The current catalog auction being held by Clean Sweep Auctions is the largest that the company has ever produced, as it has a record number of lots.
The auction contains a diversity of material throughout. There are rare baseball cards and autographs, but this auction also has perhaps the company’s best offerings ever of golf autographs, boxing autographs, baseball memorabilia, as well as a solid offering of single and team signed baseballs.
The auction begins two T206 Hall of Famers with rare Lenox backs: Ty Cobb and Joe Tinker.
Other top items include a lot of 365 different collector grade T206 cards a very near-set of 1948 Leaf cards and a fresh 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie PSA 1.5.
Rounding out the top 10 items are Willie Mays’s original 1966 player contract, a 1941 large format Babe Ruth display piece, Cy Young’s hand-signed driver’s license, a rare Ross Youngs (d. 1927 at age 40) signed 8x10 photo, and a 1934 Yankees team ball.
There are plenty of baseball card sets and lots. Notable items here include a 1907 Grignon Cubs complete postcard set, rare near-sets of 1953 Esskay Meats, 1953-1955 Hunters Weiners, and the usual offerings of Topps and Bowman sets from 1948 up.
Some better wax and vending cases from the early 1980s are also available.
Special items within baseball singles include PSA 8 and SGC 7 Old Judge cards, an offering of the Cubs from the 1908 Rose postcard set, Brunners Bread cards of Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner, an S110 Silk Premium, several 1948 Leaf short-prints including a Hal Newhouser PSA 6, a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie PSA 2.5, 1961 Franklin Dairy and Clover Leaf full milk cartons, a 1962 Topps Mantle PSA 8 and a run of 1969 Topps Super Proofs with all of the keys.
Baseball autographs include a run of slabbed, signed Callahan cards, with note to Hornsby, Lajoie, Nichols and Wagner. Also highlighted are a Thurman Munson signed rookie card, a Roberto Clemente 3x5, a Lou and Eleanor Gehrig signed cut, a mint 1940 Babe Ruth cut, a Roberto Clemente signed photo, a Ty Cobb HOF Induction signed 8x10, a rare Hughie Jennings signed photo, three rare Mickey Mantle signed photos, and a Babe Ruth signed 8x10 publicity still from The Pride of The Yankees.
Other notable items include a Honus Wagner signed photo, a Wilbert Robinson signed 1930 player contract and letter, a 1918 Ty Cobb TLS, a Johnny Evers 1910 TLS, and a John McGraw ALS among other great letters.
Basketball collectors will see quality 1948 Bowman lots, an offering of the 1950 Scott’s Potato Chips issue with keys Mikan and Kundla offered as singles and a gorgeous Alcindor RC PSA 8. There is also a rare 1976-77 Topps signed Pete Maravich card.
Boxing collectors will see some great Ali items, including three vintage Cassius Clay autographs from the 1960s. There is also an 1893 period signed Jim Corbett signed cabinet card and a James Jeffries signed 8x10.
Football collectors will see many key slabbed cards, a few sets and many desirable autographed items including the earliest known Jim Brown autograph, a Vince Lombardi signed 1963 player contract with extensive handwritten notations, and two Curly Lambeau items.
Golf collectors will see several desirable signed books, including Bobby Jones, a Hilton Smith 8x10 and a Ryder’s Cup signed with Payne Stewart.
Team ball collectors will see Yankee team balls from 1924, 1925, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1955, 1956 & 1961 among others. There are also several Thurman Munson team balls, including clubhouse free 1976 and 1977 Yankee team balls and 1974 and 1976 All Star team balls.
Baseball memorabilia closes out the auction, including: a 1955 Yoo Hoo Mantle/Berra sign, a Phil Niekro 1973 game jersey, press pins, top condition Hartlands, bats both signed and game used and the second half of Wes Chamberlain’s personal collection.
Bidding ends January 31. For more information or to bid, visit www.cleansweepauctions.com.