In Clean Sweep Auctions’ inaugural event of the year 2024, a remarkable assortment of pre-War baseball cards has taken center stage. Among the notable offerings are two highly sought-after T206 cards, which have captivated the attention of vintage baseball memorabilia collectors.
One of the highlights in this collection is the T206 Ray Demmitt card, graded SGC 2, and the Bill O’Hara card, graded SGC 1.5. These cards are accompanied by numerous Hall of Famers, all part of the renowned “monster” set, prominently featured in the event’s online catalog.
An equally impressive inclusion is the Ty Cobb ‘bat on shoulder’ variant card, adorned with a Sovereign 350 back and graded PSA 3. Additionally, a Cy Young portrait card, with an SGC 4 grade, stands out as a noteworthy item within the auction listings.
One of the rare gems in this auction is a set of four M110 Sporting Life Cabinet cards from 1911. This highly coveted set showcases baseball legends such as Honus Wagner, Frank Chance, Nap Lajoie, and Christy Mathewson. The scarcity of these cards, dating back over a century, contributes to their significant value, representing a limited number of surviving examples from this early endeavor of a sports newspaper in card production.
The auction also features other notable cards, including an 1887 Allen & Ginter Mike “King” Kelly card graded SGC 5, a 1907 Dietsche Ty Cobb postcard (with the name on the front variation) graded SGC 1, and a rare 1908 Rose Postcard highlighting Hall of Famer Addie Joss. Furthermore, collectors will find a collection of 1911 Turkey Red Cabinets, which includes cards of Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, Home Run Baker, Rube Waddell, and Addie Joss.
Continuing the lineup of key lots, the auction offers a 1921 Exhibit Babe Ruth card graded PSA 2, a 1928 Harrington’s Ice Cream Ruth card graded SGC 1.5, a 1933 George C. Miller Dizzy Dean card graded SGC 3, and a pair of 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig cards (graded PSA 2 and SGC 3.5 respectively). Additionally, collectors can bid on a 1933 Goudey 149 Ruth card rated SGC 5, a 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams rookie card graded SGC 3, a 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson rookie card graded Beckett 2, a PSA 9 graded 1950 Callahan set, and crucial rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays from the 1951 Bowman series. Not to be missed are the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle card graded PSA 3, the 1952 Bowman Mantle card graded PSA 5, the 1954 Johnson Cookies Aaron rookie card graded PSA 7, and the 1958 Hires Root Beer with tab Willie Mays card graded PSA 7.
Furthermore, the auction boasts complete sets, including the 1957 and 1967 Topps sets, with the latter featuring 90 graded cards.
The auction surprises enthusiasts with unique items such as an autographed 1953 Bowman Color Mickey Mantle card, a PSA 8 graded Jackie Robinson signed Hall of Fame postcard, and a 1931 Yankees team signed baseball.
For collectors of unopened material, the auction presents a 1988 Fleer basketball wax box and a 1986 Topps football rack box.
The event commences with an exceptional item newly discovered by the hobby community: a 1939 Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox road flannel jersey, which has been awarded a MEARS rating of 9.
Other items of interest include a series of Chicago Cubs signed team sets dating back to the 1950s, thirteen different Derek Jeter autographed cards (most signed before his MLB debut in the mid-1990s), and a Lou Gehrig autograph.
Basketball card collectors will delight in finding two Bird/Magic rookies and two Michael Jordan rookies. The football section encompasses vintage sets, Tom Brady rookie cards, and a ticket from the famous 1958 “greatest game” between the Colts and the Giants.
To complete the auction, an array of baseball memorabilia is up for bidding, featuring 19th-century Chicago Cubs home scorecards, a 1906 Red Sox scorecard, a 1920 Who’s Who with Babe Ruth on the cover, numerous World Series items, a 1912 tabletop baseball game, an original telephone from Ebbets Field, tickets, pennants, and a high-grade set of Hartland statues.
Bidders have until January 31st to participate in this extensive and impressive collection of baseball and sports memorabilia. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a piece of history and add these valuable items to your collection.