Vintage NonSport Auctions to Begin Operations in 2019
These days, collectors of pre-war sports cards have plenty of options when it comes to auctions. In addition to eBay, there are probably a few dozen very well-known auction houses with that sort of material. But while sports cards are well covered, auction houses typically don’t feature much non-sports material.
That was one of the reasons Tom Boblitt, operator of www.vintagenonsports.com decided to create Vintage NonSport Auctions.
“Many of the auction houses that are out there now have a few lots of non-sports in their auctions,” Boblitt said. “But there aren’t any that are completely and solely devoted to non-sports cards. This will be the first non-sports only auction.”
Three auctions are tentatively scheduled for 2019 (January, June, and October). Registration began this week and the response, so far, has been positive.
“Response has been pretty good,” Boblitt added. “When I initially posted about the auction about three weeks ago, I got really good response.”
Like many operators of auctions, Boblitt is a long-time collector himself. He’s been collecting for about 40 years and has been involved with non-sports cards for nearly half that time. Boblitt collects sports cards, too, but estimates that about 50% of his collection is dedicated to non-sports cards, with a heavy emphasis on 19th Century issues.
What can collectors expect to find in the auction? Boblitt is targeting consignments of tobacco, caramel, and gum cards, as well as things such as advertising pieces, graded cards, unopened packs, wrappers, and rare type cards. Collectors will also find both singles and complete sets with cards as early as the 19th Century. Several lots have already been consigned and Boblitt is also seeking additional consignments (with zero seller commissions) for the January auction and in the other 2019 auctions.