Robert Edward Auctions is kicking off the year 2024 with a bang, presenting an exceptional and comprehensive Encore event that showcases an impressive collection spanning over 180 years of sports history. This first auction of the year is truly extensive, featuring nearly 3,700 lots of some of the most unique and oldest items ever offered in the realm of sports memorabilia, particularly in the world of baseball.
One of the most notable pieces up for auction is a signed receipt from Alexander Cartwright, a recognized pioneer in the world of baseball, dating all the way back to 1842. This item stands out not only for its age but also for its direct connection to a seminal figure in the early history of the sport.
Another remarkable item from the 19th century highlighted in the auction is the extremely rare 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco John Clarkson “Throwing” card. Graded EX 5 by PSA, this card is the only one of its kind to feature the Hall of Fame pitcher and outfielder, making it a true rarity for collectors.
Harry Wright, a prominent figure in early baseball history, is represented with a unique personal scorecard from a June 22, 1883 game between Philadelphia and the Providence Grays, which Wright managed. This one-of-a-kind item, scored in both pencil and blue ink, bears Wright’s signature and has been graded a remarkable 9 by PSA.
The auction opens with an SGC 1.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, part of a wide array of Mantle items. Additionally, there are over 250 autographed items, many of which come from iconic baseball figures of the past.
Brian Dwyer, President of REA, expressed his enthusiasm for this Encore Auction, noting it as one of the strongest the company has ever had. He highlighted the diverse selection of signed items and iconic cards in various grades, catering to collectors of all types.
Other standout items in REA’s January Auction include a 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #37 Grover Alexander SGC VG 3 card, a 1986 Topps Football #374 Steve Young Rookie SGC GEM MINT 10 card, a Babe Ruth cut signature, a 1938 Lou Gehrig signed postcard, a 1924 Walter Johnson signed album page, and a 1939 Honus Wagner signed Baseball Centennial First-Day Cover. The auction also features a trio of 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie cards, a 1957 Topps Football #138 Johnny Unitas Rookie BVG NM-MT 8 card, and early Michael Jordan cards, among others.
The signed checks section includes checks signed by Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, and Roberto Clemente. The T206 offerings are vast, with over 720 options, including rare advertising backs and cards featuring rare Carolina Brights backs.
As is customary with REA’s Encore Auctions, all items have a starting bid of $10. Bidding for this diverse and historic collection is now open on the company’s website and will run through January 21, offering collectors and enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of baseball history and rare memorabilia.