Wagner Card, Turkey Red Set Top REA Auction

It’s over for another year.

Robert Edward Auctions’ annual spring sale came to a close in the wee hours of Sunday morning, with collectors chasing–among other historic baseball pieces–a T206 Honus Wagner card and one of the best 1911 T3 Turkey Red sets in existence.

The Wagner card, graded poor-fair, sold for $282,000 including the company’s buyer’s premium while the set of 100 Turkey Reds, ranked second on the SGC Set Registry, brought $246,750.

Pre-World War II baseball card collectors often save their money for REA, knowing they’ll have plenty of competition as they bid on the hundreds of vintage baseball cards and pieces of memorabilia that comprise the tome-like catalog, many of which are entering the market for the first time.

1716 of the 1720 lots in the auction were sold, generating $10.1 million worth of bids.  Company president Rob Lifson told Sports Collectors Daily that 678 different bidders won at least one lot.

“This is a pretty incredible statistic that  shows the extraordinary depth and breadth of participation,” he said.

A total of 24,716 bids were placed over the three week period in which the auction was open.

Old Judge Cornelius DoyleSix other lots sold for $105,000 and up including a 19th century Old Judge California League card of Cornelius Doyle that was the first lot in the auction.  It brought $129,250.  A 1933 Goudey uncut sheet featuring three Babe Ruth cards and a Lou Gehrig, sold for $117,500.

A trio of lots sold for $111,625 each including the buyer’s premium. A T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb tobacco ad back that was graded SGC 30 generated the expected bidding war.  One of around a dozen of its kind in existence, the Cobb card generated 32 bids.

1910 Old Mill Joe JacksonAlso realizing $111,625:  a 1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson, one of fewer than ten known to exist and graded PSA 2 and the bat used by Babe Ruth to hit his 702nd career home run, signed by the Babe, Gehrig and several other Yankees that was once a part of the Barry Halper Collection.

An 1889 Goodwin Round Album ad poster, a newcomer to the hobby, went for $105,750.

Never before had five T206 Sherry “Magie” error cards been offered in one auction.  Ranging from Poor to VG-EX, the cards sold in a range from $4406 to $26,438.  Four T206 Eddie Plank cards were also on the block with an SGC 40 example leading the way at $58,750.

The top selling post-War item was the #1 rated 1957 Topps set on the SGC Registry.  Featuring dozens of mint cards, the set sold for $76,375.

The “Merkle Ball“, tied to the 1908 “Merkle’s Boner” play during the heat of the pennant race, sold for $76,375 while a program from Game One of the 1903 World Series, sold for $94,000.

Other sales included:

  • Lot of 394 N122 Old Judge cards  $94,000
  • D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb PSA 8 (highest graded)  $94,000
  • Lot of 398 Old Judge cards $82,250
  • 1916 M101-4 Herpolsheimer Babe Ruth PSA 7  $82,250
  • 1918-22 Babe Ruth game-used bat MEARS A 9.5  $64,625
  • 1922 Ross Youngs Giants World Series ring  $58,750
  • 1922-24 Ty Cobb side-written game-used bat  $55,812
  • T206 Walter Johnson PSA 9 (1 of 3)  $55,812
  • 1909-111 E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie card  PSA 5  $44,063
  • 1909-11 T206 near set (518/524) high grade  $41,125
  • 1903 W600 Sporting Life cabinet of Christy Mathewson  $35,250

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