This nice catalog was waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday afternoon. Bidding started on Monday and will wrap up on April 12. Visit Collect Auctions to join the fun.
As is the custom in my auctions posts, I find a few lots that I'd like to own. I don't bid on them, just day dream.
Title: 1934 R310 Butterfinger Complete Set (66)
Lot #: 18
Description: R310 1934 Butterfinger complete sets are much scarcer than many collectors realize. Sets rarely come up for sale, A great value, with almost 30% HOFers, this is another very attractive 1930s oversize issue. Condition ranges from Poor to Ex-Mt, with some very clean examples of some of the better HOFers. The cards tend to have nice images, but tape reinforcing a tear on the reverse, or border chipping keeps the technical grades very low, but not the eye appeal as a rule. The key cards grade as follows: 1 Averill GVG, 5 Bottomly (Bottomley) VG+, 10 Cochrane Fair-Good, 12 Cronin Ex, 14 Dizzy Dean Ex, 16 Dickey VG, 17 Durocher Fair-Good, 19 Ferrell VG-Ex, 21.1 Fox (name incorrect) Good, 21.2 Foxx (name correct) Ex-Mt, 23 Frisch VG-Ex, 24 Lou Gehrig Good, 25 Gehringer VG-Ex, 26 Gomez Ex-Mt, 28 Grove Ex-Mt, 30 Hafey VG-Ex, 31 Harris Ex+, 34 Hornsby VG+ mounted paper, 35 Hoyt GVG, 36 WalterJohnson EX, 41 Manush Ex+, 49 Ott GVG (w/advertising on cardboard), 52 Ruffing VG-Ex, 53 Babe Ruth GVG, 55 Simmons Ex+, 59 Vance VG, 61 L. Waner Ex+ and 62 P. Waner VG-Ex. Has both Jimmy Foxx Variations, so the set is complete at 66 cards.
Opening Price: $400
Current Price: $0
My Thoughts: These are nice looking photos. The cards measure 7-3/4" x 9-3/4". A nice set of players from the mid thirties. Sort of a cross between a slightly bigger Turkey Red and the photos of the Goudey Wide Pens. I'm not quite sure how I'd display them, though.
Title: Negro League Legends Multi-Signed Display with Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige (PSA/DNA)
Lot #: 210
Description: This matted display features five monster names in African-American baseball history, led by Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. Each player is pictured with a cut signature also included near their photo. The Robinson signature is really nice in blue steel tip pen, along with Paige in blue steel tip pen on a lined index card. Other signatures include: James "Cool Papa" Bell, Judy Johnson and Walter Buck Leonard. All signatures are authenticated by PSA/DNA with a full letter of authenticity.
Opening Price: $200
Current Price: $220
My Thoughts: I'd probably remove the matting and make five individual pieces. You can't get a better selection of players' signatures.
Title: 1961-62 Fleer Basketball Set and Wrapper (66)
Lot #: 342
Description: Fleer’s inaugural basketball issue is offered here in highly collectible condition, Ex to Ex-Mt, with good centering in an issue often troubled by same and a solid, consistent overall look. Perhaps a half dozen of the cards edge past Ex-Mt to Near-Mint; a similar number show centering difficulties that would typically be enough to warrant an off-center qualifier in the highest grades. Eight singles have been graded by SGC, including No. 8 Wilt Chamberlain SGC 3, No. 10 Bob Cousy SGC 5, No. 22 KC Jones SGC 5, No. 36 Oscar Robertson SGC 4, No. 38 Bill Russell SGC 5, No. 43 Jerry West SGC 5, No. 44 Len Wilkens SGC 6 and No. 62 Bill Russell (Takes to the Air) SGC 4. The breakdown: 1 Attles Very Good, 3 Baylor Very Good, 23 Jones Good, 35 Ramsay (signed), 46 Baylor In Action Nr-Mt o/c, 47 Chamberlain In Action Ex m/c, 49 Cousy In Action Ex, 61 Robertson In Action Very Good, and 66 West In Action Ex. The wrapper fits in nicely at; Ex-Mt.
Opening Price: $400
Current Price: $783
My Thoughts: These are the cards that were produced celebrating the basketball season the year that I was born. I like the simple design and the players shown here? Wow. The mascots just give the cards that extra something special.
I probably need to contact the auction houses because I haven't been getting many catalogs lately.