Before shows were prevalent. Long before eBay and Amazon and COMC and dealer websites. Before the average collector could even dream of something called the Internet…there was a small fraternity of baseball card dealers who put ads in the back of sports-related magazines, rudimentary collector publications and newspapers. An even smaller group, primarily in the nation’s largest cities, actually had storefronts where they sold a wide range of sports memorabilia to what was almost a cult-like group of collectors. It’s how cards were bought and sold in the 1960s, 70s and very early 80s.
One collector bought his cards in that fashion, with an eye for quality, then carefully stored and enjoyed them until this summer. That’s when the North Carolina man decided it was time to sell and placed a call to New Jersey-based Just Collect. To say the cards were high quality is to sell them short. Our Vintage Buy of the Week is a fresh group of dozens of complete and near complete, high-grade sets of baseball and football cards from the early 1950s, 60s and 70s. Nearly all are entering the market for the first time in at least 30 years.
“This is easily the finest collection we’ve ever bought in terms of quality,” said Leighton Sheldon of Just Collect, which will bring the collection to market later this fall. “Everything is high-grade. Many of the cards seem untouched.”
The collection includes run of baseball sets and near sets from 1953 Bowman until the early 1980s, and a similar run of football sets including early Bowman, Topps and Fleer. While not every set is represented, those that are present were clearly pulled from vending and packaged products at the time of issue and sold directly to the collector. Overall, Just Collect has already deemed hundreds of cards worthy of grading and will ship them to PSA.
While retired in North Carolina, the collector lived in southern California during his primary years of collecting and purchased many of them from hobby fixture Goodwin Goldfaden, whose Adco Sports Book Exchange was one of the most well-known outlets for buying sports collectibles. Goldfaden and his brother began purchasing items as youngsters in the 1920s, accumulating a massive stockpile of cards, publications and other items he sold online and in his shop.
You can get a detailed look at some of the highlights in the collection through the video below.
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