Pennsylvania-based Morphy Auctions is launching a new Sports Memorabilia Division. The company kick off its first sports-only event October 26 with a 500-lot sale.
Morphy’s Sports Memorabilia Division will be headed by Tommy Sage, Jr., who joined forces with Dan Morphy in 2004 to establish Morphy Auctions. Sage is a long-time collector of sports items and also serves as the company’s contact for Toys and Pop Culture items.
“We will be holding two sales events per year – one in the spring, and one in the fall,” Sage stated. “Our goal is to become the go-to auction house for the world’s most exciting and interesting sports memorabilia, and this debut sale will undoubtedly launch us in that direction.”
Morphy Auctions plans to attend all of the major sports memorabilia shows, including The National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this summer.
Morphy’s October sale will include T205 and T206 sets, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, a ball signed and inscribed by Babe Ruth (interestingly, to someone named Ruth) and another by the 1951 World Series champion Yankees. The T206 set carries an estimated value of $75,000-100,000. The T205 is estimated at $20,000-30,000.
“I am excited to be a part of this sale featuring several exceptional collections. It’s not every day that full tobacco sets are being sold complete and intact,” Bronson said. “Add in a mix of high-grade signed Yankee Baseballs and important sports cards and you have the makings of a sale destined for the record books.”
Morphy will be placing items from the auction on display at its Denver, PA offices starting May 1. Consignments will be accepted through August 25.
The company has grown from two to over 65 employees since launching in 2004 and holds over 35 auctions each year. With a satellite office in Las Vegas, Morphy Auctions sells a variety of collectibles including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; jewelry and wrist watches.