Astounding Array of Items Includes 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie, Four 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles, Comprehensive 1952 Topps Collection, and Countless Additional Highlights!
(Watchung, NJ) – Collectors around the world have long looked to Robert Edward Auctions for the finest sports cards and memorabilia the hobby has to offer. With a reputation as the most trusted auction house in the hobby, Robert Edward Auctions has been able to bring to market countless items discovered among passed-down family possessions or originating from the most advanced collections, resulting in over $100 million in sales during the past decade. Beginning September 28, 2015, the company will offer more than 1300 lots in their highly-anticipated fall catalog auction. The auction closing date is October 17.
With material spanning from the 1860s to the present day, the auction is highlighted by an extraordinary selection of cards, featuring all the biggest names in the game: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner, among others. The highlight of the sale for many will be the offering of the rare T206 “Slow Joe” Doyle, NY Nat’l, one of fewer than ten examples known to exist. This card is from the same set as the famous T206 Wagner, but it is actually about ten times rarer and is the key stumbling block to completion of the classic T206 set. One of the baseball card collecting world’s most revered “Holy Grails,” the last example to come to auction appeared in 2012, selling for $414,750. The rare T206 Doyle, the highest graded and finest example known, has a reserve of $100,000.
As always, the auction will feature numerous legendary card rarities, including Babe Ruth’s 1916 Sporting News rookie card graded VG, Joe Jackson’s 1917 Boston Store card graded EX+, Josh Gibson’s 1951 Toleteros rookie card graded VG-EX, and several examples of the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311, including examples graded NM-MT and EX+. Several other newly-discovered items also promise to draw spirited interest, including a 1868 Atlantics Peck & Snyder advertising trade card (one of the earliest of all baseball cards!), a stunning 1895 N566 Newsboy Tobacco Cabinet John Ward (Arms Folded), and only the second known example of a 1921 Babe Ruth Proctor’s Theatre Vaudeville Advertising Card!
One of the hobby’s most comprehensive 1952 Topps collections also highlights the fall auction. The collection features the hobby’s #2-ranked “Super Set” consisting of all 407 cards in a basic set, all eighty red- and black-back variations, back variations for Page, Sain, and Campos (black star), and sixty “Canadian” gray backs. The 407-card basic set boasts a 7.87 GPA overall, highlighted by fourteen MINT 9s and dozens of stars, Hall of Famers, and high numbers graded NM-MT 8 and NM 7. Also included in this impressive collection is a 75% complete autographed master set consisting of approximately 350 cards all encapsulated by PSA/DNA. Highlights include twenty-seven rare high numbers and several notable rarities, such as a possibly unique gray-back Stan Rojek.
Other impressive highlights include:
- Numerous 19th Century Rarities, including N172 Harry Wright, Amos Rusie, John Ward, and Ed Delehanty; N173 Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, and two Dogs Head Cabinets; and N184 Kimball Champions Near-Complete Set
- 1909-1911 T206 White Border SGC- and PSA-Graded Partial Set (382/524)
- Tremendous Selection of 1909-1911 T206 White Back Rare Backs Including Brown Lenox, Broadleaf 460, Drum, Uzit, Hindu, and Carolina Brights, as well as several impressive printing errors and variations
- 1910 E98 Master Set Collection of Complete Red, Green, and Orange Sets plus rare Old Put Backs
- Exciting New Find of Seven 1911 T205 Drum Backs Including Hal Chase
- 1911 T3 Turkey Red Collection of 50 Including Highest-Graded Cy Young (SGC EX/NM 80), Ty Cobb, and Other Hall of Famers
- 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders Complete Set (132): #7 PSA Set Registry!
- Incredible 1912 T207 Brown Background Collection Including Near-Complete Set (174/206), EX-MT Louis Lowdermilk, and dozens of rare Broadleaf and Cycle backs
- 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb PSA EX 5
- 1933 R300 George C. Miller SGC-Graded Complete Set
- 1933 R319 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA NM 7
- 1933 R319 Goudey Uncut Sheet with Five Hall of Famers Including #181 Babe Ruth
- Two 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Uncut Sheets Featuring Many Hall of Famers Including Lou Gehrig
- 1948 Leaf Original-Owner Collection Including PSA EX+ 5.5 Satchel Paige and PSA NM 7 Jackie Robinson
- 1953 Bowman Color #59 Mickey Mantle PSA MINT 9
- 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente RC PSA NM 7
- 1959 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (572) - 7.31 GPA
- 1948 to 1955 Bowman and 1952 to 1979 Topps Complete Sets
Memorabilia and autograph collectors will also find a superb offering of items. Signed baseballs from some of the greatest players ever to play the game can be found throughout the auction, highlighted by the highest-graded Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Baseball graded PSA MINT 9, a new-to-the-hobby Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball graded PSA EX-MT+ 6.5, and an exceptional Mel Ott Single-Signed Baseball with a Full-Name Inscription. Additionally, the first installment of a tremendous Hall of Fame autograph collection will be featured in the Fall Auction, with more than forty lots spanning the nineteenth century to the present. Highlights include a Circa 1880s Jim O’Rourke Signed Sheet, a 1910 Joe Kelley Handwritten Letter, a 1919-1923 Ross Youngs Signed Album Page, a 1928 Exhibit Card Signed by Oscar Charleston and Judy Johnson, and an extremely rare 1933 Ed Hanlon Typed-Signed Letter.
Other impressive highlights include:
- 1868 Deacon/Muller Baseball Figural Statues
- 1879 Alexander Cartwright Signed Check PSA/DNA MINT 9
- 1923 New York Yankees Opening Day Program
- 1923 New York Yankees Opening Day Ticket Stub with Printed Date
- 1928-1930 Tony Lazzeri Pro-Model Bat
- 1931-1933 Jimmie Foxx Signed Philadelphia Athletics Contract - Covering His Two MVP Seasons and Triple Crown Year!
- 1932 R328 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Card
- Exceptional Babe Ruth Cut Signature PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10
- 1947 Jackie Robinson News Photo Used For 1948-1949 Leaf Rookie Card – PSA/DNA Type 1
- 1951 Original One-Sheet Movie-Poster Artwork for Superman and the Mole Men
- 1954 Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Signed Autograph Sheet – Signed “Marilyn Monroe DiMaggio” – PSA/DNA
- 1957 Jackie Robinson NAACP “Time To Score For Civil Rights” Advertising Poster (Robinson Family Provenance!)
- 1963 Carl Alan Award Presented to The Beatles – The Most Outstanding Group of 1963!
- 1961-1964 Roberto Clemente Pro-Model Bat with Outstanding Provenance
- 1967-1970 Johnny Bench Rookie-Era Pro-Model Bat
- 1978 New York Yankees World Series Ring
- The Extraordinary Mike Brown Baseball Sheet Music Collection (460)
- Fidel Castro Single-Signed Baseball
- Hetty Green Document Collection with Three Exceedingly Rare Signatures – Legendary Financier – The Witch of Wall Street!
“This is now the third fall auction we’ve run, and the response to the first two was tremendous! The feedback we’ve received from buyers and sellers alike really confirmed to us that there’s just an enormous demand for the services we provide, far greater than can be satisfied by just one auction per year,” said REA President Robert Lifson. “An essential ingredient that makes our auctions so special is the enormous amount of work that is invested in each auction. That will never change. Whether we have one, two, or someday three auctions per year, the one thing we can promise is that every auction will be extremely carefully assembled and a special event. This auction is no exception, and it has an incredible number of outstanding items.”
Lifson stressed that the company encourages anyone interested in receiving a catalog to contact Robert Edward Auctions by e-mail to receive one free of charge. “You don’t have to bid to receive a catalog. It is our great pleasure to send them out, for free, to anyone who is interested in the types of items we offer. We’re very much looking forward to collectors getting the catalog in their hands. Sending out catalogs is one of the ways we promote interest in the hobby and collecting, as well as in our auctions. So many collectors today tell us they got their start learning about the hobby through REA catalogs. That’s a great feeling, even if it’s starting to make me feel old!”
Catalogs for the auction begin mailing September 25, and bidding begins September 28. The final day for bidding will be Saturday, October 17. For a free catalog and to register for the auction, visit www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com. The company is already working on assembling their blockbuster Spring Auction, slated for April 2016, and is accepting consignments through the end of the year. To inquire about selling your items in one of the hobby’s most anticipated events, call 908-226-9900 or visit www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com.