Cards from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries are part of Clean Sweep Auctions’ first event of the new year. The company’s 2022 kickoff auction is the largest one it has ever held, with 1,061 lots on the block, including vintage and modern cards, decades old autographs and memorabilia and some newly discovered material that’s making its market debut.
The auction opens with some eye-popping vintage including an 1895 N300 Mayo Ed Delahanty graded PSA 2.5.
A four-time .400 hitter with power, the Hall of Famer died eight years after the card was issued when he was swept over Niagara Falls in a bizarre and still mysterious incident.
Pre-War collectors will also see a fresh run of newly graded 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards, a complete, graded set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards and a 1911 Turkey Red Ty Cobb. There’s also a run of over fifty different graded T3 Turkey Reds with numerous Hall of Famers and another run of 1903 W601s.
Other older cards on the block include a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie graded PSA 8, an SGC graded complete 1948 Bowman set, a 1952 Star Decal Mickey Mantle, a1948 Leaf Babe Ruth (PSA 4), a 1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson (BVG 4), a pair of 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie cards and a PSA 3 Willie Mays rookie, a rare 1953 Stahl-Meyer Mantle (SGC 1), 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews and Jackie Robinson, a 1954 Dan Dee Mickey Mantle, a Roger Maris graded collection with many rarities and higher grade cards and a 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Rookie PSA 10.
Vintage and modern basketball lots are highlighted by a 1969-70 Lew Alcindor rookie card graded 8.5 by SGC, a 2009-10 Upper Deck SP Game Used relic card featuring Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James (#27/125), a pair of 1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain rookies, a 1972 Topps John Havlicek PSA 10 and a rare offering of original Topps production photos used for the 1975 and 1976 Topps basketball set. Collectors will also see a PSA 10 1986 Clyde Drexler rookie, a 1986-87 Fleer basketball pack PSA 8 and a 2009 Bowman 1948 Blue Steph Curry rookie card graded PSA 8.
Football collectors will see numerous Hall of Fame rookie cards, a run of mid-grade sets, several Tom Brady rookies and a 2000 Bowman sealed box.
Hockey highlights include some 1960s and 1970s complete sets as well as a 1977-78 Topps wax box and a 2015 Upper Deck Premier Tribute Connor McDavid PSA 8/10 limited edition rookie card (47/49).
Baseball memorabilia is plentiful, with a two-page letter written by Ty Cobb in 1915, along with signed photos, Hall of Fame plaques, several team signed bats and single and team-signed baseballs including a rare Ed Walsh single signed ball. There’s also an extremely rare 1969 Louisville Slugger advertising display poster featuring numerous greats of the era.
Bidding is now underway, with the auction set to run through February 2 on the Clean Sweep Auctons website.