Rarities Featured in The Collector Connection’s Pre-War Sports Cards and Memorabilia Auction

Plenty of Rarities in The Collector Connection’s Pre-War Auction, Which Runs Through Sunday

The Collector Connection has launched its first of two pre-war exclusive auctions in 2022. Featuring numerous cards of the legendary Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, the auction kicked off on May 4 and runs through this Sunday, May 22.

In all, more than 750 lots are found in the auction. As usual, there is the fantastic mix of graded and raw cards across a variety of sports. The auction includes opening bids for as little as $1 with no reserves on any lot.

Sure, you’ll find the regular selection of popular pre-war cards, including dozens of listings for T206 and 1933 Goudey baseball cards. Some of those cards feature the biggest names of the sport, headlined by a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth card. T206 collectors will have plenty to sift through. In addition to the many commons available to help fill set needs, several big names are there, too. Highlights include a couple of rarer-back Tolstoi and Polar Bear variations of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, along with Cy Young, an SGC 3 Polar Bear variation of Tris Speaker, and cards of numerous other Hall of Famers.

There’s also a healthy collection of game cards, strip cards, and gum era cards from the likes of National Chicle and Play Ball. Even some of the more common issues are notable, due to exceptionally high grades. For example, there’s a PSA 8 of the Ty Cobb sliding card from the 1913 National Game set. Then there’s an SGC 7 card of Babe Ruth’s fantastic 1923 W515 strip card — notable due to the large number of nicer looking strip issues receiving no higher than an Authentic grade. A PSA 7 E121 (Set of 80) of Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings is the finest in the land with none higher graded. There’s also a nearly-perfect PSA 9 of Christy Mathewson’s 1913 Barker Game card.

But what collectors can also get excited about are the number of rarer items in the auction.

Among those is a pair of unique Walter Johnson items. One is a 1922 Exhibit postcard graded an SGC 1.5 and the other is a 1927 Rinkeydink Stamp. The Rinkeydink Stamp is actually still on a complete newspaper sheet — how they were originally printed. Almost all of the few stamps that still exist have been cut from the pages of these publications.

Other featured rarities include a 1913 BF-UNC Cravats Felt pennant of Hall of Famer Tris Speaker and a mounted photograph of early baseball star Cap Anson, as well as several baseball cabinet photographs. A selection of T330-2 Piedmont stamps shouldn’t be left out given their rarity as a tough tobacco issue, nor should a couple of W555 cards and a large collection of 1933 R308 Tattoo Orbit self-developing cards. A late addition rarity, a 1908 Rose Postcard of George Winter with a rare calling card back, is far too notable to skip, too.

Autograph collectors should also be sure not to miss the auction with more than 50 lots dedicated to signed index cards from pre-war baseball players.

Finally, there’s more than baseball here, too. More than 60 lots feature cards dedicated to boxing, basketball, hockey, track and field, and more. Some big names are found in those listings as well, including an assortment of cards featuring Jack Dempsey, Jesse Owens, and more.

Collectors wishing to bid in the auction can do so by first registering here. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes.

To view the entire auction, click here.

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