Friday, May 1, 2009

New REA catalog

REA Catalog
Here's the new Robert Edward Auctions catalog. I received it via UPS Red the second week of April. For the last few weeks I've been looking over it, almost lusting over some of the items that they offer. Almost.

The bulk of the catalog deals with baseball although some football, basketball, boxing, hockey and non-sport crop up towards the end. 1,558 lots crammed into 642 full color pages. Do not read this while standing over small children. Should you drop it, serious harm could be inflicted.

I decided to give into my auction fantasy and wondered what damage I could do with $10,000. As I selected items, I only kept the tally on the reserve price. For reference, I've included the current (as of Friday evening) prices. When the auction is over, I'll count the real cost.

I selected items that I'd want to own. Some of the items in the catalog didn't do much for me. I don't really think I'd want a jersey. I'd take a signed baseball, though I didn't include it in my "purchases."

My favorites are the 1953 Pee Wee Reese card and the 1948 Leroy Paige card, with the T3 Turkey Reds coming in a close third. I like the Pee Wee Reese card because of the action. I like the Leroy Paige card because of the look on his face. It doesn't matter that it is his rookie card.

That being said, here are my selections...

Lot 33
1887-1889 N172 Old Judge SGC-Graded Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $300
Current Bid - $1,100

1888 N28 Allen & Ginter SGC-Graded Complete Set of Baseball Players (10)
Starting Bid - $500
Current Bid - $3,250

1887-1941 Prewar Card Collection (51) Plus P2 Sweet Caporal Pins (30)
Starting Bid - $500
Current Bid - $1,800

Circa 1910 T3, T200, T201, T202, T207 Tobacco Card Collection (50)
Starting Bid - $200
Current Bid - $1,200

1911 T3 Turkey Red Graded Partial Set (64 cards: 59 Different Plus 5 Duplicates)
Starting Bid - $1,500
Current Bid - $7,500

1933 R333 DeLong Gum "Die-Cut" Complete Set (24)
Starting Bid - $100
Current Bid - $700

1949 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Card - PSA NM 7
Starting Bid - $4,000
Current Bid - $14,000

1953 Bowman Color #33 Pee Wee Reese - PSA NM-MT 8
Starting Bid - $400
Current Bid - $1,100

1934 Oversized Bat Presented to Mickey Cochrane - Signed by Over 140 Players including Gehrig, W. Johnson, Lazzeri, and Hornsby
Starting Bid - $1,000
Current Bid - $2,250

1948 Bowman Complete Autographed Set (48)
Starting Bid - $500
Current Bid - $1,500

As a bonus, REA included a magnet with the catalog. It is the cover of the catalog. Right now it is keeping a recipe for Hearty Lentil Soup firmly attached to the side of the fridge.

The auction ends on Saturday.


  1. Isn't that thing great? Although it's depressing that the Pee Wee Bowman card is going for that much money. I'd love to have that.

  2. The magnet is probably the best 'deal' :-)