Vintage Baseball Cards Headline Auction

If you like your cards old and rare, one auction closing this week features hundreds of lots from the early days of professional baseball.

The early history of professional baseball is best told through its baseball cards. This week, some of those images will change hands when an auction by vintage specialist 19thCenturyOnly comes to a close.

Despite the economic downturn, quality vintage cards have proven to be a strong performer in the current market because of the continued high demand and relative scarcity. 200 lots with 1,000 rare and vintage baseball cards are being offered in the sale including one of the finest 1911 Mecca Double Folders complete sets in existence.

Allen & Ginter Tim Keefe True to its name, the 19thCenturyOnly auction offers a significant quantity of cards from the 1800s including a newly discovered circa 1877 Bill Hawes CDV. Cards from the Mayo and Old Judge sets are listed well as three high grade rarities from the 1887 Allen & Ginter set. There is a PSA 7 Tim Keefe, a PSA 8 Joe Mulvey and a PSA 7 James Fogerty. A pair of Hall of Famers can be found with the inclusion of the 1887 Buchner Gold Coin cards of Old Hoss Radbourn and Buck Ewing.

Early 20th century listings include the Mecca set, consisting of 50 pieces, with two players per card. Carrying no less than 20 Hall of Famers, the set offered by 19thCenturyOnly is made up of PSA 5 and 6 grades. It’s currently rated as the ninth best set on the PSA Set Registry.

“E” card collectors will have a chance to bid on cards like the 1910 Nadja Caramels Eddie Plank, and two Honus Wagner rarities: an E105 Mello Mint Gum and E90-2 American Caramel. There is an E92 Croft’s Candy Christy Mathewson (PSA 4) and an Admiral Schlei that is graded the highest of any Croft’s Cocoa card to date.

Collectors celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic 1909-1911 T206 set by collecting the 500+ card set will see hundreds availalable through the listings of the auction as 19thCenturyOnly breaks a near complete set.

Other tobacco cards include a 1919 T213 Coupon Ty Cobb portrait and a 1911 T212 Buck Weaver.

Post-War cards being offered include a 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth (PSA 4), a near set of 41 different 1938 Goudey Heads Up including 11 Hall of Famers. For fans of the 1950s, a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card and a 1952 Berk Ross Joe DiMaggio.

Several T226 1910 Red Sun boxing cards are up for grabs.

The successful outgrowth of an online community, 19thCenturyOnly has been offering vintage sports cards memorabilia to collectors at auction since 2003. Bidding in the current auction ends Wednesday, July 15. at 9 PM EST with a 15-minute rule. Registration is available online at