If your budget is getting stretched by the holidays but you still can’t shake the need to add to your collection, Clean Sweep Auctions is hoping it has the right kind of event for the season.
The company has launched its final auction of the year—one where nearly every lot is valued at $500 or less. The auction will wrap up over a two day period next month, with everything from signed Goudey cards to vintage publications and modern rookies.
“2020 was our best year ever in business and 2021 easily surpassed 2020 for us,” stated long-time Clean Sweep owner Steve Verkman, who has clients that have been bidding in his catalogs for nearly 30 years. He says the number of registered bidders reached an all-time high this year.
Those who sign up will see hundreds of lots in the current catalog, opening up with a group of autographed cards that includes 1933 Goudey, 1940 Play Ball, 1950s and 60s exhibit cards and others.
The auction continues with a deep run of signed 8×10 photos including four of Mickey Mantle and a run of both recent Hall of Famers and vintage cards.
“There are many very interesting multi-signed and team signed balls, including a run of 1940s to 1970s Cubs team balls and some All Star Game and Championship team balls,” Verkman remarked.
Day one concludes with a run of signed bats, a collection of photos and paper items from the Walter Johnson family, a run of Mantle PM10 pins, a World Series program run from 1933 to 1945, 19th century baseball scorecards and some vintage tickets.
Day two opens with baseball cards, topped by a large group of complete sets and group lots that start in the 1950s and run to the current era. The auction also boats some higher grade singles and rarely seen oddball cards, graded Hall of Famers and rookie cards from various years. There’s a section devoted to oddball Pete Rose and related items (including memorabilia) from a one-owner collection the company has been selling off in recent auctions.
The auction continues with a selection of higher grade basketball single cards and sets from the 1960s on up. Football collectors will see a single cards, sets and lots ranging from the 1940s to the present.
Football items include signed photos and other flats, a run of Goal Line Postcards and some desirable tickets and vintage Chicago Bears passes.
The auction concludes with a selection of higher grade hockey card sets from the 1970s and 1980s, various signed hockey items and a smattering of items from other sports, including a 1941 Kentucky Derby ticket.
The auction is set to conclude December 15 and 16 on the company’s website.
Clean Sweep’s next auction will take place in January with a consignment deadline of December 9.