Rare baseball cards and memorabilia up for grabs at Goldin Auctions



2015-10-23 11:10:52

Goldin Auctions is set to offer a huge selection of rare vintage baseball cards in their forthcoming sports memorabilia auction.

Amongst the top lots is one of the most iconic rookie cards in the entire hobby – the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card, which is expected to sell for more than $50,000.

The same card also appears in another remarkable rarity – an uncut partial sheet of 25 cards from the 1952 Topps set, also featuring the likes Jackie Robinson, Bill Dickey, Bobby Thomson, Hoyt Wilhelm and Dick Groat. Believed to be unique, the sheet has never before been offered for auction and is set to realize more than $25,000.

Aside from the exceptional offering of cards, the sale will also include numerous lots from baseball history, led by the only known game-used ball from the 1918 World Series.

The year marked a turning point in the history of the Boston Red Sox, as Babe Ruth led the team to their last championship for 86 years before being sold to the New York Yankees in 1919. Thus began the 'Curse of the Bambino', as the Red Sox failed to win another World Series title until 2004.

Their 1918 victory saw them defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-2, clinching the sixth and final game 2-1 at Fenway Park, and this game-used ball was signed immediately after the final inning by three top Red Sox executives – E.G. Barrow, Harry Frazee and U.J. Hermann – along with the man they later sold to the Yankees, Babe Ruth.

“Since the market for vintage baseball cards has recently heated up, it’s the perfect time for us to offer the largest collection of vintage baseball cards we have ever included in one auction,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions.

“In addition, it’s exciting to bring many one-of-a-kind items like the 1918 World Series ball and 1952 Topps uncut sheet to auction for the first time.”

Described as "the most important game used baseball in Red Sox team history", the ball will be offered with a minimum bid of $15,000.

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