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.