Top 1939 Play Ball Set Off to Hot Start at Auction

Goldin Auctions, in partnership with Steiner Sports, is offering several of the highest grade PSA graded baseball card sets in the world from the Jeffrey Gitomer collection in its October Legends auction. The items, consigned by Steiner Sports and being co-marketed by the collectibles company, will be available for preview beginning on Oct. 2 with first bids being accepted on Friday, October 4.

The PSA graded sets, built by the well-respected collector Jeffrey Gitomer include: 1939 Play Ball set; 1939 Play Ball “Salesman Sample” set; 1954 Red Heart set; the 1974 Topps Deckle Edge set; and the 1960 Nu-Card Lites set.

“While Mr. Gitomer may not have tried to build a wide array of sets, the sets that he chose to collect he did so with unparalleled tenacity with condition being of key importance,” explained Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.

Joe DiMaggio Ted Williams 1939 Play BallHeadlining the group is the finest 1939 Play Ball set on PSA’s Set Registry. Due to Gitomer’s penchant for purchasing the highest-grade cards that were available, he would often buy multiple examples of the same cards in the same grade, just to be sure he was placing the finest example in his sets.

In preparing the set for auction, Goldin Auctions also went through the collection to hand pick the “best of the best.”

Just four days into the bidding, the set had reached a high bid of  $55,000.

Two of the highlights of the set are a MINT 9 Ted Williams rookie card and MINT 9 Joe DiMaggio card. Among the dozens of Hall of Famers in the set are Bill Dickey, Mel Ott, Lefty Gomez, Carl Hubbell, and Hank Greenberg.

Red Heart collection 1954In addition to the spectacular 1939 Play Ball “Basic Set,” the collection also includes the 1939 Play Ball “Salesman Sample” card set; a world class 1954 Red Heart graded set, 1974 Topps Deckle Edge graded set — both considered as the second-best on PSA’s Set Registry — and the 1960 Nu-Card Lites, which is the top rated set on PSA’s Set Registry. Each of these sets were built the same way as the 1939 Play Ball sets with many extra high-grade cards in reserve.

The 33-card 1954 Red Heart sets was issued with Red Heart Dog Food in three series of 11 cards with the sets differentiated by three different colors – red, blue and green. Such stars as Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider are included.

In 1974, Topps issued scalloped cut Deckle Edge cards in limited distribution in the Northeast. Made to resemble movies star photos, these cards were oversized versions of the 1974 Topps base set printed in black and white. The cards, measuring 2 7/8 by 5 inches present a blue facsimile signature on the front of each card. Consisting of 72 total cards, the checklist is dominated with star players of the era including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron.

The 1960 Nu-Card Hi Lites is comprised of 72 different oversized cards (3 ¼ x 5 3/8) eachprinted in red and black and made to look like a newspaper headline. The cards in the set represent remarkable achievements from some of the game’s top players including Babe Ruth hitting three homers in a World Series game; Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak: and Willie Mays’ great World Series catch.

Other highlights of the Goldin Auctions October Legends event include M101-6 (Felix Mendehlson) card of “Shoeless Joe Jackson – making it the rarest Jackson baseball card in the world and The Cambridge Collection – a massive 2,200 card collection from the early 1890’s, and a rare 1936-38 Lou Gehrig game-used bat.

Bidding closes early next month.