Editor’s Notes: September 2021
Each month, content gets updated on the Pre-War Cards site. However, while you see the regular articles that are posted, plenty of stuff is always being added behind the scenes. Much of this has to do with the updating of set descriptions and checklists in the database and each month, I’ll be posting to alert you to stuff that has been added or updated from the previous month.
Here are the items added/updated from the past month.
Last month’s check-in was all about the National (if you missed my recap of the event, well, here it is). This month, there was actually quite a bit of news out there.
The Honus Wagner T206 baseball card is again on top of the baseball card world. If you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time, you probably have heard me tout this particular card as the most important in the hobby. Pound-for-pound, it’s the most valuable card in the world and it again reclaimed its top spot for the highest amount paid publicly for a baseball card, at least for now.
REA offered a SGC 3 graded card of the Wagner and it sold for $6.6 million, breaking the previous records held by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 baseball card and a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Lebron James rookie card BGS 9. Each of those sold for $5.2 million. A 1914 Babe Ruth Baltimore News card sold earlier this year for reportedly around $6 million. But that exact sale price is not known to have been publicly released.
We also had a pretty big find of 1921 Self-Developing Strip cards. I wrote about this find for Sports Collectors Daily and also covered the six new additions to the known checklist here. Those cards have been scarcely seen so the discovery of a near set of them was surprising, to say the least. But the news for that rare set didn’t stop there. Shortly after I wrote about those, a collector reached out to me with news of the existence of a Heinie Groh, a seventh previously unknown card.
Additionally, with regards to the site specifically, I added several new set writeups to the site. You’ll find those below.
Lastly, thanks to the site’s latest sponsor, Love of the Game Auctions. If you’re not familiar with LOTG, you should be. They always feature quite a bit of pre-war cards and Al’s auctions are worth checking out. Thanks to LOTG for supporting the site and be sure to register for their auctions and watch for their Fall offering, which will be coming up soon.
New Sets Added to the Site
- 1882 E.B. Duval Trade Cards
- c1910 Earl Christy Female Sports Postcards
- 1935 Haus Bergmann Variete und Zirkus Cards
- 1881 J.P. Coats Sports Trade Cards
- c1920 Jeux Antiques (Ancient Games) Stamps
- Ketterlinus Sepia Trade Cards
- 1935 Klene Gum Shirley Temple (with football cards)
- 1936 Nestle Wrestling and Weightlifting Stamps
- 1911 T68 Heroes of History / Men of History