Love of the Game Auctions Summer Premier Auction Ends August 19, 2023

Love of the Games an internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia, offers its Summer Premier Auction ending August 19, 2023.   Featuring over 900 lots of cards and memorabilia from 1900 through present, along with including Hall of Fame rookie cards, complete sets, prewar rarities, unopened material, vintage photography and much more!  Bid, view and register for the auction at loveofthegameauctions.com.

The auction closing date is Saturday, August 19, 2023.  The sale features the company’s strongest selection of 19th Century cards in its history, including a large run of 1887 N172 Old Judge Cigarettes Hall of Famers.  It also features a world-class collection of photos and postcards featuring women in baseball around the dawn of the 20th Century.

“Over the years, Love of the Game has developed a reputation for being a high-quality auction house that specializes in rare and unusual sports artifacts,” stated Auction Director Al Crisafulli.  “We’re pleased that our Summer auction carries on that tradition, with a large selection of rare baseball cards, memorabilia and autographs.”

One highlight of the auction is a higher-grade 1923-24 Tomas Gutierrez card of Hall of Famer Oscar Charleston.  This extremely rare Cuban issue is one of two “rookie” cards of the great outfielder, virtually never seen at auction.  Graded VG/EX 4 by SGC, it is the second-highest graded example in the hobby.

The auction also features a beautiful, well-centered 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.  Graded EX+ 5.5 by SGC, the card is a bright and colorful example of the hobby’s most important postwar baseball card.

Featured in the auction are a host of rarities, including an impossibly rare 1955 Topps Hocus Focus Lou Gehrig.  Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA, the card is the only graded example, and one of just two known to exist.  The small Hocus Focus cards were issued between the inner and outer wrappers of a piece of bubblegum, and are the rarest regular issue cards ever released to the public by Topps.

Another rarity is a press ticket from the September 24, 1919 game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.  In that game, Babe Ruth broke the single-season home run record by hitting his 28th round-tripper, the first of four times Ruth would set a new home run record.  After the game, the Boston Globe said Ruth had set “a world’s home run record beyond all question, and one which may never be equaled.”  Of course Ruth equaled his record in July of the following year, en route to an unimaginable 54 home runs.  The ticket has been graded VG 3 by PSA.

19th CENTURY HIGHLIGHTS

As Love of the Game continues to be one of the hobby’s primary resources for early baseball collectibles, the selection of 19th Century material featured in this auction is tremendous.  The auction is highlighted by 22 different Hall of Famers from the N172 Old Judge Cigarettes issue, the most popular and widely-collected of all 19th Century baseball card issues.  The auction also includes a number of scarce and valuable cabinet photos that served as proofs for the Old Judge set.

Other 19th Century card sets represented in the auction include 1891 Conly Studio Cabinets, 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions, 1888 N321 S.F. Hess California League, 1888 H.D. Smith, 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats, 1887 N370 Lone Jack Cigarettes, 1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug, 1880s Virginia Brights, and 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco.  The auction also includes an astonishing assortment of 23 1896-97 Whitehead & Hoag pins  – seldom do collectors see more than one or two pins from this rare issue in an auction.

WOMEN IN BASEBALL

The auction also features a museum-quality collection of memorabilia from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, related to women in baseball.  Carefully assembled over decades by a single consignor, the 97-piece collection includes cabinets, postcards, and photos that showcase both the theatrical, burlesque side and the true early athleticism of female players, as they fought the idea of baseball being a gendered sport.

“We are incredibly fortunate to present this world-class collection,” said Crisafulli, “It features many players who are recognized pioneers in women’s sports, as well as lesser-known amateur players and teams.  Regardless of their prominence, each of these women helped carry the torch that established the game as America’s pastime – not just for men, but for everyone.”

VINTAGE CARD SETS

The auction includes an outstanding assortment of complete and near-complete sets, including a beautiful, collector-grade 1952 Topps near set.  The most important of all Topps’ vintage issues, the 1952 set is missing just the cards of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson – each of which are featured elsewhere in the auction.

Other complete or near-complete baseball sets include 1927 E126 American Caramel, 1934-36 Batter-Up, 1936 R344 Rabbit Maranville “How To,” 1941 Double Play, 1946 Propagandas Montiel, 1948 Bowman, 1951 Topps Red and Blue Backs, 1953 Topps, 1954 Topps, 1955 Topps, 1957 Topps, 1958 Hires Root Beer Test, 1958 Topps, 1959 Topps, 1961 Topps, 1962 Topps, 1963 Fleer, 1965 Topps, 1966 Topps, 1967 Topps, 1969 Topps, 1970 Topps, 1971 Topps, 1972 Topps, 1973 Topps, and 1977 Burger Chef Triple Play.

Non-baseball sets include 1910 T9 Turkey Red Boxing, 1910 T218 Champions Boxing, 1932 Sanella Margerine, 1938 Churchman Boxing, 1951 Bowman Football, 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing, 1957 Topps Football, 1960 Mayrose Franks Football, 1961 Essex Meats Basketball, 1967 Philadelphia Football, 1972 Icee Bear Basketball, 1985-2002 Brown’s Boxing, plus complete Pro Football and Basketball Hall of Fame Metallic sets.

One of the company’s finest auctions yet, Love of the Game continues to build its reputation as an auction house for unusual items that you don’t see every day.

The final date to bid is Saturday, August 19.  To register for the auction and view the selection online, visit http://www.loveofthegameauctions.com.

Love of the Game is in the process of assembling its Fall, 2023 catalog auction and “Great Cards” selection, which they hope will prove to be among its most exciting yet.  For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at info@loveofthegameauctions.com or (845) 750-6366.

Highlights Include:

  • Rare 1923-24 Tomas Gutierrez #14 Oscar Charleston (HOF RC) – SGC VG-EX 4
  • Beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (HOF) – SGC EX+ 5.5
  • 1907 Wolverine News Ty Cobb (HOF RC – Batting) – SGC PR 1
  • Impossibly Rare 1955 Topps Hocus Focus Lou Gehrig (HOF) – PSA VG-EX 4
  • 1927 E126 American Caramel #38 Babe Ruth (HOF) – PSA GOOD+ 2.5
  • 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson (HOF) – PSA VG-EX 4
  • 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson (HOF) – SGC VG/EX 4
  • Outstanding 1879 Ezra Sutton Player’s Contract Signed by Sutton, Arthur Soden, and Twice by Harry Wright (HOF) – JSA
  • Mickey Walker 1931 Ring Magazine Championship Belt
  • Howard Ehmke 1929 World Series Game 1 Single-Signed Game Used Baseball – Surprise Starter Sets Strikeout Record!
  • Rare c.1878 Buffalo Bisons International Association Champions Team Card w/Pud Galvin (HOF Pre-Rookie) – SGC A
  • September 24, 1919 NY Yankees Polo Grounds Ticket – PSA VG 3 – Babe Ruth Breaks HR Record!
  • 1952 Topps Near-Complete Set (404/407)

The final date to bid is Saturday, August 19, 2023.  To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit http://www.loveofthegameauctions.com.

SALES TAX NOTE: Please note that we are required to collect sales tax in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. If you live in one of those states and have a valid resale certificate that we do not already have on file, please forward it to info@loveofthegameauctions.com before the auction ends.

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