A complete set of Goudey baseball cards from 1934 and a championship ring owned by the late baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti are among the lots that will cross the block at Philip Weiss Auctions later this month.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off the fall auction season than with a sale packed with fresh to the market merchandise in the categories collectors flock to,” said Philip Weiss, owner of Philip Weiss Auctions, a firm still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, which forced a move from Oceanside, NY to nearby Lynbrook. “Auctions like this are a real shot in the arm for us.”
The 1934 Goudey baseball card set is uniformly graded PSA 7 and carries a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$40, 000.
Also sold will be a complete original-owner Topps 1952 baseball card set with many high grade high-number cards (est. $35,000-50,000), a complete 1956 Topps set, a near-complete 1951 Bowman baseball card set and a near-complete 1933 Goudey baseball card set.
From the estate of the late Commissioner of Baseball Bart Giamatti will come a 1987 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship ring, his wife’s 1989 All-Star ring with sapphire and diamond center, a monogrammed and inscribed Waltham pocket watch and a copy of the confidential Pete Rose report that led to Rose’s ban from baseball, inscribed to Mrs. Giamatti.
Other sports items will include a rare 1930 signed Bobby Jones Currier & Ives print, an exceedingly scarce American Caramel Joe Jackson baseball card, a 1942 “Pride of the Yankees” signed baseball (including Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey and others), a single-signed Ruth ball, and an original-owner T-206 collection (215 cards, including many Hall of Famers).
The sale will also feature a 500 Home Run Club multi-signed artist’s proof lithograph (with JSA letter), a 1947 scorecard signed by Jackie Robinson, a 1969-70 Topps basketball card complete set (graded), signed photos, signed balls, signed bats, signed Hall of Fame cards, hundreds of graded sports cards from the 1950s-1990s and more.
Non-sports cards and card sets will include a 1938 R1 Goudey Action Gum complete set, a 1955 Topps Rails & Sails complete set, complete sets of 1956 Topps Davy Crockett (orange and green back), a 1957 Topps Robin Hood complete set, a 1958 Zorro complete set, a 1958 Topps TV Westerns complete set and more. New consignments were being added at press time.
Previews will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10-5; Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10-8; Friday, Sept. 20, from 10-8; and Saturday, Sept. 21, the date of sale, from 8:30 a.m. until the first gavel falls at 10 a.m. The in-house buyer’s premium of 15 percent and the online premium of 20 percent can be reduced by 2 percent if invoices are paid in full within ten business days of sale.