The best part of sports memorabilia auctions is the chance to own something from the annals of history, and perhaps learn something along the way. The latest history lesson comes courtesy of Collect Auctions, which is serving up some prime vintage cards and an big lineup of signed items in its current sale which launched this week at Collect Auctions.com.
Among the items up for bid are two 1906 Fan Craze cards graded PSA 9 (Connie Mack and Chief Bender), a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 149 PSA 4, 1940 Play Ball Ted Williams SGC 88, 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth PSA 4, 1950 Bowman Roy Campanella PSA 8.5, 1956 Topps Willie Mays GAI 8.5 and two 1906 Fan Craze singles graded PSA 9, including Chief Bender and Connie Mack. A football card on collectors’ radars is a 1955 Topps All-American “Whizzer” White graded SGC 96.
Complete sets are another highlight in the auction, led by a 1954 Topps Baseball high-grade complete set with more than 75 of them graded. Similar high-grade 1957 and 1962 Topps Baseball complete sets are up for bid, along with other baseball offerings from 1954 Bowman, 1967 Topps, 1968 Topps and 1961 Nu-Card Scoops.
If you’re into signed sets, Collect Auctions will be serving up a 1975 Topps near set (640/660), along with partial signed sets from 1971, 1972 and 1977 Topps. There are also scarce, signed singles of Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, Nellie Fox, Mickey Mantle, Danny Murtaugh, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and more.
Unopened card product in the sale – another Collection Auctions staple – will be the following boxes: 1971 Topps Baseball Series 4 vending box, 1972 Topps Baseball 5th/6th Series Wax Box, 1972 Topps Baseball Series 3 vending box, 1973 Topps Baseball Series 3 wax box, 1972 Topps Football Series 1 vending box and 1968-69 Topps Hockey vending box. Also in the lineup is a 1959 Topps Football unopened cello pack graded GAI 9, with Jim Brown on top.
Signed memorabilia includes a 1971 HOF Induction multi-signed baseball that includes 25 signatures. Big names on the ball are Satchel Paige, Zach Wheat, Rube Marquard, Hank Greenberg, Joe Medwick, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, Buck Leonard and Harry Hooper.
On the football side of things, there’s a wide array of early football HOFer signatures, including a Curly Lambeau signed 3-by-5 index card and a Johnny “Blood” McNally signed 8-by-10 photo. Others signatures include: Dan Reeves, Greasy Neale, Turk Edwards, George Preston Marshall, Vince Lombardi, Tuffy Leemans, Fats Henry and more
Multi-signed items of note include the following: 1963 NBA All-Star team-signed sheets (26 signatures with Chamberlain and Russell), NFL HOF multi-signed helmet (47 signatures), 1951 N.Y. Yankees team-signed baseball (30 signatures), 1967 NL All-Star team-signed baseball (23 signatures with Clemente) and 19
Game used collectors will find bats from Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Miguel Cabrera, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, Fernando Valenzuela, Bret Saberhagen and others. Game-used jerseys include: Danny Thompson (Twins flannel RC jersey), Joe Mauer (Harvey Davidson Day minor league jersey), Tom Glavine, Ivan Rodriguez, Paul Konerko, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Liriano and more. There’s also a Harmon Killebrew game-used undershirt and a Bert Blyleven game-used glove that was used during the 1985 All-Star Game.71 All-Star Game team-signed baseball with Clemente (in his last All-Star Game).
Finally, a few non-sport highlights are a Ferdinand Porsche signed First Day Cover, Henry Ford signed Ford English School diploma from 1919 and a Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor signed airline menu.
To register and receive a free catalog, call (888) 463-3063 or visit www.collectauctions.com. Bidding closes April 11.