Sun.

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Sawchuk jerseyFour vintage game-worn hockey jerseys sold for more than $150,000 Wednesday night via Classic Auctions.  Terry Sawchuk’s 1957-58 Detroit Red Wings game worn wool jersey  realized $58,888, Paul Thompson’s 1935-37 Chicago Black Hawks game worn wool model sold for $35,393.   Billy Dawe’s 1952 Winter Olympics Edmonton Mercurys Team Canada game worn wool jersey brought $30,216 and the jersey worn by Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak in the 1976 Canada Cup and 1977 World Championships went for $29,462.

In all, the event generated over $1.5 million.

The sale of the Butch Bouchard Collection got a lot of media attention north of the border.  The entire collection realized   $115,000 with Bouchard’s 1947 First NHL All-Star Game jersey fetching $16,488 and his 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens game-worn captain’s jersey going for $15,503.

Several rare hockey cards also sold including a 1910-11 Imperial Tobacco C56 #16 HOFer Joseph Cattarinich RC – Graded PSA 8 – that realized $10,734 and a Lester Patrick rookie card from the same set, graded 7.5, that realized $9,074.

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If consistency and order are two of your favorite things—and if you love the 1970’s—this might be for you.  All 660 cards and variations in the 1974 Topps set, all graded PSA 8.  Check it out.

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Upper Deck logoAmong the activations planned to celebrate its silver anniversary, Upper Deck will unveil a 250-card, 25th-anniversary multi-sport set, utilizing a design similar to its inaugural 1989 baseball card set, this summer.

The company is celebrating the anniversary all year and reflecting on what’s happened since.  Upper Deck had a major influence on what trading card products have become.

“I believe our most influential innovation has been the certified autograph card, going way back to 1990 with Baseball Heroes, and authentic autograph cards continue to be incredibly important to the industry,”  President Jason Masherah said.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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