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SCP Auctions Opens Spring Catalog with Items from Icons

With over 500 lots ranging from 19th century baseball cards to modern game-worn gear from current stars, SCP Auctions has launched its “Spring Premier” catalog event, scheduled to runs through Saturday, March 24.

Top lots include Jesse Owens’ 1976 Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to him by President Gerald Ford, the top collection of unused Super Bowl tickets on PSA Set Registry, Lou Gehrig’s 1934 American League All-Star Gold Pendant, a pair of rare 1890’s Cy Young cabinet cards,  items from the personal collection of Boston Celtics great Sam Jones and memorabilia from John Havlicek, Brooks Robinson and other greats.

Jesse Owens Estate Collection

In 2013 SCP Auctions sold one of Owens’ original 1936 Olympic gold medals for a record $1.46 million.  Now, more items associated with the legendary track and field athlete are on the block.  The collection features dozens of items spanning the breadth of Owens’ extraordinary athletic career as well numerous awards and mementos accumulated throughout his life.

The collection is highlighted by the 1976 Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to Owens by then-President Gerald Ford, which is expected to bring between $200,000 and $300,000.

1967-2017 Super Bowl I Through LI Complete Full Ticket Run (#1 On PSA Set Registry)

For serious memorabilia collectors, pursuing original well-preserved full Super Bowl tickets is a serious endeavor, and it can take decades to build a set of elite stature.  Ranking #1 (both current and all-time) in the PSA registry with an overall set rating and GPA of 23.74, the set is expected by bring upwards of $200,000.

Lou Gehrig’s 1934 American league All-Star Gold Pendant (Triple Crown Season)

1934 was a watershed year for Lou Gehrig. For all of his eleven previous big league seasons he had thrived quietly in Babe Ruth’s prodigious shadow. With Ruth’s impending retirement at the end of the 1934 season, the torch of Yankee greatness was about to become his alone to carry. Gehrig proved he was up to the task by posting a .363 average, 49 home runs and 165 RBI – enough to win baseball’s Triple Crown.   SCP is offering the original gold pendant received by Gehrig for his participation in the 1934 All-Star Game.

Manufactured by Dieges & Clust, the 10k gold pendant features Gehrig’s name engraved on the reverse. Given that Gehrig famously converted all of his World Series rings and most of his other award pendants into a bracelet for his wife, this stands as one of only a few jewelry pieces awarded to Gehrig that exists in private hands. The pendant is expected to sell for more than $150,000.

The Jake Virtue Estate Collection

124 years after Jake Virtue’s last at-bat in the major leagues, his collection now surfaces in SCP’s Spring Premier Auction thanks to the diligence of his family who quietly and lovingly preserved it through several generations. The Jake Virtue Collection, which includes some extraordinarily rare and important Cleveland Spiders cabinet cards, is highlighted by two representations of Cy Young, Jake Virtue’s teammate with the Cleveland Spiders of the National League from 1890-1894.

The two previously unknown Young cabinets include one produced by the Pifer & Becker Photo Palace of Cleveland, Ohio as well as a 1891-92 John H. Ryder cabinet photo believed to be Young’s earliest image in a professional baseball uniform. Bidding on the latter rocketed to nearly $38,000 on the first several hours of bidding Wednesday.

Additional items in the Jake Virtue Collection include a pair of his Cleveland Spiders player’s contracts, his MLB lifetime pass, and other early cabinet photos including a high-grade 1887 Detroit Wolverines World Champions team cabinet.

We’ll have more on this previously unknown collection of rare and valuable cards tomorrow.

The Sam Jones Collection

Basketball collectors and Celtics fans will have a chance to bid on several pieces from the personal collection of the former Boston Celtics great and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer.  Among them:  Jones’ individual Hall of Famer trophy, plaque, medallion and certificate from his 1983 induction, several of his Celtics player contracts, including the one from his rookie season; game-worn items and even several of his autographed, personalized Massachusetts license plates.

High Grade Baseball Cards and Sets

In addition to the 19th century cabinets, card collectors will see some high-end examples from several different eras including PSA 8 examples of Lou Gehrig’s 1933 and 1934 Goudey issues; a PSA 8 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth (#181), a complete 1966 Topps baseball set, ranked 17th on PSA’s Registry with an 8.01 GPA and a PSA 9 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson rookie card.

Additional auction highlights include:

The auction is online now.  For more information on how to participate, visit or call (949) 831-3700.