Love of the Game Fall Auction Includes Pre-War and Vintage Rarities

Love of the Game’s Fall Auction is headlined by vintage cards, including a rare 1917 Babe Ruth Collins-McCarthy

Love of the Game’s fall auction is underway and, as usual, you can find all sorts of pre-war and vintage cards up for grabs.

Headlining the auction is a rare 1917 Collins-McCarthy (E135) card of the legendary Babe Ruth. The Ruth card, graded a PSA 1, not only pictures Ruth as a member of the Boston Red Sox but also features him while he was still a pitcher. Interest has been predictably high with the card already topping $50,000 in early bidding. To date, PSA has graded only 14 examples of the card, confirming its rarity.

While it is the biggest pre-war card in the auction, however, it’s certainly not the only highlight.

The auction includes a breakup of the No. 9 1911 T3 Turkey Red set on the PSA registry. There’s also a near complete 1932 U.S. Caramel set, including 31 of the 32 known cards. The lone card missing from that set is the heavily shortprinted rarity of Fred Lindstrom and nearly all of the cards in the collection have been graded by PSA or SGC.

Pre-war single rarities are offered of Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams, and many more. Cobb cards include a 1907 Dietsche Postcard, which is often cited as the legend’s rookie issue, a T3 Turkey Red card, and a PSA 2.5 of his famous green background variation T206 card. Additional baseball rarities include key cards from a slew of impressive sets, including the W600 Sporting Life Cabinets, Max Stein Postcards, T207, Cracker Jack, Philadelphia Caramel, 1926 Spalding Champions, George Ruth Candy, and many more.

While baseball is understandably the highlight, the auction also includes all sorts of other sports cards. A key pre-war offering of note aside from the baseball cards is a 1935 National Chicle rookie card of Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski, one of the most iconic football cards in the hobby.

In addition to cards, the company’s sale includes a strong selection of memorabilia, game programs, original photography, vintage ticket stubs, and display pieces. Among the pre-war memorabilia up for grabs is an incredible 1921 Chicago Staleys vs. Green Bay Packers official game program from the first Bears/Packers game, which was played during Green Bay’s first NFL season. Original photographs in the auction include Ruth, Cobb, Jim Thorpe, and many others.

The auction closes on Saturday, November 27. To register and review the selection online, visit Love of the Game’s website.

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