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Love of the Games Fall Auction – Bidding Ends November 27, 2021

Love of the Games an internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia, Fall, 2021 Premier Auction is open for bidding and closes on November 27, 2021 . As is our custom, we are thrilled to invite you to view our interactive catalog, or bid, view and register for the auction at This auction features another “GREAT CARDS” section – more than 25 of the greatest cards in the hobby, from 1900 through 1965, along with including Hall of Fame rookie cards, complete sets, prewar rarities and unopened material.

The sale features one of the company’s strongest selections of sports memorabilia in its history, including hundreds of vintage programs, original photography, vintage ticket stubs and display pieces.

As is the case with most Love of the Game auctions, the auction features a large assortment of cards, with a heavy focus on prewar baseball. The auction’s marquee item is a fantastic 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth. An incredibly rare early Ruth card that still pictures him as a pitcher with the Red Sox, PSA has graded just 14 examples of the card.

Another key auction higlight is an incredible 1965 Topps rookie card of Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA, one of just eight cards to reach that plateau.


Also featured are a pair of important Mickey Mantle cards, highlighted by an attractive midgrade example of his 1952 Topps card, graded EX 5 by PSA, and a beautifully sharp 1951 Bowman, graded PSA 6.

Love of the Game’s specialty has long been prewar baseball cards, and as usual, this auction has hundreds. Highlighted by a breakup of the #9 1911 T3 Turkey Red set on the PSA Registry, the auction also has a plentiful selection of 19th and early 20th Century cards, with a heavy focus on Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The auction features an assortment of vintage baseball and football programs, many originating from the world class collection of former broadcaster Ted Patterson. The highlight is an amazing program from a November 27, 1921 game between the Chicago Staleys and Green Bay Packers – the first Bears/Packers game in their long-running rivalry. Programs from this game are extremely rare, the Staleys represented in their final season before changing their name to the Bears.

The auction features a host of rare college and pro football programs, including several more early Bears, Giants and Packers programs, along with teams like the Stapleton Stapes, Frankford Yellowjackets, Wilson’s Wildcats, Rochester Jeffersons, and Providence Steam Rollers. College football programs date back as early as 1894.

Baseball programs are also featured throughout the auction, most notably a 1915 Boston vs. Philadelphia World Series program, which was Babe Ruth’s first World Series. The auction includes a number of other prewar World Series programs, as well as large collections of programs for a number of teams, including Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees and more.

The baseball memorabilia section is one of the largest in the history of the company, with more than 150 lots of memorabilia. The memorabilia assortment is highlighted by a number of original photos, including Jim Thorpe, Ty Cobb, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and more. Large-format team photos are also well- represented, as are 19th Century cabinet photos.

The auction features a large assortment of unopened football, basketball and hockey boxes, largely from the 1990s and 2000s. The highlight here is a number of different football boxes from 2000, likely including rookie cards of Tom Brady, as well as a number of basketball boxes from 1996, likely including rookie cards of Kobe Bryant. The auction features more than 100 lots of factory-sealed boxes, all from a large original-owner collection, fresh to the hobby.

The auction features a tremendous assortment of complete and partial sets, graded and ungraded, from multiple sports. Highlights include a fantastic high-grade 1975 Topps PSA-Graded set. Ranked #25 on the PSA Set Registry, the set includes 21 cards grading GEM MINT 10, and just two cards grading below NM-MT 8.

Other complete and partial sets include 1932 U.S. Caramel baseball, 1933 Goudey Sport Kings, 1957 Topps baseball, 1958 Topps baseball, 1959 Fleer Ted Williams, 1960 Topps baseball, 1962 Topps baseball, 1963 Topps baseball, 1960 Topps football, 1963 Topps football, 1987 Wheaties football, 1986 and 1987 Fleer sticker basketball, 1910 T218 Champions, and nonsports sets like 1950 Bowman “Wild Man,” 1950 Topps Flags of the World, and 1963 Topps Astronauts.

Sports Photography Highlights:

  • Lot #45: 1910s Ty Cobb (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo by Charles M. Conlon (PSA/DNA
  • Lot #49: Spectacular 1916 Walter Johnson (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo by George Grantham Bain (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #47: 1914 Jim Thorpe Original Type 1 Photo by George Grantham Bain (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #53: 1923 Babe Ruth (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #61: Lou Gehrig (HOF) Original Photo by George Burke – Signed by Eleanor Gehrig (JSA)
  • Lot #64: 1932 Babe Ruth (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo at Spring Training (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #59: c .1930s Babe Ruth (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo – As Seen on his 1961 Fleer Card!
  • Lot #70: c.1950 Pee Wee Reese (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo by Barney Stein – Used for his 1950 & 1951 Bowman Cards!
  • Lot #71: c/1951 Yogi Berra (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo by William Jacobellis – As Seen on His 1956 Topps Card!
  • Lot #75: c. 1958 Mickey Mantle Original Type 1 Photo – As Seen on His 1958/59 Jay Publishing Card!
  • Lot #43: c. 1900s Chrisy Mathewson (HOF) Photo – PSA/DNA Type 3 – T206 “Dark Cap” Image!
  • Lot #773: 1950s Tom Landry (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo – As Seen on His 1955 Bowman Card!
  • Lot #798: c.1960 Gordie Howe (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo – As Seen on His 1960-1962 Parkhurst Cards!
  • Lot #797: 1950s Bill Russell (HOF) Univ. of San Francisco Original Type 1 Photo (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #46: c. 1913 Grover Cleveland Alexander (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo by Paul Thompson
  • Lot #66: Outstanding 1941 Ted Williams (HOF) Original Type 1 News Service Photo (PSA/DNA)
  • Lot #76: c1931 Bob Meusel Original Photograph and W517 Card Display
  • Lot #73: Spectacular 1960s Willie Mays (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo (PSA/DNA)

Great Memorabilia

  • Lot #110: Outstanding large-format (20″ x 16″ pictured above), photo of the 1925 Yale baseball team, featuring coach Smoky Joe Wood.
  • Lot #103: Large, Framed (22″ x 18″) 1911 Columbia University Team Photo.
  • Lot #136: 1947 Louisville Slugger Ted Williams Original Countertop Display w/Artwork by Sam Davis
  • Lot #106: 1916 Boston Red Sox Stock Certificate Signed by Joseph Lannin and August Hermann
  • Lot #135: Massive 1943-1966 Baltimore Orioles Official Scorecard Collection (112), from the collection of Ted Patterson
  • Lot #164: 1927 World Series Game 1 Forbes Field Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees Ticket Stub; Lot #178: August 8, 1976 Chicago White Sox Wrigley Field Ticket Stub – The “Shorts” Game!
  • Lot #108: 1915 World Series Braves Field Official Program – Babe Ruth’s First World Series; Lot #159: Stan Musial Original Color Study by Renowned Artist Graig Kreindler
  • Lot #144: 1954 Harrisburg Giants (Eastern Negro League) “Bud” Marshall Memorial Trophy

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, November 27. To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit

Love of the Game is in the process of assembling its Spring, 2022 catalog auctions and “Great Cards” selections, which they hope will prove to be its biggest and most exciting sale yet. For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at or (845) 750-6366.

For registered bidders, remember to update your Password when logging into our new system. You’ll also need to review your shipping and billing address, and agree to our revised Terms & Conditions. If, your not registered, click here to do so! The auction opens this week and closes on August 28.

SALES TAX UPDATE:  BEGINNING WITH THIS AUCTION, we will be collecting sales tax in Arizona, New Jersey, and New York.  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 before the auction ends.  The auction opens this week and closes on November.

Also note: We’re already putting together our auction schedule for 2022, and looking for “Great Cards” – if you’ve got anything you’re considering selling, it’s a perfect time to reach out!

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