There are still plenty of “old school” baseball card collections residing in homes across North America. Usually pieced together over many year by avid hobbyists who quietly go about collecting complete sets, their genesis wasn’t in the value of it all but rather the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of completing a goal, whether it took weeks, months, years or decades.
Heritage Auctions is working to present one such collection in the coming months.
A long time school teacher has consigned his lifelong collection—a complete set run from T206 through the early part of the current decade. Working with a modest income, he diligently pieced together just about every important set in the hobby, from T206 (minus the Honus Wagner and other extreme rarities) to 1933 Goudey, 1951 Bowman, 1952 Topps (with Mantle) and just about everything else.
Check out the video of some of the individual cards:
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He also collected the variations for many of the sets and there were Topps sidebar sets like 1974 Stamps and 1951 Topps teams, too.
None of it was ever graded. “Every dollar spent on grading was money I couldn’t spend on cards,” he told Consignment Director Jason Simonds in an initial phone call not long ago.
Now that they’ve been consigned to upcoming auctions, Heritage will do that grading work for him, with cards heading for both SGC and PSA before being placed into the company’s upcoming auction catalogs.