Clean Sweep Auctions spent the latter part of 2018 stockpiling consignments. Now, the company has opened the new year by unleashing the largest auction in company history.
The sale includes over 1,100 lots, ranging from 19th century baseball cards to modern era autographs and memorabilia.
The auction leads off with several key lots: a 1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth (SGC 3), a PSA-graded 1950 Bowman baseball set (GPA 7.43), a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card, complete high-grade sets of 1956 and 1966 Topps baseball, a custom Mickey Mantle signed bat with a Triple Crown inscription, a 1920s Walter Johnson signed Exhibit card, a rare Elston Howard single signed ball, a Babe Ruth autograph signed two months before he died and an 18th century John Hancock signed document.
Collectors of Old Judge cards will find one of the largest groupings ever offered at public auction. In all, there are 191 different lots including 24 different Hall of Famers (some scarce) and six rare spotted ties.
Pre-War card fans will also find three with rare Broad Leaf 350 backs, a run of E98 cards, a group of 1948 Leaf baseball with short prints, a PSA 6 Hank Aaron rookie card, a run of PSA 8 and 9 Red Heart cards, a second Mantle rookie and numerous PSA 8 and 9-rated key cards from the 1960s.
Baseball card sets and lots start with T206s and go into the early 1980s. These include Clean Sweep’s usual offering of mid-grade Topps and Bowman sets for budget-minded collectors, along with a PSA-graded 1964 Stand Up set and some rarely offered oddball lots.
Among the autographed items in the auction is a 1951 Commerce (OK) high school yearbook signed by Mickey Mantle (along with an unsigned yearbook from 1948 when he was still a student there),a high-grade Roger Maris single-signed baseball, team-signed baseballs from the 1936 and ’52 Yankees 1928 Philadelphia A’s and 1930 Chicago Cubs, a signed 1958 Topps Yankees team set, some signed government postcards including a rare Mordecai Brown, a Lou Gehrig/Johnny Grabowski cut, a run of signed Derek Jeter prints, bats and books.
Ten pages of the auction are signed items from the world of entertainment, many coming from a single-owner collection that dates to the 1950s and never before offered at auction. Among the subjects: Elvis, Marilyn, Brando, Sinatra, Bogart and dozens more.
Basketball collectors will see classic rookie cards and numerous LeBron James and Michael Jordan signed jerseys and large prints.
Football collectors will see several high quality sets, Tom Brady signed items, a run of Super Bowl MVP signed programs and a fascinating collection of thousands of vintage college and high school pins.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction with some rare 1920s and 30s World Series programs, game-used and early collector bats, several signs, Hartland statues, a rare Mickey Mantle ash tray, a 1958 vintage Yankee team photo that likely hung in Yankee Stadium and a 1996 Atlanta Braves ring.
The auction will continue through January 30 at CleanSweepAuctions.com.