The newly-crowned finest set of 1922 American Caramel E121 baseball cards joins items from the collection of Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith among the headliners in SCP Auctions’ Spring Catalog Auction. The event kicks off the company’s 40th anniversary.
Launched Wednesday, the auction also includes a score sheet from Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and hundreds of other lots that are now up for bid.
The American Caramel set consists of 108 cards and was purchased by the consignor in the 1991 Copeland Collection Auction. Recently graded, the group immediately became the top-ranked set on PSA’s Registry and won’t be broken into individual lots. The set is expected to sell for at least $50,000-$75,000.
Robertson has consigned the last of his extensive collection of memorabilia to the auction including the autographed game ball from Team USA’s 1960 Olympic basketball victory in Rome, his uniform from the gold medal game, his 1971 NBA Championship ring and 1971 and ’72 All-Star Game rings along with game-worn jerseys and awards from his career. Several items are expected to reach six-figure prices. Robertson plans to donate a portion of his auction proceeds to the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Smith, the long-time Cardinals shortstop, turned over two National League Championship rings and a game-worn, signed and inscribed jersey from his final season as a player. The score sheet from Chamberlain’s still unsurpassed triple digit scoring game in Hershey Pennsylvania on March 2, 1962 is signed by the late Hall of Fame center and was kept by Philadelphia Warriors statistician Toby DeLuca, who has held it until now.
In addition to those from Robertson’s collection, the auction includes a number of other championship rings including Mel Allen’s 1952 Yankees World Series ring ($30,000-$40,000); a 1949 Yankees World Series 14k ring presented to an NBC executive; Andy Carey’s 1955 American League champions ring; Curt Blefary’s 1966 Orioles World Series ring; two championship rings presented to former NBA coach and executive Randy Pfund, Super Bowl rings from the 1986 New York Giants and 2015 Denver Broncos and a complete run of Lakers title rings from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 that are being sold to benefit Positive Recovery Services, an alcohol and drug treatment center in Germantown, MD.
Card collectors will find a 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson rookie card graded PSA 8 that’s expected to sell for $40,000-$50,000; a 1959 Fleer Ted Williams unopened wax box of 24 packs ($20,000-$30,000), a completely graded 1963 Fleer set with checklist that’s ranked 20th on the PSA Registry and the number one All-Time Finest 1964 Beatles Black & White first series complete set of 60.
Multiple Babe Ruth signed items, numerous game-worn jerseys, a pair of game-worn Michael Jordan shoes, high-end vintage baseball card singles and sets and other items round out the auction, which will run through April 27 at SCPAuctions.com.