More than 650 lots are presented in the Memory Lane Inc.’s 2013 Summer Rarities Auction. A high grade collection of rookie cards featuring members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, all of it in the auction that is now open and concludes on August 29th. Collectors interested in bidding or registering for the auction can do so by calling Memory Lane at (877) 606-5263 or visit their website.
The “Graham Collection”, pieced together by a devotee of the PSA Set Registry, features dozens of mint and gem mint cards of the biggest icons in baseball history as well as higher end examples of early Babe Ruth and Joe Jackson cards. The collection, which also includes some of the highest graded multi-player cards known, are among the highlights in Memory Lane Inc.’s 2013 Summer Rarities Auction, which is in progress and ends on August 29th.
Rare, vintage high grade ‘oddball’ sets from the collection of Dr. William McAvoy will be up for bid along with a Babe Ruth signed baseball, a full ticket to the 1972 game in which Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th and final hit, a Vince Lombardi-era Green Bay Packers team signed football and hundreds of other items. Hundreds of items will be sold to high bidders when the curtain comes down on the final night of bidding, set for August 29.
The Graham Collection includes one of only nine PSA 9 (mint) examples of the true rookie card of Mickey Mantle, the 1951 Bowman #253. Since none of the others have come up for sale in the last several years, it’s almost impossible to say what the card will bring at auction but with the upward trend in mint rookie cards of baseball icons, it’s almost assured a new record price will be set.
However, the collection offers more than just The Mick’s first cardboard. Among the PSA 9 examples going on the block will be rookie cards of Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Ted Williams, Roger Maris, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Pete Rose, Brooks and Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, Rod Carew, Tom Seaver, Larry Doby, Reggie Jackson and others.
There are even several PSA 10 rookies including Tony Perez, Ron Santo, Juan Marichal, Dave Winfield and Rollie Fingers as well as a 1963 Fleer Roberto Clemente.
Multi-player cards showcasing two or three superstars on the same card were also a special interest for Hatch Graham and collectors will have the chance to acquire his Gem Mint 10 1968 Topps Superstars card that featured Mantle, Mays and Harmon Killebrew, a 1953 Bowman Color showing Mantle, Berra and Hank Bauer (graded PSA 9), a 1962 Topps Managers Dream with Mantle and Mays (PSA 9) and a 1958 Topps World Series Batting Leaders with Mantle and Aaron (PSA 9).
Long-time collectors and his fellow dealers are certainly familiar with Dr. William McAvoy of McAvoy Sports Cards. This auction also includes 19 complete sets of vintage ‘oddball’ material from his personal collection, many of them among the finest sets known to exist on PSA’s Set Registry. You’ll find: a set of 1927 Rinky Dink Baseball Stamps with ten Hall of Famers and even the Sunday comics sections they were cut from, a complete 1906 PC792 Embossed Postcard set, 1896 Little Pinkies Whithead and Hoag sets, 1948 Kellogg’s Pep Baseball, Sports and Celebrities sets, a completely graded 1964 Wheaties Stamps set with album, 1932 Orbit Gum Pin Backs and dozens of high grade cards from the 1950 Callahan and 1959 Armour Coin sets, among others.
More than 650 lots presented in the auction. Call Memory Lane at (877) 606-5263 or visit their website to register or bid for this auction.