The Collector Connection’s Monthly Auction Dedicated Exclusively to Pre-War Goodies

The current auction from The Collector Connection’s got Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young — and a lot more

The Collector Connection’s Monthly Auction Dedicated Exclusively to Pre-War GoodiesThe Collector Connection brought back its popular pre-war exclusive auction and collectors will find all sorts of great stuff ranging from the 19th century into the 1940s. The auction includes more than 500 lots and can be viewed here. All lots include low opening bids with no reserves.

As I mentioned here on the site, the sale includes the only known Cy Young ‘label variation’ 1908-09 Rose Company postcard in existence. But that one-of-a-kind postcard is just the tip of the iceberg for the company.

Among the highlights are an also-desirable Rose Company postcard of the great Christy Mathewson. Bidding only recently opened and those two postcards have already soared past $8,000 combined, with expectations for them to go much higher. Both the Young and the Mathewson received strong PSA 3 grades.

The auction is also headlined by a fantastic collection of uncatalogued cards known as the 1921 Self-Developing Strip Cards.

The lots include a recent find that was unearthed earlier this year. The collection includes not only very tough cards from this rare set, but also cards that are new to the hobby and were previously unknown in the checklist. In all, a grand total of 19 cards were discovered by a woman on the west coast, who found the cards behind a gun case in the home of her aunt.

Six new finds were added to the checklist as a result of the find, including Zack Wheat, George Sisler, Rabbit Maranville, George Kelly, Bobby Roth, and Duster Mails. But the find also included the set’s headliners of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. This is the first time these cards have been offered to the public.

The cards are present extremely well on the front but were affixed to an album page resulting in low technical grades from the back residue. Still, anything so rare is still a sign to behold.

Those issues are fairly tough and even somewhat obscure, but The Collector Connection’s offering also includes plenty of mainstream favorites.

More known headliners include a trio of 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards. The famous green background Ruth card, a PSA 3.5, is flanked by a PSA 3 of his yellow background variation and an SGC 2 of the double printed No. 144 card, depicting Ruth in a full body batting pose. Bidding on those three cards has been brisk, already reaching nearly $20,000 in the early stages of the auction.

There’s also a Ty Cobb T206 red background card up for grabs that’s been graded a PSA 4. Other Cobb cards available include an E90-1 American Caramel card and his 1914 B18 Blanket.

Lou Gehrig is spotted in several lots, including a pair of his iconic 1933 Goudey cards and a 1934 Goudey. Other familiar sights include a stunning PSA 7 of Joe DiMaggio’s 1939 Play Ball card and a strong SGC 3 of the 1939 Play Ball rookie card of the legendary Ted Williams. None of that even touches upon other lots, which include cards of additional pre-war legends, including Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Jimmie Foxx, Zack Wheat, Hank Greenberg, Rogers Hornsby, Chick Gandil, Mel Ott, and many more. 19th century collectors will also find some cards from the famous Old Judge and Buchner Gold Coin sets.

Set builders will have their hands full, too, sifting through lots that include a grand total of nearly 100 T206 cards and more than 175 cards from the 1933 Goudey set, as well as commons and stars from an assortment of other sets.

Baseball is the highlight, but hardly the only thing featured. The auction also includes pre-war cards from other sports, including boxing, tennis, and more. Boxing offerings, in particular, include cards of the legendary Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, and Joe Louis. Finally, while trading cards are the focus, the auction includes photographs, publications, postcards, pins, and more, which are scattered throughout the listings.

The auction ends on Sunday, November 28. Collectors can register to bid here.

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