Vintage card collectors will soon have a crack at thousands of vintage baseball cards after a Tennessee man sold his lifelong accumulation. The collection is our Vintage Buy of the Week from Just Collect, Inc., and will be offered on eBay later this summer.
The ‘Volunteer Collection’, named for the owner’s location near Knoxville, TN, features hundreds of tobacco cards including T206, T205, T3 and Old Judge along with a complete T200 Fatima set, dozens of Hall of Famers from the 1930′s and 40′s including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, complete 1950′s sets and more.
The seller began collecting as a youngster, accumulating cards that were much older than he was, then stepped away for a few years before returning in earnest to build what was likely one of the better collections of vintage baseball cards in the southeastern part of the United States. While not all are high grade, the majority of the cards were acquired with a collector’s eye for aesthetic quality.
After opting to look for a buyer after decades of collecting them, the collector contacted Just Collect’s New Jersey office. A visit resulted in an offer and a short time later, a deal was struck. The cards will soon be their way to PSA’s California offices for grading and authentication, then placed inside Just Collect’s weekly eBay auctions over a period of several weeks.
The group includes hundreds of T206 cards with Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and numerous other Hall of Famers joining several rare backs and variations. The T200 Fatima set includes 16 teams with photos featuring Joe Jackson, Jim Thrope and other stars and great teams of the era. The T3 Turkey Red Cabinet cards include cards with both checklist and advertising backs.
There are 1915 Cracker Jack cards of Joe Jackson and Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards from the 1933 Goudey set, a 1938 Goudey DiMaggio rookie card, a 1933 Sport Kings Ty Cobb, 1941 Play Ball cards of DiMaggio and Ted Williams, numerous superstars from the classic 1950′s Topps and Bowman issues as well as complete sets of 1953 Topps, 1955 Topps, 1954 Bowman and others. Some prominent football cards were also in the purchase.
Watch the video below to see the collection in its entirety.
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