Love of the Game’s 10th Anniversary Auction Now Underway

As usual, Love of the Game’s latest auction is heavy on pre-war cards

Bidding continues at Love of the Game Auctions, an internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia, who announced that its 10th Anniversary auction is open for bidding.

The auction closing date is Saturday, November 26.  The sale is a small, focused selection of interesting and seldom-seen sports cards and memorabilia, highlighted by a host of complete sets, high-end Cuban cards, and original baseball photography.

Among numerous auction highlights are T206 complete set of 520 cards with complete Polar Bear and Old Mill Southern League subsets, a rare 1923-24 Billiken card of Oscar Charleston, and the highest-graded PSA example of the 1921 Exhibits card of Babe Ruth.

“It’s hard to believe that it was ten years ago that we were shipping the winnings from our first auction out of an unlit basement office in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” stated Auction Director Al Crisafulli.  “It’s always been our goal to present interesting auctions filled with unusual sports artifacts, and I’m incredibly thankful to our loyal customers and consignors for helping us do that for an entire decade.”

One of the key collections in the auction is a grouping of postcards and photos consigned from the estate of former deadball era pitcher Barney Pelty.  Nicknamed “The Yiddish Curver,” Pelty was one of the first Jewish players in the American League and was an important player for the St. Louis Browns from 1903 until 1912.

“The Pelty collection includes some fantastic photos, including an original Carl Horner cabinet, several Conlon photos and a gorgeous panoramic photo of the 1912 Browns with Rube Waddell,” explained Crisafulli.  “It also includes a great collection of rare postcards, including 1908 Bregstones, 1906 W601 Sporting Life team composites, and a number of great team postcards.  We’re thrilled to be offering them in our next two auctions.”

As is the case with most Love of the Game auctions, the auction features a large assortment of cards, with a heavy focus on pre-war baseball.  One of the most notable cards is a scarce 1921 Exhibits card of Babe Ruth, graded EX-MT+ 6.5 by PSA.  The only example graded by PSA at this level with none higher, this is just one of many difficult pre-war cards featured in the auction.

Among the key auction highlights is an incredible assortment of baseball photographs, highlighted by a signed example of one of the most iconic photos of Joe DiMaggio.  Authenticated by PSA/DNA, the original Type 1 photo dates to 1941, the year of DiMaggio’s incredible 56-game hitting streak.

Additional highlights include a number of important photos of Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, and Lou Gehrig, taken by noted photographers Charles Conlon, George Grantham Bain, and more.

The auction also features numerous memorabilia pieces with great stories, including the fully-executed 1945 contract with Happy Chandler to become commissioner of baseball (with the signatures of 19 team and league representatives), one of fewer than ten known copies of Robin Carver’s b1834 ook “The Book of Sports” (containing the earliest American publication of the rules of baseball), and a scrapbook

 chronicling a Yankees superfan’s quest to locate Babe Ruth’s sister – and her gift of a signed photo of her famous brother.

It is rare for collectors to see complete 520-card T206 sets offered in an auction anymore.  This auction has the fourth complete set the company has sold in the last two years.  This one is truly special, containing a complete 250-card subset of all the known cards with Polar Bear backs, as well as a complete Southern League subset with Old Mill backs – a highly-disciplined, focused set.

Other complete or near-complete pre-war sets include 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel (needing just 15 cards for completion), 1933 Goudey, 1936 R312 “Pastel,” and 1939, 1940 and 1941 Play Ball.

The final date to bid is Saturday, November 26.  To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit

Love of the Game is in the process of assembling its 2023 catalog auctions and “Great Cards” selections, which they hope will prove to be its biggest and most exciting year yet.  For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at or (845) 750-6366.

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