SCP Auctions is proud to announce that its 2017 Spring Premier online auction will feature the J. Ross Greene Collection. Born of a childhood passion for sports and history, the collection represents a lifetime accumulation of cards and memorabilia honoring diamond and gridiron greats from the turn of the century to the modern era. The depth of Ross’s passion is reflected in the vastness of his collection, which boasts more than 100,000 pre-war and post-war baseball and football cards gathered over more than half a century. In addition to complete runs of Topps and Bowman baseball and football sets, the collection includes hundreds of Hall of Fame stars and key rookie cards to be offered as singles and group lots.
Since 1996, Ross has been the proud owner of The Original Wagner, a singularly important example of the world’s most famous baseball card. Its status as the very first T206 Wagner card referenced and pictured in mainstream media (1930) is further enhanced by a documented chain of ownership by some of the hobby’s most influential pioneers. For the last 20 years, however, the whereabouts of The Original Wagner has been shrouded in mystery. Until now. The online auction gets underway on Wed., May 24, at 10 a.m. PDT. Call 949-831-3700 to make sure you are registered to participate in the bidding. -Dan Imler
The baseball crazy youngsters who pestered smokers and caused a major uproar in 1909 upon the release of the American Tobacco Company’s trading cards knew it. Honus Wagner was a huge star but finding his picture was a pain in the Heinie.
A pair of iconic pre-war baseball cards led the bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Mid-Summer Classic online auction, which concluded early Sunday morning. The top card, which sold for an astounding $667,189, is one of just two examples of the legendary 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson American Caramel card graded NM-MT 8 by third-party authenticator PSA Cards with none graded higher. Jackson’s E90-1 representation is one of just a handful of Joe Jackson cards issued during his playing days and is indisputably recognized as his rookie card. The second card, a 1909-11 T206 tobacco issue of Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame center fielder Ty Cobb, is one of the hobby’s finest of “The Georgia Peach” from the most celebrated card set of the era issued at the peak of Cobb’s dominance. The beautifully preserved card, which received a grade of “Mint 9” from PSA Cards, sold for $488,425.
The overall auction, which featured 1,262 lots including 134 from the prestigious Walter Alston Estate Collection and 72 more from Milwaukee Brewers’ Hall of Famer Robin Yount’s personal collection, brought in a total of $5.1 million. Other top bids included a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth card (#149), $137,848; a 1973 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves game worn and signed home jersey and 1974 pants, $97,508; a 1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie card (#122), $91,137; and a circa 1968-71 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings game-worn and signed jersey of the recently deceased NHL Hall of Famer, which sold for $85,592.
For more information and full results on the auction, please visit SCP Auctions or call 949-831-3700. SCP Auctions is already accepting consignments for its upcoming 2016 Fall Premier. -Terry Melia
A pair of iconic pre-war baseball cards led the bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Mid-Summer Classic online auction, which concluded early Sunday morning. The top card, which sold for an astounding $667,189, is one of just two examples of the legendary 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson American Caramel card graded NM-MT 8 by PSA, with none higher. Jackson’s E90-1 representation is one of just a handful of Joe Jackson cards issued during his playing days and is indisputably recognized as his rookie card.
His Olympic medals had been won—and then stripped. His football career was over. 1922 would also mark the final year of his professional baseball career. Jim Thorpe’s life wasn’t always easy after that but his remarkable athletic career is celebrated on one final trading card from his days as one of the 20th century’s greatest athletes. One of the two highest graded examples of Thorpe’s rare 1922 Zeenut Pacific Coast League baseball cards is now up for grabs.
In a recent post I took a break from my upbeat coverage of the bullish market in baseball cards and memorabilia to step back, play the devil’s advocate, and give the bears their day. My column provoked more reaction than any other I have written for Forbes.